• Cartographies of Time: A History of the Timeline

    April 19, 2010  |  Infographics

    I don't often give in to impulse buys, but I just ordered Cartographies of Time, and I'm pretty sure it's going to be well worth the thirty bucks.
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  • The making of wine – in motion graphics

    April 9, 2010  |  Infographics

    Designer Tiago Cabaco explains the conception of wine in this short animated infographic. Some of the effects, like the frame rotation, are a little overused. It actually made me a little dizzy, but it's short. Still fun to watch.
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  • 100 Pixar characters drawn to scale

    April 8, 2010  |  Infographics

    Designer Juan Pablo Bravo illustrates 100 Pixar characters to scale, from Wally B. and Luxo Jr. to Wall E. and Lotso, from the upcoming Toy Story 3. Main characters are highlighted in yellow. Catch the full giganto version of the graphic on Flickr.
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  • Edward Tufte on his White House appointment

    April 3, 2010  |  Infographics

    Edward Tufte was officially appointed to a White House advisory role a few weeks ago. Tufte, along with other experts like Ben Shneiderman, have been providing input for the last year or so.

    Tufte has a short chat (embedded below) with On the Media about what's been going on with Recovery.gov. The main point: report data like The New York Times.

    The first thing I said about a year ago when I met with them for the first time is that their model should be a first-rate news website... Once we got the news metaphor and got the intense mapping, that’s halfway there. I wouldn't give it an A yet. There’s, you know, still a ways to go, and I know some of them, and I hope to, you know, find a few more.

    Once Recovery.gov is further along, hopefully other government organizations follow suit, starting with Data.gov...or maybe Census...or the Bureau of Labor Statistics...or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

    Listen to the six-minute interview below.
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  • Japan, the strange country, in motion graphics

    March 30, 2010  |  Infographics

    Design student Kenichi Tanaka animates the history of Japan for his final thesis project.

    He pokes fun at his culture a little bit there in the beginning, yeah? I feel like something is getting lost in translation.

    Update: The English version was taken down, unfortunately. Here's the original Japanese version. The graphics are still in English, so you can probably understand most of it without the narration.

    [Thanks, @pims]

  • What your email says about your finances

    March 25, 2010  |  Infographics

    This graphic shows average debt categorized by email provider. Average age for Gmail users is 33 and 47 for Comcast. Yeah, that sounds about right.
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  • The Growing Plague that is Spam

    March 24, 2010  |  Infographics

    Spam sucks. We all hate it, but no matter how good the filter, something always seems to get through. Want some cheap Vi4gr4? I can tell you where to get it. New Scientist takes a look at the spamdemic. It costs very little to send tens of thousands of emails, but it only takes a tiny percentage of idiots to make it all worth it for spammers.

    Seriously - who falls for these things?

    • oRo1exWatches $200 Off - Each Free Shipping Watch, 2 Days Left, Snap UP! rkru kp
    • USA: ~Percocent~Ritalin best sale !!
    • ~~~Good day :~~~Vicodi~ _ P~ercocet~~~
    • 100 percent male power
    • Heartfelt Plea from Supreme Master Ching Hai: Be Organic Vegan and Loving Kindness for Saving Lives

    I have to admit my spam folder does supply brief moments of amusement every now and then, but come on.

    [via Data Mining]

  • March Madness by the numbers

    March 23, 2010  |  Infographics

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    I didn't fill out my bracket this year, so it's not nearly as exciting for me. I don't think that's stopped thousands of bars across the country from cleaning house though.

    [FastCompany via Good]

  • Notes from Interactive Infographics #interinfo #sxsw

    March 17, 2010  |  Infographics, News

    Yesterday was the Interactive Infographics panel at South by Southwest, and if Twitter is any indication of how it went, I'd say the panel had a captivated audience. I wouldn't expect anything less from the four panelists, Ben Fry (Processing), Shan Carter (NYT), Casey Caplowe (Good), and Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen)

    Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend, but luckily I was able to follow the play-by-play on Livefyre (sort of a cross between chat and forum) along with some excellent notes from @jpmarcum and @bryanconnor. Here are the important bits I was able to glean.

