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Tuesday
Aug142007

How to Spot a Handgun


Found on Edward Tufte's website. Edward posted a small collection of infographics from Megan Jaegerman during her time working for the NY Times. This graphic of Spotting a Hidden Handgun, was updated and revised for Edward's book, Beautiful Evidence.

Megan Jaegerman produced some of the best news graphics ever while working at The New York Times from 1990 to 1998.
-Edward Tufte, July 2007

Friday
Aug102007

World's Most Dangerous Drugs


Another good one from Healthbolt. Color coded by class, and ranked by overall harm to the human body.

Wednesday
Aug082007

2008 Presidential Campaign Finances


This interactive infographic from the New York Times website is really impressive. Using weekly data reported by the Federal Election Commission, it plots the contributions on a map of the U.S. and sizes the bubbles based on contributions from that city. It has data from every week since January 1st, so it will also "play" and animated version showing the contribution as time progresses (similar to the Trendalyzer that Google purchased from GapMinder).

You can also search for specific contributors to see which candidate campaigns they have contributed to, and how much they gave.

Sunday
Aug052007

The Coming Water Wars


Another graphic from Jonathan Harris from his time at Princeton with the International Networks Archive. It's a couple years old, but absolutely still relevant. I believe this is from around 2003.

Added: Recently popular on Digg.com

Tuesday
Jul242007

Hans Rosling @ TED 2006

Hans Rosling is a professor from Sweden who is an expert in world health, but has pioneered some amazing ways to look at massive amounts of data. I mean truly AMAZING. I can think of at least a dozen uses for this software to help visualize changes over time. Don't let the topic scare you, this is incredible to watch.

The Trendalyzer software (recently acquired by Google) turns complex global trends into lively animations, making decades of data pop.
This video is one of the TED Talks videos from the 2006 TED Conference.

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/92

Sunday
Jul222007

Death and Taxes 2008

NEW Death and Taxes infographic for 2008!


It is the 2008 Federal discretionary budget of the United States. is a representational poster of the federal discretionary budget; the amount of money that is spent at the discretion of your elected representatives in Congress. Basically, your federal income taxes. The data is from the President's budget request for 2008. It will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress by October 1st to begin the fiscal year.
So this is what the President is asking for, not the final budget. Compare this to the final 2007 discretionary budget from my earlier post.

An interactive Flash version is online at www.thebudgetgraph.com/poster.

Sunday
Jul222007

Jonathan Harris TED Talks 2007

Jonathan Harris is working on some cool, interesting, fascinating but weird stuff. This is his presentation at TED 2007 about We Are Fine and his new project Universe. You can see this on the TED site here.

Universe is now live at universe.daylife.com, and you can enter a news topic and watch it graphically associate all of the relevant stories in the media about that topic. This would be really cool for consumer products too, but sadly that doesn't exist.

The TED Talks are now available on iTunes as free video podcasts. I've been watching some older ones from 2002-2007.

Saturday
Jul212007

Top Presidential Contributions 1Q


It's early for the 2008 election, but major campaign funding has already started. It will be interesting to see if more money early in the race makes a difference in the outcome.

From washingtonpost.com

Wednesday
Jul182007

Digg Swarm


If you don't read Digg...shame on you.

For the rest of us, Digg has become an incredibly valuable source of information. But paging through pages of text for something to catch your eye gets old quick.

Digg Swarm was launched in 2006, and I have increasingly used it more and more since then. It has really grown on me. You can watch in real-time stories that get "Dugg" to become more popular. The visual size of the story bubble grows as the story's popularity grows. The yellow dots connected to the story show you who is digging the story, and the size of the yellow dot shows you how important that user is in the Digg universe.

Also, if the same person Diggs two stories, a connecting line is shown to highlight other story bubbles that may interest you. The connecting line between two stories gets thicker as more users Digg the same two stories showing a stronger connection.

Usually I start it up and let it run for a little while before I check it out. That way it has some time to build up some connections and story history. It starts from scratch when you start, so you only see the stories that are Dugg from that point in time and after.

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