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Need to Escape Jupiter’s Gravitational Pull? Good Luck

Randall of xkcd has been having fun with data visualization lately. In his latest data-ish comic, Randall explores gravity wells. The height of each well is sized relative to the…

Even Older Infographics from the 19th Century

Old graphics are awesome. We saw some from the 1930s already. These are even older. Other than the maps, I don't exactly know what I'm looking at (knowing French would…

A Visual History of Loudness in Popular Music

All Things Considered discusses why music sounds worse than it did a few decades ago. Through a practice using compressors, the quiet parts of a song are made louder and…

Charting the Decade

Did we all see this? Phillip Niemeyer of Double Triple pictures the past ten years in this Op-Chart for The New York Times. Each row is a theme, and each…

Elastic Lists Celebrates Five Years of Information Aesthetics

In celebration of Information Aesthetics' birthday, Moritz Stefaner of Well-formed Data adapted his elastic lists concept to all five years of infosthetics posts. Each white-bordered rectangle represents a post, and…

Virtual Slot Machine Teaches the Logic of Loss

This interactive by Las Vegas Sun describes how in the long run, you're going to lose every single penny when you throw your hard-earned money into a slot machine. In…

Infographic Coins for International Visitors

You know when you go to another country and have no clue what the coins of the local currency are worth? I always end up with a giant handful of…

Should You Get the H1N1 Vaccine?

David McCandless, author of The Visual MIscellaneum, delves into the usefulness of the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine. There was quite a bit of research involved, as there's a crud load…

Choose Your Own Adventure – Watch the Stories Unfold (Updated)

Interaction designer Christian Swinehart takes a careful look at the popular Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 1980s. We saw something like this before, but Swinehart takes it a…

The Future: Embedding Data in the Everyday

Imagine a world where data becomes the everyday, simply embedded in what you normally do. It's really not far off if you think about it. We use charts, graphs, and…

Review: The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless

David McCandless' The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia hit the shelves last week (in the US). As I flipped through 320 pages of original…

Land Mass and Population by Country

From Herald Daily is this giganto view of land mass and population size by country.…

The Pitching Dominance of Mariano Rivera

The New York Yankees just won the World Series. I don't know much about baseball, but I do know that Mariano Rivera, the Yankee closer, has a lot to do…

Fictional Character Interactions Over Time

Popular nerd comic xckd takes a look at character interactions over time in Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, 12 Angry Men, and Primer. The horizontal axis is…

A Land Where Men and Women are Paid Equally

We all know (or at least should know) about the pay gap between men and women in the workplace. This graphic from Shakeup Media was made to highlight that gap…

Putting Cell Size in Perspective

It's hard for us, cognitively speaking, to imagine things that are really really big or really really small, so we need things to put things in perspective.…

Failed Space Missions to Mars

The above graphic shows missions to mars starting in 1960 to present (top to bottom). Paths are colored by country, and as you can see it's been a lot of…

How Much Do CEOs Make in the United States?

GOOD magazine's most recent transparency contest asked designers to focus their powers on showing CEO compensation in the United States.…

One Life, One Stacked Area Chart

Ben Fogarty uses a stacked area chart to represent his life. To us outsiders looking in it's not much more than that, but to Ben I am sure there is…

Mass Layoffs by Industry

As we all know, many people, much more than usual, have lost their jobs during the past few years. Visual Economics shows layoffs and changes in unemployment rate by industry…

Watch the Giants of Finance Shrink… Then Grow

From Karl Russel and Shan Carter of The New York Times is this animated tree map to show the shrinking, and eventual partial regrowth, in market value of this country's…

Infographic Music Video on the Elements – They Might Be Giants

It's not often you get a Grammy-winning band to play a song for a children's album with an infographic music video on the scientific elements, but that's what you get…