In the December 28, 2013 digital edition of The Washington Post, Kennedy Elliott and Dan Balz published an interactive data visualization titled Party Control by State. The recent gridlock in Congress has been blamed on political polarity — increasingly antagonistic political ideologies among Democrats and Republicans, with neither party in full control. But states are circumventing […]

How many Christmas cards are sent each year? Which states produce the most Christmas trees? What are some of the most popular Christmas traditions? This infographic, from the History Channel, looks to answer those questions and more.

The Anatomy of Speed, by Jason Treat, Senior Graphics Editor, National Geographic & Bryan Christie, Bryan Christie Design When researching the cheetah’s anatomy, Jason Treat was struck by how all of its features accommodate the animal’s need for speed. “The thing that really sealed it for me was the way that the lungs and the […]

It’s sometimes easy to take for granted the calculated, enormous complexity of the everyday things in the world that make our lives easier and more convenient. For most of us, traffic is a minor (or possibly major, depending on where you are) inconvenience that we have to deal with day in and day out. In […]

It’s no great revelation that a lot of exotic scenes in Hollywood movies aren’t actually shot on location, but this fascinating map, produced by Paramount Studios in 1927 to reassure film financiers that they were capable of doing things on the cheap, shows just how California-centric the film industry can be. They even shot New […]