August 03, 2012

(rt) Recent infographic goodness

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July 07, 2011

(rt) Good recent infographics

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June 09, 2011

Infographics: Losing your time (here included) & more

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January 09, 2011

(rt) Illustrations: Strangelove, disfigured Muppets, & more

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December 10, 2010

Infographic video: 200 countries over 200 years

In “The Joy of Stats,” Hans Rosling “tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers… plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810.” Cool.

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June 26, 2010

(rt) Illustration: Goals, gorgeous cars, & more

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May 06, 2010

(rt) Infographics & the like

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March 22, 2010

(rt) Infographics: Space, violence, & more

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March 06, 2010

(rt) Infographics: Hot Pockets, transmogrifiers, & more

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February 21, 2010

(rt) Illustration: “Defeat the World!,” great logos, & more

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January 16, 2010

(rt) Illustration: Best & Worst Logos of ’09, more

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December 27, 2009

(rt) Infographics: Cereal selection, nukes, & killer jellyfish

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December 07, 2009

(rt) Infographics: Megafonzies, mind mapping, & more

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November 25, 2009

Animation: Visualizing the fall of empires

Here’s a rather fascinating animated infographic from Pedro M. Cruz. Stick around for those late-20th-century fireworks:

Here’s some behind-the-scenes info on the project. [Via]

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November 16, 2009

(rt) Infographics: Violent death, Hey Jude, & more

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October 30, 2009

(rt) Illustration: Friday Infographics

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October 23, 2009

(rt) Illustration: Martians, killers, and more

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October 15, 2009

(rt) Illustration: Mickey D’s to Decapitated KFC’s

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September 07, 2009

(rt) Illustration: Filter Heroes, puke-inducing logos, & more

[Quick reminder: The “(rt)” in the post headline signifies that I’ve previously posted these links on my Twitter account.]

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August 06, 2009

Thursday Infographics: Maps as fashion & more

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July 07, 2009

Tuesday Infographics

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June 25, 2009

Infographics in motion

  • Hot Rocks: The NYT presents an interesting 2:30 overview on the dangers of drilling deep to tap geothermal power.
  • Realtime 3D Airtraffic Network Simulation: Lufthansa’s Brand Academy features “a 14-meter-wide, 180-degree projection [that] lets the visitors dive into the fully navigable, realtime 3D visualization of 16,000 daily Lufthansa and Star Alliance flights.” Check out the video. [Via]
    Update: Looks like the links have been pulled, at least for the moment. Check out alternate links (courtesy of Ken Beegle) in comments.
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June 18, 2009

Thursday Infographics: From Rambo to D&D

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June 11, 2009

Cool recent infographics

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May 18, 2009

Monday motion goodness: Waves in HD, bearded hippies, and more

  • Lucinda Schreiber and Yanni Kronenberg used chalkboard drawings to produce the Autumn Story music video for Firekites. [Via]
  • Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational early-70’s Scanimate demo. Some part of me kind of wishes that Adobe tools involved more retro levers, switches, cable splicing, etc.–and of course that their use was accompanied by funky 70’s horn sections.
  • Infographics:
    • Melih Bilgil’s The History of the Internet tells, well, you know, using minimal lines but loads of attention to detail. (The fly-over of Cuba is terrific.) Adobe designer Ethan Eismann writes, “My new personal mission in life is to bring this level or higher of engaging instruction to an Adobe welcome screen near you.”
    • Slagsmålsklubben would be cool just for its name.
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May 13, 2009

Infographic comedy jams

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April 17, 2009

Friday Science: All space, all the time

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February 05, 2009

Recent infographics

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January 18, 2009

Interesting Inaugural bits from the NYT

  • The New York Times features an interactive photography portfolio called Obama’s People, offering portraits of key staffers. The audio commentary (via the link below the photos) is worth a listen, describing the subjects’ choices in what to bring to the shoot (e.g. a chocolate chip cookie for David Axelrod).  The separate making-of piece features Kathy Ryan talking about how shooting digitally has enhanced the collaborative aspects–and maybe the time pressures–of portraiture.  [Update: Ellis Vener points out a hilarious “Real Behind-the-Scenes” take on the shoot, followed by some good discussion in the comments.  “Blue Steel…”]


  • The paper (that term seems more than a little outmoded, doesn’t it?) also features an excellent overview of the Inauguration Day goings-on via a 3D-rendered map and timeline.



I’d love to be in DC in person, but that map triggers a memory of having gotten stuck on the Metro under the Potomac on a sweltering July 4 years ago.  With Tuesday temperatures due to hover around freezing, maybe I’m okay with TV after all.

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January 09, 2009

Kuler adds Community Pulse

The team behind Kuler, Adobe’s color harmony creation & sharing site, has introduced a neat new feature:


Explore the Kuler global community with Community Pulse, a big picture view of color usage. This is a beta feature, using data visualization (screenshot) to show the relative popularity of colors across a sampling of countries, time periods, and tags.


