• Words used in commencement speeches

    June 23, 2011  |  Infographics

    Class of 2011

    If you've visited YouTube in the past couple of weeks, you've probably noticed the links to this year's commencement speeches by all the famous people (Conan O'Brien's at Dartmouth has been my favorite so far). Most speakers seem to base a lot on their own experiences, but they tend to revolve around the same themes like meeting challenges, don't fear failure, and love what you do. Of course, there's still plenty of variance across speeches though.
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  • Households like yours

    June 20, 2011  |  Infographics

    Households with two kids

    Accompanying an article on the changing family dynamic, The New York Times provides an interactive graphic that lets you see how many households in America are like yours.

    You start with the primary residents in your household such as single male or married couple, and then add those who live with you, such as a parent or child. The graphic updates as you do, showing the U.S. count and percentage on top and the breakdown by time, race, and household income on the bottom. Simple and straight to the point of interest.

    [How Many Households Are Like Yours?]

  • Simple guide to drunkenness

    June 3, 2011  |  Infographics

    Drunkenness guide

    From Aran Kanani on DeviantArt. Try easing up on the tequila and maybe sticking in that middle realm next time, yeah? Have a nice weekend, all.

  • Why you shouldn’t eat farmed fish – a graphical explanation

    May 27, 2011  |  Infographics

    Eating Fish by Nigel Upchurch

    Do you know where your fish comes from? Well, yeah, it comes from the water, but there's a little more to it than that. Nigel Upchurch, who previously explained the benefits of turning off your computer at night, describes in this short one-minute video why eating farmed fish isn't the best idea. In short, while farming fish seems like a good solution to depleted wild supply, the process actually ends up using even more natural resources.

    I like Nigel's understated approach. Not too flashy that it makes you dizzy, but engaging enough to get you looking. The video is light on data, but that works well for a public service announcement.
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  • MacGyver recipe book – All 7 seasons of diversions and mischief

    May 18, 2011  |  Infographics

    MacRecipes

    Oh. My. God. Fathom Information Design compiles every recipe from the show MacGyver:

    Have you ever wondered in how many different episodes MacGyver has made an arc welder (answer: 3 times in episodes 6, 52, and 87)? Or perhaps you forgot about your favorite episode (season 1, episode 12) when Mac escapes via a casket that transforms into a jetski. And how many times has Mac made a diversion? In order to placate all of your MacGyver-related curiosities, we offer you MacRecipes.

    There is a column for each episode, and each square represents a recipe for how to get out of trouble. Want to make a parasail? Just get a wind tunnel fan, wire, and tent material. Need to create a diversion to get out of a bind? Matches and rum. You can also browse recipes by ingredient, such as those that use rope or a paper clip.

    I loved MacGyver growing up. His mullet holds a special place in my heart where all you need is imagination and some know-how to get you to where you need to go. I was one of the many to start wielding a trusty Swiss Army knife that my parents got me. I still have it, actually. Still useful. The whole series is on Netflix Instant in case you're interested.

    [Fathom Information Design via @jeffclark]

  • Flash vs. HTML5

    May 10, 2011  |  Infographics

    Flash vs. HTML5

    Design firm Periscopic takes a look at the Flash versus HTML5 debate and some considerations you should make if you're deciding which one to use in your projects. The main conclusions: Flash lets you reach the widest audience with the drawback of not working on some mobile devices; HTML5 is still developing.

    Which one are you gonna pick for your next web project?

    [Periscopic | Thanks, Kim]

  • Oil spill amounts in perspective

    May 4, 2011  |  Infographics

    Oil video

    On the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, designer Chris Harmon puts the amount of spilled oil into perspective in this video (below). It's mostly simplified facts and figures, but most of us probably know enough about the spill already for the numbers to be interesting.
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  • Perceived vs. actual country rankings

    May 3, 2011  |  Infographics

    Countries ranking

    Lisa Strausfeld, in collaboration with GE, compares perceived country rankings and actual ones.

    Innovation is the key driver of business and economic success. In January 2011, GE developed an Innovation Barometer based on a survey of 1000 senior business executives in 12 countries. We asked about both the drivers and impact of innovation. In this visualization, we’re taking a deeper look, enabling comparisons between what execs believe drive innovation and what’s actually happening in market.

    As seen in the image above, rankings are displayed via parallel coordinates, with actual country rankings on the left and perception on the right. The business execs were asked if they thought their country was "successful" in the categories, and the perceived rankings are based on the percentage who said yes. Each line represents a country. Roll over a country on either side to compare the patterns.
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  • Women’s dress sizes demystified

    April 28, 2011  |  Infographics

    Whose size 8 are you wearing?

