• 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.
    Continue Reading

  • 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]

  • How to win Rock-paper-scissors every time

    July 30, 2010  |  Infographics

    How to win Rock-paper-scissors every time (infographic)

    I admit it. When I first heard there are actual tournaments for Rock-paper-scissors, sanctioned by the World Rock Paper Scissors Society, I laughed. I mean seriously, $50k to the winner of a game that requires no skill whatsoever? Absurd. Boy was I wrong.

    Rock-paper-scissors isn't just a silly game kids play or a way to decide who has to be the designated driver at parties. This is serious stuff. It's psychological warfare. ChaCha Answers explains.

    Males have a tendency to throw rock on their first try, inexperienced RPS players will subconsciously deliver the item that won previously, and paper is thrown least often, so use it as a surprise. And remember, when in doubt, throw the Spock. Your opponent will never know what hit him. You'll be disqualified, but at least you'll go out fighting.

  • History of The Beatles as told by their hair

    July 23, 2010  |  Infographics

    History of the beatles hair infographic

    The Beatles were famously known for their mop-top haircuts in the early 1960s, but their styles evolved over time. DeviantArt user mozzarellapoppy has a look at the hair, moustache, and spectacle changes over an eight-year span. Watch as they slowly morph into The Bee Gees.

    [via Alison]

  • Investigation of top secret America

    July 20, 2010  |  Infographics

    Top Secret America network infographic

    In response to the the 9/11 attacks, the United States government created a highly secretive set of organizations with zero transparency and very little oversight. How much money do these secret programs cost? How many people do they employ? The Washington Post reports on Top Secret America:

    These are some of the findings of a two-year investigation by The Washington Post that discovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight. After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine.

    The series of articles, video, and graphics, allow readers to explore the information themselves.

    Of main interest: a network diagram shows organizations and their top secret activities and a map shows the geographic distribution of government organizations and companies within Top Secret America.

    Click on a specific organization for within group breakdowns. At this point it gets a little confusing with drill-down pie charts, especially if you're just browsing, and a spiral view is also offerred which feels extraneous. The overall story and heavy research, however, makes it worth clicking through the clunky at times set of interactives.

    [Thanks, Erika]

  • Citizen’s guide to fancy pants coffee drinks

    July 19, 2010  |  Infographics


    In the same spirit of the original coffee drink infographic from a few years ago, Plaid Creative describes the perfect pour, or as I like to call it, the citizen's guide to fancy pants coffee drinks. At its root, its a series of pie charts where each wedge represents the percentage of ingredient in a given fancy pants drink. But the subtle stylings make it look so much more delicious, from the pattern fills out to the mug-like border.

    [via thisisnthappiness]

  • Path to happiness gets complicated and confusing

    July 14, 2010  |  Infographics

    Lifelong hapiness flowchart, extended

    Just when you thought the path to lifelong happiness was uber simple and you had it all figured out, someone slaps you in the face and complicates things. The nerve. [Thanks, Dustin]

  • How data travels from phone to computer

    July 13, 2010  |  Infographics

    How a file is transferred

    Time Warner Cable explains how a picture travels from Jeff's phone to Vijay's laptop. Obviously it is a bit simplified. I spent a full semester on step four alone back in my electrical engineering days, and still don't know what the heck happens there. That was a rough semester.

  • Flowchart to lifelong happiness

    July 9, 2010  |  Infographics

    Are you happy flowchart

    The secret to lifelong happiness. If only it were so easy. [Typcut via swissmiss]

  • Flowchart shows the startup business cycle

    July 8, 2010  |  Infographics

    HackFwd Blueprint

    Technology and investment group HackFwd describes what it's like to work with them in a flowchart. In a nutshell: start with inspiration, work hard, impress people, work hard, and reap the rewards. And then start all over again.

  • Top World Cup players on Facebook

    July 5, 2010  |  Infographics

    World Cup on Facebook

    I always know when something exciting happens in the World Cup when my Facebook stream is flooded with announcements of a goooooooaaaal. On any given day, certain players are more talked about than others. The New York Times explores the day-to-day fluctuations of player mentions in Facebook status updates. Continue Reading

  • Challenge: What is a FIFA player’s worth?

    July 2, 2010  |  Discussion, Infographics

    What is a player's worth?

    I really want to like this graphic on the "worth" of FIFA players. The colors pop and the topic is potentially interesting. There are some graphics 101 pitfalls going on here though. How can you make this display better? Leave your two cents in the comments below.

    [via We Love Datavis]

  • Who participates online, by age

    July 1, 2010  |  Infographics

    What people are doing online

    Arno Ghelfi for Businessweek reports on who's doing what online, separated by age. The grid aesthetic totally works for the Internet theme, which can feel robotic and bit-wise at times.

    From top to bottom are the more active users to the more passive. Age groups run left to right. So as we sweep top left to bottom right, we see the younger generation who is more likely to write blogs and upload videos to YouTube, to an older crowd who are more likely to be content consumers.

    Update: Doh, this is from 2007. This cross-country move is throwing me out of wack. Oh well, it's still an interesting piece of Internet history.

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