Tutorial: How to Make Scatter Plot in Adobe Illustrator

I’m a big fan of scatter plots and bubble plots, as can be seen from several small data visualization articles showing health correlations lately. They’re both great for showing correlations. There’s some nice new online tools for creating scatter and bubble plots like Plotly and RAW, both of which I use regularly. But, when it […]

Visualizing Heart Disease Correlations in the US and EU

According to the World Health Organization cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally. More people die annually from cardiovascular diseases than from any other cause. An estimated 17.3 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2008, representing 30% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, an estimated 7.3 million were due to […]

Connected Scatter Plot Health Visualizations

Continuing my latest pursuit of data visualization exploration of health risk factors, it didn’t occur to me until after I had finished my animated scatter plot of sugar – BMI correlation that I could have done a static visual representation of that with a connected scatter plot. In these connected scatter plots, each dot represents […]

Data Viz: Inactivity vs Sugar – Correlation to Obesity Rates

Which health risk factor, physical inactivity or sugar consumption, is more closely correlated to rising obesity rates in the US, Canada, and western EU? To explore this, I collected health data from the World Health Organization (obesity data and physical inactivity data) and the GapMinder Foundation (sugar consumption data). I’ve explored the sugar consumption data […]

Animated Health Visualization: Sugar Consumption-BMI

Following up on last week’s data visualization of Sugar Consumption & BMI in US, Canada, & EU, I pursued the animated scatter plot that shows the correlation of sugar consumption to BMI for the US, Canada, and several western EU countries from 1980 to 2004. This short video shows just how drastically the US outpaces […]

Roundup of Recent Research & Reads

A roundup of interesting reads and research on digital health, visual communication, health visualizations, and creativity. Digital Health Digital Life in 2025 Pew Research Internet Project Experts to make their own predictions about the state of digital life by the year 2025. “Augmented reality and wearable devices will be implemented to monitor and give quick feedback […]