A playful, explorable explanation demonstrates the impact of chance on poll results
Connected scatter plots highlight differences between disease-resilient and high-risk patients
Learning from Scientific American’s 171 years of covering advances in printing technology
From hallucinogenic-like DeepDream composites to mesmerizing style-transfer videos, visuals provide an engaging entry point to the world of machine learning
What are epigenetic modifications, and how might they play out across generations?
Animation shows how a moon jelly propels itself using spinning wheels of water
Do you think it was the issue with the article on “Marihuana”? Mysteries from the inside cover of Hooteroll?
Efforts to learn more about the mosquito that transmits Zika have resulted in a new visualization, but what does it show?
An Article on Graphics in the Time of Cholera Prompts a Review of the Scientific American Archive
Early schematics by Jane Richardson lay the foundation for her ubiquitous ribbon diagrams
What is visualization? When asked of data and information visualization professionals, answers will generally swirl around one of two punch lines…a visual tool that aids in (1) analysis or (2) communication of information...
Earlier this year, I reported the punchline of my quest to uncover the story behind the story of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures album cover.
Earlier this year, I learned that the founding editor of Scientific American Magazine, Rufus Porter, was an artist—an influential muralist and prolific portrait painter at that.
The Keeling Curve, which records atmospheric carbon dioxide changes since 1958, was just awarded National Historic Chemical Landmark status. — Jen Christiansen, Eliene Augenbraun, Benjamin Meyers...
A graph that plots rising CO2 over the decades has always been a lesser known icon in demonstrating the reality of global warming.
In honor of the spacecraft MESSENGER, which ends its mission today with a planned collision with Mercury, here’s a look back at the craft and its travels, as illustrated by Don Foley for the March 2011 issue of Scientific American...
News graphics professionals converged in Pamplona, Spain for the 23rd annual Malofiej Information Graphics World Summit for one week last month.
In the May issue of Scientific American, a familiar friend makes an appearance: a chart of fundamental particles. These particles—fermions (which include constituents of matter such as electrons and quarks) and bosons (usually carriers of force)—are at the very heart of the Standard Model of particle physics...
When it comes to developing an illustrated information graphic, sometimes you don’t really know what sorts of details you’re going to need until you dive in and start drawing...
Sure, I was familiar with the graphic—and I’m not alone. Drop this image (right) on someone’s desk and chances are they’ll reflexively blurt, “Joy Division.” The band’s 1979 Unknown Pleasures album cover leaned entirely on a small mysterious data display, printed in white on black...