With stunning visualizations emerging frequently, 2017 has been truly an exceptional year for visualization and chart lovers. We have compiled 10 best data visualization projects that made their mark in 2017.
With stunning visualizations
emerging frequently, 2017 has
been truly an exceptional year for
data visualization and chart lovers.
We have visualization projects
ranging from Cassini satellite to
solar eclipse and terrorist attack
to effect of culture on graphics.
Let’s take a look back at 10
such data visualizations that
made their mark in 2017.
Please note: They are in no particular order
and have been sourced from popular
internet communities (r/dataisbeautiful
subreddit), visualization award programs
and other top media outlets.
This visualization by Axios tracks 74 economies of
the world and shows the GDP growth from 2000.
For instance, it is interesting to compare the
economy of Angola and Japan — the former has
grown nearly 13 times while the later’s growth has
stagnated (which was initially propelled by
automobile and electronics industry).
1. World’s GDP growth
Note: World Bank
includes 74 countries
excluding those with a
2016 GDP below $50b
and those with missing
This visualization was created by Reddit user ‘superpaow’
to showcase the after-effect of the full solar eclipse on the
Right after the planetary event, the Reddit user used
Google trends to visualize data related to search
popularity of the terms “solar eclipse” and “my eyes hurt”
in New York state on the day of the eclipse.
We can see that there is swift surge for search term “my
eyes hurt” which is can correlated with the event.
2. My eyes hurt
Google’s game Quick, Draw! has attracted millions of
people and they have submitted more than 50 millions
drawings till now.
This visualization project focuses on the effect of the
demographics (location, language, etc.) on the way we
draw. Considering circles as a symbol that cuts across the
global culture, Nikhil Sonnad and Thu-Huong Ha of Quartz
analyzed the dataset of 119,000 circles to establish the
link between drawing and nationality.
3. Cultural expression in graphic
Cassini was launched in 1997 with a mission to explore
Saturn, and it ended on Sept. 15, 2017 with a planned
plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere.
This visualization by National Geographic shows its
journey and what it transmitted to the earth. You can also
check out the unprocessed images here.
4. Cassini grand tour
Reddit user valouhhh’s hard-hitting, yet simple visual
depicts the number of people who died in terrorist attacks
in Africa and Europe within January to October, 2017 time
This clearly shows the way media covers world news —
although Africans are the ones who bear the
consequences of the militant extremism, outlets from US
and Europe don’t necessarily show the perils to which the
unprotected people are exposed.
5. People killed in terrorist attacks in 2017:
Europe (Blue) vs Africa (Red)
Terrorism kills 20 times more
in Africa than in Europe.
Click here to view the reddit
Google News Lab and Truth & Beauty leveraged
Google search interest to uncover key insights on
food trends over the years.
The dataset was created by pulling weekly Google
Trends data for hundreds of dishes and ingredients,
over twelve years and plotted on a year clock to
showcase how seasons and the rhythm of food
6. Rhythm of Food
As per the data from the music event website Songkick,
7,000 bands headlined a small venue (less than 700
capacity) in the NYC area in 2013 and less than 50%
performed in another show from 2014 to October of
Finally only 21 managed to play at a venue of over 3,000
capacity — a benchmark considered for “making it big”.
This interactive visualization shows some of the successful
bands and the way they hit it big.
7. Making it big
This project uses Neural Networks to detect and quantify
recurring patterns in reviews, allowing us to go through
thousands of reviews in a few minutes.
Apart from that the network is capable of detecting spam
and fake reviews so that consumers can take informed
Just enter URL of the product and you would be presented
with a simple visualization depicting positive and negative
score for various factors based on the reviews.
8. The Review Index
For those who find reading reviews on sites like Amazon difficult and time
consuming, this project can be a great alternative.
The Pudding stems from the concept of the explaining
debated ideas with visual essays.
By using original datasets, primary research, and
interactivity, they apply this new form of journalism to
explain complex topics.
This project definitely sparks enthusiasm in people who
get dissuaded while reading complex and long form essays.
9. The Pudding
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, these type of visual essays make
storytelling interesting and more accessible.
This project was started by Nadieh Bremer and Shirley
Each month they select a topic and the assigned person
works on the project to create an unconventional and
Within the topic, they're free to do whatever we want; a
perfect opportunity to create, experiment, and have fun.
10. Data Sketches
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