• How Many Gallons of Fuel Does it Take to Travel 350 Miles?

    February 24, 2009  |  Infographics

    GOOD Magazine, in collaboration with Robert A. Di Leso, Jr., explores fuel use by various modes of transportation. In what is essentially a fancied up bar chart, we see how many gallons of fuel it takes for a passenger to travel 350 miles by cruise ship, Amtrak, Boeing 737, Sedan, hybrid, etc. A couple of non-fuel modes of transportation are included as well using caloric conversions. It'll take about 48 Whoppers with cheese to walk 350 miles. Good to know, especially since I was planning on walking 350 miles today. Totally kidding. I'm walking 360. Like a circle.

    [Thanks, Lawrie]

  • Wired Relates Playboy Playmate BMI and Average BMI, 1954-2008

    February 12, 2009  |  Infographics

    Playmate BMI

    Playboy playmates continue to be a point of fascination. Remember that study on Playmates and the state of the economy? Anyhow, Wired Magazine visualizes Playmate BMI and US average BMI over the years. While the US average BMI shows an increasing trend, Playmate BMI shows a decreasing trend. Yikes.

    The graph, however, is a little misleading. The decreasing trend isn't especially significant-looking from 1976 on, but then again, that's just me going off a tilted head glance. If anyone wants to figure out the actual trend (please), the data is available on the Wired page. In any case, it's amusing.

    [Thanks, Ken]

  • Alternate View of Obama’s $819 billion Stimulus Package

    February 11, 2009  |  Economics, Infographics

    OK, so we saw CreditLoan's representation of Obama's stimulus package. Here's Washington Post's take on the breakdown with a combination of bar charts, bubbles, and a stacked graph chart for time - and the numbers seem to all add up correctly. I don't like the bubbles that look like dangling ornaments though. CreditLoan's is more readable, but maybe that has to do with the Post's version being made for print and the other made for online. What do you think - which version works best for you?

    [via The Big Picture]

  • CreditLoan Maps Out Obama’s Economic Stimulus Plan

    February 11, 2009  |  Economics, Infographics

    President Barack Obama has a $800 billion+ economic stimulus package in the works. That's a lot of dough. Where's it all going? CreditLoan provides the breakdown in bubbles, bubbles, and more bubbles. Fill color indicates what the money will be used for (e.g. tax cuts, human capital) and border color shows where the money goes to (e.g. government, people, business).

    The information is organized nicely and the graphic is attractive, but it probably needs a good bit of fact checking. Some quick calculator work indicates a lot of the numbers don't add up right. I'm sure there are some rounding errors, but there are some pretty big discrepancies. Ideas anyone? I don't have the patience to go through all the comments on the original post to find out, but I suggest you take the graphic with a grain of salt.

    [Thanks, Pavan]

  • MIX Online Explores Visualization in Project Descry

    February 9, 2009  |  Infographics

    MIX Online, a community of designers and developers, released Project Descry - a series of four open source web-based visualizations.
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  • What’s the Weather Like In Your City?

    February 4, 2009  |  Infographics

    Cincinnati's local NBC news provides viewers with a customizable weather dashboard. Look up your city, drag and drop the different modules, and look at the weather from your neck of the woods. Unfortunately, it only really shows extensive details for Cincinnati. The dashboard seems to just show regular weather forecasts for other cities. At least I know that there are 79 schools closed today in Cincinnati.

    [Thanks, Kevin]

  • Why Do Freeways Come to an Annoying Hault?

    January 26, 2009  |  Infographics

    The worst thing about Los Angeles is the traffic hands down. As you sit there in a traffic jam, you first wonder what the hold up is, and as an hour of 5 mph traffic passes on a 70 mph speed limit freeway, you think of the cities you could've driven to in the time you are stuck in traffic. Stephen J. Beard and Rich Exner from The Plain Dealer try to explain the annoying phenomena in the above infographic. Yeah, traffic patterns are a bit more complex, but oh well. It's still informative.

    [via Cool Infographics]

  • Heavy Metal Band Names Flow Chart

    January 23, 2009  |  Infographics

    Doogie Horner from Comic vs. Audience created the above flow chart for heavy metal band names. So in case you're in search of name for your heavy metal band, start at the skull and work your way out. Just for ideas though. Don't be a biter. For example: Death -> Pleas for Help -> Adolescent Poetry -> System of a Down. Regular FlowingData readers might also recall Doogie's similar flow charts for comedy and what to say during sex.

    [Thanks, Jess]

  • Inaugural Words From 1789 to Present

    January 20, 2009  |  Infographics

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    There's a lot going on today, and of course the news interactive teams are pushing out. The New York Times pushes out an updated infographic that shows inaugural words all the way back to George Washington in 1789. Then there's the guide that I mentioned earlier and the mosaic of reader photos. I'm still waiting for CNN's views with photosynth and satellite views that Wolf keeps on promising. Updates to come.

  • Guide to Inauguration Day

    January 20, 2009  |  Infographics

    It's Inauguration Day! There's a happy buzz in the air, and you can't help but feel excited. I of course turn to The New York Times for a comprehensive guide.

