Some days you take a whiff it's easy: "Yep. Definitely had asparagus last night." Other times though, it's not so clear. This urine wheel by Ullrich Pinder from 1506, provides possible diagnoses based on color, smell, and taste. [via kottke]
I'm not sure where this is originally from, but I found it on an intro to geology course page. What happens when midnight comes around again?
The elections season is in full swing, and the New York Times graphics department ramps up its election coverage. With newly hired Mike Bostock teamed up with the Times' interaction guy, Shan Carter, I'm sure we're in for some interesting work.
The two, along with Matthew Ericson, covered the words used at the Republican and Democratic Conventions, but yesterday they put up an interactive that shows the words used at both conventions.
Each bubble represents a word, and the bigger the bubble the more often it was used. The blue and red split compares word usage of Democrats and Republicans, respectively, and bubbles are arranged horizontally left to right, from words favored by Democrats to those favored by Republicans. For example, "forward" is far to the left, and "fail" is far to the right.
While the visual provides a sense of what was talked about, the best part is that the visualization is an interface into the transcripts. When you click on a word, quotes that use that word are shown, so you can see what was actually said alongside keywords. Plus, you can enter your own word or phrase, and a new bubble is placed accordingly with the corresponding text on the bottom.
From the department of old-but-new-to-me, Pop Chart Lab charted the evolution of video game controllers. There are 119 of them pictured in total.
I've never played Portal 2 (or the first), but I suspect some of you will find these timelines by designer Piotr Bugno interesting.
As a fan of Valve’s Portal 2 video game, I designed this infographic led by my curiosity to get a better grasp on its plot, on how mechanics informed the gameplay, and on the development of its main themes — good vs evil, descent vs ascent, destruction vs construction.
Seriously, all meaning is lost for me on these. Any Portal 2 fans care to chime in?
We've been hearing Olympic records rattled off for the past week, but it's hard to grasp just how great these athletes are performing. I mean, we know they're doing amazing things, but just how amazing? Kevin Quealy and Graham Roberts for The New York Times put it into perspective with two videos, one on the long jump and the other on the 100-meter sprint.
After I watched each, all I could think was, "Oh crap, that's good."
The videos frame distances and times in a way that's immediately relatable, such as a basketball court to show how far medals winners jumped or how far previous sprinters would be behind Usain Bolt. Smooth transitions move you through different perspectives and pauses give focus to the most notable athletes, and although each video covers a lot of information, you never feel disoriented. They cover the overall picture, down to the individual, and back again.
Good stuff. Give 'em a watch.
From the Guardian US, a simple site that tells you if a record was broken today, and if so, what records. It was pieced together with Google Docs and github, and uses the New York Times Olympics API. [via]
A lot of Olympic events are over and done with in a few minutes (or seconds), so the difference between winning and losing can be something really tiny. As the games in London get started, The New York Times put together a great series on the tiny details that athletes try to hone in on as they jump over hurdles, twist over the vault, and hand off the baton.
The feature was surprisingly sort of buried in a lot of other Olympic coverage, but hopefully they put together more of them. The combination of graphics and insight from athletes is uber interesting.
Update: The butterfly was just added, and cycling is up next.
The Washington Post has a fine graphic on swimming world records and the changing swimsuit, from speedo to full rubber body suit.
Animator and illustrator Rufus Blacklock animated 60 years of Formula One race car design. The outline of each year's car morphs from design to design, the engine shifts location, and the steering wheel changes shape. The video as a whole is pretty sexy.
He also took a look at just the steering wheel's evolution. I'm almost certain the next iteration will be non-existent in the future, where only robots race. Speaking of which, whatever happened to Robot Wars? That was good entertainment.
Don't know what the Higgs Boson is (or even how to pronounce it)? PhD Comics, my personal favorite, illustrated it in this short video a couple of months ago.
The electricity bill (or all utility bills, really) haven't changed much over the years. It's basically computer output. Power2Switch, a site that helps you compare electricity prices, took a stab at redesigning the barebones bill. (Don't miss the comments in the FastCompany post.)
While a step in the right direction, the redesign still needs to go through the revision cycle a few more times.
Vulture illustrated the subtle changes in Louis C.K.'s face to express varying levels of discomfort. I only recently discovered him, but man, I'm glad I did. FYI: With the start of season three, the second season became available on Netflix, in case you want to catch up.
In the 1960s, the basketball uniform was about small, tight shorts and form-fitting tank top. It's grown longer since then. Andrew Bergmann sifted through the archives and illustrated the changes over the decades.
The arm-length "shooter sleeves" that Lebron, Carmelo and Pierce sport on a regular basis are one of the most interesting of recent accoutrements. These covers can directly be traced back to former 76ers point guard Allen Iverson, who by legend wore one to conceal a controversial tattoo, but in actuality had bursitis in his right elbow. Somehow the sleeves caught on and are now believed to improve your shot. I guess I should get one.
I can't wait until players are out there in full tights, and then as fashion always turns around on itself, speedos and thigh-high socks.
Smith hopes to put it print. Currently in Kickstarter mode.
In Pierre Bourdieu's Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste from 1979 is a chart that shows the taste of food against economic capital and cultural capital. Gastronomica updated the chart. Mmmmm, underground super club food truck. [Thanks, Jonathan]
Molecular astrophysicist Invader Xan drew spaceships, real and fictional, to scale.
This, my friends, is an image showing several of the most notable spacecraft we plucky human beings have created (and are busily creating) to date. The past, the present, and the ones that never quite made it. All spacecraft shown are to scale (assuming my sources were accurate). Because I felt I needed to exercise my graphic design muscles. And because, well, let's face it — space ships are just inherently cool, aren't they?
Dibs on the Starship Enterprise.
[via Boing Boing]
Information visualization firm Periscopic, in collaboration with GE, explores the makeup of the American workforce, from 1960 to present.
Jobs are definitely a top of mind subject. Did you know that manufacturing jobs were the largest sector of employment in 1960, yet today the category has fallen to 6th place? In this interactive visualization, browse who has been working in America over the past 50 years by sector, gender or age.
As in other Periscopic projects, the interactive provides multiple views that let you see the data from different angles. The initial view is a current breakdown of sectors, and when you press play, the visual rewinds to 1960, animating forward in time. Faded people icons represent the peak of each sector for context. Then as you might guess, the people rearrange themselves accordingly when you select breakdowns by age or gender.
You would think that fat content and calorie counts would be straightforward by now, but serving size mucks it all up. It's like, "Great, this ice cream is only 200 calories!" Then you come to the sad conclusion that you just ate a bowl worth half a million calories, because the serving size is that of a rice grain. Fat or Fiction tries to clarify some of these fat counts, for items like cheese and cake, by placing food servings next to each other.
Some of the labeling is confusing, because it's off to the left and in small print. For example, the 14 percent above is the percentage of fat in that wedge of blue stilton cheese against the rest of the wheel. Each wedge is 100 grams of cheese, so you get a sense of fat and calorie density.
But hey, I'm a sucker for anything food-related and these pictures are making me hungry. That's the goal of the site, right?
As part of their mission to reform destructive fishing practices, Ocean2012 explains the risk of catching too much fish, in motion graphics. I like the pixelated aesthetic.
See also Nigel Upchurch's video on farmed fish.
As a consumer, I'm still confused. Can someone make a list of fish I can and can't eat without disrupting ocean equilibrium?