• 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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  • Takin’ data to the streets. Word.

    June 30, 2011  |  Infographics

    Sprayed pie chart

    Whenever I'm out late at night with my bottle of black spray paint while climbing onto the highway overpass, I'm always like, "I wish there was an easier way to make pie charts on this street sign. There has to be a better way!" I am sure you can identify. Well fret no more. Golan Levin, an artist and educator, provides you with the open-source pie chart stencil.
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  • Anatomy of a computer virus explained

    June 28, 2011  |  Infographics

    Anatomy of a computer virus

    Motion designer Patrick Clair tells the story of Stuxnet, "a Microsoft Windows computer worm discovered in July 2010 that targets industrial software and equipment." Unlike many viruses and worms, Stuxnet was designed with a specific target — Siemens Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems — and left any other systems unharmed. Stuxnet could then increase pressure in nuclear reactors and turn off oil pipelines, all the while showing monitors everything was fine.

    Get the full skinny in Clair's well done motion graphic video below.
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  • Imagining the future of information graphics

    June 23, 2011  |  Infographics

    While information graphics have been around for decades, their current form is brand new (or kind of old, if you're counting in Internet years). Just like the Web, information and data graphics will continue to evolve in line with improving technology and growing amounts of data.

    Sarah Slobin, of The Wall Street Journal, follows up on her previous article on successful infographics with an imagined future of what is to come in the next few decades.
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  • 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


    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]

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