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I know, that's a mouthful of a title. MindMeister is an online, collaborative mind mapping tool that lets multiple users edit a common mind map. Essentially, its a visual wiki, that allows anyone to makes changes to the data, but you need to be logged in so that it can track who makes the changes.
Andrew Wilcox has created a public mind map with the catchy title "The Strengths and Weaknesses of Mind Mapping Software Applications". You can see all of the different mind mapping software packages, the pros and cons of each one, and add your own comments.
Your voice can still be heard, a few of the software applications don't have any comments at all yet. They need people to help add information to the map.
Also, MindMeister has an iPhone app that allows you to view and edit online mind maps from your iphone. It's $6.99US in the iTunes App Store.
David McCandless and Stefanie Posavec from Information Is Beautiful have created this Left vs. Right concept map to help explain the differences in political opinions.
Of course, the political spectrum is not quite so polarised. Actually, it’s more of a diamond shape, apparently. But this is how it’s mostly presented via the media – left wing vs. right wing, liberal vs. conservative, Labour vs Tory. And perhaps in our minds too…
This kind of visual approach to mapping concepts really excites me. I like the way it coaxes me to entertain two apparently contradictory value systems at the same time. Or, in other words, I like the way it f**ks with my head.
Using this blank template, David and Stefanie created two versions One for the U.S. (top) and one for the World (below).
There are two versions with different colours: a US and a World version. This is because the US and Switzerland are the only countries in the world where red = right wing and blue = left wing. Grrr!
Found on VizWorld and Information Is Beautiful.
Mohd Abubakr has redrawn the classic periodic table in a circular pattern to improve the proximity and relationships between the elements.
So why change it? According to Mohd Abubakr from Microsoft Research in Hyderabad, the table can be improved by arranging it in circular form. He says this gives a sense of the relative size of atoms--the closer to the centre, the smaller they are--something that is missing from the current form of the table. It preserves the periods and groups that make Mendeleev's table so useful. And by placing hydrogen and helium near the centre, Abubakr says this solves the problem of whether to put hydrogen with the halogens or alkali metals and of whether to put helium in the 2nd group or with the inert gases.The strongest feedback about the new circular table is that you have to rotate it to read it. Kind of a problem when you print a poster and post it in a classroom or a laboratory. Although I think it's an easy thing to remedy by changing the orientation of the text.
This video examines the benefits and limitations inherent in current mouse-based and window-oriented interfaces, the problems facing other potential solutions, and visualizes my proposal for a completely new way of interacting with desktop computers.Thanks for the link Tyler! Found on Ignore The Code.
National Geographic published this amazing flight map that shows the flight paths of all 200 space missions in the last 50 years. A zoomable map is on the NG website, and a high-res image is available from Adam Crowe on Flickr.
Art by Sean McNaughton, National Geographic Staff, Samuel Velasco, 5W Infographics.
Found on Fast Company.
Designed by Mark Edward Campos, this infographic takes the confusing instructions that have been on the Internet for years, and translates them into a simple graphic. 64,000 possible combinations reduced to less than 100 attempts.
This design project was born to understand the inner workings of the padlock, and to develop a notation system to engage the viewer and provide a guide to beat a pad lock.Found on Gizmodo.
In September, GOOD magazine held an infographic contest to illustrate the top CEO compensation packages. The above infographic by Dee Adams wins the prize!
Dee Adams’s piece “The Top 8 of CEO Compensation” does an excellent job of illustrating the massive salaries of CEOs and relating them to regular employees in a clean and simple manner. It’s our winner, and Adams will take home our prize package, including a GOOD T-shirt, a free subscription, and $250. You’ll be able to see her infographic in print in our next issue as well.All of the entries are available for viewing here, but I wanted to include a few of my other favorites:
By Robin Richards:
By Jessica Karle: