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Randy Krum infographic designerRandy Krum

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Data Visualization, Infographic Design, Visual Thinking, Product Development and Marketing professional fascinated by good infographics.  Always looking for better ways to get the point across.

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Tuesday
Aug282007

A Day of Diggs


This one is really interesting. Stamen Design took one day of digg.com and visualized the user activity. The explanation is really cool, and can be found here on content.stamen.com. Stamen works with Digg on a number of the tools available in Digg Labs.

Red dots represent people that have been on Digg for a while, yellow is a good mix, and blue is new users. So when a story is predominantly blue, it represents a story that is attracting a bunch of new users to Digg.

Sunday
Aug262007

Drawing Disney Characters


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.

Sunday
Aug262007

E-mail Analysis


Origianally from a NYTimes.com article in 2005, I found reference to this recently on Adam Smith, Esq. (A free registration to NYTimes.com is required to view the full size image)

Some Computer Science professors analyzed one week of e-mail traffic from Enron (about 500,000 emails) in May 2001 looking for patterns that would help investigators narrow down their search. This infographic is the result showing the email connections between employees

Saturday
Aug252007

Consumer Spending (5% on Tech Stuff)


From Wired magazine (issue 15.08) a treemap infographic of consumer spending in 2005. 5% of all consumer spending was on technology, and of course, Wired broke down that 5% into an expanded treemap.

Internet access +216%, Residential phone -25%. VOIP seems to be making an impact.

Thursday
Aug162007

Periodic Table of Visualization


This table is a must-see site for anyone who works creating visualizations. This website from visual-literacy.org has grouped visual methods into six categories (like Concept Visualization and Metaphor Visualization), and made it interactive so when you move your mouse over one of the specific methods it shows you an example.

This is a great resource to help inspire you to visualize your data in new ways. I find that I like trying to visualize the same data in a couple different ways to find out which works best at communicating the data to others. Ironically it's missing the visual method of laying out data into a periodic table!

Tuesday
Aug142007

How to Spot a Handgun


Found on Edward Tufte's website. Edward posted a small collection of infographics from Megan Jaegerman during her time working for the NY Times. This graphic of Spotting a Hidden Handgun, was updated and revised for Edward's book, Beautiful Evidence.

Megan Jaegerman produced some of the best news graphics ever while working at The New York Times from 1990 to 1998.
-Edward Tufte, July 2007

Monday
Aug132007

World Drinking Map


From drinkingmap.com, this map shows the legal drinking age by country. For the vast majority of the world 18 is the legal age. There are only a few countries like the U.S. that have a drinking age as high as 21.

Sunday
Aug122007

Starship Dimensions


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.

Saturday
Aug112007

XPLANE offers XPLANATIONS


XPLANE is a company whose whole purpose is professional infographics. They do a bunch of infographics for big and small companies, but also do a lot of work for Business 2.0 magazine (a favorite of mine). Check out David's post that Business 2.0 might be in trouble.

A number of infographics (called XPLANATIONS...I love it) are available free for download here.

David Grey is the CEO, and he also runs his own blog called Communication Nation.

Friday
Aug102007

World's Most Dangerous Drugs


Another good one from Healthbolt. Color coded by class, and ranked by overall harm to the human body.