    The bulk of the time was spent showcasing the work from the four groups. I think you can find most of the projects through FlowingData. Just use the search form on the bottom right of this page. The good stuff came towards the end during the Q&A.
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  • Use your skills to help others

    March 17, 2010  |  Infographics

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    Designer Christopher Harrell talks about, with a dose of various embedded graphics, pointing your skills toward something good. Harrell's video was one of the winners in the What Matters to You scholarship competition for Vancouver Film School. It looks like home video, but that just adds to the charm.
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  • The State of the Internet

    March 1, 2010  |  Infographics

    From JESS3 is this video on the state of the internet. It's essentially a barrage of numbers, but it's fun nevertheless and it's got some interesting morsels in there.

  • Olympic musical – how fractions of second make all the difference

    February 28, 2010  |  Infographics

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    Like everyone, I've been watching the Olympics, and it continues to amaze me how hundredths of a second can make up the difference between a gold medal and nothing at all. Amanda Cox of The New York Times visualizes and audiolizes(?) these tiny differences. She got creative with this one.

    Each row is an event and going from left to right, the first dot is the gold medal winner. The amount of space between the first dot and the dots that follow is how many seconds athletes finished after the winner.

    Visually, this only sort of works, but click on play to hear how these differences sound, and it puts everything in perspective.

    See the rest of NYT interactive Olympic coverage here. You know, just in case NBC coverage doesn't cut it for you.

  • Evolution of Olympic Pictograms

    February 26, 2010  |  Infographics

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    Every Olympics since 1936 has had a series of pictograms (i.e. icons that look like restroom signs) that represents the events. Here are pictograms for the Vancouver games, and here they are for the Beijing Olympics. Some series are distinct while others clearly sucked it up. Designer Steven Heller discusses the evolution of these Olympic pictograms in this video for The New York Times. Which set do you like best?
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  • How a Giant Shark Took Down an Airplane

    February 19, 2010  |  Infographics

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    This graphic from designer Stephen Taubman is entertaining in so many ways. It is based on the amazing story of Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, one of the greatest movies ever made. I've never seen it, but after you watch the clip below, you'll be running to find a copy.
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  • Review: The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics

    February 18, 2010  |  Infographics, Reviews

    Add another book to the growing library of guides on how to make information graphics the right way. Dona M. Wong, former graphics director of The Wall Street Journal and now strategy director for information Design at Siegel+Gale, provides the dos and don'ts of data presentation in The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics.

    First Impressions

    Given Wong's background, you can make a pretty good guess about the examples used. They're not graphics from The Journal but they do look a lot like them. The book description also makes a point of highlighting that Wong was a student of Edward Tufte, which was a big hint on what the book is like.
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  • Watching the Pulse of the Olympics on Twitter

    February 15, 2010  |  Infographics

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    The Olympics are in full swing, so of course Twitter is abuzz with every big event. Want to keep track of the trends in real-time? Watch the Olympic pulse, by Stamen Design, on the NBC site.
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  • Future of Employment in the Decade Ahead

    February 3, 2010  |  Infographics

    NPR shows projected employment changes from 2008 to 2018. Large circles represent major employment sectors and are sized by current employment numbers. Smaller circles are areas in the respective category.

    Oddities

    Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me, but the sizes of the large sectors look funky. For example, is the bubble for Education, health, and social services really ten times the size of the bubble for Information? I don't think so (and it should be).

    It'd probably aslo be worth distinguishing between negative and positive growth. You know something simple like making the 0% line solid or color-coding the declining sectors.

    What do you think?

    [via The Big Picture | Thanks, Barry]

  • Beatles Music in Infographics

    January 28, 2010  |  Infographics

    I'm sure a lot of you love The Beatles. I'm not a huge fan myself, but for those who are, you will love these graphics from designer Michael Deal.

    The graphic up top shows the level of collaboration between group members. The level of shared authorship was a lot higher early on and then pretty much died off before the breakup.
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  • The 2009 Feltron Annual Report – OCD Made Sexy

    January 26, 2010  |  Infographics

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    Nicholas Felton's personal annual report on his life is now up. For those not in the know, Felton makes this report every year based on data he has collected about himself. People see the report, and think to themselves, "I want that for my life."
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  • Engineer’s Guide to Drinks

    January 22, 2010  |  Infographics

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    Seeing as the weekend is just about here, I'm sure many of you can find a use for this guide. It's drink recipes hand-drawn like schematics to some circuitry system. I like how color wasn't an option, so instead they used 42 stripe and dot patterns to differentiate ingredients.

    See the full version here [pdf].

    My sister sent this one along, but I couldn't find the original source. Anyone know?

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