• New Hampshire results trackers

    January 10, 2012  |  Infographics

    The New Hampshire results trackers are out in full force tonight. Ordered by my inclination to leave open in the background: Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, MSNBC, and CNN. Take your pick.

  • xkcd: Cost of everything

    November 21, 2011  |  Infographics

    money by xkcd

    Randall Munroe of xkcd charts the things that money pays for, from the item off the dollar menu all the way up to the total estimated economic productivity of the human race. Following the same scheme to show relative scales that he used for his radiation chart, you get a big picture, a zoom for another big picture, and so on.
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  • Public opinion of the Occupy movement

    November 18, 2011  |  Infographics

    Occupy Movement Opinion

    To get a gauge of public opinion and the Occupy movement, The New York Times asked readers what they they thought, placing their comments on a two-axis grid ranging from strongly disagree/oppose to strongly agree/support.

    On the horizontal: "Do you agree or disagree with the main goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement?" On the vertical: "Do you support or oppose the methods of the protestors?" So comments on the top right are those who strongly agree with the goals of the movement and strongly approve of protestors' methods. You can also color the dots and grid spots based on a range of disagree to agree for statements such as "Income inequality has contributed to the country's problems."

    Then to bring it home, comments are listed on the bottom with a small grid showing where that person selected. Put it all together and it's way more useful than just open threads elsewhere.

    [New York Times]

  • Visual Résumés

    November 10, 2011  |  Infographics

    revu timeline

    A couple of infographic résumé sites, vizualize.me and re.vu, sprouted up that use your LinkedIn data to show your career stats. Just create an account, connect it to LinkedIn, and you get some graphs that show when and where you worked. It's a visual form of your LinkedIn profile with a goal to replace the "old" and "boring" résumé that uses just text.

    Is this the best way to go though, if you're applying for a job?
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  • How we got to a population of 7 billion

    November 2, 2011  |  Infographics

    NPR explains how we reached a population of 7 billion. Simply put, the world is making babies faster than people are dying, and with improved medicine and agriculture, people are living longer than before. The video above demonstrates the different birth and mortality rates, where each container represents a continent.

    There has been a shift in recent years:

    Much of that growth has happened in Asia — in India and China. Those two countries have been among the world's most populous for centuries. But a demographic shift is taking place as the countries have modernized and lowered their fertility rates. Now, the biggest growth is taking place in sub-Saharan Africa.

    [NPR via Graphic Sociology]

  • Space launches over time

    October 11, 2011  |  Infographics

    Space launches

    With the end of NASA's human spaceflight program, Tommy McCall and Mike Orcutt for Technology Review explore space launches, since Sputnik 1 went into orbit in 1957. While humans won't be going up in space for NASA anymore, that doesn't mean there won't be anything launching into space.

    Of the 7,000 spacecraft that have been launched into orbit or beyond, more than half were defense satellites used for such purposes as communication, ­navigation, and imaging. (The Soviet Union sent up a huge number, partly because its satellites tended to be much shorter-lived than those from the United States.) In the 1970s, private companies began increasingly adding to the mix, ­launching satellites for telecommunications and broadcasting.

    The stacked bar turned rocket blast aesthetic is a nice touch. Time runs on the vertical and launches are split by country, where USSR/Russia and the United States of course lead the way. The bigger the blast, the more launches for a given country. Color represents purpose of launch. I like it.

    [Technology Review via @pitchinteractiv]

  • Nobel laureates by country and prize

    October 10, 2011  |  Infographics

    Nobel Laureates

    Nobel Prizes have been awarded every year since 1901. Where are all the winners from? Jon Bruner from Forbes puts it in a graphic. It's a simple yet effective approach where dots represent a won award, and countries are sorted by number of prizes won. The United States has clearly dominated the field since 1950, although many winners were foreign-born:

    The United States is also unique in the scale on which it attracts human capital: of the 314 laureates who won their Nobel prize while working in the U.S., 102 (or 32%) were foreign born, including 15 Germans, 12 Canadians, 10 British, six Russians and six Chinese (twice as many as have received the award while working in China). Compare that to Germany, where just 11 out of 65 Nobel laureates (or 17%) were born outside of Germany (or, while it still existed, Prussia). Or to Japan, which counts no foreigners at all among its nine Nobel laureates.

    Before World War II, it was a different story. Germany led the way.

    [Forbes | Thanks, Jon]

  • Picturing the creative process

    October 6, 2011  |  Infographics

    Creative process - full

    The creative process changes by person and project, but there are obstacles and steps along the way that you tend to pass with each. Graphic designer Melike Turgut maps his own process. Start from the inside (research, reading, and learning), and make your way out (questions, ideas, and refinement).

    [Melike Turgut via @brainpicker]

  • BBC Knowledge

    September 15, 2011  |  Infographics

    This is totally sunshine and lollipops, but it has a good flow to it, and well, I totally wanted to know more about BBC Knowledge. Too bad it's not available in my region that is America.

    [Video Link via datavisualization]

  • Freight railroad mergers

    September 14, 2011  |  Infographics

    Rails mergers

    Not many people ride the train anymore, but a lot of inventory is still moved via freight. It turns out that 90 percent of that freight market belongs to just four companies in the country, and since deregulation in the 1980s, the number of total railroads has gone down from 50 to just 7. Nicolas Rapp, graphics director at Fortune Magazine, explains. The railroad coverage maps are interesting, too.

