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Thursday
Jan062011

The 2010 Year in Review #infographic

 

OnlineSchools.org has released the 2010 Year in Review zoomable infographic summarizing the major events of 2010.  The zoomable version is below, and it’s best viewed in full-screen million.

I have mixed feelings about this one.  Using the outer space metaphor, there are 15 major news categories with text descriptions of a handful of events in each.  Each event has a small celestial body illustration related to it, and a measure of blog posts and tweets on Twitter related to the event.

 

It really does need the zoomable feature, because the font sizes are dramatically different between the titles and the text.  That does make it difficult to read sometimes.  I noticed the Star Trek font used as well as part of the sections.

In the corners are some visualizations of things like Top Memes, Top Songs, Twitter Trends, Yahoo Searches and Google’s Fastest Rising Searches.

 


I think this one is missing good sources for where their information came from, a designer listing, some of the text s too small and in some cases is more illustration then infographic.  Overall it’s fun to zoom around and appreciate the details they’ve included.

Thanks Brittany!

 

 

Monday
Jan032011

2010 Box Office Movies Infographic

As the year ends, the 2010 Box Office Movie Chart is complete.  A cool, interactive view of the box office receipts by week.  It’s pretty large, so you have do some scrolling through they year.  If you hover over any movie in the chart, it displays the actual receipt dollars for that week so you can see the numbers behind the chart.

Zach Beane has created a number steam graphs showing movie box office receipts for the last five years and more.

I had an idea for displaying box office data graphically and here are the results. It’s inspired by stream graphs and the works of Edward Tufte.

Each page displays trends in the top 25 movies at the box office for each weekend in a year. The color is based on the movie’s debut week. Because of that, long-running movies will gradually start to stand out from newer movies with different colors.

Nice work Zach!

Found on VizWorld

Wednesday
Dec292010

The Ride of Your Life

 

The Ride of Your Life is a very cool, interesting infographic using the subway map design style to show the potential dark side of capitalism.  Created by Lazar Dzamic, Digital Planning Director at Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw in London and designed by Vladan Srdic, Partner and Creative Director at Studio360.

As a reader, you really need to look closely, and appreciate the level of detail and connections included in this design.  The overall message is that the dark side of Capitalism “can” lead to Misery, and the branches explore different aspects of business and personal life influences.

 

Lazar provided some behind-the-scenes information behind the making of The Ride of Your Life:

“The whole thing was inspired by two books that I would strongly recommend to any communications professional: Robert Cialdini’s ‘Influence: the psychology of persuasion’ and Oliver James’s ‘Afluenza’. Cialdini is a world renowned academic in social psychology applied to persuasion, while James is a psychologist dedicated to investigating the origins of what we also know as the ‘status syndrome’.

I was intrigued by the fact that people in liberal capitalist societies tend to feel less happy than in many others with significantly (sometimes shockingly) less wealth. Which made me think of the role of persuasion industries in that phenomenon.

I did the original drawing in one short but frantic session on the inner back cover of Cialdini’s book, but the initial structure has evolved over the last few months, to the one that you see here. The original title was ‘The architecture of misery’ but then I realised that I need a visual partner who will bring it to life. Enter Vladan Srdic, my friend and an incredibly gifted designer from Slovenia, and the ‘spiritus movens’ behind the design Studio 360 in Ljubljana. He not just brought the structure to life by replacing my pitiful clouds with the stylish metro map but also changed its title into ‘Ride of your life’ - which I infinitely preferred.”

 

Lazar was also gracious enough to share one of his early drafts so Cool infographics readers could see how far the final infographic had evolved from the initial idea.

 

Fantastic job Lazar for going through the whole process and making your thoughts become a reality.  I want to see the next version exploring the good side of Capitalism!

Tuesday
Dec282010

How Would You Like Your Graphic Design? #infographic

 

Designed by Colin Harman, How Would You Like Your Graphic Design? made me laugh this morning.  Great venn diagram infographic.

There are times when things just need to be explained using a spectacular Venn diagram. I made this last night whilst sitting on a screened in porch by an outdoor fireplace when it was late. Design is a funny thing, not as funny as a Kangaroo jumping on a trampoline, but let’s be honest what is as funny as that? I’ll give you a little hint: nothing.

Anyways, I love design, but it has it’s limitations in the creation process. Hopefully this helps you understand what those are and help you choose how you would like your design work in the future.

Your thoughts?

Although designed as a treatise about graphic design, it applies to infographics as well.

Monday
Dec272010

The Blog Tree

 

The Blog Tree is growing on me.  A project collaboration between JESS3 and Eloqua, it uses the tree metaphor to map out the post prominent Marketing blogs by traffic size and category.

The Blog Tree maps out the marketing blog structure from the most prominent blogs at the roots through the leaves which are shown in different colors to indicate the size of each blog’s readership. The positioning and color of the blogs were determined using publicly-available visitor data about each web site on compete.com.

This has gotten a lot of traffic on its own, and they are experimenting with an interesting call to action for viewers.  

As for those blogs not yet portrayed on the infographic, Eloqua invites and encourages their authors to tag The Blog Tree infographic on Eloqua’s Facebook account in order to be included in future versions and receive an official “Blog Tree” badge for their site.

Where’s the infographic blog branch?

Monday
Dec202010

The History of Apple’s iPod: An Infographic

 

From DigitalSurgeons comes The History of Apple’s iPod, an infographic timeline.  This one has been sitting in my submissions inbox for months, and I’m only now getting around to posing it (sorry guys).

I specifically like the multiple levels of information included.  Of course you can see images of the iPods that were released every year, but surrounding that is some of the information that was shared by Apple about the iTunes business, how many iPods were sold, how many songs were sold, when new services were offered (like HD video) and more recently things like apps and Ping.

Nice job guys!

Friday
Dec172010

FREE Infographic Holiday Cards!!!

 

Once again this year, FUNNEL, Inc. is offering FREE 4-pack mixed sets of Infographic Holiday Cards, but quantities are limited (US & Canada only).  You won’t find them on the main site, because they’re only available on this secret page of their site for Cool Infographics readers.  When you enter your address, make sure you choose “Cool Infographics Blog” in the How did you hear about us? question.  There are 50 packs of cards reserved just for Cool Infographics readers!

This year brings a new infographic called “Delivery” to the mix:

 

Also on the page are seven infographic holiday desktop backgrounds available for free download.  They have multiple screen resolutions, and the new one even has iPhone versions.

 

Thanks to Lin and Lori at FUNNEL for this special treat just for Cool Infographics readers!

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!