• 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.

  • Modern history of human communication

    June 30, 2010  |  Infographics

    Modern History of Human Communication (infographic)

    With the announcement of Google Voice for everyone, the big G describes the history of human communication in the graphic above - and consequently, how Voice is the next step in the evolution. We begin with the tin cans in 1810, to the telephone in 1876, then the first email in 1971, and tada, we arrive at Google Voice in the present. Average international call cost per minute serves as the backdrop.

    I gotta get me one of those vintage mobile phones of 1979.


  • Texting volume during World Cup matches

    June 29, 2010  |  Infographics

    Texting volume time series

    I love how major sporting events can captivate an entire country or region, especially when there's the data to show the collective pulse. We saw it during the Canada-United States hockey gold medal match. Everyone flushed together. Similarly, O2, a UK mobile service provider, shows us texting volume during the World Cup and highlights the points of interest. England scores a goal and there's a flood of text messages. Goooal. Continue Reading

  • Education crisis explained in motion graphics

    June 28, 2010  |  Infographics

    Education crisis in motion graphics

    Buck, in collaboration with TakePart and An Inconvenient Truth director, Davis Guggenheim, describe the education crisis in America in motion graphics for upcoming documentary, Waiting for "Superman". Watch the video below. It's a more or less a run of education vitals, but it flows well and has a nice look and feel.

    Plus, it's an important subject we should know about. Maybe a new movement will get going once education gets the "inconvenient" treatment.
    Continue Reading

  • How to beat Mario Brothers 3 in 11 minutes

    June 23, 2010  |  Infographics

    Beat Mario in 11 Minutes

    I think it took me a few months to beat Super Mario Brothers 3 on Nintendo. Follow the directions in this graphic, and you should be able to beat it in 11 minutes. It'd probably still take me a few months. My video game talents tapped out at Kaboom on Atari. [via]

  • Free kick mechanics explained

    June 20, 2010  |  Infographics

    bend it

    I know next to nothing about soccer (a.k.a. football), but I gotta admit this Brazil vs. Ivory Coast match is more exciting than I thought it'd be. I can't say the same about the vuvuzelas though. In any case, to help neophytes like me, the New York Times graphics have helped a lot. Their most recent explains the mechanics of the free kick. They describe two approaches in the animated feature: the straight blast and the bend. Continue Reading

  • Profitable sweet spot for startups

    June 18, 2010  |  Infographics

    strategic sweet spot

    Gosh, it's so easy. I'm going to be rich. Get the strategic sweet spot and the three ingredients down, and you're set for life.

  • Glasses: the ultimate image changer

    June 17, 2010  |  Infographics

    driver vs professor

    This is hilarious and uber creative advertising. If I wore glasses, I'd totally buy from these guys.
    Continue Reading

  • Meet iPad’s competition

    June 17, 2010  |  Infographics

    ipad competition

    Light on the data, heavy on the aesthetics. Super pretty by Section Design. [via]

  • Facebook cultish insignia

    June 16, 2010  |  Infographics

    facebook hoodie insignia

    When asked to take off his hoodie during D8, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was incredibly reluctant and broke out into a serious sweat. After a bit of coaxing, however, Zuckerberg revealed a large insignia on the lining of his hoodie, representing Facebook's supposed mission statement: making the world open and connected. Audrey Fukuman reproduced the graphic for SF Weekly, from stills and video.

    What is its purpose? Only Facebook employees know for sure, but most likely it came out of a designer having some fun, and Facebook just rolling with it. Either that, or cult rituals in the ballpark in the middle of the night. It's either/or, really. What do you think? [via]

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