Run for your lives. The red concentric circles on the green squiggly are headed your way. From The Onion:
Something changed. [via]
Meta. Is it people's interest, or is it actually 50 percent of statistics in the news are worthless numbers that were plugged in to make a story sound more factual?
By designer Stephen Wildish, a taxonomy of arse. No comment necessary.
USA Today launched a redesigned logo last month. It's a circle that reflects the day's news in each section. Stephen Colbert reports.
Yes, this is real. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a bomb-shaped diagram to illustrate the line that must be drawn to prevent Iran from creating nuclear weapons. No doubt this a serious matter, but I'm not sure the drawing lends value to the message.
Along the same lines as Jessica Hagy's indexed charts, Coolness Graphed charts only one thing: coolness. I got a good chuckle out of it.
Vulture plotted Meryl Streep's character faces on a cold-warm, frivolous-serious scatterplot. Sure, why not.
Designer Matthew Olin unmasked the characters behind the typeface characters for his MFA thesis. Others include sans serif as Batman, slab serif as the Hulk, and handwriting as the Flash.
Art shop Dorothy made a map with film titles for street names.
The Map, which is loosely based on the style of a vintage Los Angeles street map has its own Hollywood Boulevard and includes districts dedicated to Hitchcock and Cult British Horror movies. Like most cities it also has its own Red Light area. There's an A-Z key at the base of the Map listing all the films featured with their release dates and names of the directors.
I was hoping for a little more than places labeled with movie names, but still fun.
Voice producer Kuk Harrell works with performers like Justin Bieber and Rihanna to "make sure that the artist shines on the record." The New York Times has an interactive that shows Harrell's process and let's you get in on the fun. He has the artists sing bits and pieces over and over again in the studio, and then he mixes and stitches them together. In the interactive you get to pick and listen.
From Fluffware, here's a fine reminder to always label your axes. See, it's funny because usually when we talk about labeling axes, we're talking about axes on plots for context, but here axes is used as the plural of axe, so there are labels on several axes. It's a play on words. More specifically, it works because axes on a plot and axes the wood-cutting tool are homographs. They're two words with the same spelling but are pronounced differently. So the joke works with the written word, but it would not work if I were to tell it to you in person. Just to be clear, you should always label both types of axes. Tool and plot, that is. I mean, let's say you asked someone who only knew about axes (the plot kind) to fetch a certain type of axe (the tool) from your woodshed. If you didn't label your axes (the tools), that person wouldn't have a clue. That'd be embarrassing for both parties. And don't even get me started with the spray.
Doghouse Diaries maps bed regions. I relate to this. [Thanks, Robert]
Adam Savage of Mythbusters gives a short talk on simple ideas leading to complex findings. Good. "Just thought a little bit harder" and "were a bit more curious."