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Data viz geeks: Ultimate gift list - 1

The first of three posts with shopping ideas and cool items to buy for Christmas

December 10, 2014

Right, so, after a title like this we better deliver our readers something really great – or at least, that goes beyond the traditional book recommendations. Please, don’t get us wrong, we love books, and this year we had a lot of fantastic publications that will surely be great additions to anyone’s library.

But, in case you are looking for something different to offer – or ask for -, we did a quick Internet search to find you the latest, coolest dataviz gifts. Also, as far as we noticed, the latest similar list was written by Benjamin Wiederkehr, over at Datavisualization.ch. Before that, Flowing Data and Information Aesthetics made lists with great suggestions as well. But it’s time for an update, right?

For the sake of organization – and your pockets -, we divided this post in three parts: today we open with posters and prints, tomorrow (11) we’ll suggest some other cool items for your home/work space, and finally, on Friday, clothing and accessories. And who knows, we might even do a follow-up next week, with some missing articles.

But for now, let’s start with the best places to get infographic posters and prints:

Pop Charts Lab

Arguably the most famous of all the infographic poster creators in this list, Pop Chart Lab was founded by Patrick Mulligan and Ben Gibson, and their works have been featured multiple times in some of the top design blogs in the world.

Partial screen capture of the Pop Charts Lab website
(image: Pop Charts Lab )
Partial screen capture of the Pop Charts Lab website
(image: Pop Charts Lab print gallery)

The Friday Project | Stephen Wildish

The Friday Project is a creation of Stephen Wildish‘s creative design studio, WILDISH&CO, and it aims to create something witty or pretty once a week. And the best part? Prints of the Friday Project are for sale on RedBubble

Partial screen capture of the The Friday Project website
(image: The Friday Project | Stephen Wildish)
Partial screen capture of the The Friday Project website on redbublle
(image: The Friday Project on redbublle | Stephen Wildish)

ChartBall

For data viz sports fans, Chartball comes as good as it gets. Mostly focused on the most popular US sports, you’ll find here beautiful prints with the history of the top professional franchises and college teams. Chartball is a production of AGP Creative, by Andrew Garcia Phillips (formerly The Wall Street Journal, The Star-Ledger and The New York Times). We featured Chartball recently, in this list of data and sports blogs to follow.

Partial screen capture of the ChartBall website
(image: ChartBall)
2013  Louisville Cardinals, one the many prints available at ChartBall
(image: 2013 Louisville Cardinals, one the many prints available at ChartBall)

History Shots

Another familiar name that pops up frequently in this topic, History Shots produces large-scale infographic posters that present beautiful data visualizations of historical concepts. They also have prints to sale of some of the classics of visualization, including a couple of vintage goodies that we’ve featured in our Monday round ups..

One of the prints available at History Shots | Credits: Sean McNaughton/National Geographic Stock | Used by permission and license by National Geographic.
One of the prints available at History Shots | Credits: Sean McNaughton/National Geographic Stock | Used by permission and license by National Geographic.

TimePlots

Timeplots are carefully crafted to provide a clear, comprehensive perspective of a specific subject. They currently offer Visual Histories of the American Presidency, the US Supreme Court, the US Senate, the US House of Representatives, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. The most well-known piece is the Death and Taxes poster, with the 2015 version already available for pre-order.

Partial screen capture of the TimePlots website
(image: TimePlots)
Partial screen capture of the TimePlots website
(image: TimePlots)

Flowing Data Shop

Besides his book Data Points – Visualization that means something, Nathan Yau also has a couple of great poster available at his shop: the Famous Movies Quotes and the Chart-Topping Songs.

Partial screen capture of the Flowing Data Shop website
(image: Flowing Data Shop)
Partial screen capture of the Chart-Topping Songs poster, by Nathan Yau
Chart-Topping Songs, by Nathan Yau

Treemap Art

Although Ben Shneiderman conceived treemaps for purely functional purposes (understanding the allocation of space on a hard drive), he was always aware that there were appealing aesthetic aspects to treemaps. The full views of the posteers he created are freely available for anyone to make personal use prints. A contribution of $500 to the UM Human-Computer Interaction Lab will get serious collectors a signed and numbered print. Also, listen to this episode of the Data Stories podcast, where Ben talks more about this project.

Partial screen capture of the Treemap Art website
(The Treemap Art website by Ben Shneiderman)
Partial screen capture of the Treemap Art website
(One of the Treemap Art posters by Ben Shneiderman)

Information is Beautiful Store

The place to get copies of some of the most popular infographics in recent years, all coined by the hand of David McCandless’s team. The Society 6 store they set up is a great place to buy data viz and infographic posters.

Information is Beautiful Print and Download Store
Information is Beautiful Print and Download Store
Partial screen capture of the Information is Beautiful Store website
The Information is Beautiful Store at Society 6

Weather Radials Poster

We brought this work by design studio Raureif here on Visualoop back in March, and it’s one of the most amazing posters in this list. The 2013 Weather Radials poster tells the whole story of the four seasons on a global scale—it illustrates what it means to live in Rejkjavik, Los Angeles and Seoul. Each Weather Radial visualizes the specifics of a city’s climate and the actual weather of each day in one single iconic visualization.

Weather Radials Poster, infographic by Raureif
(Weather Radials Poster by Raureif)

One to One Hundred

In that same issue of Data Viz News, in March, we also mentioned the work of graphic designer Mark Gonyea In each of the “One to One Hundred” series, he created a numerical language out of negative space, lines, circles, dots, and pixels. The end result was a poster exploring outside-the-box methods of counting numbers. An interesting detail is that Matt set this poster as a KickStarer Campaign, which he run very successfully. Matt’s website now has a lot of nice prints and variations of the One to One Hundred available – we specially loved the Zig-Zag version.

One to One Hundred poster, by Mark GonyeaOne to One Hundred poster, by Mark Gonyea
(image: One to One Hundred poster, by Mark Gonyea)

The Graphic Continuum

Very well received by the data visualization community, the Graphic Continuum was created by our friend Jon Schwabish and graphic designer Severino Ribecca – the person behind the Data Visualisation Catalogue. It displays nearly 90 different graphics across five main categories: Distribution, Time, Comparing Categories, Geospatial, Part-to-Whole, and Relationships, and you can learn more about it here.

Jon, by the way, has a very cool podcast together with Stephanie Evergreen, of Evergreen data – who is also in the “data viz gift business”, with her gift card shop over at RedBubble.

The Graphic Continuum, illustration by Severino Ribecca and Jon Schwabish
(The Graphic Continuum, by Severino Ribecca and Jon Schwabish)
(The Graphic Continuum, by Severino Ribecca and Jon Schwabish)

 

Before closing this first part, we still have to make a reference, of course, to all the antiques and old maps shops out there. We’ll skip those here, but you can have a look at some of our favorites in this post. Also, some newcomers like Vintage Visualizations are worth a visit.

Now, tomorrow we’ll move on to objects to decorate your work environment, so stay tuned. And if you know of a cool data viz gift to add to our lists, let us know in on Twitter using the hashtag #datavizgift.

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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