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Thursday
Dec162010

DataStore - Launched at The Guardian

 

Today, the Guardian, home of the DataBlog, has launched a new site as the home for their data journalism, DataStore.

 

 

From Simon Rogers, Editor of the DataBlog and the DataStore:

Today we launch a new gateway to our data journalism and visualisations - find out what’s new at guardian.co.uk/data.

Data journalism has become an increasingly big part of our work here at the Guardian - from Wikileaks to government spending, it’s our job to make the key data accessible and easy to understand.

As Tim Berners-Lee said recently:

[Journalism is] going to be about poring over data and equipping yourself with the tools to analyse it and picking out what’s interesting. And keeping it in perspective, helping people out by really seeing where it all fits together, and what’s going on in the country

So, we’ve pulled all our data journalism into one new place: guardian.co.uk/data.

Besides our award-winning datablog, the site includes:
• The key data of the day - broken down for you
• Our pick of the data blogosphere - which sites have the key posts?
• Search the world’s government data - and global development data
• What have you done with our data? Featured apps

We’ll be adding new features and changes over the next months. What would you like to see?

 

Tuesday
Dec142010

Christmas in the World 2010

 

20 fun Christmas fact rolled into the Christmas in the World infographic, from the Venere Travel Blog.

I didn’t remember that the Statue of Liberty was a Christmas gift…

Monday
Dec132010

The TRON Video Game Timeline

 

This is partially for fun because I’m excited about the upcoming TRON movie, and partially because this is something you would expect a fan to create and publish.  Instead, Disney created this simple TRON: Evolution timeline that explains where most of the TRON video games fit in history (TRON 2.0 is noticeably absent).  This is part of the product description page on Amazon.com.

It didn’t have to be complicated, but this timeline quickly and clearly communicates when each of the games takes place in reference to the movies.  It also nicely incorporates the design style of the new movie and uses the light cycle trail.

TRON Story Timeline

  • The TRON: Evolution video games are the key to unlocking the TRON mythology in between the original 1982 film and the 2010 blockbuster film TRON: Legacy.
  • Every game tells a different story of the digital grid and offers a completely unique gameplay experience designed specifically for each platform.

Nicely done Disney.  See you on the Grid! 

Wednesday
Dec082010

Could You Be a Failure?

Who says an infographic can’t be fun or humorous?  Could You Be a Failure? is an infographic with 10 line charts looking at different traits by age.  NOT based on any hard-core research, these just show the designer’s perceptions by age.

Designed by Jess Bachman and published by Smarter.org.

Here is some light but insightful infographic fare.  Obviously based on no real data but my own wit, but hopefully it will make people think/smile/laugh.

One cool thing is that they included a blank chart for you to create your own.  Go ahead and make one for yourself and hang it up at work.  People will definitely notice and probably laugh or comment.

 

Tuesday
Dec072010

Do You Answer the Cell Phone During Sex?

 

The Shocking Demographics of Cell Phone Use from Wilson Electronics provides this answer (15% say “YES!” apparently hoping someone more interesting is calling…) and more surprising statistics about how cell phone use has grown in the last 10 years.  

The infographic was sent in to Mashable.com, and I can’t find any trace of it on the Wilson Electronics site.

Wilson Electronics, Inc. sent us this interesting (rather large) infographic outlining the demographics of cellphone use (click for full version).

The infographic illustrates, among other things, the number of cellphones per capita in various countries, the rate of cellphone adoption in the U.S. during the past decade and the acceptability of certain behaviors regarding cellphone use.

Sadly, there is no credit for the designer, but I found it on Twitter, tweeted by @invoke

Friday
Dec032010

Journalism in the Age of Data


Wow!  Journalism in the Age of Data, by Geoff McGhee at Stanford, is a fantastic video documentary looking at the Age of Infographics, and how we got here.

Journalists are coping with the rising information flood by borrowing data visualization techniques from computer scientists, researchers and artists. Some newsrooms are already beginning to retool their staffs and systems to prepare for a future in which data becomes a medium. But how do we communicate with data, how can traditional narratives be fused with sophisticated, interactive information displays?

A video report on data visualization as a storytelling medium.  Produced during a 2009-2010 Knight Journalism Fellowship.  Total running time: 54 minutes with related information and links.

 

It is 54 minutes long, but nicely broken out into 8 chapters.  Geoff was able to interview some of the true superstars in the Infographics field.

Found on Visual Journalism

Tuesday
Nov302010

What Is The Deal With Hanukkah Anyway? [infographic]

What Is The Deal With Hanukkah Anyway? is a new infographic by Mike Wirth.  Just in time for the holidays, this one does a good job of explaining the basics and some of the numbers behind it.

I love that Mike gave credit to “My Nana” in the sources!  Great job Mike.

Monday
Nov292010

Are You Vitamin D Deficient? - The Infographic

Another great one by David McCandless from InformationIsBeatiful.net.  Are You Vitamin D Deficient? looks at the growing research that shows how important Vitamin D is to our health.

I first got serious about Vitamin D after listening to Steve Gibson’s own experiences with Vitamin D on the Security Now podcast #209.  You can see more info at Steve’s Vitamin D page.

I take Vitamin D daily now.

Wednesday
Nov172010

Rogue Infographics - The Empowered E-Patient Translated into Chinese

 

I found one of my recent client infographics, The Empowered E-Patient, translated and posted on a Chinese site, www.mazingtech.com (along with many others), but it’s not a version that I designed.  I also had to view the site using this link with Google Translate.  Someone has downloaded the original image file, translated all of the text into Chinese and then reposted the infographic.

Let me start by saying that although I designed the original infographic, I don’t think I have a big problem with someone else translating it and republishing it without my permission (or involvement) in this way.  It was done very well, and the client I designed it for feels the same way.

Here you can see the original and the translated version side-by-side:

 

You can see that someone spent some time with an image editing program trying to do this right and make it look official.  The Chinese text is the same size and color as the original English, and was very carefully positioned.  The visuals were left intact, as were all of the logos, website addresses and even the copyright information.  

Technically, I think this would be considered a copyright violation, but it’s not like another site is claiming ownership or directing traffic to a new, different destination site.  Because of the care that was taken, if this infographic is reaching more people because of the translation, it would be successfully driving more awareness and traffic to the PathOfTheBlueEye.com site.  That was the whole point of the original infographic in the first place!

One issue is that because I wasn’t part of the translation process, I don’t know that it was translated correctly.  If there actually is some existing demand to view this in Chinese, I could have offered that service to my client to make sure that we were happy with the translation.

It’s worth noting, that there are MANY English infographics that have translated into Chinese on this site, but the navigation to find them is very difficult.  Here are a few more from other designers that I have posted before on Cool Infographics, but have been translated and reposted in Chinese.  (You can click the titles to see the original English version I posted)

 

WTF is HTML5, and Why Should We Care?

Apple, Adobe Flash and H.264

The Visual FAQ of SEO infographic

Friday
Nov122010

The Brutal Decline of Yahoo!

Here’s a fun one from Scores.org The Brutal Decline of Yahoo! examines the troubled history of Yahoo! in search, advertising and acquisitions.

Designed by our friend, Jess Bachman, this one relies heavily on visuals related to the events on the timeline over the last 16 years.  A little text heavy for my tastes, but I had forgotten at least half of this stuff that Yahoo! messed up.  It’s a little amazing that they’re still as big as they are.