  • Man vs Woman, Decision-making for Goldstar Beer

    January 20, 2009  |  Infographics

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    These ads for Goldstar beer were hung above bar toilets. They're comical flow charts that provide some "insight" on the man versus woman, um, decision-making process - clothes, love, and the bathroom. I wonder if the posters were hung in both men and women's restrooms or just men's. I guess the "Thank God you're a man" bit wouldn't go over too well with the opposite sex.
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  • Dopplr Presents Personal Travel Report to All Users

    January 16, 2009  |  Infographics

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    Dopplr is a service that lets you share your travel schedule with friends and then highlights times when you and your friends will be in the same place. For example, if you're traveling to Las Vegas in December, Dopplr will tell you if any of your friends are going too. OK. So yesterday Dopplr started sending out "Personal Annual Reports" to all of its users. The report shows what friends your travels coincided most with, where you traveled, how you traveled, and your carbon for 2008. What a great idea.

    Above is a report for Barack Obama. It should surprise nobody that Joe Biden tops the list on who Obama most coincided with, and then John McCain follows in a close a second.

    [Thanks, William and Tim]

  • 2008 Feltron Annual Report Now Available

    January 13, 2009  |  Infographics, Self-surveillance

    Feltron Report

    After Nicholas Felton's ever popular 2005, 2006 and 2007 annual report on himself, you knew this was coming. The 2008 Feltron Annual Report is now up for your viewing pleasure. There's a lot more mapping, data, and pages this time around.
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  • Ford Turns to Design and Data Visualization to Boost Sales

    January 13, 2009  |  Infographics

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    Ford sales are suffering. In an attempt to improve, they're going green with hybrid vehicles, and in doing so, had to shift their design. In their initial studies with IDEO, the Palo Alto-based design group, they found that drivers who were interested in fuel efficiency were "playing a game." Getting more miles to the gallon was like earning points. With that in mind, Ford worked with Smart Design to create a high-resolution LCD dashboard to show drivers how efficiently they drive.

    In order to play into the research finding that drivers are looking for a high score when it comes to fuel efficiency, one high-resolution LCD screen on the dash features an eye-catching rendering of curling vines blooming with green leaves. It's more than a decorative element; it's a data-visualization tool intended to change the way people drive. If a driver wastes gas by aggressively accelerating or slamming on the brakes, for example, the vine withers and leaves disappear. More leaves appear if individuals drive more economically. The system will be standard on all new Fusion Hybrids, which will start at about $27,000.

    There's still another 6 months until we see the results of this design shift, but what do you think of this futuristic-looking dashboard?

    [via BusinessWeek | Thanks, Alastair]

  • Tools You Need to Track Energy Consumption – WattzOn

    January 12, 2009  |  Infographics, Online Applications

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    "Climate change is a global problem. But it's individuals who will create the solution." This is the WattzOn premise.
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  • Browser Wars – A New Take on Streamgraphs

    January 9, 2009  |  Infographics

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    Because it's Friday - PixelLabs puts a cartoon-ish spin on streamgraphs. Who will win??

    [Thanks, @prblog]

  • Visual Guide to General Motors’ Financial Woes

    January 5, 2009  |  Infographics

    As you've probably heard, General Motors has come on some financial troubles and grows increasingly desperate for a federal bailout. How did the American vehicle giant get to this point? Will the bailout do any good?
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  • 9 Ways to Visualize Consumer Spending

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    GOOD Magazine's most recent infographic (above and below) on consumer spending got me to thinking about all the other approaches I've seen on the same topic. The number of ways to attack a dataset never ceases to amaze me, so I dug a little. Yeah, there are a bunch - but here are some of the good ones. Got some more? Leave a link in the comments.
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  • Visual Guide to the Financial Crisis

    November 25, 2008  |  Infographics

    If you're like most people, you don't really know what's going on with the economy. You know there's something to do with loans and payments and what not, but not much else. Mint (the financial management app) and Wallstats (the guy who does the Death and Taxes poster) put together a "visual guide to the financial crisis" - or a flow chart, rather - to clear up some of those cloudy details. It goes back to 2003 after the dot-com crash up to the recent government bailout.

    [Thanks, Max]

  • Exploration of Our Presidents’ First 100 Days in Office

    November 11, 2008  |  Infographics

    GOOD Magazine and Atley Kasky collaborate to explore U.S. Presidents' first 100 days in office.

    I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people," Franklin D. Roosevelt told supporters in 1932 while accepting the presidential nomination. When he took office the following year, he spent his first 100 days enacting a dizzying number of reforms designed to stabilize an economically depressed nation. Since then, a president's first 100 days have been an indicator of what he is able to accomplish. In January 2009, the clock starts again.

    For each President, going back to FDR, a line represents his first 100 days in office. Each circle corresponds to a significant event. The profiles underneath the timelines start with a notable quote from the President's inauguration speech (except Truman and Johnson, who were sworn in after the death of Roosevelt and Kennedy, respectively) followed by events marked with cute, little icons that show what type of event it was. The % of popular vote, days in office, and political inheritance are there too.

    Yeah, it's a crud load of information (presented quite nicely). I hope you have a big monitor.

    [Thanks, @hungryclone]

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