To check it out,


  • Sign in with your Adobe ID to play around with it
  • Mouse over the histogram to see the hues on the color wheel
  • Try the granularity slider to see more/less color detail
  • Use the comparison icon (two circles) to compare/contrast


If you have questions, check out Kuler Help.  And don’t forget to check out the Kuler panel in Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and InDesign CS4 (see Window->Extensions->Kuler).  Here’s a couple of screenshots, plus a video demo. [Via]

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September 06, 2008

New infographics: Hockey Moms to Wu-Tang Clan

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August 27, 2008

Recent infographic goodness

  • Stefanie Posavec creates beautiful, sometimes abstract images from data in her “On the Map” project.
  • The NYT renders Olympic medal counts by country, also enabling the user to navigate through time.  (Tossing it around too freely, I managed to blow up Safari.)
  • UFO sighting convincibility” is on the rise, thanks to Photoshop. [Via Rob Corell]
  • offers a cool way to visualize 2008 box office results. [Via]
  • I think I should chart my mood on a line stretching from “Earnest” to “Scurrilous*,” as Vanity Fair does with the content of their Blogopticon. [Via Tom Hogarty]  It’s similar to New York Mag’s Approval Matrix.


*Defined as “grossly or obscenely abusive… characterized by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive.”  Hells yeah.

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June 19, 2008

Infographic stylings: From bacon to Ludacris

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June 10, 2008

Infographic goodness

The NYT has been kicking out the good infographic jams lately:





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March 10, 2008

From D&D to decapitations, in infographics & maps

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February 24, 2008

Naked saunas, 3D Flash globes, and other infographic goodness

  • My wife and I are nervously quizzing each other on these expert (and very funny) baby care instructions (boosted wholesale, it would seem, from David Sopp’s Safe Baby Handling Tips). [Via]
  • Wable is “a coffee table that displays a user’s web activity via physical bar graphing.”  Yes, I remember pining for such a thing not ever. (Are Venn-diagram kiddie pools next?)
  • Maps:
  • Signage:
  • Blogging software has made self-publishing seem simple, but beneath the covers, a whole lot’s going on.  Wired has a Flash-based diagram showing what all happens when one hits “Publish.” [Via]
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February 15, 2008

Fun & clever recent infographics

I’m endlessly fascinated with how people display information visually.  Here are some cool recent examples:

  • JamPhat features a hilarious (and huge!) collection of hip hop-inspired infographics.  Images are helpfully linked to YouTube vids of the related songs. It was a good day…
  • Fun with Venn diagrams: I love the simplicity of this clever music elitism t-shirt. (Compare to Wu-Tang Clan.) [Via]
  • What if we regarded flags as info visualizations?  That’s what Brazilian designer Icaro Doria did for the magazine Grande Reportagem.  [Via]
  • Call it "Most Inscrutable. Karaoke Interface. Ever."  Or just call it pretty.  Robert from Flight404 (see previous) has used Processing to create the lovely video Solar, incorporating lyrics from Goldfrapp. [Via]
  • HistoryShots sells prints of really cool infographics
  • ArmsFlow presents global arms transactions, visualized in an interactive map.  Clicking individual countries shows their import/export flow for a given year.  Interesting concept, but the lines overlap so densely that it’s hard to see what’s happening.  I’d love to see the whole thing taken further.  [Via]
  • Knowing things Biblically:
  • Virtual China features a Chinese diagram on how to cook chicken with beer.  [Via]
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October 29, 2007

Hipsters, gangstas, & unacceptable haircuts

Chart! And! Graphs!

  • Maps
  • Graphs
    • Artist Andrew Kuo spent the summer hitting as many NY concerts as possible, and he “obsessively charted the entire experience, from reviewing the bands to counting the number of porta-potties.” Check out the results.  See also the brief accompanying article.  Many more infographics live on his blog.
    • Protec’ ya neck: Chris Sims lets us peer into the rigorous science of gangsta rap. [Via]
    • This Australian dating ad uses infographics to make its pitch.  (Only 11% of suitors have “unacceptable haircuts”?  They must not be counting the vast number of Aussie dudes with fauxhawks.)
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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]
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April 27, 2007

Adventures in Infographics

I’m intrigued by work that strives to make sense of large, complicated sets of data (see previous).  Along those lines:

  • This London-style NYC subway map is generating a lot of conversation, both online & inside Adobe.  Weird, I remember discussing this exact topic when I first started at an NY Web shop–nine years ago!  Bridge engineering manager Arno Gourdol points out Mr. Beck’s Underground Map, a thorough account of the Tube map design.  And from there I found this page, brimming with more resources on the subject. [Via]
  • PingMag chats with Andrew Vande Moere, creator of the Infosthetics blog, about the beauty of data visualization.  Both links are chock full of loveliness.  (Bonus: No Edward Tufte w/young white-gloved flunkies.)
  • The Strange Maps blog depicts right- vs. left-hand driving around the globe, while providing the interesting back story of how these conventions came to be. [Via]
  • Covering 5000 years in 90 seconds, Maps of War shows the tides of conquest that have swept through the Middle East. [Via]
  • The US government gets into the game, using census data to drive home the aging of the populace.
  • I dig illustrator Christoph Niemann’s witty little visual comparison of some pieces of music.  (I’m a Jaws-level pianist at best.)
  • Pentagram designer Paula Scher created this anatomy of a blog conversation for the NYT. Ahh, the descent into ennui… [Via]
  • At FITC last weekend I really enjoyed meeting Evan Roth, the dude behind the SkyMall demographic visualization, laser graffiti, and much more. Though I’m coming up short on links to it, he’s created a method of visualizing one’s daily clicks: wiring up two USB cables from a single mouse, plugging one into a main work computer, and plugging the other into a machine running Photoshop or other graphics app.  As you click around email, the Web, etc., you produce a drawing (of sorts) on the other machine, with paint blobs mapped to the same coordinates as your clicks.  (It sounds like AttenTV might be doing vaguely similar, for profit.)  Oh, and bringing this post full circle, Evan’s crew at Eyebeam has created an interactive NYC subway map.
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