Visualizations with R and Adobe Illustrator

I’ve been reading Visualize This by Nathan Yau to better understand visualization concepts. The book provides some direction regarding how to begin graphing data in R and then touching up the graphics in Adobe Illustrator. Here are a few visualizations I was able to create with some basic knowledge of R code and Adobe Illustrator. Nathan’s book provides most of the R code but the Illustrator portion took some work to get just right.

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Billboard Hip Hop Chart Visualized 1989-2015


I enjoy a great work of visualization and this interactive data graph by Polygraph charting the top 10 Billboard hip hop hits from 1989-2015 is phenomenal. The number one song in the list plays until it is supplanted by the next number one chart-topping song.

For someone like me who grew up in the 90’s and listened to the golden age of rap music, this graph is a very enjoyable walk down memory lane conjuring up mental images of high school, college and enjoyable times thereafter.  I can pinpoint where I surrendered my knowledge of mainstream hip hop as it ceded to the tastes of a younger generation (around 2011). Enjoy the link: