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From CreditKarma.com, apparently, the email provider you use can imply certain things about your personal financial position to the world.
You may have kept your AOL account since receiving a free disc in the 90’s, signed up for Yahoo! in college, got a Gmail invite, or moved to Comcast when you finally installed broadband, but what does it say about you? When categorized by email provider, the credit score and debt averages of users begins to tell a story. Do Gmail users take on larger mortgages? Do Yahoo! users have lower credit card limits? Credit Karma takes a closer look at how users of the most popular email providers stack up.
Found on FlowingData
Recent controversy about the budget of the BBC here in the UK made me curious about its spending. Here’s the BBC-o-Gram, a visualization I created for the Guardian Datablog, exploring the costs of running one of the biggest broadcasters in the world.
David has also posted the underlying data in a GoogleDocs spreadsheet.
GOOD has a good timeline of NASA’s budget over the last 50 years.
The Obama administration announced a new budget for NASA, which despite a nominal increase, cuts future programs and the prospect of more space exploration. This is a look at NASA’s budget over time, and the major missions it accomplished with that budget.
A collaboration between GOOD and Karlssonwilker.
Although, since the timeline wraps like text to keep it on one page, I think the bars that represent the different programs should stay in the same order. And what’s with the flashing images when you view the large infographic?
Emily Schwartzman has won the GOOD contest to design an infographic about the earthquake impact to Haiti. A high-resolution version is available on the GOOD site.
We’re proud to announce the winner of our latest infographic contest, where we asked readers to design an infographic about the recent earthquake in Haiti. We at GOOD conferred with Aaron Perry-Zucker of Design for Haiti, and we’ve come to a decision.
Emily Schwartzman—whose graphic, “Aftermath of the Haiti Earthquake,” clearly and concisely depicts both the human toll of the earthquake and the scope of the earthquake itself—is our winner. Schwartzman will take home our prize package, including a GOOD T-shirt and a free subscription. You’ll be able to see her infographic in print in our next issue as well as on the Design for Haiti site.
Excellent job Emily!
Are you an early bird or a tax procrastinator? Did you know that people who file their income tax returns in February are among the most likely to get refunds – and larger ones at that? TurboTax reports that 82% of taxpayers who filed before the end of February last year got money back, and on average, the refund for early filers is typically larger: $2,869 compared to $2,753 for returns filed through April 15th last year.
Forty percent of all tax returns last year were filed before the end of February. That means 60% missed out on some of the benefits of filing early such as putting money in your pocket faster – making your refund work for you.
Although I’m not a fan of the overuse of pie charts, I think it works in this case. The infographic doesn’t have so many pie charts that it becomes confusing, so its very easy to wrap your head around who this typical TurboTax, early-filier consumer is.
Thanks Laura for the link!
CD laddering is a strategy that allows you to take advantage of the higher cash rates offered by CDs, while at the same time ensuring that you have access to your money regularly. The most common type of CD ladder is the five year ladder. In this scenario, you open five different CDs. Let’s say that you check your savings account, and you have $15,000. You want to keep $5,000 for emergency purposes (move it to a high-yield savings account if it isn’t in one already), but use the remaining $10,000 to get your CD ladder started.
From NYTines.com, a treemap of Obama’s Budget Proposal color coded for increases and decreases from the prior year.
Rectangles in the chart are sized according to the amount of spending for that category. Color shows the change in spending from 2010.
Red indicates budget cuts, and green indicates increases in spending. It’s a little bit interactive, allowing you to zoom into specific parts of the budget, and see detials by hovering the mouse over squares.
Designed by Shan Carter and Amanda Cox.
Found on FlowingData.
Don’t Flush Your Credit Down the Drain is a new graphic designed for SpendOnLife.com. Using the metaphor of “flushing your credit down the drain” the graphic explains what happens when your credit score drops to different levels.
Ever tempted to just stop paying your credit card bills? I mean, what’s the worst that could really happen? We created our latest infographic to explain how your creditors might retaliate if you stop sending them money each month. (Hint: the pipes get rustier and the rats get uglier the further down you go.) Don’t let this happen to you!
This image straddles the line between illustration and infographic. The illustration doesn’t convey much data other than the farther down you go, the lower you credit score becomes. The pipes get rustier and it’s much darker on the bottom. These visual cues let you know that lower scores are just plain “bad”.
I think the rats are a nice touch.
Thanks to Ashley for the link!
BillShrink.com presents this holiday infographic, Christmas by the Numbers, visualizing the decline in holiday spending in the U.S. and some other fascinating holiday figures. Click the link to see the high-resolution version.
‘Tis the season for Christmas trees, lights and gifts, and in the past that has also meant the season of outrageous spending. While the holidays may not be cheap, hard times sometimes call for desperate measures and drastic budget changes. Here’s a look at the hard facts and numbers of this most wonderful time of the year.Merry Christmas from Cool Infographics!