• You fix the budget puzzle

    November 14, 2010  |  Infographics

    You fix the budget

    Not pleased with how the government is handling the budget and deficit? Fine. You fix it. The New York Times provides a budget puzzle:

    Today, you’re in charge of the nation’s finances. Some of your options have more short-term savings and some have more long-term savings. When you have closed the budget gaps for both 2015 and 2030, you are done. Make your own plan, then share it online.

    Choose wisely.

    [New York Times via @mrflip]

  • The Election on Twitter

    November 1, 2010  |  Infographics

    Election and tweets

    In what seems to have become an expectation during all major events, a Twitter tracker from the New York Times shows you what candidates are getting the most and least buzz. Each circle represents tweets from a candidate, retweets, and tweets direct at, colored appropriately by party. Press play and they grow and shrink over time. Select a specific candidate(s) to see the specific breakdowns.

  • Animated graphic on why you should shut off your work computer

    October 19, 2010  |  Infographics

    Turn it off video

    Millions of people leave their work computer on every day, thus wasting lots and lots of energy through the night when no one is there. In this animated infographic, Nigel Upchurch describes what it means when you leave your computer on. As with most of these types of things, the numbers are a bit simplistic. Nevertheless, it's interesting to watch and well-designed. And well, it kind of makes me want to make sure I turn off my computer at night.
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  • Explanation of current economic slump

    October 14, 2010  |  Infographics

    why it doesnt feel like a recovery

    Neil Irwin and Alicia Parlapiano of The Washington Post report with this interactive graphic on why it doesn't feel like we're in a recovery:

    The nation’s economic woes boil down to this. Compared with a healthy economy, about 7 million working-age people and 5 percent of the nation’s industrial capacity are sitting idle, not producing what they could. The economy is growing again, but at a rate — less than 2 percent in recent months — that’s too slow to keep up with a population that keeps increasing and workers who keep getting more efficient.

    A step-by-step guide explains the output gap, the difference between potential and actual output.

    [The Washington Post via @hfairfield]

  • Make your vote count with VoteEasy

    October 4, 2010  |  Infographics

    Project Vote Smart VoteEasy by Periscopic

    Do you know who you'll be voting for this year? It can be tough deciding with all of the different issues and candidates. The commercials on TV don't exactly help all that much either. VoteEasy, brought to you by Project Vote Smart and developed by Portland-based design firm Periscopic, helps you make an educated decision. Input the issues that matter to you, like abortion, public healthcare, or capital punishment, and VoteEasy will show you the candidates who best match your ideals in your area.
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  • Charted history of airline mergers

    September 29, 2010  |  Infographics

    Charted history of airline mergers

    Airlines have been merging, going out of business, and growing since forever. Karl Russell for The New York Times shows just how much change there's been during the past few decades:

    The deregulation of the airline industry in 1978 led to a wave of mergers that continues to this day. But even as the legacy carriers have been consolidating and growing, they have been losing market share to low-cost carriers. Two of them, SouthWest and AirTran, have just agreed to merge and carried the most passengers in 2009 combined.

    The thickness of each flow represents the share of passengers during a given year forming a blockish Sankey diagram. Brown flows are those that were absorbed by a larger airline.

    It looks like anyone who's not JetBlue, Southwest, or Alaska Airlines can only survive with mergers. I wonder why. [New York Times]

  • Who gets what if tax cuts are extended

    September 24, 2010  |  Infographics

    Your coming tax cut (or not)

    There are some major tax decisions to be made soon, and they'll affect you differently, depending on what bracket you're in. Bill Marsh of The New York Times takes a stab at showing the differences. The American population is put into context with a hypothetical population of 1,000. For example, if America was a population of 1,000 people, 125 of them would make less than $10,000. Piles of Benjamins shows average size of the 2011 tax cuts.

