21 Everyday Visualisations

How do we use visualisation every day?

This post shows 21 common uses of data visualisation – things we possibly use without even thinking of them as visualisation.  It can be really helpful, if you’re visualising data, to notice the ways in which we incorporate meters, charts, tables and graphs into everyday life.

Those that have become so ingrained into everyday life are usually perfect examples of simplicity and effectiveness.


Calendar by Katy Warner

Weather Map

Weather Map by Ric James


Barometer by Adrian Scottow


Thermometer by Jay Williams


Clock by blue2likeyou


Speedometer by Nik Sibley

Google Map

Map by Google Maps

Traffic Lights

Traffic Lights by AlexNormand

London Bus Map

Bus Routes by bopuc

Green Man Crossing

Pedestrian Crossing by Chris Skoyles

Tube Map

Tube Map by MacKenzie London

Memory Status

Memory Status by jaysun093

Youtube Play Meter

Youtube Play Meter by smil

Rear Car Lights

Rear Lights by Jen Gallardo

Kitchen Scales

Kitchen Scales by Mark Allerton

Oven Gas Knobs

Gas Knobs Ben O’Bryan

Egg Timer

Egg Timer by notanartist

Radio Tuner

Radio Tuner by Anders Ljungberg

Graphic Equaliser

Graphic Equaliser by wblo

Bathroom Scales

Bathroom Scales by davidd

Battery Charging

Battery Charging by Lisa Jacobs

So what did I miss?

If there were any everyday items you would have included in the list, please feel free to let me know in the comments below…


  1. Hi mark,

    Just wanted to say thanks for including my picture in your post. Must admit I find it difficult to wrap my head around data visualisations, but it’s something I’d love to develop at least a basic understanding of. Great job with the blog, keep up the good work!



    1. Mark Johnstone June 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks Chris – you’re welcome.


  2. Great post.

    Looking at your list I see

    pie chart

    As for other examples how about the financial indicators used in business news (TV, print, web) to indicate daily movements in stocks, indices, exchange rates, commodity prices etc.


  3. Mark Johnstone June 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Nice idea Chris. Thanks for the input. I also liked your comments in your blog post – http://www.vislives.com/2011/06/pervasive-visualization.html

    Thank you :)


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