Sketches from Money on the Bench
On Monday we published something a little different than most of the graphics we make – a running, updating tracker of how much money major league teams are paying to players on the disabled list. I love sports, but I’m not a huge baseball fan and I’m neutral on the Yankees scale – I don’t really hate them but I can’t say I care whether they win or lose. But early in the...
NFL Draft Part II
Since we had already done some of the data work with the interactive graphic, we were able to turn around a quick chart after the draft. Below, some charts about what kind of players were drafted in the first round this year. (Nine offensive lineman and no running backs, both records.) In print, below, and on the NYT’s Fifth Down blog:
Charting Skill and Chance in the N.F.L. Draft
Last week we published an interactive graphic about the N.F.L. draft. Our goal was to show an odd reality: even though N.F.L. teams do tend to pick the “best” players early in the draft, there’s a tremendous amount of chance involved. The best 10 eventual N.F.L. performers will not be the first 10 players drafted – or even close. How to know that both of these are true and...
A couple weeks back, we used PitchFX data to show the relative “nastiness” (for lack of a better word) of the Mets’ pitcher Matt Harvey. The chart below shows pitches that batters swung at outside the strike zone during a recent game against the Phillies. I made some sketches, Joe Ward did the rest:
Climate Change, Crowbars and Strikeouts
Just over a week ago we published a graphic – more of an interactive short blog post without a blog, really – that accompanied Tyler Kepner’s piece about strikeouts for the Times’ 2013 baseball preview. The subject of both pieces was the steep increase in strikeouts across the board in the past decade: last year, ten Major League clubs set franchise records for strikeouts. The fact Tyler came to...
It's been a while
Alas, it has been nearly three months since the last Chartsnthings post. Rest assured, there are some interesting things in the hopper. We have top men and women working on the situation. While you’re waiting, why not look at a terrible connected scatterplot I threw away this afternoon? (Axis labels have been removed to protect the innocent.)
New Yorkers in the N.B.A.
On Christmas we published an interactive game of sorts that lets you pick your own all-time team of New Yorkers who went on to the N.B.A, along with a selection of teams from some notable pundits and former players. There weren’t really a lot of sketches to post, but for me, the best part of the project was looking through old N.B.A. photographs from the NYT archives and, in some cases, from...
Interview for Source on 'Snow Fall' →
grahaphics: A Q&A with the New York Times team
Modeling an avalanche
Last week I posted a video from Jeremy White, loosely describing how he turned LIDAR data into a stunning model of Tunnel Creek. But more modeling yet went into showing exactly where the avalanche happened and how it traveled. My colleague Graham Roberts added trees, elevation lines and an actual model of the avalanche – its shape, depth, and size — as it flowed down the mountain. (The Swiss...
Making a mountain out of a mountain of data
The NYT published its Snow Fall project this week. (You’ve seen it, right?) It’s a large, immersive and complex multimedia storytelling piece by more than a dozen people. I had zero (zilch, none, undefined) to do with it, but I do have a blog, and Jeremy White, one of the folks responsible for the 3D animated flyover in the first chapter (it’s a video, not a gif), made a...
R tutorial: Simple charts
Here’s a (still getting tweaked) R tutorial for the charts in the last post. Here’s the data you’ll need to download. Set your working directory to wherever you want to work out of (usually a project folder) setwd("/Users/pathToMyFolder...") Next, load the data. Any format is fine, but our data is a tab-delimited .txt files, so we can use read.delim (here, my data is in a...
Choosing the best form
Last week, my colleague Monica Davey reported that starting in January, one party will control both the state legislature and governor’s office in 37 states, the highest that figure has been since 1952. Numbers like that don’t always mean a chart will be good, but it usually means it’s worth at least checking out, so I got data from the National Council of State Legislatures,...
A Chartsnthings Thanksgiving
Readers, aggregators and bored skimmers of chartsnthings will know that this is frequently a place for statistical sketches, many of which are made in R. Yet this is not because the New York Times Graphics department only makes statistical charts; more realistically, it’s because this blog’s frequent contributors stink at drawing. The department has a wide assortment of (frankly...
Some sketches from the Times' scenario builder
Probably the best-known of the department’s graphics this election season is Mike Bostock and Shan Carter’s 512 Paths to the White House. Instead of posting on this in detail, I’ll just put up a few images and direct you to some stuff that’s already out there. First, an interview on Source with the authors. Next, Shan Carter’s recent talk at the Visualized...
