• Your tax rate in 2012, and past rates since 1913

    December 20, 2012  |  Infographics

    Your effective tax rate

    What is your effective tax rate now versus years past? Ritchie King made an interactive to show you.

    Having not been alive in the '50s or '60s, let alone filing taxes, I was struck by the high top income tax rate—exactly double the highest tax rate today. It made me wonder: what would my income tax be if I had earned the equivalent of what I earn now several decades ago—or even in 1913, when the current federal income tax program was first introduced? What would the history of income taxes look like through the collective eyes of people in my exact financial situation over the past 100 years?

    Just enter your taxable income and filing status, and you get a time series of what your tax rate would've been years ago. It's kind of fun to mouse right to left to see your inflation-adjusted income.

    See also the New York Times piece from last month, which makes for an interesting contrast. Similar data was used, but the views are quite different.

  • An infographical look at Walking Dead kills over three seasons

    December 7, 2012  |  Infographics

    Walking Dead kills

    Andrew Barr and Richard Johnson for the National Post took a detailed look at the who, what, and when of Walking Dead kills.

    While AMC lets The Walking Dead gang take a short mid-season break — the Post's Andrew Barr
    and Richard Johnson look at a few of the key statistics of two-and-a-half season's worth of undead mayhem. They find noteworthy — the gradual increase in the body count, the increasingly creative means of Zombie dispatch, and the fact that every character seems to have developed a clear enjoyment for putting the ambulatory cadavers down for good.

    They also included weapons used, ranging from handgun to tree branch. See the full version here. Somewhere there's a piece of paper with a ton of tally marks on it.

    [Thanks, Thomas]

  • xkcd: Calendar of meaningful dates

    November 27, 2012  |  Infographics

    Using the Google ngrams corpus, xkcd sized the days of the year based on usage volume. Lots of firsts of the month and September 11th.

  • Futures in literature from the past

    November 21, 2012  |  Infographics

    Future from the past

    After seeing a timeline on future events as described in novels, designer Giorgia Lupi put it in visual form.

    Basing on speculative fiction captions collected by Jane Hu, the visualization analyses 62 foretold future events. For each event the visualization highlights typology (are they mainly social, scientific, technological, political?), year of the prediction, genre of the book and age of the author, while dividing them into positive, neutral or negative events. In the end, good news: in 802,701 the world will exist and everything will be more or less ok.

    The vertical bars represent how far in the past a future was described, icons in the middle represent type of event, and the rows underneath provide descriptions of said events.

    The sheer amount of fiction makes this a fun one to look at. Although, I wish Lupi spaced events by time instead of just listing them in chronological order. I mean, it's a giant graphic already. Might as well go all the way with the timeline framework.

  • Exploration of Hewlett grants

    November 14, 2012  |  Infographics

    Hewlett foundation

    Since 2000, the Hewlett Foundation has made over 7,000 grants summing $3.86 billion, to support communities around the world. Periscopic broke it down by area and amount. Each section is a heat map with years on the horizontal and amount on the vertical. The darker the shade of green, the more grants given that year for the corresponding amount. Click on a rectangle, and you can see the details of any individual grant. [Thanks, Kim]

  • All possible paths to the White House

    November 5, 2012  |  Infographics

    Possible paths

    With the election tomorrow, Mike Bostock and Shan Carter for the New York Times map the 512 possible paths to the White House. Select state wins, and the paths update accordingly. For example, select an Obama win in Florida, and it doesn't look good for Romney.

    If Mr. Romney loses Florida, he has only one way to victory: through all the other battleground states. He has led most polls there, however, and is the favorite. If Mr. Romney wins Florida, he has 75 paths open to him.

    The interaction feels game-like.

  • Urine wheel to diagnose disease

    October 29, 2012  |  Infographics

    urine wheel

    Some days you take a whiff it's easy: "Yep. Definitely had asparagus last night." Other times though, it's not so clear. This urine wheel by Ullrich Pinder from 1506, provides possible diagnoses based on color, smell, and taste. [via kottke]

  • History of Earth in 24-hour clock

    October 9, 2012  |  Infographics

    History of the Earth

    I'm not sure where this is originally from, but I found it on an intro to geology course page. What happens when midnight comes around again?

  • Words used at the National Conventions

    September 7, 2012  |  Infographics

    Words they used

    The elections season is in full swing, and the New York Times graphics department ramps up its election coverage. With newly hired Mike Bostock teamed up with the Times' interaction guy, Shan Carter, I'm sure we're in for some interesting work.

    The two, along with Matthew Ericson, covered the words used at the Republican and Democratic Conventions, but yesterday they put up an interactive that shows the words used at both conventions.

    Each bubble represents a word, and the bigger the bubble the more often it was used. The blue and red split compares word usage of Democrats and Republicans, respectively, and bubbles are arranged horizontally left to right, from words favored by Democrats to those favored by Republicans. For example, "forward" is far to the left, and "fail" is far to the right.

    While the visual provides a sense of what was talked about, the best part is that the visualization is an interface into the transcripts. When you click on a word, quotes that use that word are shown, so you can see what was actually said alongside keywords. Plus, you can enter your own word or phrase, and a new bubble is placed accordingly with the corresponding text on the bottom.

