• Pulp Fiction presented in chronological order

    June 22, 2012  |  Infographics

    Pulp Fiction in chronological order

    Smith hopes to put it print. Currently in Kickstarter mode.

  • Bourdieu’s Food Space chart, from fast food to French Laundry

    June 21, 2012  |  Infographics

    Bourdieu's Food Space

    In Pierre Bourdieu's Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste from 1979 is a chart that shows the taste of food against economic capital and cultural capital. Gastronomica updated the chart. Mmmmm, underground super club food truck. [Thanks, Jonathan]

  • Spaceships drawn to scale

    June 19, 2012  |  Infographics

    Space ships drawn to scale

    Molecular astrophysicist Invader Xan drew spaceships, real and fictional, to scale.

    This, my friends, is an image showing several of the most notable spacecraft we plucky human beings have created (and are busily creating) to date. The past, the present, and the ones that never quite made it. All spacecraft shown are to scale (assuming my sources were accurate). Because I felt I needed to exercise my graphic design muscles. And because, well, let's face it — space ships are just inherently cool, aren't they?

    Dibs on the Starship Enterprise.

    [via Boing Boing]

  • Working in America over the decades

    June 12, 2012  |  Infographics

    Working in America by year

    Information visualization firm Periscopic, in collaboration with GE, explores the makeup of the American workforce, from 1960 to present.

    Jobs are definitely a top of mind subject. Did you know that manufacturing jobs were the largest sector of employment in 1960, yet today the category has fallen to 6th place? In this interactive visualization, browse who has been working in America over the past 50 years by sector, gender or age.

    As in other Periscopic projects, the interactive provides multiple views that let you see the data from different angles. The initial view is a current breakdown of sectors, and when you press play, the visual rewinds to 1960, animating forward in time. Faded people icons represent the peak of each sector for context. Then as you might guess, the people rearrange themselves accordingly when you select breakdowns by age or gender.
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  • Fat and calories depicted in food pictures

    June 7, 2012  |  Infographics

    Cheese wheel of fat

    You would think that fat content and calorie counts would be straightforward by now, but serving size mucks it all up. It's like, "Great, this ice cream is only 200 calories!" Then you come to the sad conclusion that you just ate a bowl worth half a million calories, because the serving size is that of a rice grain. Fat or Fiction tries to clarify some of these fat counts, for items like cheese and cake, by placing food servings next to each other.

    Some of the labeling is confusing, because it's off to the left and in small print. For example, the 14 percent above is the percentage of fat in that wedge of blue stilton cheese against the rest of the wheel. Each wedge is 100 grams of cheese, so you get a sense of fat and calorie density.

    But hey, I'm a sucker for anything food-related and these pictures are making me hungry. That's the goal of the site, right?

  • Overfishing visually explained

    June 6, 2012  |  Infographics

    As part of their mission to reform destructive fishing practices, Ocean2012 explains the risk of catching too much fish, in motion graphics. I like the pixelated aesthetic.

    See also Nigel Upchurch's video on farmed fish.

    As a consumer, I'm still confused. Can someone make a list of fish I can and can't eat without disrupting ocean equilibrium?
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  • How a Virus Changes the World

    June 1, 2012  |  Infographics

    From Take Part, a short video on how a virus spreads and its possible global effects. Apparently one million deaths could be prevented every year if people would just wash their hands regularly. Too bad there's that temporary allergy to soap and water people get after doing their business in public restrooms.

    [via Brain Pickings]

  • Walt Disney: Story of Menstruation

    May 30, 2012  |  Infographics

    A previously banned Disney cartoon on menstruation. So informative.

    [Thanks, Kevin]

  • Which nations consume the most water?

    May 25, 2012  |  Infographics  |  Kim Rees


    This Scientific American article by Mark Fischetti and infographic by Jen Christiansen detail the consumption of water usage throughout the world. Jen used a Sankey diagram to show the top 10 water consuming countries and how their water was being used. One of Mark's first points in the article is that population is the largest factor of water consumption. So I wonder why population adjusted numbers weren't used. Many of the article's commenters felt the same way. One posted a few of the countries per capita water use:
    China: 2781 lts/day, India: 2591 lts/day, US: 7175 lts/day, Japan: 3752 lts/day

    The way you display your data depends on the story you're trying to tell. In this case, I wonder if the message could be better by using per capita.

    [via @ChristiansenJen]

  • Good use of pie charts

    May 19, 2012  |  Infographics  |  Kim Rees

    facebook sellouts

    This Wall Street Journal graphic shows who's selling (or sold) a percentage of their Facebook stocks and who's holding steady.

    This graphic is the perfect example of why I'm a proponent of the pie chart. First, they stuck to two values per pie chart. That makes it easy to read. Next, they used the size of the pie to denote the number of shares. Finally, they used small multiples to easily compare both the shares owned by each entity as well as change in percentage of shares being sold.

