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.

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

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

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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.

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  • Free: Yes
  • Sign up: No