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Monday
Dec212015

The Data Science Industry: Who Does What?

The Data Science Industry: Who Does What? infographic

Where's the "Data Visualizer"?!? The data science occupation is a very popular new career field that many companies are hiring; however, many of these titles are mistakenly used interchangeably. The Data Science Industry: Who Does What? infographic from The Data Camp Blog introduces some of the positions in this upcoming field.

In this infographic we compare the roles of data scientists, data analysts, data architects, data engineers, statisticians and many more. We have a look at their roles within companies and the data science process, what technologies they have mastered, and what the typical skill set and mindset is for each role. Furthermore, we look at the top employers that are currently hiring these different data science roles and how the average national salaries of these roles map out against each other.

Good, thorough source reference links. Needs a copyright statement and the URL to the infographic landing page on the DataCamp site so readers can find the original full-size version.

Found on MarketingProf

Thursday
Oct222015

Murderers of Marvel


Morph Costumes has created the Murderers of Marvel infographic to show who is the deadliest comic character of Marvel.

Who is the deadliest character in the Marvel Universe? Wolverine? The Hulk? Deadpool?

We’ve had furious debates over this in the MorphCostumes office, pitting characters against one another in imaginary fights to the death.

This month, we decided to settle the argument once and for all. We combed our comic archives and ranked the deadliest Marvel characters, based on the number of people they’ve killed. From dangerous and deadly to downright lethal, here are the biggest killers in the main Marvel universe!

I'm actually surprised by the number of kills based on how easily comic book characters seem to survive or come back to life.

I like the color coding, and the consistent use of the grid of squares to visualize the data. The footer should include a copyright (or Creative Commons) license statement, and the URL to the infographic landing page so readers can find the original, full-size version.

Thanks to PJ from Big Apple Comics for sending in the link!

Tuesday
Jan272015

2012 Statistics: Pennsylvania Crashes

2012 Statistics: Pennsylvania Crashes infographic

This infographic is a very detailed look into the 2012 Statistics of Pennsylvania Crashes. Solnick & Levin, a law firm that works on cases of personal injury due to accidents, released the infographic to help potential clients understand where their case may fall in the overall state statistics.

The charts and visualizations in this infographic design are clear and very easy for the readers to understand.

However, I frequently talk about the differences between showing statistics with a data visualization versus showing them in text-alone. This is a great example, where some stats are visualized where others are not. Any of the stats shown as only text are generally considered to be secondary information by the readers because they weren’t important enough for the designer to spend the time to visualize.

My recommendation is that you should carefully choose to only include the important statistics that support the overall story in any particular infographic design.  If a data point makes the cut and is picked to be included, the designer should take the time to visualize it to make it more easily understood by the readers.

Thanks to James for sending in the link!

Friday
Nov072014

The Most Detailed Maps from the Midterm Elections

The Most Detailed Maps from the Midterm Elections North Carolina infographic

The team at the NYTimes has published these fantastic Most Detailed Maps from the Midterm Elections.

Why are we so confident these are the most detailed maps you’ll ever see from the 2014 Senate elections? Precincts are the smallest level of geography for publicly-reported election results. There were more than 175,000 precincts in the United States in 2012, fifty times the number of counties. The maps here show precinct-level results, where available, from some of the closest Senate races.

Maps exclude early votes in counties that do not report them by precinct. Some precinct boundaries are approximate.

I would call these Pop-Up Infographics, where the map is static, but additional details are shown in a pop-up frame when you hover over each voting precinct.

The Most Detailed Maps from the Midterm Elections Louisiana Infographic

Found on Flowing Data, and thanks to Mike Wirth for posting on Facebook!

Thursday
Nov062014

Top 100 DJ's of 2013


Top 100 DJS of 2013, by Data infographic

Top 100 DJ’s of 2013, by Data, created by by Topple Track, takes a different approach to coming up with a top 100 DJ list. Instead of the traditional voting method, they took a more data driven approach.