    We saw the same tax topic explored by The Washington Post, except their's was interactive and showed costs with Obama's proposed plan. Which one works better? My vote is for NYT. It takes up a lot more space, but it's much more straightforward and to the point.

    [New York Times via Cool Infographics]

  • Bore hole for Chilean miners

    September 21, 2010  |  Infographics

    Bore hole for miners in Chile

    As most of you know, there are 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,230 feet underground. That's about two Eifel Towers, and it's going to be a few months before they're rescued. In the meantime, the necessities of life are being sent down to the miners through a 3-inch bore hole. This simple graphic/cutout from Newsweek provide some perspective. [Newsweek]

  • Electronic Medical Records by the numbers

    September 17, 2010  |  Infographics

    Electronic medical health care

    In 2009, legislation mandated that doctors make use of electronic medical records by 2013 to help make the healthcare process run smoother and more efficiently. This information video (below) produced by HonestPancake explains the basics of the why and how. It's also sort of an advertisement for GE Healthcare's Centricity Advance.
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  • Illustration of ideas and concepts

    September 13, 2010  |  Infographics

    In a different take on the infographic, RSA Animate illustrates the ideas and concepts proposed by invited speakers at RSA lectures. A recorded audio version lecture runs in the background a hand, possibly the same hand who played Thing on the Addams Family, draws what the lecturer is saying.

    Below is the illustrated version of Professor Phillip Zimbardo's lecture on the secret powers of time. The original video of Zimbardo speaking at a podium follows. Same message, but very different visuals.
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  • How tax breaks could affect your bottom line

    August 26, 2010  |  Infographics

    Fight over tax breaks infographic

    Wilson Andrews and Alicia Parlapiano report for The Washington Post on how the fight over tax breaks affects your bottom line:

    Tax cuts enacted under former president George W. Bush are set to expire at year's end, and lawmakers are battling over whether to extend them before the November elections. Most Republicans want to extend all of the cuts, saying that any increase in taxes will hold back the economic recovery. President Obama and Democratic leaders would extend many of the cuts but say tax breaks for top earners should expire to pare down deficits. Each plan would affect average tax rates for income groups differently.

    Each row represents an income group, and you can flip between letting Bush's tax cuts expire, shifting to Obama's plan, and extending the current cuts. Bubbles on the right show the average tax change per taxpayer for each income group. Switch from the first option (letting all cuts expire) to the second (Obama's plan), and you'll notice some changes for top earners.
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  • Election night in Australia relived

    August 24, 2010  |  Infographics

    Australia election news graphic 2010

    It was election night a few days ago in Australia, and News.com.au ran this graphic to show results in real-time during the election:

    Instead of presenting the count as a map, we've made each electorate into a little ball, which pulses and swings and fights for position against 149 others.

    As the votes come in, the balls spring to life, changing colour and moving towards the larger ball representing the party leading the vote. The colour will get deeper as the percentage of the vote counted rises.

    At first it displays the primary vote, then when it's time to call the seat for that party it switches to the two-party preferred or two-candidate preferred vote.

    There's also a scroll bar and a speed option so that you can go back and forth in time. Enter a postal code to highlight specific areas.

    I lack the context to fully appreciate this, but several Aussies have sent me the link, so maybe someone can highlight some of the interesting points. It's easy to see though how this could be fascinating during any election in your country or city, even if the floating animation is more for flash. A lot of the time we don't care so much about the geography as we do the party splits and our particular area.

    [Thanks, all]

  • Discuss: Driving is why you’re fat?

    August 18, 2010  |  Discussion, Infographics

    Obesity rates and exercise infographic

    In a collaboration between GOOD and Hyperakt, they come out with a bold statement: driving is why you're fat. They follow with a graphic that shows rankings by state for amount of driving, walking, biking, and use of mass transit.

    Each state is represented by a four-square grid, colored so that lighter indicates more physical activity. Each grid is complemented with a fat/skinny icon, which represents rank for obesity.