    Women's clothing sizes have always confused me. My wife always has to try on an array of sizes, and it seems to vary by store. For me, on the other hand, when I'm looking for pants, I just look for waist, length, and maybe cut. As we've seen, men's actual sizes can change by brand, but it looks a lot more confusing for women, as shown in this graphic from The New York Times.
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  • Mac vs. PC people

    April 26, 2011  |  Infographics

    Mac vs. PC people

    Recommendation site Hunch is another one of those applications that knows a ton of random stuff about its users. In case you've never signed up, you start by answering a bunch of seemingly unrelated questions, and based on your answers, Hunch offers recommendations by correlating your answers with preferences for you and others. This graphic, in collaboration with Column Five Media, shows differences between Mac and PC people within the Hunch community.

    Among the findings: Mac people are 95 percent more likely to prefer indie films; PC people are 26 percent more likely to prefer fitting in with others; and as for cable TV networks, Mac people prefer Bravo, HBO, and Showtime, whereas PC people prefer Syfy, History, and USA.

    [Hunch | Thanks, @trendyle]

  • History of detainees at Guantánamo

    April 24, 2011  |  Infographics

    A History of the Detainee Population

    On January 11, 2002 the first detainees arrived at Guantánamo. On January 22, 2009, President Obama ordered Guantánamo to close in a year. The Guantánamo Docket is an interactive database compiled by The New York Times and NPR that shows the detainment and transfer of 792 men.

    The Times and NPR have reviewed thousands of pages of government documents released in recent years, as well as court records and news media reports from around the world.

    Visually explore changes over the past few years. Each row represents country of citizenship, with detainees on the left and transfers on the right. As you can see, according to a variety of documents, there are currently 172 detained and 600 who have been transferred.

    [New York Times via @mericson]

  • Water changes everything in motion graphics

    April 22, 2011  |  Infographics

    In the most recent media push for Charity: Water, a video of motion graphics explains the importance of clean water and what millions have to go through every day just to get something questionable to drink. Twenty dollars can buy one person access to a safe water source. Kristen Bell narrates.

    [Video Link via @JonathanJarvis]

  • See what you and others tweet about with the Topic Explorer

    April 20, 2011  |  Infographics

    Tweet Topic Explorer by Neoformix

    When you first come across a Twitter account it can be hard to know if you want to follow that person or organization, based on the most recent tweets. Jeff Clark's Tweet Topic Explorer gives you a quick view of that. Enter a username, and you get a clustered cloud of bubbles. Larger bubbles indicate topics that are tweeted more often and topics that are closely correlated (that is, appear together often) are colored the same.

    Above is the view for @flowingdata. As you'd expect, data is in the center, and it branches out from there.
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  • Mental disorder graphics

    April 15, 2011  |  Infographics

    OCD

    Designer Patrick Smith has a minimalist look at mental disorders:

    I was doing some research about mental health and I came across a list of mental disorders. I chose a few, starting with OCD, and set myself the challenge of defining each in a minimal style.

    The OCD graphic is definitely the best one of the bunch. Others include agoraphobia, anorexia nervosa, and depression.

    [Adapt & Graphic Patrick]

  • Sugar consumption buckets

    April 13, 2011  |  Infographics

    Sugar consumption

    Lovely imagery showing sugar consumption for day through lifetime. The average American consumes 45.3 pounds of sugar in a year. It's a part of a read-later NYT article on the toxicity of sugar. Check out the similar pic for high fructose corn syrup. [via]

  • More proportions and cocktails

    April 4, 2011  |  Infographics

    drinks

    Designers' current obsession with cocktails and proportions continues with Konstantin Datz' recent poster. Engineer's guide to drinks is still the best. Although this one gets plus points for hints of realism.
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  • Taming the breath of a wok

    April 1, 2011  |  Infographics

    Wok Cutaway

    I found this on Serious Eats, but it looks like it's from a book. Anyone know what book it is? This picture is awesome. Maybe one day, with enough practice, sweat, and tears, you will be able to tame the breath of the dragon.
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  • X-Men family tree

    March 31, 2011  |  Infographics

    xmenfamilytree

    Amusing from graphic designer Joe Stone, although not as good as the crazy-detailed one from a couple of years ago. [Joe Stone | Thanks, John]

  • Anatomy of a cupcake

    March 25, 2011  |  Infographics

    Anatomy of a cupcake

    Aww, how cute. As a birthday gift, a couple sent their best wishes to a friend overseas via deconstructed cupcake graphic.

    [Things via datavis]

  • Why we need to save great teachers

    March 24, 2011  |  Infographics

    Saving great teachers

    Okay, it's kind of a given for why we need to make sure great teachers keep teaching America's children. If you've had a great teacher, you know what I mean. If you've had a bad teacher, you know what I mean. StudentsFirst argues for the end of last in, first out, which is a firing policy based on seniority. If teachers are going to be fired, the last teachers hired have to go first.
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