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Surviving on minimum wage

As most of us know, it's not easy getting by on minimum wage, and in some places it's not possible. The New York Times provides a calculator to see how…

Olympic event explainer videos

Winter Olympic events are filled with subtleties that if you know about them, can help you appreciate athletes' skills and the sports a bit more. The New York Times published…

Olympic events placed in New York for scale

The New York Times published a fun piece that places Winter Olympic events in the city. Events include the luge in Times Square, ski jump in Bryant Park, and speed…

History through the president’s words

The Washington Post visualized the use of specific words throughout the years during State of the Union addresses. Since 1900, there have been 116 State of the Union addresses, given…

State gun laws since Newtown

The New York Times explored state gun bills since Newtown. In the 12 months since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., almost every state has…

Rocky movie breakdown

Fathom Information Design watched all six Rocky movies, classified segments into dialogue, training, montages, pre-fight, fight, and credits, and then visualized it. Rocky Morphology is the result. It's interesting to…

Artist temperaments

Just for kicks, Jimmy Chen plotted artists on a subjective arrogance-vs-genius scale. Above is the one for singers.…

Bourbon family tree

Colin Spoelman for GQ illustrated an educated guess of the bourbon family tree. This chart shows the major distilleries operating in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana, grouped horizontally by corporate owner,…

Why traffic waves and congestion happen

You're on the freeway, traffic is moving along, and for no apparent reason everyone slows down. And eventually, for no apparent reason, traffic starts back up again. What the what?…

The safest time to drive

As we've seen, there are more fatal car crashes during the weekend and summer months, which is some time between May and September in the United States. The Guardian took…

Quarterback streaks

Mike Bostock, Shan Carter, and Kevin Quealy for The New York Times explore quarterback streaks in the National Football League since 1970. The longest streak for each team is highlighted…

Science fiction starships, an extensive size comparison

A while back we saw a size comparison of random spaceships. That one pales in comparison to this extensive version by Dirk Loechel. It's got ships from Star Wars, Star…

Planet and moon resizer

It can be difficult to imagine the scale of planets and moons, because (1) they're really big and (2) they're far away. From where we are, the stars look pretty…

Learn to make animated information graphics

Graham Roberts, a graphics and multimedia editor at The New York Times, is teaching an online class on how to make animated information graphics and design storyboards. It's a chance…

Extensive timelines of slang for genitalia

The title says it all. Jonathon Green, a slang lexicographer, has two new timelines. The first is an interactive timeline that shows slang for male genitalia going all the way…

A second on the Internet

In a straightforward view of online activity, Designly shows the approximate number of tweets, likes, votes, and so forth that happen in one second. There's a lot of stuff going…

Size comparison of everything

If you're like me, you often wonder how big the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man is relative to Godzilla or how Godzilla compares to King Kong. Wonder no more. Sixteen-year-old deviantART…

Internet critique as infographic music video

I'm not entirely sure how to interpret this music video from Franz Ferdinand, but I'm taking it as a critique on internet culture, with less-than-meaningful charts playing a part. There…

Climbing the income ladder

In a study conducted by researchers at Harvard and UC Berkeley, data shows spatial variations for the chances of rising out of poverty into higher income brackets. The New York…

Housing price changes

Shan Carter and Kevin Quealy for The New York Times updated their housing prices graphic from a couple of years ago.…

Income inequality, real and personal

In a different take on the income inequality issue, the Economic Policy Institute, in collaboration with Periscopic, created Inequality Is. The Inequality.is website brings clarity to the national dialogue on…

Guide to Arrested Development jokes

In celebration of Arrested Development's return via Netflix, NPR combed through the jokes — obvious and obscure — and set them in a handy interactive guide. Arrested Development is back!…