    [The battle of the rails]

  • Cost of 9/11

    September 8, 2011  |  Infographics

    11 - War Funding

    This Sunday will be 10 years since the attacks on September 11. Amanda Cox and Shan Carter of The New York Times look at the financial tally, an estimated $3.3 trillion:

    Al Qaeda spent roughly half a million dollars to destroy the World Trade Center and cripple the Pentagon. What has been the cost to the United States? In a survey of estimates by The New York Times, the answer is $3.3 trillion, or about $7 million for every dollar Al Qaeda spent planning and executing the attacks. While not all of the costs have been borne by the government — and some are still to come — this total equals one-fifth of the current national debt. All figures are shown in today’s dollars.

    A single cube in each stack represents $1 billion. The initial view is money spent in five categories. Click on any stack for a subcategory breakdown. Sobering.

    [New York Times via @shancarter]

  • Evolution of the Web

    September 6, 2011  |  Infographics

    Evolution of the web

    In celebration of Chrome's third birthday, Google teamed up with Hyperakt and Vizzuality to explore the evolution of the Web:

    Over time web technologies have evolved to give web developers the ability to create new generations of useful and immersive web experiences. Today's web is a result of the ongoing efforts of an open web community that helps define these web technologies, like HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL and ensure that they're supported in all web browsers.

    The black timelines show major browser releases. As you click each browser icon, you can see how the browser window has changed for each release, which I think is the most interesting part of the interactive.

    Color bands represent browser technologies such as JavaScript, HTML, and Flash, and the bands grow as new browsers integrate the technologies. The intertwining of bands is supposed to show the interaction between different technologies, but it gets fuzzy here. Does the vertical position of bands mean anything? Does shape mean anything, or is it more for show? I think it's a little of both. More the latter. Fun to poke around memory lane either way.

    [Thanks, Deroy]

  • Steve Jobs patents

    August 25, 2011  |  Infographics

    Steve Jobs Patents

    Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple yesterday, and one of the reasons we actually care is because he had a hand in so many major products that we use every day. Shan Carter and Alan McLean, for The New York Times, provide a breakdown of all 313 Apple patents that include Jobs in the group of inventors.

  • The Sexperience 1000 shows a (statistical) view of what goes on in the bedroom

    August 16, 2011  |  Infographics

    Age and virginity

    The bedroom is a private place, and what goes on in the bedroom usually stays in the bedroom. However, the Sexperience 1000 (by Mint Digital and Lingobee), using data from the "Great Britain Sex Survey," provides a statistical picture of what people do or have done.
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  • Rethinking the food nutrition label

    August 12, 2011  |  Infographics

    Rethink food labels by RWalker

    The food nutrition label is on almost every food item, but it can be confusing in the sense that it doesn't tell you much about whether something is good or bad for you. The UC Berkeley School of Journalism hosted a challenge for designers and food experts to rethink the label:

    We are confused about what and how to eat and so we’re eating too much of the wrong things. In fact, we’re eating too much of everything. Two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. The obesity rate among preschoolers has doubled since 1970. Type 2 diabetes has become an epidemic. We want to make it easier to choose healthy food.

    Visual designer Renee Walker won with her rework shown above. The rectangles on top of each label represent main ingredients, and bars on the bottom provide a quick thumbs or thumbs down for a breakdown of fat content, carbohydrates, etc. Icons of spoons and scoops are used to supplement serving size since no one knows what 182 grams looks or feels like.

    Practically speaking, it's hard to imagine anything like this on the back of a Snickers bar any time soon. It requires a certain amount of space to be useful. The sentiment, however, is good and there are useful bits that could be used in a redesign in the future.

    How would you improve the existing nutrition label?

    [Rethink the Food Label | Thanks, Jeffrey]

  • Why Census matters to you

    August 4, 2011  |  Infographics

    Net person growth

    Census is any country is important in making major policy decisions and can affect your day-to-day, but it's not always obvious how. Leading up to the August 9 Australia Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics put together an interactive called Spotlight, which helps its citizens understand the data a little better.
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  • Doo doo

    July 21, 2011  |  Infographics

    Poop. Doo doo. Crap. Shit. Oddly enough these are the first words of the Gates Foundation's new informational video on reinventing the toilet. Learn about the toilet revolution and how to turn crap into valuable crap.

    [Video Link | Thanks, Nigel]

  • News of the World scandal unfolding on Twitter

    July 15, 2011  |  Infographics

    News of the World on Twitter

    All kinds of crazy with News of the World went down this past week, and of course Twitter was abuzz with each development. Taking a page from the Stamen book, the Guardian looked at half a million tweets with the #notw hashtag and show you how the news unfolded.

    The best part of the interactive is that there's plenty of context to help you follow along as bubbles shrink and explode. On the bottom left are Guardian articles covering important events, the top right is the most retweeted tweet, and then you have the most frequently used words on the bottom right.

    So if you weren't following the story that closely, the graphic helps you understand in a hurry. At any given time, you know who's involved, what happened, and what others were talking about.

    [The Guardian | Thanks, Alastair]

  • Access to education where you live

    July 6, 2011  |  Infographics

    Snapshot of school

    If you're a parent, most likely you want your children to go to the best schools available, but what if you found out that the school that they attend didn't measure up to the school a couple miles away? Using previously unreleased federal education data, ProPublica helps you compare.
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  • Sales receipt redesign

    July 5, 2011  |  Infographics


    Design firm Berg rethinks the everyday sales receipt under the premise that registers nowadays are connected to a central system, which has access to data about sales, food, etc.
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