DataVis Showcase: Some great examples of Data Visualization Projects

If you have been following our social media activity you may notice how we often accredit those who develop impressive DataVis projects. These projects are being uploaded on a regular basis these days, so in this blog post we decided we'd pick some great projects we found compelling. They are interactive, fun, insightful, and beautiful, as most would consider well constructed DataVis projects. In no particular order, here are some we've chosen.

First Names for Males in France between 1950-2010 (

An innovative way of seeing popularity in boy's names in France. An interactive graph by which you can add multiple names to from an expansive list of French names, really interesting to see the changes in popularity. Check it out here.

San Francisco Visualized through Instagram Photos (Phototrails via Guardian Data)

Presented in an unintentional 'kidney bean' shape, this is a truly amazing radial plot visualization of San Francisco. Zoom right in to view individual Instagram photos around the Californian city. According to the Guardian, "closeness to the centre relates to brightness and the angle relates to hue, showing us the colours and the shades of photos that San Franciscan Instagram users want to share." Link is here.

Living Cities: Various cities mapped visually (CartoDB, HereMaps)

View and explore various cities with timelapses and traffic flowing through the city. Bite-size widgets appear to give the user a brief summary of things to do and see around each city, such as shopping, restaurants, and transport. Very well presented and good interactivity, available here.

Clear Congress Project: A Data Visualization/Mashup of Congress (by Thomas Gibes)

A number of data sources were used when developing this interesting project about the United States Congress, namely Sunlight Labs' Real Time Congress API,, Google News, and Twitter. Given the increase in availability of Open Data from Governments, this was an insightful and creative idea, showing how data visualizations can play an important part in addressing governmental and institutional transparency. Check it out here.

Madrid Noise Level (20 Minutos)

Spanish city life is known to be quite noisy, and the Capital is no exception. Spanish news site 20 minutos published a cool,collective map of the city indicating the loudest neighbourhoods (in Spanish). At least next time you are in Madrid you know where to get some peace and quiet! Try it out for yourself here.

These were some that we found recently online, we hope you enjoyed them. If you have any others that you have found please feel free to get in contact: @captain_dash.


The Captain.