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The Colour Of Formula One print, summarises the 2014 Formula One World Championship – a defining and record breaking season for the Mercedes Formula One team.

Outstanding sporting achievement should be celebrated and remembered. 2014 was an incredible year for the Mercedes Formula one team. Stacked on top of inevitable Driver’s and Constructor’s championships, the team set records for most GP wins, most podiums and most 1-2 finishes in a season, while their drivers fought it out until the final race.

The main visualisation shows how the points awarded were split at each race. Different colours represent the teams. Supplementary graphics show how the Lewis vs. Nico battle unfolded through the season, along with final driver standings. This is all packaged into an elegant print so that any Mercedes, F1 and sports fans alike can remember what was a very special year for Formula One.
'The Colour Of Formula One' print is a visualisation to summarise the 2014 Formula One World Championship - a defining and record breaking season for the Mercedes team
Hanging Mockup of 'The Colour Of Formula One' print is a visualisation to summarise the 2014 Formula One World Championship - a defining and record breaking season for the Mercedes team
Close up on 'The Colour Of Formula One' print is a visualisation to summarise the 2014 Formula One World Championship - a defining and record breaking season for the Mercedes team
Close up on 'The Colour Of Formula One' print showing the Lewis vs. Nico battle
Framed 'The Colour Of Formula One' print is a visualisation to summarise the 2014 Formula One World Championship - a defining and record breaking season for the Mercedes team


Signed A3 prints are available for £25, with free shipping*, by contacting rainbowworks.

Prints will be shipped unmounted, in a cardboard tube and will be signed by the designer on the reverse. A3 is 29.7 x 42cm. Just drop us a an email, including your postal address and number of prints required. We will get back with payment details and get your print on it’s way. *Standard delivery to mainland UK is included and should be within 2-5 working days. Express or outside UK delivery can be arranged – just let us know your requirements.


A prize car boot sale find – some vintage nautical Pilot Charts from the 1950s with one proud and loving new owner.

These vintage charts are the reason why I love a good car boot. A brilliant combination of maps and data visualisation, these historic charts are comfortably my best car boot find to date.

The charts are packed with a staggering amount of information, much of it averaged for the month of issue: Prevailing winds, Ocean Currents, Storm Tracks, Magnetic Variation, Sailing Routes, Ice Limits, Gale and Fog reports and more.

If that wasn’t enough to keep you busy, the reverse side of each chart seems to feature a different ‘bonus’ study into other related weather phenomenon. Mine include: The Total Eclipse of June 30th 1954 and ‘Tropical Cyclones Of the World’. And all that for 30 cents.

It seems the charts were compiled and issued monthly by the US Navy Hydrographic Office. I haven’t hadn’t chance to delve very far into their history, but the chart’s state that they are ‘Founded upon the researches made in the early part of the nineteenth century by Matthew Fontaine Maury, while serving as a lieutenant in the United States Navy.’

The chart footnote reads as follows: Prepared from data furnished by the Hydrographic Office, Navy department, and by the Weather Bureau, Department of Commerce, and published by the Hydrographic Office under the authority of the secretary of the navy, Washington D.C. (Legislative Act, June 17, 1910).

Having worked with wind data quite a bit in an aerodynamic capacity, I was an instant fan of the wind roses, but the favourite has to be the ‘Extreme Limit of Icebergs’ lines.

I don’t know where these lines current lie, but was pretty surprised to see one reaching within 150 miles of Buenos Aires, back in 1950.

It seems a bit sad that something of such quality, had been demeaned, by time, to the grass of a Lincoln field. I was happy to jump to the rescue. A new loving custodian of these brilliant pieces of nautical charting history.

I picked up the 4 A0 charts, which range from 1947-1954, from Hemswell Car Boot, for a mere £7. A steal. Aside from putting one on the wall, I’ve got a couple of ideas to ponder for the others. Will keep you posted with any movements.



Roger Federer is in a class of his own – an outlier amongst the world’s best tennis players.

