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]
Posted by John Nack at 12:26 AM on February 15, 2008


  • Andy — 6:07 AM on February 15, 2008

    I’ve purchased the Pop & Rock HistoryShots print, and it is well made. I’m in a school, and it grabs the attention of both the kids and adults.
    It’s also sold some other their prints, after people see how nice it is.
    Great recommendation, John.

  • rstevens — 8:05 AM on February 15, 2008

    Thanks for the props on the music elitism shirt. I spend more face time with Photoshop than my girlfriend.
    [Heh–man, you don’t want to go out like the You Suck at Photoshop guy… –J.]

  • Armin — 7:12 PM on February 18, 2008

    Nice collection of links! I love having nice references for infographics. Displaying informations enthuses me a lot.
    Now… the last one… reminds me a lot of a work of mine. You can check it out here:
    [Good stuff; thanks for sharing. Btw, I’ve set up a little category for infographics on this blog. –J.]

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