Monday, January 25, 2016

The Miracle of Vaccinations

This interactive graphics from the Wall Street Journal multimedia editors Tynan DeBold and Dov Friedman shows the miracle of vaccinations for the US over the last 80 years. Horizontally, are years from 1928 through to 2012. Vertically, are placed the states, plus DC. A vertical line down the center shows when vaccinations for measles were introduced, in 1963. Each year-state block is heat-coded: red indicating many infections down to dark blue (and even lower light blue and white) with few to no infections. Before 1963, the many years of infections produce a very colorful pattern suitable for a nice beach shirt. After 1963, and measles vaccination, we have a basic blue dress shirt. Here boring is the goal. Basic blue is to be sought. The message is remarkable. Vaccinations are amazingly effective. You can see many more of these vaccination success plots here. These plots have won best visualizations awards for 2015.

Monday, January 18, 2016


Seen on an episode of Major Crimes on TNT, a wear pattern of hand placement in holding a door open. Not many hands are placed low, many more higher, and not many are placed still higher. The frequency of hand wear shows us, yet again, the bell-shaped pattern of wear. Yet Another Door Distribution Again.

Monday, January 11, 2016


Before assisting patients, hospital professionals glove-up from this supply rack in the patient's room. From the gloves that are missing, it appears that Medium and Small gloves are used more frequently than Large or XLarge. Medium and Small workers outnumber others at this hospital.

Monday, January 4, 2016

New Year's Resolution: Spot Some Bad Science

Here's your assignment: using one (or more) of the 12 methods in the infographic above spot some bad science this year (from COMPoUND iNTEREST download their graphic here). Let me know your findings. Enjoy and Happy New Year. Via datavizblog.