Visual Inspiration: Taxi Fares, Knolling, World Cities at Night

Visual Inspiration: Taxi Fares, Knolling, World Cities at Night
How does a cabbie make money?

The Boston Globe obtained 87 days of fare data for one cab driver. The resulting interactive visualization reveals “a job filled with frustrating days and meager rewards.”

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If you spend much time looking at infographics, you’ll instantly recognize knolling – although you probably didn’t know this OCD-like trait had a name. Knolling is the process of arranging like objects in parallel or 90-degree angles as a method of organization. This video is quite reminiscent of the data viz process: digesting a pile of information and then presenting it in a much clearer way. Also check out:


What major world cities look like at night, minus the light pollution

© Thierry Cohen: San Francisco 37° 48' 30'' N 2010-10-9 Lst 20:58

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