Weekly Roundup: Google’s Music Timeline, Visualizing the Beatles and More

Weekly Roundup

We love visual content—in all its forms. Whether it’s great data visualization or innovative design, we are inspired by work well done. And we believe that good work deserves to be shared. That’s why we showcase our favorite finds from across the web each Friday. In this weekly roundup: Google’s Music Timeline, Visualizing the Beatles and more.

Freedom’s Ring

By The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute in collaboration with Beacon Press’s King Legacy Series

Freedom's Ring

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s groundbreaking “I Have a Dream” speech, this interactive allows users to explore all aspects of the speech. Check out the written and spoken speech, multimedia images, and learn about the historical context.


Visualising The Beatles

By John Pring


For Beatles superfans and data geeks, this book is a dream. (Check out the Kickstarter project to help make it a reality.) From haircuts to hit singles, Visualizing The Beatles will use infographics to tell the story of The Beatles’ cultural legacy and musical progression over the course of their 13 core releases.

Music Timeline

By Google Research

Music Timeline

Using data from the Google Music Play library, Google Research compiled an impressive timeline of the popularity of various musical genres from 1950 to present day. (Popularity was determined by how many users have an artist or album in their Google library.) You can explore various sub-genres and see which specific artists were most popular within a given time. (We miss you, Avril Lavigne.)

Data and Visualization Year in Review, 2013

By Flowing Data

Flowing Data

We always enjoy Nathan Yau’s work and unique perspective, and this read offers excellent insight on the trends and evolution of data visualization over the past year. We were especially struck by this:

“During some phases, when so much news was based on speculation and opinion, data was a way to form our own opinions and to view a subject more objectively. But not in that cold, robotic sort of way and more in the warm, human-like way.”

Check out the entire post to read his thoughts and see some of the most powerful (and absurd) visualizations of the year.

GE Annual Reports 1892-2011



As a company that has been around for more than a 100 years, GE has significant in-house data to play with. We loved this interactive visualization of the words used in the company’s annual reports over the last century. Even more interesting, you can zoom in to see isolated pages from their archives.


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