• Europe’s energy targets in perspective

    February 8, 2011  |  Infographics

    Europe energy

    Designer Gregor Aisch has a look at energy usage in Europe. Click on a number of topics on the bottom to see how each country compares, or mouse over a specific country to get its details. Bubbles are color-coded according to relatively high or low levels (I think) and sized by population (I think). There isn't a whole lot of explanation of what you're actually seeing, but it has some interesting interactions in there. Maybe our European readers can add some context. Don't forget to take it fullscreen and put it on autoplay.

    [publicdata.eu via @moritz_stefaner]

  • Annual Feltron report is up – this time with dad

    February 7, 2011  |  Infographics

    Annual Feltron Report 2010

    I think we've all grown accustomed to this by now. Designer Nicholas Felton, known for his quantified annual reports on his life for the past year, just put up his Report for 2010. This one though isn't for Nicholas. It's for his late father. It's breakdowns for where he lived and traveled, postcards sent, and people he spent time with.
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  • Most viewed YouTube videos of all time iconified

    February 4, 2011  |  Infographics

    YouTube videos iconified

    Designer Ibraheem Youssef iconifies the most viewed YouTube videos of all time. Do you recognize what each icon represents? I'm embarrassed to say that I probably know one too many of them.
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  • Best companies to work for and what employees say

    February 3, 2011  |  Infographics

    Best Companies to work for - Forbes

    Fortune Magazine recently published their annual list of top companies to work for, with SAS, Boston Consulting, and Wegman's taking the one, two, and three spots, respectively. To accompany the piece, this interactive, produced by Tommy McCall, shows what the employees have to say about their companies.
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  • Bill Gates’ infographics section from annual letter

    February 2, 2011  |  Infographics


    Even Bill Gates has an infographics section. In his 2011 annual letter, Gates focuses on Polio and vaccines, and uses graphics to highlight spots. Most of them have to do with the decrease in number of Polio cases and increase in vaccine coverage, but there's one graph that I gave a double take. It shows the correlation between IQ and disease burden. Question of the day: if we decrease disease burden in a country by improving healthcare (or availability of vaccines), will the country as a whole become smarter, or are better educated people generally healthier?

    [Gates Foundation | Thanks, Michael]

  • A history of Coen brothers filmography

    February 1, 2011  |  Infographics


    I post this graphic by Muller on the Coen brothers filmography mostly because, well, of the Coen brothers filmography. I also kind of like the name. Main characters are shown from most recent on down and connecting lines show previous Coen films that actor was in.

    [Muller | Thanks, Thomas]

  • Charted guide to fancy drinks

    January 31, 2011  |  Infographics

    fancy drinks

    I'm partial to all things food and drink related, so naturally my eyes light up when they're combined with charts. Fabio Rex illustrates what makes the perfect drink in a set of pie charts and annotated glasses. Below, Rex describes the perfect Mojito and above are breakdowns via pie chart of various other drinks.
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  • Dexter’s victims through season five

    January 27, 2011  |  Infographics

    Dexter victims partial

    DeviantArt user dehahs, who seems to enjoy making graphics based on fiction (see here and here), classifies kills by main character Dexter of the popular Showtime series of the same name. Each kill is color-coded by type and weapon used is provided. Estimated number of deaths caused by killee is also provided on bottom by red dots. It's kind of gruesome, but any Dexter fan will appreciate this.

    [DeviantArt via datavis]

  • Growth and usage of foursquare in 2010

    January 25, 2011  |  Infographics

    Foursquare checkins

    Foursquare has a look at their usage in 2010. I bet you were sitting there wondering how many peopled named Wendy checked in at Wendy's during the year. It was 224, but there was only one mayor of Wendy's named Wendy. What I really want to know though is if people named Wendy are more drawn to Wendy's than non-Wendy's. Or number of Nathans who eat too many hot dogs. Either-or.

    [foursquare via Waxy]

  • Flight safety-esque beer pong guide

    January 21, 2011  |  Infographics

    Vintage Beer Pong guide

    It's Friday. You might need this vintage-looking guide on how to play beer pong by Mel Marcelo. Remember not to use a lawnmower, a skull, or a toaster, and you should be okay. Safety first.

  • State of Wikipedia, 10 years later

    January 19, 2011  |  Infographics


    In their most recent video (below) to their "State of..." series, JESS3 takes a look at the State of Wikipedia:

    The State of Wikipedia not only explores the rich history and inner-workings of the web-based encyclopedia, but it's also a celebration of its 10th anniversary. With more than 17 million articles in over 270 languages, Wikipedia has undoubtedly become one of the most visited and relied upon sites on the web today.

