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Ben Fry is the author of Visualizing Data, and describes the ZipCode project in his book. Each dot on the map is one zip code, and as you type a zip code, it highlights all of the dots that share that portion of the zip code. You can turn on the "zoom" feature that zooms farther into the map for each digit you add.
This is built with the open source Processing tool that was recently released to the world as version 1.0.
Here are all of the zip codes that start with "6"
Thanks Steve for sending the link!
Here's a link to Ben's book on Amazon:
Since today is Election Day, the nytimes.com has a neat feature that lets you create your own Electoral Map. Ireally like that it also gives you the option (seen above) to view the country with teh states sized by electoral votes or by geography (below).
It's been preloaded with the NYTimes.com breakdown of how the states may fall today, and which states are still undecided. It's a little misleading because there are more undecided states, but they have assumed they will lean as the have historically. It also allows you to change them on your own so you can see the effect on the overall election.
When your done playing, you can also see the NYTimes version of the map that includes the states that are leaning, but are not yet truly decided.
As you can see, the NYTimes.com site is predicting a Democratic win. Let's see what really happens today.
Here's a classic from 1823! It a hand drawn infographic titled "Comparative Heights of the Principal Mountains and Lengths of the Principal Rivers of The World" by WR Gardner. The high resolution image is on Flickr, but the post about the image is on bibliodyssey.blogspot.com.
This one makes a great poster! Thanks Roi for sharing in the comments.
Staying on the presidential election theme, here's a great infographic on infochimps.org. Red shows newspapers endorsing McCain, and Blue show newspapers endorsing Obama. The inner color of each circle also represents which candidate the newspaper endorsed in the 2004 election. The size of the circle represents each newspapers circulation.
Also notice the mismatch between the newspaper endorsement and each state's "Red vs. Blue" alignment.
Thanks Garrett for the link!
Very similar to the Flight Patterns video I posted back in October 2007, this is a video showing all commercial flight in the world over a 24-hour period. The previous video was only the U.S., but this one shows the entire world. It also shows the day/night areas and you can see the increase in air traffic as dawn rises around the world. Its from the Zhaw School of Engineering in Zurich.
Found via FlowingData.com
NYTimes.com is also tracking the Air Quality Index by day during the Olympics using a heatmap style graphic. There's definitely more pollution and particles in the air than most of the participants are used to. So far, there have been a couple of days in the 90's, but didn't cross over 100 into the "unhealthy" range.
Let's not forget the Maps! NYTimes.com has a number of interactive maps of the Beijing area showing the event locations, new architecture built for the Olympics, the demolition and expansion of the old city over the last 10 years, the new subway routes and some of the routes for the marathon and cycling events.