We partnered with our friends over at JustGo.com to compile a list of ’100 DJ’s’ that is driven by data. (Data that is available to anyone who obtains an API key to the applicable social platform).

Our goal with list was to create an alternative view to the existing lists. This doesn’t mean there isn’t value in a traditional voting poll or we’re questioning it’s validity, this is our attempt at taking data, consumption weighted, algorithmic approach.

The biggest names in EDM command big money, for promoters it’s a numbers game. For many, social data is a huge barometer for who to book and who not to book.

Our methodology is made up of the following weighting (as mentioned in the infographic):

  • 60% Total Fans
  • 30% 2013 Fan Growth
  • 10% Buzz & Piracy

The data started on January 1, 2013 and ran through nearly all of 2013. It’s clear we have room from improvements, such as spotting the ‘next big thing’ through trends (a la Martin Garrix’s absence from the current poll) and tweaking weighting of certain platforms as usage permits.

*Editors Note – We did exclude 3 DJ’s that we deemed at least 75% or more of their social following was purchased.

Clean, colorful design that does a good job of changing the visualization method each time you move down from one section to the next. Pie-Doughnut to Doughnut to Line to bar chart to list.

Thanks to Brandon for sending in the link!

Monday
Oct272014

Winnipeg Jets Beat Arizona Coyotes Infographic

Winnipeg Jets Beat Arizona Coyotes Infographic

Jets Down Arizona 6-2 infographic from the Winnipeg Jets (Jets.NHL) gives an infographic summary of the October 9, 2014 NHL game between the Jets and the Coyotes. Sports statistics are ripe for data visualization and infographics, but are so rarely used.

The design does a great job of using a few simple visualizations to communicate data about the game. They don’t just show the score, but visualize when the goals were made by using the numbers of the scoring players shown in each period. Other visualizations cover statistics like Face-off results and Goal Tending percentages.

I don’t understand the visualization for the Giveaways. I get that the filled area is supposed to represent the number, but the’re shown in a shape I don’t recognize. Is that a car door? There’s no way the designer accurately calculated the area shown of that odd shape to get the visualization right.

Thanks to Reid Parker for posting the link!

Wednesday
Oct012014

Star Wars Commander

Star Wars Commander infographic

The Star Wars Commander infographic created by Disney Interactive highlights the new mobile game of the Star Wars saga. Since it’s launch on August 21st, 5 million players have chosen a side. May the Force be with you!

This morning we received word that The Empire is holding strong in the Galactic Civil War against Rebel Forces in Star Wars: Commander. Five million players globally are now engaged in the epic battle, with Imperial forces gaining ground quickly. Below is an infographic recovered from Bothan spies that details troop deployment and battle statistics (a high-res version of the image can be found here).

Highlights from the intercept include:

  • Five million players have now joined the war (downloaded Star Wars: Commander since its launch on August 21).
  • With more than 57 percent of its players representing the Empire, Russia is one of the strongest Empire strongholds. Other nations that have fallen to the Emperor include Austria, Germany, Finland and the Ukraine.
  • India stands out as a strong member of the Rebel Alliance, as are most countries across South America and Africa.
  • The United States is nearly unanimous in its following of the Dark Side, with the single exception of North Dakota. The force is strong in North Dakota.
  • Half a billion troops have been deployed across both factions.

One of my current favorite games!  I’m a Rebel!

It’s great seeing some major companies like the LucasArts division of Disney starting to use more infographics to promote their properties.  They have all of this data gathered internally about people playing the game, and it’s a great way to share some of these statistics.

The graphics are beautiful, the separation between factions is easy to understand with the color-coding, and the overall design is instantly recognizable as part of the Star Wars brand.

There’s no key to the scale in the Troops Deployed section at the bottom, and it’s not intuitive. I think each character represents roughly 500,000 troops in the first few, but then it gets weird because the Rebel Troopers, Stormtroopers and Banthas don’t make any sense. The Rebel Troopers would have to represent just over 700,000 troops for each icon. Beautiful design, but they got the math wrong so the visualizations don’t all match the data.

Also, the longer rows of characters are indecipherable. We can understand rows of 10 icons, but these varying rows of 7, 12 and even 20 icons across are not easy for readers to grasp.

It was very difficult to track down the original posting (thanks Bex!).  The footer should include the URL link back to the infographic landing page so readers can find the original, full-size version. You also want the infographic to help drive traffic back to your site, and most people that share infographics do NOT link back to the original. Include the link in the infographic so readers can always find their way to your site.

Found on: The Disney Blog

Thursday
Mar272014

Visualizing NBA Passing Frequency Data

Visualizing NBA Passing Frequency Data infographic

NBA Passing by Andrew Bergmann was designed for NBA.com.  By analyzing data gathered by SportVU technology cameras installed in NBA arenas, the line thickness represents the average number of passes per game between specific players.

Here’s a look at how starters on all 30 NBA teams share the basketball.

The thickness of the gray lines on the accompanying chart represents the average number of passes per game between two players.

A very clear picture emerges on which teams distribute the ball more evenly between players, such as the Nets, Bulls and Cavaliers. On the flip side, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin dominate passing for the Clippers, and likewise for Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio of the Timberwolves.

This is a great way to visualize this data set.  The visualization method is unique, memorable, and really makes the connections between players easy to understand.

The infographic vaguely lists the data sources at “Stats”, and the original post explains that the data is gathered from the newly installed SportsVU camera systems.  However, the actual data is still unavailable for readers to investigate on their own.  This design would have been a great opportunity for the data set spreadsheet to be shared with the audience through a public spreadsheet in Google Docs.

Knowing the infographic is going to be shared online, the image file should include the URL back to the original post on NBA.com.  Don’t make it hard for readers to fit find the original, full-size version of your infographic.

Found on Flowing Data and Fast Company

Friday
Feb152013

2013 NBA All-Stars Player Stats

2013 NBA All-Stars Player Stats infographic

Rami Moghadam has just published two infographic posters detailing the stats for each of the players on the NBA All-Star teams.  2013 NBA All-Stars East and 2013 NBA All-Stars West both use radar charts to highlight each player’s strongest areas.

2013 NBA All-Stars Player Stats infographic

The individual radar charts are color-coded for each player’s regular team.  In the radar charts, you have to look at each stat to determine which direction is a favorable number.  A high number of turnovers isn’t a good thing, so I might suggest reversing the direction of some of the negative stats like fouls and turnovers.

2013 NBA All-Stars Player Stats closeup infographic

Good job Rami, and thanks for sending in the link!

Monday
Oct292012

Halloween Statistics 2012: Creepy Calculations

 Halloween Statistics 2012: Creepy Calculations infographic

It is that time of the year again! Halloween is the perfect time for costumes, scary movies, and Charlie Brown! How do you spend your halloween? Halloweencostumes.com has put together some Creepy Halloween Statistics to show some of this holiday’s most popular happenings. 

What are you most looking forward to this Halloween? Collecting copious amounts of your favorite candy? Dressing up in a trendy  costume? Enjoying a horror movie marathon? Find out what other Americans will be up to this year, with our Ultimate Visual Guide to Halloween Statistics! You’ll discover popular costumes for you and fido, a count-down of the best sweet treats, suggestions for a Halloween playlist and more spooktacular stats!

I really like this design.  The color scheme, the design style, and the easy-to-understand top-to-bottom progression of information.  There are a few statistics that I would like to see visualized, like the Trick-or-Treating By The Numbers section where the values are only shown in big fonts.  I really like the different moon phases to visualize the stats at the top.

The Top 5 lists are a little text-heavy, and it would have been nice to see movie posters or CD artwork to go along with the entries.

In the footnote at the bottom, missing are both a copyright statement (or Creative Commons) and a URL link to the original infographic landing page so readers can find the full-size version.

Thanks to Elise for sending in the link!