Sketches from the Swinging Swing States
Now that the election is over and there’s a bit more time, I can post some sketches I have been sitting on for a while. (Early disclaimer: sitting on them was as close to this content as I got – these are courtesy of Mike Bostock, Shan Carter and Amanda Cox. I’m just doing the manual cut-and-paste labor.) This first sketch, from Amanda, was made with R, and it had been in her ideas...
Sketches for How Obama Won Re-election
Election night is (mercifully) over. Aside from the dozens of maps, tables and charts that ran live during the election, including a bunch live graphical updates to the live blog (some of which I reblogged here last night), the department also published a more analytical piece this morning. There had been many sketches and ideas about what to do for the “How the Winner Won” graphic...
Join us for Election Day!
nytgraphics: Tonight we’ll be posting visual updates – maps, charts and more – in this space to give Tumblr readers a snapshot of the race starting at 6pm E.T. Before results come in, the Times will be posting a collection of election maps from previous elections – some more than 100 years old. For the most up-to-date results, visit our live blog, follow @nytimes and @nytgraphics on Twitter or...
The New York Times Graphics department has created a Tumblr to post live shapshots of election results as they come in. (For the most up-to-date information, visit the site or the mobile apps, but if you’re just a Tumblr user, you can find updates there too.) While results are coming in, we’ll be posting electoral maps from elections past – starting with the year 1896. So check it...
NYT Graphics Wins 2012 Missouri Honor Medal
The New York Times Graphics Department was one of 10 recipients of the 2012 Missouri Honor Medal. For some reason the school was not able to fly all 25 of us to mid-Missouri for the banquet, so, as the lone Mizzou grad on staff, they sent me to come pick it up. Nice hardware! (Though sad they didn’t make 25 of them…) I also gave a talk to students about the work the department...
Not weird at all
Notes like these are always lying around the office: In this case, the note refers to the analysis of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s body language by some of my colleagues.
Droughts on display
Chris Fennewald, an editor with the Missouri Farm Bureau Publications, sent me these photos of our recent drought graphic on display at the Missouri State Fair. Nice to see the maps out in the wild! Also, if you missed it, Shan Carter and Mike Bostock revisited the drought data for a recent piece in the Sunday Review.
All the passes - U.S. women's soccer
A few months ago, during the Euro 2012 soccer tournament, I remember watching the Spain-France match, and like everyone who’s ever seen Spain play, was really surprised by how easily they outpassed their opponents. I wanted to make a chart of their passes – not a network diagram of who passed to who, but a chart of where the passes themselves were. My colleague Xaquín G.V., who had done many...
Shifts in rankings
Although it’s not the sexiest of our graphics, we made a couple widgets, for lack of a better word, that lived on the Olympics results pages. One of them documented the shift in rankings for events with lots of splits. Shan Carter had written a small charting framework for Flash in 2010, and it included some methods to do a chart like this (which happens to be from the 2010 women’s...
"Just for laughs" from Bob Costas
A few people sent this to me the other day. Looks familiar!
Why Amanda Cox should be in charge of audio
The last few seconds of the Bolt video might seem familiar to some of you, especially if you were a fan of NYT graphics in 2010 during the Vancouver Olympics. One graphic done during those Games, “Fractions of a Second: An Olympic Musical” by Amanda Cox, let users hear the difference between finishers. It was a totally new and awesome way of thinking about close results. At least, it...
Sketches from One Race, Every Medalist Ever
One of our most recognizable Olympics graphics is probably “One Race, every Medalist Ever,” a 3D rendering and video that imagines what a race of every athlete ever to medal in the men’s 100-meter sprint might look like. I’d love to take credit for the idea, but it’s not new. The first time I ever saw the idea was in 2009, when my colleague Bill Marsh had a small...
The Olympics Are Almost Over!
Closing ceremonies are this weekend, which means the Olympics are almost over. As many readers/skimmers/aggregators of Chartsnthings might know, the New York Times graphics department published one or two things about the Olympics recently, and I’ll try to post little tidbits where I can instead of making a few massive posts. What better place to start than in the Olympic pool, where we...
Shan Carter's track
Yesterday the graphics desk published the third in its “How to Win” series; here, Shan Carter and Joe Ward explain the handoff in track relays. (You should really be checking those out, btw.) Shan sent along one of his first passes at the 3D track, which I believe he made using Modo. This only reinforces my current belief that 3D rendering is a basically a series of inexplicably magical dials. ...
Droughts on deadline
Last week I got a chance to drop various longer-term assignments and do a small amount of monkeying for my colleague Haeyoun Park, who had obtained some data from the N.O.A.A. on droughts in the contiguous United States going back more than a hundred years. Every project is different, and when you’re on deadline, everyone just pitches in however they can to get the thing done in time....