Entries in time (32)
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.
Daylight Savings Time Explained designed by a Visual.ly member under the name Germanium, visually explains the end result of recognizing Daylight Savings Time. DST is used mostly in North America and Europe, while most of the world does not change their clocks.
I tried to come up with the reason for the daylight saving time change by just looking at the data for sunset and sunrise times. The figure represents sunset and sunrise times thought the year. It shows that the daylight saving time change marked by the lines (DLS) is keeping the sunrise time pretty much constant throughout the whole year, while making the sunset time change a lot. The spread of sunrise times as measured by the standard deviation is 42 minutes, which means that the sunrise time changes within that range the whole year, while the standard deviation for the sunset times is 1:30 hours. Whatever the argument for doing this is, it’s pretty clear that reason is to keep the sunrise time constant.
By visualizing the daylight hours, the reader can see the pattern. Both the change in total hours, and the impact of daylight hours on their normal day.
The reasoning for DST is very controversial, but now we can see the impact clearly.
The Finding the Productivity Sweet Spot infographic from NICE.com takes a close look at how employees waste their time online at work, but offers a better solution to manage employee productivity. Don’t cut off Internet to your employees! Instead, manage their personal time online to a reasonable level and everyone wins!
Everyone wastes a bit of time at work, and some of the key sources may surprise you. It’s not just the internet that can cost employers time at work. Read our infographic on time wasting at work to understand if fantasy football or facebook causes us to procrastinate more.
There is an ideal balance of non-work activity that keeps people refeshed and employees engaged. It’s just unrealistic to expect 100% efficiency through the day. Distractions at work existed before the Internet. The key for companies is to manage these time wasters at work to an ideal level.
Designed by InfoNewt, the infographic walks the reader through a 3-part story…
- How much time is being wasted at work?
- What are employees doing during this wasted time?
- What’s the ideal amount of time to let employees have personal time online?
Big thanks to the team at NICE!
The Tea and Biscuit infographic from Green Hat Design in the UK shows avid dunkers of biscuits the proper timing to keep their favorite snacks in the tea or coffee to conquer floppage and avoid the disappointment of contamination! Also available as a high-resolution PDF.
This biscuit infographic is based on 8 of our favourite UK brands which helps us (and others) to get the best out of his (or her) biccy when dunking it in hot tea or coffee, while at the same time assisting the user to avoid… floppage. That unfortunate moment that the biscuit suddenly gives way and contaminates your beverage. Nasty. We feel many could actually benefit from such details. I know it has changed my life.
This one is a fun topic. Apparently the biscuits in the UK are so hard you have to dunk them to eat them… :)
The radial design works well to show three values for each biscuit, and is easy for the reader to compare them. The illustrations work well, even though readers in the U.S. (myself included) won’t recognize any of the biscuits.
A couple things are missing from a Marketing Infographic design perspective. It needs a title! I made up the “Tea & Biscuit Dunking Guide” because it didn’t have a good title of its own. There should be some type of license statement, and in this case I would suggest Creative Commons.
The PDF file is hosted on the Green Hat Design site, but the infographic isn’t displayed anywhere. t’sI hard to share a PDF compared to how easy it is to share an image file online. It REALLY needs it’s own official landing page on the Green Hat Design site to display the infographic, and be the one place you want everyone else (like this blog) to link to. They had uploaded it to visual.ly, and I linked to it there, but that shouldn’t be the primary landing page if they want to drive traffic to their site and awareness to their brand.
Thanks to Steve for sending in the infographic!
Moviebarcodes is a tumblr blog from an unknown author that posts these images generated from different movies. Each frame of the movie is stretched tall and thin to create this single image from an entire movie. The one above is from The Matrix, and you can see the green tint they used every time they were “in the Matrix”.
The person behind MovieBarcode, who wouldn’t reveal their identity or what they do for a living, told Wired.co.uk that the creative process can take a few hours on the slightly aged machine they are being processed on, “depending on the length of the movie and the quality of the outcome”.
Movies on the blog are chosen “due to the expected result, not for the movies themselves”. Besides colourful movies, the blog author prefers “movies with long shots such as Kubrick, Hitchcock and Weerasethakul, which can result in unique and interesting moviebarcodes”.
Although, some of them don’t seem to reveal anything interesting, a few of these did give some insights into the movie visuals.
They spent a lot of time at sea in Jaws:
The Dark Knight was a very dark, almost colorless movie:
Kung Fu Panda was very colorful:
You can see the time spent in the digital, neon-blue world of TRON (1982):
I really like the Media Wheel for Visualizing Daily Activities from Hill Holiday. The wheel visualizes how people consumer different types of media over the course of a day. For example, DVD/Video is mostly consumed in the evening and Newspaper is mostly consumed in the morning. each slice is a different type of media, and the consumption levels are shown by how bright the colors are at that time of day.
For a media planning project, we needed to find a simple way to illustrate how people in a particular segment engage with different media. After some experimentation, we came up with this “media wheel” chart that summarizes 216 data points from a media spreadsheet.
Read their blog post, they included a good description of how they normalized the data and created the media wheel. They also gave credit to the designer, Eric Fensternheim, which is always nice to see.
The wheel graph itself was built by hand in Adobe Illustrator. Each data point’s value relative to the highest in its row is tied to the corresponding level of color transparency.
Design: Eric Fensterheim, media design intern.
Very cool overview Infographic History of Doctor Who, with some fantastic illustrations, by Bob Canada (@bob_canada on Twitter). The world of Doctor Who is incredibly complex, but this infographic gives new viewers the basics.
Here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Doctor, but were afraid to ask. Click here to see a super-sized version so you can better read the text.
This piece took quite a while to finish. I worked on it a little at a time over several days. There was a lot of moving around of elements and a lot of text editing to get everything to fit in an efficient manner. Hopefully there aren’t any glaring errors in the information.
Laid out entirely in InDesign. All the Doctors, the Sonics and the TARDIS were drawn in InDesign as well.
You can tell from the illustrations that the hair was iconic for each Doctor. You could probably identify each doctor in silhouette by the hair alone!
I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t posted this one by David McCandless from InformationIsBeautiful.net. Timelines: Time Travel in Popular Film and TV is one of my favorites, and you can tell how much effort went into the design and getting the details right.
Here’s a visualisation of time travel plots in various films and TV programs. I had a lot of fun doing this!
This is a straight data visualisation, rather than information design. That is, it’s not particularly useful, nor useable, nor meaningful. The inspiration was the coolness of the idea, really. I was excited to see what shape all the plots would make, and whether it could be shaped into something beautiful.
What I really love about this image, though, is the idea that this information has never been seen before. Despite the fact that it exists, in some way,somewhere, wrapped in various plots, it’s never been given form. I have to say, it was a joy to untangle it all :)
David, I would love to help design one for Dr. Who!