Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Periodic Table of Typefaces

Created by Cameron Wilde/SquidSpot, The Periodic Table of Typefaces lays out the top ranked type fonts.  Makes a great poster for the office.

I found this over on Visual Think Map

Monday, March 30, 2009

Did You Know? Version 3.0

Version 3.0 of this great infographic video by Karl Fisch (modified by Scott McLeod).  If you like this one, you can still see the prior versions 1.0 and 2.0.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Infographic Little Red Riding Hood video

SlagsmÄlsklubben - Sponsored by destiny from Tomas Nilsson on Vimeo.

I loved this!  Inspired by the Royksopp music video "Remind Me", Thomas Nilsson has created a fantastic infographic video retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy Tale.

Great job Thomas!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Trilogy Meter

Dan Meth did a great job creating his own personal Trilogy Meter showing his personal enjoyment of movies released as a trilogy.  This shows that Dan never likes the 3rd movie as much, so he should just stop spending the money.

Although this is based on Dan's personal ratings for each movie, there's no reason why something like this couldn't be done with more official data like critic ratings or box office dollars.

Thanks for the link Jesper and Daniel!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Planets, a Solar System Visualizer

Check out Planets, an interactive solar system visualizer.  It lets you change the focal point so you can see the planetary motions as if you were standing on any of the planets.  A great way to understand retrograde motion.

Thanks Paul, for the link.

Friday, March 20, 2009

SXSW Twitter Visualizer from Pepsi

The 2009 SXSW PepsiCo Zeitgeist Twitter Visualizer (long name isn't it?) was a great experiment during the 5-day South By Southwest symposium/conference/party in Austin, TX.  Developed by Slash7, the site contains a number of dufferent visualizations using the Twitter APIs.

These real-time visualizations were able to capture only Tweets about the event using the hash-tag #SXSW and highlight the popular topics and show where people were Twittering on a map.  PepsiCo has a bigger site with some additional content at http://pepsico.com/sxsw

Found on Information Aesthetics and of course, Twitter.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Bad News for Newspapers

Infographic from the NY Times (I know, ironic isn't it?) that shows the drop in circulation of major newspapers across the U.S.
Heavy debt has dragged several newspaper companies into bankruptcy. The industry’s dwindling revenues have forced some money-losing papers to close, and papers that are for sale are having trouble finding buyers. Experts say that before long, a major American city could be left without a daily paper. (Related Article)
Found on Twitter from @edial

Friday, March 13, 2009


Watch more cool animation and creative cartoons at aniBoom

Here's a fun one for Friday.  Humans!  by Reza Rasoli.  Reminds me of The Matrix when Mr. Smith calls the humans a virus on the world.
Humans! is a 60 second global awareness PSA sensationalizing the excessive, all-consuming nature of the human being. This cute and naive Earth stands no chance against such an insatiable parasite. Witness its utter demise in a fun and sickening kind of way.
Thanks Hannu for the link!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Visualizing the Stimulus Bill

Here's a great, simple graphic that breaks down the stimulus bill.

Nicholas Rapp does some great infographic design work.  Check out some of his other work at nicolasrapp.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What's In Your Mail?

From Deliver Magazine (Issue 24, Page 7), has a simple infographic that clearly breaks out what's in your average mail delivery in the U.S.  The illustration is by Jude Buffum.  Its available here as a PDF.

Source: USPS® Household Diary Study: Mail Use and Attitudes, FY 2007

Monday, March 9, 2009

Microsoft's Vision 2019

Apparently by 2019, we will all live in an infographic world, and that's good news for us.  Microsoft had the first public showing of the video at the Wharton Business Technology Conference.  Some found Microsoft's video inspiring, and some were not impressed.

I love some of the ideas shown in the video, but much of it also felt like the magic of Hollywood.  Because this blog is focused on infographics, I understand how much thought and effort from the designer goes into making just one infographic image useful and easy to understand.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Ford's New Green HUD Designs

Ford is working with design firms to develop concepts for a new HUD for its hybrid and future all-electric cars.  Here's the article from BusinessWeek.

Found on Twitter from Mitul69

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Chart Chooser

A quick reference guide (in the form of a mind map) by Andrew Abela on choosing the right type of chart for the type of message you are trying to communicate with your data.

Found on Digital Inspiration

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

F1 Racing Car Changes Video

Great animated video the visually shows you the changes in the F1 racing cars for 2009.
A fantastic computer-animated clip features Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel racing on track, as they bring to life the biggest rule changes in the history of Formula One.  Last seasons car morphs into the current Red Bull Racing car, the RB5, showing all the bodywork changes from nose to rear wing.
From www.automotivetv.net

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

TimeSpace - World

From The Washington Post, TimeSpace-World is an experiment in a visual way to see news stories from around the world.  You can specify the time period during a day that you want to see with the slider, and then click the stories to zoom into the map.  You can also enter search terms to view a smaller set of relevant stories.

TimeSpace is an interactive map that allows you to navigate articles, photos, video and commentary from around the globe. Discover news hot-spots where coverage is clustered. Use the timeline to illustrate peaks in coverage, and customize your news searches to a particular day or specific hour. (Many Washington Post stories appear at midnight; others are published throughout the day as news happens). Click the ? In the upper right for help.

 Link found from Mitul69 on Twitter

Monday, March 2, 2009

Taking the Train

It's not a complicated one, but I like Good Magazine's summary of the biggest train systems in the world (top 5 U.S. cities and top 5 foreign cities).  The silhouettes represent the daily rides in the city, and the length of the train shows how many miles that system covers.  To the right is a quick map of each city's subway system and some statistics about their subway system.

Thanks Li, for sending in the link!