XIV.2 Rhythm of Food

Moritz Stefaner

Yuri Vishnevsky

Food trends come and go. In this visualization from Mortiz Stefaner and Yuri Vishnevsky, the rise and fall of ingredients, drinks, diets, and regional cuisine are beautifully mapped on a year clock, a new form of data visualization thats hows patterns through seasons and years. Composed of over 130,000 data points pulled from Google Trends, the ebb and flow of the past 12 years of food trends are revealed. Some insights are predictable. Searches for turkey peak in November around Thanksgiving and chocolate has a spike in February near Valentine’s Day. Other patterns reveal changes in our collective diet as people turn their attention (and stomachs) to cauliflower and cronuts. Rhythm of Food is a collaboration between Google News Lab and Truth & Beauty.

Rhythm of Food can be found at http://rhythm-of-food.net.


Stefaner, Moritz and Yuri Vishnevsky, 2018. Rhythm of Food. In “14th Iteration (2018): Macroscopes for Ensuring our Well-being." Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Lisel Record. http://scimaps.org

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.