• Should You Get the H1N1 Vaccine?

    December 4, 2009  |  Infographics

    David McCandless, author of The Visual MIscellaneum, delves into the usefulness of the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine. There was quite a bit of research involved, as there's a crud load of material about H1N1 (naturally).

    My wife's an ER doc, and she says it's not that big of a deal, seeing as way more people die from the flu, but here's full graphic. You can decide for yourself.

  • Choose Your Own Adventure – Watch the Stories Unfold (Updated)

    November 19, 2009  |  Infographics, Statistics

    Interaction designer Christian Swinehart takes a careful look at the popular Choose Your Own Adventure books from the 1980s. We saw something like this before, but Swinehart takes it a step further.
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  • The Future: Embedding Data in the Everyday

    November 18, 2009  |  Infographics

    Imagine a world where data becomes the everyday, simply embedded in what you normally do. It's really not far off if you think about it. We use charts, graphs, and viz to make important decisions with investments, businesses, and to stay informed on the news, so why not use it in our own lives?
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  • Review: The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless

    November 16, 2009  |  Infographics

    David McCandless' The Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World's Most Consequential Trivia hit the shelves last week (in the US). As I flipped through 320 pages of original graphics during my flight from New York to California, I thought to myself, "FlowingData readers are going to love this."
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  • Land Mass and Population by Country

    November 13, 2009  |  Infographics

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    From Herald Daily is this giganto view of land mass and population size by country.
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  • The Pitching Dominance of Mariano Rivera

    November 11, 2009  |  Infographics

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    The New York Yankees just won the World Series. I don't know much about baseball, but I do know that Mariano Rivera, the Yankee closer, has a lot to do with the success of his team. Whether you like it or not, Rivera dominates batters with just a 0.74 ERA over 88 post-season games.

    The New York Times provides a batter-by-batter look at Rivera's pitching since 1995. He's pitched to 501 batters in the post-season. Only 14 runs have been scored off of him.

  • Fictional Character Interactions Over Time

    November 3, 2009  |  Infographics

    Popular nerd comic xckd takes a look at character interactions over time in Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, 12 Angry Men, and Primer. The horizontal axis is time and the vertical axis indicates which characters are together at any given time. The result is something that looks like famed Minard graphic. Well, sort of. And of course it's all hand drawn, which adds to the nerd-ish charm.

    [Thanks, Wesley & Dave & Everyone else]

  • A Land Where Men and Women are Paid Equally

    November 2, 2009  |  Infographics

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    We all know (or at least should know) about the pay gap between men and women in the workplace. This graphic from Shakeup Media was made to highlight that gap by comparing two cities in the UK at opposite ends of the spectrum. In one city women are paid way less than men while in the other, women are actually paid a tad more.

    The aesthetic is nice and the subject matter is important. I also like the use of the Easy Tooltip jQuery plugin.

    I just wish there was more focus on the actual pay gap. Instead it was more of an exercise in displaying demographics of two cities, where each section is separate from the other. Some annotation in the tooltips about the cities' differing demographics would have tied things together nicely.

    [Thanks, Ryan]

  • Putting Cell Size in Perspective

    October 30, 2009  |  Infographics

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    It's hard for us, cognitively speaking, to imagine things that are really really big or really really small, so we need things to put things in perspective.
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  • Failed Space Missions to Mars

    October 26, 2009  |  Infographics

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    The above graphic shows missions to mars starting in 1960 to present (top to bottom). Paths are colored by country, and as you can see it's been a lot of missions from Europe and the United States lately. Obviously the farthest we've gone is with the rover with more to come.

    (I couldn't figure out where the graphic originally came from. Anyone know?)

    [via Fast Company | Thanks, Travis]

  • How Much Do CEOs Make in the United States?

    October 20, 2009  |  Infographics

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    GOOD magazine's most recent transparency contest asked designers to focus their powers on showing CEO compensation in the United States.
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  • One Life, One Stacked Area Chart

    October 15, 2009  |  Infographics, Self-surveillance

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    Ben Fogarty uses a stacked area chart to represent his life. To us outsiders looking in it's not much more than that, but to Ben I am sure there is a story in every peak and valley. It's like a "this is your life" slideshow in data.

    This is the drive behind your.flowingdata. I don't think YFD is even remotely close yet to developing a personal narrative, but it's something to shoot for. I can imagine a lifetime of data replaying and watching it unfold like a movie. That'd be amazing. Then again, I might also end up like Jerry in Act 3 of Episode 88 in This American Life. Fingers crossed for the former.

