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Thursday
Jun032010

Cool Infographics on an iPad at the Apple Store

At the Southlake Apple Store

I was at the Southlake Apple Store today because the battery in my Black MacBook was dying.  In fact, it was swelling up, getting extremely hot and randomly shutting the MacBook down.  That was a problem.  The laptop is 3 1/2 years old, which it puts it 2 years beyond the AppleCare warranty, so I had to buy a new battery.  The Apple genius told me that usually this type of battery last 260 cycles, and mine had lasted 484 cycles.  Not bad.

While I was there, I had to play with one of the new iPads, and of course had to make sure that Cool Infographics was displaying correctly.  Not only was it displaying correctly, but the display on the iPad makes the blog look amazing!

Here’s how to setup an icon on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch for the Cool Infographics blog: (screen shots from my iPhone)

 

Step 1:

View CoolInfographics.com in the Safari app and press the “+” icon at the bottom of the screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Press the “Add to Home Screen” button.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Edit the name you want to display, and press “Add”.  (The icon is loaded automatically)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it!  You can move the icon to any of your screens, and always have easy access to the Cool Infographics blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Jun032010

Which Retailers are Closing their Doors?

From Milo.com, Which Retailers are Closing their Doors? is an infographic showing which retail chains in America have closed the most locations.

Although the recession is technically now over, it was not without its victims. And while independent mom-and-pop stores certainly suffered, many chain stores across the country also felt the heat. Few retailers were safe from layoffs and store closings, but the entertainment and apparel industries in particular seem to have bore the brunt of the pain. Below are the retailers that had no choice but to close some, or all, of their doors.

Created by Column Five Media.

For our most recent infographic for Milo, we took a look at which of America’s largest retailers were closing up shop(s). This graphic illustrated the fifty retailers that were closing the most store locations.

Friday
May282010

The Evolution of the Television - infographic timeline

The Evolution of the Television looks at the last 84 years of TV’s history.  Brought to us from the Sterling Satellite blog.

Did you know it took 13 years for television to reach 50 million users? TV has evolved from the time it started with just a few programs airing each day into 24/7 news and hundreds of stations to choose from.

People didn’t immediately embrace the new technology though. 10 years after its debut in 1936, the head of 20th Century Fox Darryl F. Zanuck (seeing TV as a competitor to movies) famous last words were predicting it would not catch on.  He said he thought “People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.”

But they have not.

Thanks to @Matt_Siltala for the link!

Thursday
May272010

5 SciFi Movie Quotes...made into infographics

Nathan Yau has designed these humorous infographics representing five famous sci-fi movie quotes for SciFi Wire.

You can see Nathan’s explanation on his website, FlowingData.com, and all of the quotes on SciFiWire.com.  I hope you do more of these Nathan!

In something of a Data Underload, special edition, I played with famous science fiction quotes for Sci Fi Wire. My favorite is obviously from Back to the Future, the greatest movie of all time.

Wednesday
May262010

The Top Cameras on Flickr [infographic]

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

Monday
May242010

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.

Friday
May212010

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!

Friday
May212010

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!

Wednesday
May192010

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!

Tuesday
May182010

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!