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xkcd: Calendar of meaningful dates

Using the Google ngrams corpus, xkcd sized the days of the year based on usage volume. Lots of firsts of the month and September 11th.…

Futures in literature from the past

After seeing a timeline on future events as described in novels, designer Giorgia Lupi put it in visual form. Basing on speculative fiction captions collected by Jane Hu, the visualization…

Exploration of Hewlett grants

Since 2000, the Hewlett Foundation has made over 7,000 grants summing $3.86 billion, to support communities around the world. Periscopic broke it down by area and amount. Each section is…

All possible paths to the White House

With the election tomorrow, Mike Bostock and Shan Carter for the New York Times map the 512 possible paths to the White House. Select state wins, and the paths update…

Urine wheel to diagnose disease

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…

History of Earth in 24-hour clock

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?…

Review: The Functional Art

Alberto Cairo's newly translated book on information graphics, The Functional Art, is a healthy mix of theory and how it applies in practice, and much of it comes from Cairo's…

Words used at the National Conventions

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…

Evolution of video game controllers

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.…

Portal 2 timelines

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…

Track and field Olympic performances in perspective

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…

Was an Olympic record set today?

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,…

Olympic event nuances explained

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…

Swimsuit technology and breaking world records

The Washington Post has a fine graphic on swimming world records and the changing swimsuit, from speedo to full rubber body suit.…

Evolution of the Formula One car, animated

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 Higgs Boson explained by PhD Comics

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.…

Electricity bill redesigned

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…

The Louis C.K. pain chart

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…

Growth of the basketball uniform

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…

Pulp Fiction presented in chronological order

Smith hopes to put it print. Currently in Kickstarter mode.…

Bourdieu’s Food Space chart, from fast food to French Laundry

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…

Spaceships drawn to scale

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…