I enjoyed this article's explanation of the distinction between explanatory and exploratory visualizations. The fullscreen Google Trends visualization they link to as an example is also interesting, though I don't know quite what to make of it. Everyone seems old when you're a kid. People tower over you and do things you can't even fathom, like walk on just your feet. In high school, elementary school students look like babies, and college kids seem way more mature than they actually are. Every top 5 song, from 1958 - 2016, so we can stop arguing about when music was still good This article is a bit older, but it’s a great look at how to create pleasing color scales for your visualizations. A couple months ago, I published an article comparing historic and present-day popularity of older music. I used two huge datasets: 50,000 Billboard songs and 1,4M tracks on Spotify. If I were writing an academic paper, I'd do a ton of analysis, regressio... We've long known of the persistent and troublesome academic gap between white students and their black and Hispanic peers in public schools. We've long understood the primary reason, too: A higher proportion of black and Hispanic children come from poor f... Kobe Bryant's 30,699th and final field goal came from 19 feet with 31 seconds left against the Utah Jazz. During his 20 years with the Lakers, he fired up more than 30,000 shots, including the regular season and playoffs.