    [via WeLoveDataVis]

  • Mass Layoffs by Industry

    October 9, 2009  |  Infographics

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    As we all know, many people, much more than usual, have lost their jobs during the past few years. Visual Economics shows layoffs and changes in unemployment rate by industry over the last year. Obviously manufacturing has taken a huge hit along with construction.

    Health care and social assistance has also seen a lot of mass layoffs, but that one I don't really get. I've been under the impression there was high demand in that area. Maybe I'm wrong.

    In any case, one thing that I would definitely change in this graphic, other than getting rid of those out-of-place icons, is the percent change for unemployment rate.

    I thought to myself, "That bar for 2009 is over twice as tall and it's not even a 100% increase?" Then I realized they were percentage differences, which isn't as important the actual percent change of the rates.

    Then we'd see that the unemployment rate for manufacturing has increased over 140% and for construction it's gone up over 120%.

    [Thanks, Jason]

  • Watch the Giants of Finance Shrink… Then Grow

    September 22, 2009  |  Infographics

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    From Karl Russel and Shan Carter of The New York Times is this animated tree map to show the shrinking, and eventual partial regrowth, in market value of this country's largest financial groups.

    The market peak was in October 9, 2007. With the exception of a few months since then, most companies decreased in market capitalization. They then hit a low in March 9, 2009, and have slowly regaining what they lost.

    At the peak, the value of the 29 firms was $1.87 trillion. As of September 11 of this year, their total value was at $947 billion. Clearly, there is still quite a way to go before they're back to where they began.

    [via infosthetics]

  • Infographic Music Video on the Elements – They Might Be Giants

    September 18, 2009  |  Infographics

    It's not often you get a Grammy-winning band to play a song for a children's album with an infographic music video on the scientific elements, but that's what you get from They Might Be Giants.
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  • Food Assistance on the Rise

    September 16, 2009  |  Infographics

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    GOOD magazine, in collaboration with Gavin Potenza, takes a look at food assistance over the past several months.

    Since November 2008, there's been an increase in the number of people who receive food assistance every month. Every month there has been more people receiving food assistance than there has ever been in the history of the program.

    The graphic reads:

    While some economists are declaring the recession over, and although the stock market continues to rise, those on the bottom of the economic ladder are seeing fewer improvements to their day-to-day lives. The number of Americans who receive assistance from the government in the form of food stamps continues to rise—the total number of food stamp recipients is now up to more than 10 percent of the total population. Here is how many people have been using food stamps for the nine months from September, 2008, to last May.

    With that in mind, what can we do about it?

  • Vintage Infographics From the 1930s

    September 11, 2009  |  Infographics

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    Someone needs to get me a paper copy of Willard Cope Brinton's Graphic Presentation (1939), because it is awesome.
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  • Best Beer in America 2009

    August 31, 2009  |  Infographics

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    Following up from last year's beer graphic, Mike Wirth looks at medal winners from this year's at the Great American Beer Festival since 1987. This year's festival is September 24-26.

    This time around is a little more context about the breweries in America, namely the number of breweries per state. It looks like someone used Many Eyes for some bubble fun.

    Also, as suggested by FD readers for the 2008 graphic, Mike includes rankings by state both by number of medals and medals per capita. Vermont wins per capita. Alaska's up there at number 6. Actually, the top states per capita seem to be mostly northern states. Gotta stay warm, eh?

    [via lyke2drink | Thanks, Mike]

  • What is Your Wine Personality Profile?

    August 25, 2009  |  Infographics

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    The Texas in a Bottle guide to Texas Wine [pdf] reads:

    Ever listen to somebody describe a wine? They talk about it having "character" and "personality." To hear them tell it, wines are a lot like people. We've talked it over and came to a conclusion - they have it backwards. People are a lot like wines.

    And to that end, Go Texan Wine goes on to describe your personality based on what type of wine you prefer. Do you like Merlot? There's a mystical side to you, slightly mischievous, but that only makes you the life of the party.

    I'm difficult. I'm demanding. But oh, oh, oh, I am so worth it. What's your wine personality?

    [via Cool Infographics]

  • Caffeine vs Calories – Buzz vs Bulge

    August 21, 2009  |  Infographics

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    David McCandless from Information is Beautiful plots the calories in popular beverages versus the amount of caffeine in them. At the bottom right of the plot are drinks low in calories and high in caffeine. At the opposite end, top left, are beverages of high calories and low in caffeine. Food items (on the left) and physical activity (on the right) provide context to the calories.

    [Thanks, Peter]

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