    I like how the grids are geographically-placed, but I'm not so sure about coloring by rank. Would it have been better to color by the actual metrics the ranks were based on? Does driving a lot really lead to obesity or do obese populations collectively prefer to drive more? Sound off with your constructive comments below.

  • Illustrated guide to a PhD

    August 17, 2010  |  Infographics

    PhD Knowledge

    When I first got in to graduate school, I really had no idea what I was getting in to. I thought it'd be like undergraduate studies, but harder. Not really. You definitely do a lot more unguided, independent work. You don't have someone telling you what to do, so it's up to you to figure out what you need to read and what you want to work on.

    This illustrated guide to a PhD from computer science professor Matthew Might sums it up nicely.

    By the end of high school, you know a little bit, by the end of a bachelor's degree you start to specialize, and towards the end of a PhD, you've made it to the edge of human knowledge in a very small area of all there is to know in the world. Your job is to push that edge out some by the time you finish.

    It's all so clear to me now.

    [Thanks, Max]

  • You + Me = Awesome

    August 13, 2010  |  Infographics

    you plus me equals awesome (venn diagram)

    I used this diagram to convince my wife to marry me (j/k).

    Buy the print by Nick Schmitz here. Have a good weekend!

    [via swissmiss]

    Update: Sheldon Comics has a slightly different take.

  • Another view of Inception, with the kicks this time

    August 7, 2010  |  Infographics

    Inception Infographic

    Here's another timeline of Inception from deviantArt user, dehas. This one has the kicks in it. Start on the bottom left, and follow the character lines counter-clockwise. Lines end as characters die off in each level.
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  • Back to the Future trilogy timelines

    August 6, 2010  |  Infographics

    Back to the Future timeline

    You know I can never resist a good Back to the Future reference. Also from graphic designer Sean Mort, the trilogy timelines are displayed in parallel. Important events from each year are marked, starting at the original flick up top and moving down to the lesser, but still great, Western finale.

  • Inception dream levels explained in flowchart

    August 4, 2010  |  Infographics

    Inception flowchart infographic movie poster

    You knew this was coming. I'd call spoiler alert for those who haven't seen Inception yet, but honestly, this flowchart from graphic designer Sean Mort will just confuse you anyways. If, however, you've been fortunate enough to see the mind roller coaster of a film already, Mort's chart makes perfect sense and might clarify any confusion. Levels and dreamers are labeled accordingly. I think the line for Cobb to Limbo should start at Level 4 though.

    [via datavis]

    Update: Sean provides a revised version after seeing the movie for the third time.

  • Inside the Glenn Beck/Goldline scheme

    August 2, 2010  |  Infographics

    Infographic on Glenn Beck and Goldline

    Jess Bachman and Barry Ritholtz take a look at the Glenn Beck/Goldline scheme in standard flowchart fashion. In a nutshell: Goldline sponsors the Glenn Beck radio show; Glenn Beck supports them and tells listeners and viewers to buy from them; and now Congress recently opened an investigation on Goldline (and other shady gold dealers). Something is amiss.

  • A graphical look at Burning Man

    July 30, 2010  |  Infographics

    Burning man information graphic

    This graphic on Burning Man is totally lost on me, but maybe you guys will appreciate it more. I first heard about the event on Malcom in Middle several years ago and that's about it. Well, that and my friend posted a picture on Facebook yesterday of him wearing fairy wings, which just confuses me more.

    I feel like I'm missing out on something though. I mean, who doesn't want to see a giant, burning wood man on the beach?

    The designer Flint Hahn notes:

    The history of Burning Man has always been a complex entity that has survived, nay, mutated over the years. And because of this, it has grown rapidly since its humble beginnings of a simple gathering on a beach.

    The infographic poster shows only a small portion of what Burning Man is. By no means do mere numbers even begin to show a complete picture, as that is a history of stories, experiences, and individual tales.

    Ok then.

    [Thanks, Turtle & Jesse]

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