July 21, 2007

Cool new infographics

  • The Internets, it’s well known, are a series of tubes. That reality is now depicted in this info graphic from Information Architects Japan, mashing up online players with a map of the Tokyo subway system.  Nice to see Adobe occupying what seems to be some sunny downtown space (“They continue to move towards the center of gravity without being too loud about it”).  More info on the project is here. [Via]
  • Edward Tufte celebrates the NYT infographics of Megan Jagerman in a detailed profile on his site. [Via]  Speaking of work done in the paper, this week they posted a cool Flash-based map of The Wealthiest Americans Ever, efficiently plotting net worth, rank, and life span.
  • CraigStatsSF combines data from Craigslist with Google Maps in order to produce heat maps that depict housing cost and density by region.  (Disclaimer: “We only identify with hotpockets which are tasty and lethal.”) [Via]
  • I don’t know whether it’s an infographic per se, and it’s hardly new, but Henrich Bunting’s 16th-century depiction of the world as a cloverleaf (joined at Jerusalem) is interesting enough to deserve mention. [Via]
  • Free Press features a visual representation of how AT&T has been reconstituted, T2-style, after being broken up in 1984. Somehow I keep hearing Johnny Rotten saying, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” [Via]
  • Update: Greg Dizzia has posted a chart that graphically depicts the details of every relationship he’s ever had. (Note: The chart is work-safe, but it may not be everyone’s cup of tea.) [Via]
Posted by John Nack at 3:21 PM on July 21, 2007

Comments

  • Joe Lencioni — 5:11 AM on July 22, 2007

    Edwarde Tufte is the man
    [Perhaps, but he loves to act like it, which makes me grimace. I could spool up a nice little rant here, but I’m presently too happily full of Sunday morning brunch to get going. –J.]

  • Joe Lencioni — 5:07 PM on July 29, 2007

    John, care to rant now? :) I see where you are coming from and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the man.
    [Heh–I’m probably not really qualified to say much. I just have a distinct, almost knee-jerk reaction against the trappings of self importance. Having white-gloved flunkies carry around your books with the reverance of ancient monks seems, among other examples, like one of those trappings. –J.]
    Personally I’ve only recently discovered him and I read The Visual Display of Quantitative Information and thought it was wonderful. (Sidenote: my favorite part in the book is when he uses one of his own graphs he poorly designed and published years ago juxtaposed with someone else’s graph which was much better designed. He didn’t call himself out, just noted it in a footnote.)
    [That’s encouraging. A little humility goes a long, long way with me. –J.]

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