Marumushi.com has a fantastic News Map using the treemap visualization style. This is one of the best implementations of a treemap that I have found. Updated every 6 hours, it groups news stories (from the Google news aggregator) by overall category (technology, world, sports, etc.). You can choose to show the news map from 11 different countries, and the color shading of each block represents how old that particular news story is. Hovering your mouse over any square shows the whole title, and clicking takes you directly to the story.
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This is a prime example of how seeing the data visually is better than reading numbers. Here is a population density map from Wikipedia.
We have heard that China and India have most of the human population in the world, but here you can really see and understand how much. Reading that China's population is four times that of the U.S. is much harder than really seeing it on a map.
The Wikipedia page on World Population has some other great information too.
Silver Bullet Comics has an article for aspiring comic artists, but I found this little gem.
A very simple infographic demonstrating that characters much each have a distinctive shape that makes them recognizable even from a distance. Very similar to the “silhouette test” for good character drawings to be recognizable in silhouette.
As a follow-up to my earlier post on the Starship Comparison Poster, the Starship Dimensions website has a much more extensive library of sci-fi ships all shown to scale. There are so many here that the website is broken up into different pages from small scale up to "Big" scale. Click on the tabs across the top to pick a scale (100X, 10X, 1X, etc.).
Fantastic resource. Jeff Russell has done a great job accumulating the images and tracking down their relative sizes.
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.
Portfolio.com has a number of good interactive infographics on their News & Markets/Multimedia page.
This Salary Comparison is simple but hugely informative showing the difference in number and visual representation of size, but also over time as you move the slider on the left. In 2005 the difference between the average worker and the CEO is so large it doesn't fit on the screen anymore. But that is down from 2000 when the difference was the largest at 548x.
NEW Death and Taxes infographic for 2008!
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.
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.
An interactive Flash version is online at www.thebudgetgraph.com/poster.
No numbers or measurements. Easy to understand. So simple, yet SO informative.
Found on the Princeton University website.
This one shows the accelerating takeover of the world by Starbucks and how quickly they are catching up to the reigning king of the hill, McDonalds. It's a few years old (2003) so let's see how they've done since then...
Starbucks: 6,200 locations in 2003. 11,225 in 2007. Almost double!!!
McDonalds: "Over 31,000" in 2003. Still 31,000 in 2007. No growth for McDonalds!
Do you want coffee with that?
Huge starship comparison image/poster that combines the starships from most of the poular scifi movies and shows into one graphic. Someone spend a lot of time figuring out the relative dimensions of these, and this really adds a new perspective to your favorite shows.
Includes Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Gallactica (the original series), Farscape, 2001:A Space Odessey, and a few others.