Visual Inspiration: Taxi Fares, Knolling, World Cities at Night

How does a cabbie make money?

The Boston Globe obtained 87 days of fare data for one cab driver. The resulting interactive visualization reveals “a job filled with frustrating days and meager rewards.” Click here for the interactive visualization  


If you spend much time looking at infographics, you’ll instantly recognize knolling – although you probably didn’t know this OCD-like trait had a name. Knolling is the process of arranging like objects in parallel or 90-degree angles as a method of organization. This video is quite reminiscent of the data viz process: digesting a pile of information and then presenting it in a much clearer way. Also check out:  

What major world cities look like at night, minus the light pollution

© Thierry Cohen: San Francisco 37° 48' 30'' N 2010-10-9 Lst 20:58
via “By traveling to places free from light pollution but situated on precisely the same latitude as his cities (and by pointing his camera at the same angle in each case), he obtains skies which, as the world rotates about its axis, are the very ones visible above the cities a few hours earlier or later,” writes photography critic Francis Hodgson, in an essay featured on Cohen’s Web site. “He shows, in other words, not a fantasy sky as it might be dreamt, but a real one as it should be seen.”   Jared Fanning is a Creative Director at He had his pencils taken away in middle school for drawing too much, and spent his summers in the bleachers at Wrigley Field.

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