If pushed, my ‘greatest ever sportsman’ would be Roger Federer. Not just for his on-court achievement, but also for his attitude and conduct, both on and off it. In today’s Wimbledon final he has a chance to win his eighth Wimbledon title and add another record to his tally – by winning it more times than any other man in history.

When I found this great representation of tennis players’ career performance, on the blog, I was instantly struck by the data point in the top right hand-corner. As a long standing Federer fan, I optimistically shot over there to discover that it was indeed my man Rog.


Tennis player career win percentage vs games played - Roger Federer is in a class of his own

Regeneration of a figure created by, a web data extraction tool. See for more information.

The figure shows over 10000 professional tennis players, since around the turn of the century who have played over 50 games. Only 9 of these 10000, have a win percentage above 80%. Of those 9, Federer has played more than 250 matches (around 25%) more than the next closest.

Federer’s trophy cabinet pretty much speaks for itself but I thought this was a great visualisation to instantly strengthen his case. The man is effectively an outlier amongst the world’s greatest tennis players. An outlier amongst outliers.

It’s a great visualisation example. Obviously there are many other relevant factors in characterising career performance, but bottom line, this concise representation says a great deal, and that for me, is what it’s all about.

My version above is tailored to highlight Roger Federer’s ridiculous position in the pack, or more correctly – out of it. However, a number of other things jump out of the graphic straight away and I’d love to have time to dig into these in a bit more detail.’s original version is interactive allowing you to pinpoint your other favourite players. It also has data set links and some great detail about how their demo app was created. So if you’re interested, head over to for more information.

In terms of today’s Wimbledon final, grass career stats look good for Federer, with a much higher win ratio than Djokovic (87% vs 79%) and around twice as much experience (145 grass matches vs. 76 for Djokovic). Whoever wins, Federer will still be the greatest.



A pocket guide to help navigate your way around the beers of this year’s Chorlton Beer Festival.

An unofficial visual guide for tracking down your new best beers and recording your beer slurping journey, around this year’s Chorlton beer festival. Print the A4 PDF and start planning your Chorlton Beer trip, by clicking either image or the link below.

Top tip: print double sided, then fold into eighths, so that you can pop it in your pocket, wallet or purse.


Chorlton Beer Festival Unofficial Pocket Guide - Front side shows beer and breweries on map

Chorlton Beer Festival Unofficial Pocket Guide - Front side shows beer and breweries on map

chorlton beer festival beers

Get your copy of the Chorlton Beer Festival 2014 Beer Navigator here.

It’d be great to see any completed versions – if you’re on Twitter or Instagram use #ChorlBeerFest and you can find out more about the festival at the Official Website.



World Cup team performance summary at the end of the group stage, to see who’s been the best so far.

Visualisation of the World Cup End of Group Stage standing. Teams are ranked by tournament rank = points, goal difference, goals scored

Some Notes:

  • Uruguay did pretty well to get 6 points from a goal difference of 0.
  • Spain are the only seeded team (Pot A) to leave the tournament.
  • FIFA may be happy that 3 teams from each of the other pots (B,C,D) qualified.
  • Algeria were the set piece specialists – 3 set piece goals and a penalty, out of their 6 goal total.
  • The gods were perhaps with the Greeks. They managed to qualify without scoring a single open play goal and with a net goal difference of -2 (England returned just 1Pt from the same goal difference). They were good at hitting the woodwork through – doing this 4 times – more than any other team and twice as many times as the goals they actually scored.
  • Switzerland games have been great for goals, with 13 in 3 games, averaging at more than 4 a game. Top tip.
  • No Asian teams made it out of the group stage.
  • There is a cluster of crucial set piece goals around the mid-table teams.
  • Croatia put six onions in the proverbial bag but still didn’t qualify. Half the teams that qualified scored fewer goals!
  • Ecuador however may feel most hard done to. They scored the same points and better goal difference than Greece but still didn’t qualify.


