Entries in scale (135)
A Perspective on Time is an infographic that puts large time scales into perspective using a series of stacked bar charts. Starting with 24 hours, and building up to the life of the universe, each horizontal bar represents a new, larger time scale that incorporates the prior bar for context.
Humans are good at a lot of things, but putting time in perspective is not one of them. It’s not our fault - the span of time in human history, and even more so in natural history, are so vast compared to the span of our life and recent history that it’s almost impossible to get a handle on it.
Designed by Mayra Magalhães as a collaboration project between Visually and wait but why. I love the building use of color throughout the design. One bar’s color is then carried into the next bar for context. The icons and minimal text for events also help make the design easy to read.
The footer should include the URL back to the original so readers can find the full-size version. The scale of this design needs to be enlarged in order to read.
This is a massive Starship Size Comparison Chart, created by designer Dirk Loechel and posted on DeviantArt.
The design gathers ships from many different science fiction movies, tv shows and games, and sizes them down to a common scale so viewers can grasp the relative size of how large and small the ships they recognize are.
As this get shared heavily online, it would be nice to have the URL back to the original, full-size version included in the design.
I love this size comparison design! The subtitle mentions that Dirk’s design is “based on the work of others” A much smaller Starship Size Comparison Chart was one of the first posts on Cool Infographics back in July of 2007, and that version is no longer available online.
Thanks to Mary Kaye for sending me the link!
By using a well recognizable symbol like the Statue of Liberty, the How Big Are The Biggest Waves Ever Surfed? infographic from San Diego Surfing School can show you how much higher you can get with surfing than other sports.
Now that a 100-foot wave has been surfed, the bar has been raised yet again for somebody to step up and set a new record. Until then, we take a look at some other feats of record height to get a better perspective on just how big the biggest waves ever surfed really were.
Clear design that tells one story really well. The visual comparison to the Statue of Liberty is instantly recognizable to readers.
Thanks to Melissa for sending in the link!
What if we had a planet instead of a Moon? Photographer, space artist, illustrator and former art director for the National Air & Space Museum’s Albert Einstein Planetarium, Ron Miller, created a series of very cool images that visualize how the rest of the planets in our solar system would appear if they orbited Earth at the same distance as the Moon.
I’ve posted a number of different data visualizations and infographics that help visualize the sizes of the different planets, and this is a very cool approach that might make the relative sizes more relevant and understandable to a bigger audience that is already used to seeing the Moon in our sky. For comparison, here is the original photo of the Moon:
From Ron’s description:
At a distance of about 240,000 miles, the Moon occupies a space in the night sky about half a degree wide. By sheer coincidence, this is almost exactly the same size the sun appears, which is why we occasionally get total solar eclipses.
But it’s interesting to imagine what the night sky might look like if one of the Solar System’s planets were to replace our moon. (We’d have to ignore things like tides and gravitation, but that’s the advantage of doing things in the mind’s eye.) Saturn would be an astonishing sight. Almost 35 times larger than the Moon, this golden globe would cover nearly 18 degrees of the sky. We’d be a little further away from Saturn than its satellite Dione. In fact, we’d be more likely to be a satellite of Saturn ourselves than the other way around. The rings would stretch nearly from horizon to horizon.
Of course, the gas giant Jupiter is downright scary!
View all of the full size images in Ron’s post on io9!
Recently received a Facebook message from content marketing wizard Joe Chernov linking to the Huffington Post article 100 million sharks are killed annually. This was an astonishing fact and the enormity of the number made it difficult to wrap your head around. Joe also shared an idea for a graphic to add context to this fact making it easier to comprehend, while exposing the outrageous ratio of the number of people sharks kill to the number of sharks people kill.
Great data visualization that shows readers the magnitude and scale of how many sharks are killed by humans every hour. It also puts the 11,417 sharks killed value into context by comparing it against the 12 humans killed by sharks every year. [EDITED]
Don’t get me wrong. I’m convinced that death by shark attack would be a horrible way to go, but some days it’s good to be at the top of the food chain on Earth.
How Far is it to Mars? by David Paliwoda is a fantastic animated, interactive infographic website that shows the viewer the scale of the distance to the Moon and to Mars as measured in pixels. David calls this a motion-infographic.
Click the image above to see the animated site. Very cool!
Found on Daring Fireball
Simon Scarr is doing some great work as the Graphics Director at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Last month he designed Close Encounters, the full-page visualization of the Near-Earth-Objects that have passed within the Moon’s orbit (or will pass by) from 1910-2189.
A 45-metre-wide asteroid came remarkably close to Earth on Friday, even closer than communication and weather satellites. It was be the nearest known close miss for an object of its size.
When this story was first mentioned in the newsroom, a few days before the incident, it sparked debate. People were intrigued as to how close these objects come to Earth. How many pass by? And how fast or large are they? A perfect opportunity for an interesting graphic.
As usual, NASA had every piece of information we needed. Their Near-Earth Object Program was established in 1998 to help coordinate, and provide a focal point for the study of comets and asteroids that can approach the Earth’s orbit. They have data sets on all close approaches to Earth since 1900 and projected forward to 2200.
This is a beautiful design that shows the distances to scale by placing them in between the Earth and the Moon, and the horizontal lines show the relative speeds of all the objects. Orange lines are future, predicted passes.
Simon has posted more behind the scenes information about putting this infographic design together on his own blog. I highly recommend the post, and you can check out his other work.
Found on Visual Loop.
Manhattan Building Hieghts by radicalcartography.net is an indirect measure of land value based on building height. The infographic is shaped like Manhattan itself, and the actual building’s color darkness shows their heights in their correct locations.
You can also see an alternate design using assessed tax value as the data set, and how that maps out land value differently.
Found on http://visual.ly
In a time not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, a little phenomenon was born that united the people of cyberspace through geographic services and social networking.
With changes to the social landscape occurring at lightspeed, JESS3 presents its third iteration of The Geosocial Universe, charting the latest monthly active user data for various social networks, along with the percentage of users who access each network via mobile devices.
Take a look below to discover more about the ever-expanding geosocial universe and the course of its objects.
I really like the changes to this version of the design. They kept the same philosophy of relatively sized circles to represent each of the main social networks. However, I’m confused by the placement of the Black Hole on the vertical scale meant to represent the percentage of mobile users. Why does more mobile users place a network closer to the Black Hole of Obscurity? It’s placement around the 80% mark visually implies that has meaning, but I don’t think that was the intention of the design. Is Facebook close to obscurity?
Both a copyright (or Creative Commons) license and the URL to the infographic landing page are missing from the design. You want readers to be able to find their way back to the original when they find the infographic posted on other sites.
This is an update to the original design from 2010:
And version 2.0 in 2012: