Using Sankey Flow Diagrams to Show Distribution & Flow

Since creating and publishing the City of Sacramento Budget Interactive Flow Diagram last year for Code for Sacramento’s Open Budget Sacramento project I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback about it. This flow diagram seems to attract and engage people more than any other style of data visualization I’ve produced. People love it. Commonly referred to as a Sankey diagram, alluvial diagram, or flow diagram, these visual representations of how things flow or are distributed and dispersed seem to naturally draw people in to explore and interact with the data.

Infographic Insights

A few months ago, a reader on my VizThinker.com site asked me to share my thoughts about the rising popularity of infographics. As both creator and curator in the visual communication space, I’m finding myself asked more and more frequently to review and share...

VideoInfographics.com

I’ve been intrigued with online explanatory videos since attending a workshop at VizThink ’08 presented by Lee and Sachi Lefever of Common Craft. Soon thereafter, I stumbled upon an explanatory infographic video created by Xplane, a prominent leader in visual...

Web Trend Map 4 Release

Every visual thinking blogger in the blogosphere is going to be blogging about it, but it’s just so damn cool that I have to do it too. Information Architects have just released their Web Trend Map 4. Popular domains on the Web are mapped to the Tokyo Metro and...

Visualizing Garbage

At VizThink ’09, Ole Qvist-Sorensen challenged the audience during his general session presentation, “Survival Academy: Imagining a Better World with Visual Language, Thinking and Practice,” how we as visual thinkers could contribute to saving the...