The Graphic Account: February 1, 2013

With a new book release from Nathan Yau, two visualizations that examine the word choice of inaugural addresses, and a chart of sci-fi book covers, this edition of the Graphic Account gets literary. Along with being a bit bookish, look out for the best of XKCD and the most elegant solution to bus schedules that public transit could ever hope for. Missed our last journey through data visualization? Check it out here.

[Visualization] Twitter Activity in Real Time

If you ever wanted to know what was happening on Twitter right now on a global scale, now you can. Tweetping, a dashboard-style display that visualizes Twitter activity in real-time. As soon as you land on the site, all counters are set to zero and the map is dark, but within just a few minutes lights start to appear, and the counters move faster than you can blink.

[Book] Data Points: Visualization That Means Something

Nathan Yau of Flowing Data fame has just announced the release of his new book Data Points: Visualization that Means Something which will be published this April, and will focus on the graphical side of data analysis using examples from art, design, business and cartography.

[Inspiration] Color and Space

Colour and Space is a series of visualizations by Mie Frey Damgaard and Peter Ørntoft for paint brand Jotun. The goal is to show the relationship between color and space in different household areas by utilizing color statistics extracted from Pinterest. Watch their video on Behance to see how these paintings were created.

[Visualization] Inauguration Speeches

Last week, President Obama made his second inauguration speech. To show how it compared to those made by previous presidents, Santiago Ortiz created this fascinating visualization—which analyzes every inauguration speech since Richard Nixon—to determine what the most popular words were, and who said them.

[Visualization] American Inaugural Addresses

You can never have too many visualizations around one topic, so here we take another look at the presidential inauguration speeches. This visualization by the Boston Globe shows the most common words spoken throughout each of the speeches and how often they’re repeated.

[Chart] Penguin Science Fiction Covers

This strangely colored chart by Arthur Buxton visually represents all of the different covers for a number of top sci-fi novels over time. Each bar’s length corresponds to the amount of time in which that cover was in print, with colors also showing proportionally.

[App] Bus O’Clock

Sennep has revamped the traditional timetable by creating Bus O’Clock, a simple but effective app that charts live bus departures in London for your current location. Each colored dot represents a particular bus number, and it’s position on the clock is when the bus is due to arrive. Such an elegant and intuitive alternative to the bus timetable.

[Humor] The Infographics of XKCD

The web-comic XKCD is well-known for it’s humorous take on science, math, and the world. Occasionally, the XKCD crew branch out into information design with some wonderfully eye-opening charts. has gathered some of their best examples all in one place for your perusal. Enjoy!

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