Randy Krum infographic designerRandy Krum

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Data Visualization, Infographic Design, Visual Thinking, Product Development and Marketing professional fascinated by good infographics.  Always looking for better ways to get the point across.

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The Top Cameras on Flickr [infographic]

From Column Five Media, comes a simple but elegant analysis of The Top Cameras on Flickr.


Ecological Footprint from Digital Eskimo

In their interactive 2009 Ecological Footprint infographic report, Digital Eskimo has used the analogy of the football field (soccer field in America) to visualize their impact because global hectares (the standard units of ecofootprint measurement) aren’t easy to conceptualize.

I love that the team at Digital Eskimo is not only using this infographic to share results and information within the company, but also sharing it publicly to demonstrate their commitment to working on projects that inspire positive social, organisational and environmental change.  Infographics are a VERY powerful tool for communicating clear messages within your company, even if you never share it with the outside world.

Digital Eskimo has always worked very hard to minimise our impact on the environment. In order to help us better understand these impacts, and develop more effective strategies to address them, we calculated our ecological footprint for the 2009 financial year.

Ecological footprinting is one way of measuring whether the way in which we operate is sustainable in a global context. We chose this method because it is widely used, it provides results in an understandable format while clearly showing relative impacts of different elements of our operations.

Thanks to Sally for the link and a description of how Digital Eskimo is walking the talk.


15 Things You Didn't Know About Star Trek [infographic]

Posted on Dump.com, the 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Star Trek infographic from designer Ricky Linn.

You can see the high-resolution version in Ricky’s Flickr photostream.

Thanks to Ben for sending in the link!


Visualizing Alcohol Use

From phlebotomist.net (a website all about blood!), the highly-colorful Visualizing Alcohol Use infographic explores the effect of alcohol 

How much alcohol can your bloodstream handle? Take a look at the graphic to check out everything from blood alcohol averages to the highest blood alcohol content ever survived (you won’t want to try this at home).

There’s no designer credited, but if this wasn’t designed by EJ Fox (@pseudoplacebo) then it was heavily influenced by his work.

Thanks to Cate for the link!


Linux Kernel Zoomable Map

Zoomable map of the open source Linux operating system kernel.  Designed by Constantine Shulyupin.

The Linux Kernel is one of the most complex open source projects. There are a lot of books, however it is still a difficult subject to comprehend. The Interactive map of Linux Kernel gives you a top-down view of the Kernel.

You can see most important layers, functionalities, modules, functions and calls. You can zoom in and drag around to see details. Each item on the map is a hypertext link to source code or documentation.

Thanks to Tobias for sending in the link!


Crude Awakening - Gulf Spill Infographic

This is a very comprehensive, detail-heavy infographic designed by Carol Zuber-Mallison at ZM Graphics for InfographicsWorld.com.  Including map data, a timeline, a few pie and bar charts, a schematic of the different fix scenarios and a visual of almost 4,000 squares.

“I usually do print work; this is my first piece specifically for social media.  It just kept getting bigger and bigger as things continued to get worse in the Gulf.

I built it in four frantic days.  There’s some things O would have done differently but when you’re working that fast you’re just putting stuff together with prayer and duct tape.  Design takes a back seat to trying to get the information right.

This is an ongoing news event so things are constantly changing and I hope to update it at least once a week.  (If you’ve found an error, please e-mail me so I can fix it.)”

— Carol Zuber-Mallison

Thanks to Justin Beegel from InfographicsWord.com for sending in the link!


The Insipid World of Infographics (infographic)

The Insipid World of Infographics is a very funny parody infographic making fun of the wave of infographics that have been popular on the web lately.  From Will Lybrand at willlybrand.com.

I’ve recently spent a lot of time reviewing a bunch of infographics on the internet. As a result, I thought I should contribute to the new trend with my own infographic. It’s chock-full of good information, legitimate and factual sources, and amazing but revealing charts.

Found on VizWorld and Visual Loop


Facebook's Maze of Privacy Settings Infographic

The NY Times just published this infographic tree that shows how complex the privacy settings on Facebook have become.  I’ve got to imagine that Facebook wants the PR credit for giving their users a lot of control over these settings, but then in reality they know that they are so complicated that hardly anyone will take the time figure them out.

It’s astonishing how much of your personal information becomes public if you don’t take the time to figure all of this out.


The ever-increasing complexity of the Facebook Privacy Policy is another example of how complicated the privacy issue is.  It’s a fine line that Facebook has to walk to utilize their members traffic for advertising and respecting their privacy.  It seems to me that advertising is winning.

Found on Fast Company


Visualizing "Drive", an illustrated presentation by Dan Pink

Great job by the RSA (The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) to visualize and illustrate this presentation given by Dan Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

This is definitely walking the fine line between illustration and infographics, but I thought it was worthy to share.  I think the presentation is much more engaging with the visuals.  I wish I knew who the designer was so I could give him credit.

More illustrated videos are available on the RSA Videos page.


If anyone is interested in buying Dan’s book, this link will help support Cool Infographics.


Frog Design Envisions Your Future in 2020

At the end of 2009, Forbes magazine asked a team from Frog Design to Envision the Future, but only a future a short time ahead of us in 2020.  Augmented reality played a big part in what the team at Frog came up with, but I think infographics played an even bigger part.

At the end of last year, Forbes magazine asked frog to help them envision the future in 2020.  The day-long event led to an extensive online feature: “Your Life in 2020,” a collection of illustrated concepts and videos that envision the future of ubiquitous computing. In that future,  your computer is not only incorporated into every aspect of your life but is a part of you.

I love that they included the Whuffie, a personal score system developed by Cory Doctorow.

The term “whuffie,” by the way, is a word coined by author Cory Doctorow in his book Down And Out In the Magic Kingdom. It refers to the measurement of respect or karma a person gains or looses in their lives. In Doctorow’s future, humans have implants in their brains that visually project their whuffie, which has replaced money as currency.

Found on VizWorld and DesignMind, the Frog Design blog