Entries in software (53)
The original chart (below) is unnecessarily complicated and hard to comprehend. I generally don't post about bad infographics, but in this case Ed was able to re-do Microsoft's chart into the improved, simpler version you see above.
Honestly, the upgrade process is still too complicated and Microsoft should be ashamed of themselves. This deserves a new Mac vs. PC ad just by itself.
Here's the official "horrendous" (I don't get to use that word often) chart from Microsoft.
Check out the new version of The Conversation Prism 2.0 by JESS3 and Brian Solis and theconversationprism.com. Available as a poster for $20 US on thier website, and they also have some high-resolution versions available.
I love the design of this one. It's seems to be essentially a mind map, but much easier to read and understand.
This is an update to the original Conversation Prism that you can see here on Flickr.
Thanks Dana! I found the link to the 1.0 version on ON:Digital+Marketing
If you haven't checked it out yet, you need to take a look at Seadragon. I know its from Microsoft, but I like it anyway! Seadragon is a software project to allow users to browse and zoom into high-resolution images. I'm especially attached to the iPhone version of Seadragon Mobile (link opens iTunes) available for free from iTunes!
One of the best things about the iPhone version is that it includes some example images, and includes some of the work from Chris Jordan. Longtime readers of the blog know I really like Chris Jordan's series "Running the Numbers" which uses high-resolution images to visually show the viewer statistical information about how we live.
I'm not sure I understand what Wolfram|Alpha is yet, but so far it's pretty impressive. Developed by Stephen Wolfram and his team, it claims to be a "computational knowledge engine". The input box looks like a search engine, but it is definitely NOT a search engine.
When you type in a question, it attempts to show you all of the relevant data it can find. It is actually calculating and charting this information real-time in order to present it to you. Because its built on top of the Mathematica Engine, it can also handle math problems.
I think this will be an important tool for many designers of infographics, because you can get some of your raw data directly from Wolfram|Alpha. As they add more data into the system over time, this will become one of your best resources for information. They have a pretty extensive page of examples by category that is a great place to start. Also watch the short video by Stephen Wolfram showing what the system can do.
Great timeline infographic depicting the rise and fall of different browsers portrayed as knights marching across a field. The data set used is available here.
It took me a while to find any information about the author, but I found this description on the Wired.com blog.
Here's a creative look at the history of the browser wars from 2002 through mid-2008. The infographic was submitted to Reddit by a user named BovingdonBug. He says he created it as part of an application for a graphic design job on a newspaper.Thanks Alwyn for the link!
In my email yesterday I received a note announcing the release of Processing 1.0. It's very exciting to see this project release to the world. There have been many beta versions leading up to this release (162 versions in fact), but for those interested in creating your own infographics this is big news. What is Processing, you ask?
Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions. It is used by students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain.Some of the infographics I have highlighted here on Cool Infographics have been created with the earlier versions of Processing, and I'm hoping for more to come.
Processing is free to download and available for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.
The Olympics Tracker is an interactive schedule of the events. It now only shows which events are scheduled each day and hour, but you can drag them to rearrange your favorites to the top. Clicking on past events shows the results, and clicking on future events shows the upcoming event details. Medal awarding events marked with a small medal icon. You can even download a desktop version for Mac or Windows.