    It's really light on the data and kind of fluffy, but Jimmy Wales narrates, so it's worth it to watch just for that. For some reason I expected him to have a grittier voice. It must be the beard.
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  • How Starbucks’ new Trenta compares to your stomach

    January 18, 2011  |  Infographics

    Starbucks trenta

    Starbucks recently announced their next size up from 591-milliliter Venti: the Trenta. It's 916 milliliters, which happens to be slightly more than the average capacity of the human stomach, as illustrated by Andrew Barr for The National Post.

    I don't know why everyone's getting their panties in a bundle though. If it's too big for you, then don't buy it. Besides, 7-Eleven has Starbucks beat with their line of Big Gulp drinks ranging from 0.59 to 1.9 liters.

    I'm thirsty.

    [National Post]

  • In investing, timing is everything

    January 13, 2011  |  Infographics


    When you invest in stocks, it's not just what you invest in, but also when you put the money in and when you get it out. The New York Times explains with this grid diagram:

    This chart at right shows annualized returns for the S.& P. 500 for every starting year and every ending year since 1920 — nearly 4,000 combinations in all. Read across the chart to see how money invested in a given year performed, depending on when it was withdrawn.

    Darker red represents greater loss while darker green represents the greater gains. Tan color indicates more modest gains.

    The method probably isn't new, but it's the first time I've seen it. I like it. I've only seen those "what if" calculators where you enter a value to see how it would've paid off. That only lets you see one scenario at a time. This type of chart lets you see multiple time spans at once.

    [New York Times]

  • 7 billion people in motion graphics

    January 4, 2011  |  Infographics

    7 billion people in motion graphics

    National Geographic argues a need for balance across the world population in the latest motion graphic video. As is usually the case with these, the video hits you with a lot of aggregate percentages and averages, but it's well-produced and good enough to make you care.
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  • The real Inception flowchart by Nolan

    December 30, 2010  |  Infographics

    inception flowchart by nolan

    Inception was a complex film, so there was understandably some confusion over the levels and who was where. A couple of flowcharts tried to explain, but there was still some debate. So here is the flowchart to trump all other Inception flowcharts. It's by Christopher Nolan himself. Any questions?

    [In Contention via Waxy]

  • Comparison of the largest stars

    December 23, 2010  |  Infographics

    Star size comparison

    You've most likely seen a couple of views of the universe to provide a sense of scale. Main point: you're tiny. Here's another video. This one focuses on star sizes. it starts with our solar system and then moves up to VY Canis Majoris, the largest known star in the universe. The video was actually made last year, but still fun to watch. It's got a few drops of dramatic music in there, too.
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  • College football coaches’ ballots

    December 9, 2010  |  Infographics

    College football coach rankings

    Brett Coffman and Juan Thomassie for USA Today have a look at how college coaches from the top 25 teams ranked other teams. You can look at it from two directions. You can look at the data by team, and see what all the other coaches ranked a team, along with rank by week. You can also see the data by individual coach to see his top 25 rankings. Albeit the latter view isn't very useful unless you have a specific coach in mind. [USA Today | Thanks, Kevin]

  • Axes of peeing in public

    December 8, 2010  |  Infographics

    Axes of Peeing in Public

    You might think this is a joke, but this is serious business. From Laura Noren, a PhD candidate in sociology, the axes of public peeing:

    This was something I used to help me think through the two main axes that determine peeing behavior – biological and social control. Urination is a biological function that has been subjected to a great degree of social control. Unfortunately, urban design has not kept pace with the demand for clean, easily accessible public restrooms for humans. And there has been no attempt to create any kind of system to deal with canine urine. In most cities it is illegal for humans to pee in public but both legal and widely accepted for dogs to pee where ever they like (in New York, they cannot pee on the grass in parks).

    It seems the only solution is to let people go wherever they want, as the dogs do.

    [Graphic Sociology]

  • Relationships on the Bold and the Beautiful explained

    December 3, 2010  |  Infographics

    I don't get soap operas. People get married, divorced, evil twins show up, babies are born, people are shot, and every now and then someone becomes the hostage of an ex-lover. It's too complex for my simple mind. Luckily, here's a video that explains all of the relationships in the Bold and the Beautiful, from 1987 up to present.
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  • What generation do you belong to?

    November 17, 2010  |  Infographics

    Talkin bout your generation

    In this interactive, USA Today guesses your age, based on what influenced you as a teenager:

    The year you were born partly determines what generation you belong to, but so do your cultural experiences. The chart below shows the offset from birth years to one's teenage years — when people are most influenced by the world around them — and the music, movies, TV, news, fashion, technology, toys and sports of those eras.

    Simple and entertaining. I took the quiz twice, and it was different each time. It was one year off both times, so dead on when you take the average. What generation do you belong to?

    [USA Today]

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