What’s the Most Popular Girl’s Name? This Video Tracks Their Evolution from 1880 to 2013

From Anna, to Jennifer and Isabella, the popularity of different girl names is always in flux. But what’s in a name? As this bubble chart animation illustrates, there’s a lot of cultural significance to how we name our girls. It tracks the changing favor of different names in America from all the way back in 1880 up to 2013. And while one name may hold the top position for a decade or two, parents are always swaying between following tradition and choosing something different or modern – eventually even the most popular names fall from the spotlight.

Take a Guided Tour of the Crowded Airspace Above the UK

At this time of year nearly everyone is winging off to see their family, and in the UK that means seriously busy airspace. Welcome to a typical day in the UK, where 6,000 flights, from commercial to military and general aviation, share the skies over the country. Air traffic control company NATS has created a beautiful, near immersive, visualization detailing all that traffic. The complex work they do is impressive.

Fascinating: This Animated GIF Shows 3 Different Ways To Breathe

Hey there, Air Breathing Mammal. Think you get oxygen just like the other creatures around? Not even close. Eleanor Lutz is at it again, continuing her series of designerly graphics that teach us fascinating science. This installment features a GIF animation of how three different animals breathe: humans, birds, and grasshoppers. For something as simple as “suck air in, blow air out”, this graphic shows a striking diversity of what happens to that breath once it’s inside the body.

Now you’ll know why birds are active on mountain peaks where you won’t find any mammals.

Video Shows How the Desk Changed in 30 Years (and What Apps Replaced Each Tool)

We’ve gone from fax machines and a rolodex, to PDFs and Facebook in a few short years. It wasn’t long ago when desks were completely covered with the tools needed to get work done. A stapler, paper clips, a phone book, and a whole lot more needed to fit in that space. In contrast, today’s desk is one that largely features a few choice items: a laptop, a smart phone and a big cup of coffee. This clever video from the Harvard Innovation Lab explores that desktop evolution from the early ‘80s through today, visualizing each tool as it is recontextualized into the app-based equivalent we use now.

These are the Patterns Wings Trace in Flight

Although many animals take flight, they don’t do it in exactly the same way. That’s what Eleanor Lutz’ exceptional animated infographic shows us. She’s taken the flight patterns of 5 different species – egyptian fruit bat, dragonfly, Canada goose, hawk moth and hummingbird – and used Youtube videos to give us a look at how their wings move.

Jennifers and Michaels: Two Maps Reveal the Most Popular Girls and Boys Names Over 6 Decades

If you’ve ever been in a class surrounded by people with the same name, they were probably on this map. Jezabel put together two utterly fascinating GIFs tracking the most popular boys and girls names over the last six decades – and it’s an epic battle of popularity.

Which State Drinks the Most Wine? Animation Shows It’s Just Getting More Popular

Over the past 20 years wine consumption has steadily grown in the US. Following a major slump in 1993, the classic beverage has seen a steady climb to new levels of appreciation today. But which state loves wine the most?

Heading to SXSW? Check Out Column Five’s Unreal Paper Craft Animation

The crafty people at Column Five now have offices in California and New York, so what better way to announce their country spanning convergence on SXSW this week than this stellar paper craft animation? Whether you prefer mustard covered hot dogs, fresh zesty tacos or a juicy rack of ribs, the short animation will keep your eyes well pleased and your stomach… well… fiber filled. It’s paper after all.

How Sugar Affects the Brain: A TED-Ed Motion Graphic

This will come as no surprise to your average chocoholic, but eating sugar is just about a full body experience. It affects your tongue, your gut and your brain in powerful ways. In this new addition to the TED-Ed series, Dr. Nicole Avena explores the many ways sugar acts on the body and why sugar in moderation isn’t bad, but a lot is a very slippery, if not addictive, slope.

A Video of Midday Traffic Reorganized by Color (Part of Cy Kuckenbaker’s Rhythm Exploring ‘San Diego Studies’)

If it seems like there are a load of silver and white cars on the road, you are completely correct. Getting stuck in rush hour traffic, it’s just one of those things you notice as you stare around aimlessly hoping for a break in the gridlock. Cy Kuckenbaker has just given us a whole new appreciation for this colorful rhythm, using After Effects to sort out cars by color in footage of State Route 163 in San Diego. His editing is convincing, giving the highly trafficked segment of freeway a look of unusually perfect organization.