The Rhythm of Food combines data from FooDB and Google Trends, looking for search patterns across time — and cleverly recognizing that the cycle of the year is a good way to organize time.
Tryo Labs is continuing its tradition of retrospectives about the best Python libraries for the past year. This year, it seems, it’s all about serverless architectures and, of course, AI/ML. A lot of cool stuff happening in the latter space. Check out this year’s retrospective and also the discussion on Reddit. (And here’s a link to Tryo’s 2015 retrospective for those curious.)
Flowingdata has a list of their own: Best Data Visualization Projects of 2016/. If you haven’t seen the one about the evolution of bacteria that is a “live” visualization conducted on a giant petri dish, check it out.
I love visualizations like this one, and I can imagine compiling more like this one — a good visualization of the new “tree of life” — as well as a really nice rendering of the periodic table into a *things you need to know* book/portfolio.
EDIT: *I forgot to note that [Ethnologue](http://www.ethnologue.com) is a great resource for language information.*
[Dear Data] revisits the idea of correspondence with the twist that the two correspondents are designers who gave themselves the task of visualizing a week’s worth of data drawn from their own lives: animals seen, sounds heard, time spent alone.
[Dear Data]: http://www.dear-data.com
I believe the ration is 8 to 13 for the number of revolutions around the sun for Venus and Earth to be aligned. (Or maybe it was 5 to 8.) Anyway, it produces the following graph: