Chart ALL The Things!

by Drew Skau 11 months ago Filed Under: Design


Since humans developed language, we have been naming, categorizing, and classifying the things around us. Building these hierarchies and ordering things is how we understand the world. We’ve built taxonomies for almost every topic you can imagine, and many of them are a perfect fit for charting and visualizing. Here are 20 visualized taxonomies, grouped into popular categories like food, drink, life, music, and (of course) super powers.

    Food

    Food taxonomies are probably the most popular: after all, who doesn’t love food?

  1. Condiments go on or in so much food, they seem like a good place to start.
    Taxonomy of condiments

    by Wildyles.
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  2. Vegetables are definitely good for you, even if you don’t like to eat them. But, you can probably find at least one that you do like in a taxonomy this comprehensive.
    The Various Varieties of Vegetables

    by popchartlab.
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  3. If you don’t like vegetables, maybe meat is your thing? Cuts of Beef shows every possible cut from cows, where it comes from, how to cook it and approximate cost.
    Cuts of Beef

    by sounas.
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  4. Cheese comes from cows (and other mammals), and there is a ton of diversity in your cheese choices.
    The Charted Cheese Wheel

    by popchartlab.
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  5. If you’re looking for more of a pre-assembled meal, Fish and Chips can show you all of the possible combinations for the iconic meal.
    The Fish & Chip Taxonomy

    by Wildyles.
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    Drinks

    After you’ve eaten, it’s time to wash it all down.

  7. Beer is a great way to finish off a meal (in moderation of course).
    The World of Beer

    by popchartlab.
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  8. And if you want to know Who Owns Each Beer Brand, there’s a taxonomy for that too.
    Ownership of Beer Brands and Varieties 2010

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  9. Wine is another fine drink to have with a meal, and seeing them all organized into a hierarchy can help you choose which one.
    Different types of wine

    by madelinep.
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  10. Many people like coffee, but finding the right flavor can be hard. Luckily, the Coffee Flavor Wheel shows you a comprehensive list.
    Coffee Flavour Wheel

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  11. And for something a little lighter, Tea is a great drink.
    The Taxonomy of Teas

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    Words

    Language is interesting because it’s what we use to create taxonomies, but it can also be the subject of a taxonomy.

  13. Arse is a very versatile word, and gets used for many different things.
    Taxonomy of Arse

    by Wildyles.
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  14. Equally diverse is that which every arse creates: Sh&*.
    A Taxonomy of Sh*t

    by Wildyles.
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    Super Powers

    Things don’t have to be real to be classified – and we have always been fascinated with special abilities.

  16. The fictional universe of the X-Men has its own family tree.
    The X-Men Family

    by joestone.
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  17. The X-Men all have special abilities, and of course there are taxonomies about the powers themselves.
    The Illustrious Omnibus of Super Powers 1

    by popchartlab.
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  18. And if one wasn’t enough, there’s a more in-depth taxonomy of super powers.
    The Illustrious Omnibus of Super Powers 2

    by popchartlab.
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    Music

    Music is a natural topic to categorize.

  20. How Music Travels shows both a taxonomy of musical styles and the influences and interactions between styles.
    How Music Travels

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  21. And even if you break it down to one genre, there are still things like Rapper Names to categorize.
    The Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names

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    Life

    This is a huge category because it encompasses everything we do and everything that lives on the planet with us.

  23. Even life itself can be made into a taxonomy.
    OneZoom Tree of Life

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  24. Some might argue that life is all about Ideas. Whether or not you agree, there’s a taxonomy for ideas.
    A Taxonomy of Ideas

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  25. Unfortunately, all life ends eventually. 20th Century Death shows how it usually happens to people in recent times.
    20th Century Death

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Drew Skau is Visualization Architect at Visual.ly and a PhD Computer Science Visualization student at UNCC with an undergraduate degree in Architecture. You can follow him on twitter @SeeingStructure