  • Evolution of video game controllers

    August 15, 2012  |  Infographics

    Evolution of Video Game Controllers

    From the department of old-but-new-to-me, Pop Chart Lab charted the evolution of video game controllers. There are 119 of them pictured in total.

  • Portal 2 timelines

    August 7, 2012  |  Infographics

    Portal 2 timelines

    I've never played Portal 2 (or the first), but I suspect some of you will find these timelines by designer Piotr Bugno interesting.

    As a fan of Valve’s Portal 2 video game, I designed this infographic led by my curiosity to get a better grasp on its plot, on how mechanics informed the gameplay, and on the development of its main themes — good vs evil, descent vs ascent, destruction vs construction.

    Seriously, all meaning is lost for me on these. Any Portal 2 fans care to chime in?

  • Track and field Olympic performances in perspective

    August 6, 2012  |  Infographics

    Long jump records explained

    We've been hearing Olympic records rattled off for the past week, but it's hard to grasp just how great these athletes are performing. I mean, we know they're doing amazing things, but just how amazing? Kevin Quealy and Graham Roberts for The New York Times put it into perspective with two videos, one on the long jump and the other on the 100-meter sprint.

    After I watched each, all I could think was, "Oh crap, that's good."

    The videos frame distances and times in a way that's immediately relatable, such as a basketball court to show how far medals winners jumped or how far previous sprinters would be behind Usain Bolt. Smooth transitions move you through different perspectives and pauses give focus to the most notable athletes, and although each video covers a lot of information, you never feel disoriented. They cover the overall picture, down to the individual, and back again.

    Good stuff. Give 'em a watch.

  • Was an Olympic record set today?

    July 27, 2012  |  Infographics

    Olympic record

    From the Guardian US, a simple site that tells you if a record was broken today, and if so, what records. It was pieced together with Google Docs and github, and uses the New York Times Olympics API. [via]

  • Olympic event nuances explained

    July 27, 2012  |  Infographics

    The Vault

    A lot of Olympic events are over and done with in a few minutes (or seconds), so the difference between winning and losing can be something really tiny. As the games in London get started, The New York Times put together a great series on the tiny details that athletes try to hone in on as they jump over hurdles, twist over the vault, and hand off the baton.

    The feature was surprisingly sort of buried in a lot of other Olympic coverage, but hopefully they put together more of them. The combination of graphics and insight from athletes is uber interesting.

    Update: The butterfly was just added, and cycling is up next.

  • Swimsuit technology and breaking world records

    July 26, 2012  |  Infographics

    Dressed for a world record

    The Washington Post has a fine graphic on swimming world records and the changing swimsuit, from speedo to full rubber body suit.
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  • Evolution of the Formula One car, animated

    July 9, 2012  |  Infographics

    Animator and illustrator Rufus Blacklock animated 60 years of Formula One race car design. The outline of each year's car morphs from design to design, the engine shifts location, and the steering wheel changes shape. The video as a whole is pretty sexy.

    He also took a look at just the steering wheel's evolution. I'm almost certain the next iteration will be non-existent in the future, where only robots race. Speaking of which, whatever happened to Robot Wars? That was good entertainment.

    [via Revolutions]

  • The Higgs Boson explained by PhD Comics

    July 4, 2012  |  Infographics

    Don't know what the Higgs Boson is (or even how to pronounce it)? PhD Comics, my personal favorite, illustrated it in this short video a couple of months ago.

  • Electricity bill redesigned

    July 2, 2012  |  Infographics

    Electricity bill redesigned

    The electricity bill (or all utility bills, really) haven't changed much over the years. It's basically computer output. Power2Switch, a site that helps you compare electricity prices, took a stab at redesigning the barebones bill. (Don't miss the comments in the FastCompany post.)

    While a step in the right direction, the redesign still needs to go through the revision cycle a few more times.
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  • The Louis C.K. pain chart

    June 29, 2012  |  Infographics

    Louis CK Pain Chart

    Vulture illustrated the subtle changes in Louis C.K.'s face to express varying levels of discomfort. I only recently discovered him, but man, I'm glad I did. FYI: With the start of season three, the second season became available on Netflix, in case you want to catch up.

  • Growth of the basketball uniform

    June 29, 2012  |  Infographics

    Evolution of basketball uniform

    In the 1960s, the basketball uniform was about small, tight shorts and form-fitting tank top. It's grown longer since then. Andrew Bergmann sifted through the archives and illustrated the changes over the decades.

    The arm-length "shooter sleeves" that Lebron, Carmelo and Pierce sport on a regular basis are one of the most interesting of recent accoutrements. These covers can directly be traced back to former 76ers point guard Allen Iverson, who by legend wore one to conceal a controversial tattoo, but in actuality had bursitis in his right elbow. Somehow the sleeves caught on and are now believed to improve your shot. I guess I should get one.

    I can't wait until players are out there in full tights, and then as fashion always turns around on itself, speedos and thigh-high socks.

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