The top 100 vizzes of 2011 are in and a new author is crowned champion. The New Scientist's Peter Aldhous claimed the top spot with his anxiety-inducing viz showing the location of the world's nuclear reactors. Second place went to perennial powerhouse Al Melchior of CBS Sports for his fantasy baseball viz. Timothy Ellis of Seattle Bubble took third with his viz on housing prices.
Like Peter, many authors used Tableau Public to try to make sense of the tragedy that hit Japan. Vizzes ranged from examinations of the country's earthquake history to the extent of the radiation leaks.
- Eron Villarreal created a viz that tracked Japan's radiation levels.
- Rick Martin of the Japan Times also examined radiation levels.
- Alex Kerin of Data Driven Consulting vized the incredible number of earthquakes Japan had experienced the week of the tragedy.
- Peter Aldhous created a viz on Japan's seismic history.
These vizzes were remarkable not just for the insight they offered but also because of the speed at which they were created. They helped us better understand this monumental catastrophe as it was happening.