    I'm sure bar charts would be fine too, but WSJ really used all aspects of the pie chart very effectively.

    [via Barry Ritholtz]

  • Is the filibuster unconstitutional?

    May 18, 2012  |  Infographics  |  Kim Rees

    US Filibuster

    Washington Post's Ezra Klein busts on the filibuster. Gone are the days of Mr. Smith when invoking the filibuster was seen to serve a greater purpose. The filibuster has its roots in Ancient Rome, and apparently even then it had its critics.

    This chart is a great example of providing a lot of information in a concise area. All of these data points are relevant to the topic and helps us inform our opinion about the matter.

    [via @hfairfield]

  • ITP Spring Show: Iraq war and diabetes visualizations

    May 15, 2012  |  Infographics  |  Kim Rees

    Iraq war casualties

    Yesterday I visited the ever popular NYU ITP bi-annual show which is a showcase of the students' experimental and ingenious interactive work.

    I stopped to talk to data visualization student and self-tracker, Doug Kanter, about his work. His first and smaller piece was about the war in Iraq. The image above depicts the number of wounded US soldiers by state (and territory) using the red stripes. The stars show the number of soldiers killed. I'm sure we could quibble about labels and where the bar chart starts, but to me, the tattered appearance of the flag created by data about war is very arresting.
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  • Gay rights in the United States, by state

    May 9, 2012  |  Infographics

    Gay rights by type

    Gay rights vary across states and by region. The Guardian US interactive team does their research and shows this variance, covering several issues, from school to marriage. Segmented concentric circles make the foundation of the interactive where each circle is an issue, and each segment is a state. The states are organized by region, so it's easy to see where areas of the country stand.

    Be sure to scroll down for regional breakdowns by issue.

    Nice work from both a technical and storytelling standpoint.

  • Titanic infographics from 1912

    May 4, 2012  |  Infographics

    Fly The Atlantic

    With the Titanic anniversary this year, Chiqui Esteban dug up graphics back from the time of the event. This one showing the time to cross the Atlantic is the best. "If only we could fly the Atlantic!"

  • Under the Sea, Under the Sea

    April 9, 2012  |  Infographics

    Lakes and Oceans

    In usual xkcd fashion, Randall Munroe plots the depths of lakes and oceans, including "mysterious door which James Cameron built his sub to reach and open."

  • Conducting Demystified

    April 6, 2012  |  Infographics

    Conducting demystified by NYT

    The New York Times, in collaboration with the New York University Movement Lab, explains music conducting in this beautifully produced video. It's part interview with Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, and part rendering of motion capture data, which represents Gilbert's conducting.

    To capture the data, the Movement Lab installed high-speed motion capture cameras, and Gilbert put on one of those funny-looking suits with the sensor balls on them. He conducted, and they recorded his body and his hands.

    Fantasia will probably come to mind as you watch, specifically towards the end when only conducting trails and sensor spots are left to dance on the screen.

  • Inception Explained in Animated Infographic

    March 23, 2012  |  Infographics

    Inception Explained

    Designer Matt Dempsey explains the storyline of Inception in this fun experiment. There were a few flowcharts that came out when the movie did, including one from Christopher Nolan, but this one takes the cake. Just keep on scrolling down to move through levels, and people (the colored circles) disappear and reappear as people go in and out of dreams and limbo.

  • Spotlight on movie profitability

    March 2, 2012  |  Infographics

    Spotlight on movie profitability

    Movies are a curious business. There a variety of forces that encourage people to pay for a movie ticket with an ever-increasing cost, one of those being the aggregate ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, but it's not uncommon for well-reviewed movies to profit small and poorly reviewed movies to profit big. Krisztina Szucs takes a look at this relationship between Rotten Tomatoes score and profit.
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  • Difference between weather and climate explained

    March 1, 2012  |  Infographics

    The difference:

    In this animated short, the relationship between trend and variation are explained with an excellent analogy to a man walking his dog. There is much more variation in the path that the dog takes as compared with the man, but they are both headed the same way. Similarly, weather can be highly variable and climate means long term trends.

    I heard that a kitten dies every time a news anchor debunks global warming with an unexpected day of snow.


  • Point guard fundamentals of Jeremy Lin

    February 19, 2012  |  Infographics


    You knew this was coming, right? The New York Times describes the point guard fundamentals — dribble penetration, ball screen, and isolation — of Jeremy Lin in this animated Linfographic. For each play, the players of interest are outlined, and the frame shifts so that you can see where the players have been, relative to where they currently are. It's a simple concept executed well.

    I'm familiar with this stuff already, but I imagine this being pretty useful for people just tuning into the game, due to their sudden case of Linsanity. Today's game against Dallas is gonna be a hot ticket.

    [New York Times]

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