Graphics by Roberto Rovira, RLA, with assistance from landscape designer Kelly Woodward. Roberto is Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at Florida International University (www.fiu.edu/~soa) and Senior Landscape Architect consultant for ArquitectonicaGEO (www.arquitectonicageo.com), a Miami-based landscape and planning firm. He led GEO's design team and developed the concepts for 'Hudson Square Prints Green!', a proposal for a 30-block New York City district on Manhattan's West Side, adjacent to the Hudson River.
Since today is Election Day, the nytimes.com has a neat feature that lets you create your own Electoral Map. Ireally like that it also gives you the option (seen above) to view the country with teh states sized by electoral votes or by geography (below).
It's been preloaded with the NYTimes.com breakdown of how the states may fall today, and which states are still undecided. It's a little misleading because there are more undecided states, but they have assumed they will lean as the have historically. It also allows you to change them on your own so you can see the effect on the overall election.
When your done playing, you can also see the NYTimes version of the map that includes the states that are leaning, but are not yet truly decided.
As you can see, the NYTimes.com site is predicting a Democratic win. Let's see what really happens today.
A little humor Monday morning from the brilliant minds behind The Joy of Tech. Click the link to see the full version.
What is the relationship between wine varieties and flavor components? This visualization attempts to show the strength of these relationships. I culled descriptive flavor words from over 5,000 published wine tasting notes written between 1995-2000 in a major Australian wine magazine.Via Information Aesthetics.
Wired magazine has a great series of nine infographics from the November issue about the world's food supply problems.
Forty years ago, advances in fertilizers and pesticides boosted crop yield and fed a growing planet. Today, demand for food fueled by rises in worldwide consumption of meat and protein is again outpacing farmers ability to keep up. It's time for the next Green Revolution.Thanks for the link Ethel! Here are a few more. Check them all out on Wired.com.
Here's a classic from 1823! It a hand drawn infographic titled "Comparative Heights of the Principal Mountains and Lengths of the Principal Rivers of The World" by WR Gardner. The high resolution image is on Flickr, but the post about the image is on bibliodyssey.blogspot.com.
This one makes a great poster! Thanks Roi for sharing in the comments.
Staying on the presidential election theme, here's a great infographic on infochimps.org. Red shows newspapers endorsing McCain, and Blue show newspapers endorsing Obama. The inner color of each circle also represents which candidate the newspaper endorsed in the 2004 election. The size of the circle represents each newspapers circulation.
Also notice the mismatch between the newspaper endorsement and each state's "Red vs. Blue" alignment.
Thanks Garrett for the link!
Sticking with the stuff from GOOD magazine, this is one of the GOOD Sheets available for sale as a poster at Starbucks for a limited time. I've been looking for some good election related graphics. There are a ton out there, but I'm looking for the gems.
I hear all the time that people don't think their vote matters, and in some cases it may get lost in an election that isn't close or competitive. However, you never actually know if a race is going to be close or not (unless there is only one candidate).
In some of our local elections, I've seen some decisions put up to vote that won by only 12 votes!
I'm not pushing any specific politcal opinion, just that everyone should get out and vote. Early voting is already open in many areas, so do your part and be heard!
Great timeline from GOOD Magazine (via picdit.com).
What most of the doom-and-gloom reports on our economy don’t provide is perspective—a historical survey of an economy that’s been through more than a few ups and downs in its day. Here’s a farsighted view of how our temperamental economic machine works, and a close-up of how it stands today.Thanks Adam!
New Death and Taxes infographic for 2009! Interactive viewer let's you zoom in to see all of the details.
"Death and Taxes:2009" is a representational poster of the federal discretionary budget; the amount of money that is spent at the discretion of your elected representatives in Congress. Basically, your federal income taxes. The data is from the President's budget request for 2009. It will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress by October 1st to begin the fiscal year.The Death and Taxes poster from 2007 was my initial post on Cool Infographics, so I'm very excited to see this update. Now the 2009 version is available to purchase as a poster here.
The poster provides a uniquely revealing look at our national priorities, that fluctuate yearly, according to the wishes of the President, the power of Congress, and the will of the people. If you pay taxes, then you have paid for a small part of everything in the poster.