If you didn’t see the New York Times’ dialect quiz this winter, you must’ve been living under a rock. The quiz and its accompanying heat maps filled my Facebook newsfeed for several weeks. In case you missed it, here’s a link to the quiz: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/12/20/sunday-review/dialect-quiz-map.html?_r=0
The maps were so clear and simple that the focus was on the findings, not on the visualization itself. Here’s my heat map. Even though I grew up in the DC area, can you see the huge impact my South Dakotan parents have had on my speech?
Another example of a Color Brewer palette, designed to match how humans perceive color.