• 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]

  • Balance Life With the Media Diet Pyramid

    August 14, 2009  |  Infographics

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    In the August issue of Wired are the New Rules for Highly Evolved Humans. On the cover is a picture of Brad Pitt wearing a bluetooth headset. Rule number 52 reads: "Ditch the headset. He can barely pull it off – and you're not him." Clearly these are confusing times, but you're in luck, because Wired has mapped out how you should properly deal with this new way of living. Stick to the new rules and the media diet above (by Jason Lee) and you're good as gold.

  • Choose Your Own Adventure – Most Likely You’ll Die

    August 11, 2009  |  Infographics

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    Remember those choose your own adventure books that you used to read as a kid? As you read through the book, you come to these points where you have to make a decision for the main character, and depending on what you chose, a tailored adventure would divulge itself. It always seemed like death was a common ending no matter what path you chose though.

    Michael Niggel of Hazard Creative took a look at Journey Under the Sea, and mapped out all possible paths. It turns out that death and unfavorable endings are in fact much more likely than the rest.

    That somehow seems wrong, no? I liken it to something like... even in your own fantasy, you die or end with an unfavorable outcome. Such is life, I suppose.

    View the full-size version here [PDF].

    [Thanks, Michael]

  • Step-by-Step Guide On How to Get Shot by the Sartorialist

    August 4, 2009  |  Infographics

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    The Sartorialist is a unique fashion blog that highlights people's hot styles on the street. I'm pretty sure there's very little overlap with its readers and FlowingData's, but maybe I'm wrong. The above infographic shows how you can get shot by the Sartorialist. I'm all over it.

    [Thanks, @MacDivaONA]

  • Compare What Your Senators and Reps are Talking About With Congress Speaks

    July 31, 2009  |  Infographics

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    There's a lot of talking in congressional meetings, but what are your state senators and representatives talking about? Design group Periscopic explores what congress men and women said from 2007 to 2008 in this tongue-in-cheek comparison tool with talking heads. The best part about the tool is that behind the humor is actually something useful.

    Compare word distributions of senators, of states, of a senator to a state, or representatives, so on and so forth. We get breakdowns by gender, number of words spoken, and by state. All data come from public records.

    [via @krees]

  • Animated Infographics for the Eat Local, Eat Real Campaign

    July 29, 2009  |  Infographics

    I love food. I love infographics. Put them together, and this is what you get. As part of the Eat Local, Eat Real campaign, this infographic video (below), produced by Sons and Daughters and Crush of Toronto, argues why we should eat local.
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  • Suicides by Location on the Golden Gate Bridge

    July 28, 2009  |  Infographics

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    This graphic from SF Gate is a good four years old, well before I knew what an infographic was, but just because it's old doesn't mean it's not interesting. Here we see San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and the "sad tally" of 1,218 known suicides by location. Each black square represents a person who has taken his or her life and 128 light poles are used as reference points.

    The east side of the bridge, where most of the suicides occurred, has a pedestrian walkway. The first suicide was just 10 weeks after the bridge opened in 1937.

    [Thanks, Justin]

  • Gauge Your Distraction While You Text and Drive in the Distracted Driving Game

    July 27, 2009  |  Infographics

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    From Gabriel Dance, Tom Jackson, and Aaron Pilhofer of the New York Times is this game to gauge your distraction while you're texting on the road. Yes. It's fun AND educational. Here's how it works.

    You're in a car with a driver's point of view. You're driving on a freeway or road with a ridiculous number of gates. There are six of them, and as you approach the gates, one will open, and you have select that open gate by pressing the right number. After a few seconds of practice, you'll receive a text message on the screen that asks a question. You have to reply while still selecting the correct gates as they pass.
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  • Death and Taxes Poster 2010 – 50% Off for FlowingData Readers

    July 23, 2009  |  Infographics

    Jess Bachman of WallStats just released his annual Death and Taxes Poster for 2010. For those unfamiliar, the poster is a graphical breakdown of the United States federal budget.
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  • Comparing the Human and Chimpanzee Genomes

    July 21, 2009  |  Infographics

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    As part of the Explore Evolution exhibit at the University of Nebraska State Museum, Judy Diamond displays a segment of the human genome in line with that of the chimpanzee that matches very closely. The point is to show how similar two are with the few differences represented by a drawing of a man, distinguished geneticist Svante Paabo.
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  • Why Are Cheap Airlines So Cheap?

    July 16, 2009  |  Infographics

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    5W Graphics, whose work you've seen by now, compares lower-cost airlines to "regular" airlines. The infographic is from the Spain group, so the focus is on Eurpoean airlines. Apparently the concept of low fair airlines (LFAs) is fairly new in Europe, only starting in 1990 with Ryanair while Southwest Airlines was founded in 1970. I'm more of a JetBlue guy myself. I cherish my legroom and in-flight entertainment.

    [via Cool Infographics]

  • How Does the Average Consumer Spend His Money?

    July 14, 2009  |  Infographics

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    Add another graphic to the list of ways to show consumer spending. Visual Economics displays data from the most recent spending survey (April 2009) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Compare this to last year's survey results via an NYT interactive.

    The biggest difference I'm seeing is that between last year's spending on housing (42%) and this year (34%). Maybe that's why my mother-in-law keeps telling me it's a good time to buy a house. Do you notice anything interesting?

  • Religious Teachings On Sex

    July 10, 2009  |  Infographics

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    This graphic on religious teachings and sex is making the social media rounds. The source is questionable and the design is a little iffy, but oh what the heck, it's Friday. Have a nice weekend all.

    [Thanks, Brian]

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