Christopher Taylor posted this image on his Catalogue of Organisms blog, and it has raised a little controversey about the details. The intent is that the relative size of each organism in the image is representative of the number of species in that group. So the large fly represents the huge number of insect species. Towards that intent, I believe the image succeeds, but I have read some disagreement about the specific numbers used to develop the image.
Two very similar images with some differences are also available. One from the University of Sydney:
In case you're wondering where the mammals are, we're represented by the reindeer cowering underneath the mushroom.
And another on from Cornell University: (this link wasn't working for me)
No matter which is exactly correct (and there's no way to tell), you get the point how small number of species of mammals are compared to the others.
Thanks Kevin, for sending in the link!
Recently published in the Proceedings of The Royal Society, Biological Sciences, Volume 275 Number 1650 on November 7, 2008.
This is over my head, but this radial family tree shows the diversity of dinosaur species. It's used in the article to help challenge the theory that dinosaurs went through a rapid decline during the Cretaceous period. A brief summary is online over at The New Scientist.
Furthermore, we conclude that dinosaurs did not experience a progressive decline at the end of the Cretaceous, nor was their evolution driven directly by the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution (KTR).Thanks for the link Michael!
Back in July, Seth Godin posted his"three laws of great graphs" for PowerPoint presentations. I may not agree with Seth's laws, but I thought it worth sharing for discussion.
1. One Story: While I don't agree for all infographics, I do agree with this specifically for giving PowerPoint presentation. Steve Jobs is a master at this, or the master is whoever makes his keynote presentations.
2. No Bar Charts: I don't disagree that there are some horrible bar charts out there, but I don't think they should be eliminated altogether. They have their place, and since they are the default chart in PowerPoint they often get used when another type of chart would be more appropriate.
3. Motion: I'll cautiously agree with this one. Animation in PowerPoint is often distracting, but can be used as Seth describes. Don't get caught up in slide transitions, but use animation to highlight the point you are trying to convey to your audience.
Jaime Arvizu, a student at the Vancouver Film School, sent me a link to this infographic video that he and his team mates (Tyler Lemermeyer and Leo Aguiar) created for their Motion Design class. You can find a high resolution version at Jaime's blog.
Thanks for sending this in Jaime, I love it!
The original Star Wars has certainly gone on to produce more than just sequels. It has created the people and the technologies that are now considered the best in the industry. Michelle Devereaux created this family tree for Wired magazine back in 2005 and I love how the line colors indicate people, technologies and company connections, but the tree is organized into movies, sound, effects and technologies.
I actually believe the tree is incomplete. I think Star Wars had far greater reach and influence that what Michelle mapped out here.
It all started with a band of rebels who wanted to help a farmboy follow his dream. Three decades later, the Star Wars empire has grown into one of the most fertile incubators of talent in the worlds of movies (Lucasfilm), visual effects (Industrial Light & Magic), sound (Skywalker Sound), and videogames (LucasArts). Along the way, some of the original Lucas crew has gone on to become his biggest competitors. This chart maps the people, companies and technologies touched by the Force. - Michelle DevereauxThanks Alwyn!
In my email yesterday I received a note announcing the release of Processing 1.0. It's very exciting to see this project release to the world. There have been many beta versions leading up to this release (162 versions in fact), but for those interested in creating your own infographics this is big news. What is Processing, you ask?
Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions. It is used by students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain.Some of the infographics I have highlighted here on Cool Infographics have been created with the earlier versions of Processing, and I'm hoping for more to come.
Processing is free to download and available for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.
The games have always brought of this world together in peace, leaving behind any racial or cultural boundaries. The Olympic games create a time when the world can be smaller and united as a human race, rather than separate nations. With the summer games in Beijing, China, and the upcoming games in Vancouver, Canada, the Olympic games will continue to be a time of friendly competition.
Thanks Grace. I love how this project turned out.
By popular request I have uploaded the full PDF version here.