Google News Lab and data visualization designer Moritz Stefaner have created a data visualization tool called “Rhythm of Food” that analyzes Google search trends for different food items to reveal how different foods rise and fall in popularity. The visualizations plot search volume on a monthly basis dating back to 2006 and can illustrate different trends in food popularity, such as how searches for “watermelon” spike in summer months, or how medical research published in March 2007 revealing that grapefruit juice could interfere with some medications caused a dramatic increase in searches for that month.
Visualizing Interest in Food
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.