In the figure, teams are ranked from top to bottom, by tournament end of group standing i.e points > goal difference > goals scored. Change in relative team position since the start of the tournament is also shown in colour, along with a breakdown of how goals were scored.

I’d planned to include some shot information, but then noticed a big discrepancy between FIFA and BBC numbers. Will do this analysis later if I can understand why the two are different.

Obviously the above ranking is done in the eyes of the tournament rules and doesn’t take into account the relative ease of the groups when ranking performance thus far. For example, a team that has beaten 3 good teams has arguably performed better than a team of similar rank, that has beaten 3 poor teams. The two would be ranked the same above. Weighting each result by standard of opposition (ranking), much like the official FIFA ranking points, is probably a better indicator. I’ll try to produce this comparison to follow.



Every World Cup needs a Wall Chart.

I’ve put together a world cup wall chart. It’s all ready for some good old, pen and paper action and is available to print and play below.

Because I’m a little bit excited, I’m also going to ship A2 prints to the first 5 to ask, before Brazil kick off tonight. You might have to make do with the old notebook for the first few games, but you’ll hopefully be up and running for the final 50 or so!


A wall chart for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Championship in Brazil, with flags, fixtures, group tables and concise tournament history summary for each country.


Sometimes it’s just got to be pen and paper and when it’s the world cup you’ve got to get your wall chart out. After a quick look around earlier in the week, I couldn’t really find any that I’d actually want to put up. So I set out to create a world cup wall chart that was easy on the eye, but still brimmed with information.

I also wanted something that was a more of a grow-your-own visualisation, rather than just ending up as the usual, difficult to read, sheet of numbers and letters. There’s also plenty of scope for your own doodles, for the proud chart keepers – some tips and ideas for filling the chart in to follow.

On top of the basic schedule, each team badge contains a summary of the countries history in the tournament and current rank. Starting clockwise from 1930, the rings shows progression in each tournament, from ‘Group stage’ outwards to the elusive World Cup gold winner’s star.

I’m optimistic (as ever), but notice the 3 world cup winners and 7 world cup wins sitting in England’s group!

To keep and eye on current group tables fill in 1 bar for each point the team scores, starting from the outside, working towards the centre and the Last 16 stage.


Don’t forget, if you’d like a print, just be one of the first 5 to ask before tonight’s kick off. Can ship to anywhere within the UK.

Hope you enjoy and it’d be great to see any completed versions – if you’re on Twitter use #WorldCupWallChart.

Printable PDF of the rainbowworks World Cup Wall Chart here.



The PDC World Darts Championships has been running for just over 20 years and on New Year’s Day Michael Van Gerwen, earned his place as one of the World Darts Champions elite.

It wasn’t to be for Phil Taylor in 2014, but each year when the championships come round I’m reminded of his brilliance.

Only 5 people have won the PDC World Darts Championships in the last 20 years. 2 of these have won it once, 2 have won it twice, Phil Taylor has won it 14 times and a further 2 times prior to the PDC version of the competition was formed. It’s a record that simply becomes more staggering the more I think about it.

The graphic below shows the PDC World Darts Champions of the last 20 years, clockwise around the segments of a dartboard and nicely highlights just why Phil Taylor is ‘The Power’ of World Darts!

Visualisation showing the PDC World Darts Champions of the last 20 years around a dartboard



Today sees the annual final of the World Darts Championship from Alexandra Palace – the culmination of some hearty festive period entertainment.

This little graphic celebrates this fine event and if you’re very much a novice like me, simply shows how the points are distributed around the bays in the board in 60 shades of grey!

A graphic created to celebrate the 2014 World Darts Championship Final, showing where to find the points on a dartboard in 60 shades of grey.

Easy – the darker the better! Good luck with your practising, good luck to Peter Wright and Michael Van Gerwen in the final – may the best man win – and to anybody heading to Alexandra Palace today to soak up the scenes – good luck tomorrow!