Gapminder World – visualize changing trends worldwide

I first heard about Gapminder and its Trendalyzer software from the TED talks by Hans Rosling. Gapminder offers a striking representation of worldwide (or national) trends in population, health, economy, and other indicators.

Check it out: http://www.gapminder.org/downloads/applications/

  • Free: Yes
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VisualLiteracy.org – “A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods”

The folks at VisualLiteracy.org have designed a great primer for anyone who wonders what the heck data visualization is and why anyone gets excited about it.

Check it out: http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.html

Amaztype – words made from book covers

This is a fun one. Type any word and watch as amaztype renders your word from relevant book covers pulled from Amazon. It’s the relevance that makes this truly cool – try “dog” for a good example.

Check it out: http://amaztype.tha.jp/

  • Free: Yes
  • Sign up: No