Data + Design Project

Fields of Gold: Changes in the US Corn Industry [Infographic]

Tuesday 10.08.2013 , Posted by

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Corn was once a straightforward crop, but the US industry has seen big changes in recent years. Ethanol and GMOs are both relatively new to the scene, and they are both hot-button issues. Since 1980, the use of corn has increased significantly as a result of renewable energy legislation. Not only are we using more corn, but we are using different strains of corn. In 2013, genetically engineered corn accounted for 90% of the planted crop showing a steep increase from just 25% in 2000. A series of graphs were produced by Flapjack Media to detangle the data. The full graphic is available here. [Read more...]

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East Meets West : An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu

Wednesday 10.02.2013 , Posted by

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In this global village we live in, there are many differences that exist in how humans live and behave. In particular, there are major differences in how people in the “Western” part of the world perceive things as opposed to those who were raised in the “East.” Some differences are derived from thousands of years of tradition passed on from generation to generation. For example, countries like China, Korea and Japan have been civilizations for many years. The United States, on the other hand, is still a relatively “young” country and in some ways is still finding its common culture. Anthropologists and sociologists have spent lifetimes researching the ways humans live and how we can solve problems and create greater harmony. An artist, who was raised in multiple cultures, decided to make a simple but interesting inforgraphic playing on some of the unique differences between the East and the West. [Read more...]

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Quarks, Nucleons, Atoms, & Organelles: 3D Generative Visualizations of Scientific Theories by MRK

Saturday 09.21.2013 , Posted by

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If you are like the majority of the human population living in a first world country and watch Breaking Bad, then you may have seen work by the talented digital artist MRK. His video, The Flow (watch after the jump) made an appearance on the hit show. According to MRK’s description, “The Flow looks at the supervening layers of reality that we can observe, from quarks to nucleons to atoms and beyond. The deeper we go into the foundations of reality the more it loses its form, eventually becoming a pure mathematical conception. Layer upon layer the flow builds new codes that create new codes, each version computing a new, more complex state based on the previous one.” Read more about this project and its deeper meanings here. [Read more...]

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Visualizing Everything You Need to Know About Twerking [INFOGRAPHIC]

Wednesday 09.18.2013 , Posted by

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The Dougie, then Gangnam Style, now Twerking  the latest dance craze sweeping the country and providing a chance for a new generation of booty-shakers to strut their stuff. And for those looking to get into advanced maneuvers, they’ll be doing their booty-shaking inverted (see instructional graphic below).

For those that have absolutely no idea what I’m talking bout, here’s a definition from the Oxford dictionary (yes, that Oxford dictionary):

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Visualizing the Fires of Yosemite: Interactive Graphics, Maps, and Photos

Saturday 09.14.2013 , Posted by

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Nearly 400 square miles have burned as a result of an August 17th campfire that went awry.  After three and a half weeks of battling the blaze, the wildfire is now 80% contained, and costs estimates are totaling $96.2 million. The LA Times reports, “The blaze has destroyed at least 11 homes and 97 outbuildings, according to the Forest Service. More than 3,000 firefighters were battling the blaze.” [Read more...]

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Top 50 Most Valuable Sports Franchises Visualized by Longevity and Success

Tuesday 09.10.2013 , Posted by

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Visual agency Column Five has taken the Forbes’s list of the 50 most valuable sports teams in the world and done with it what they do best, visualize it.

The interactive piece lays teams out on axes of championships won and positions them against their number of years in existence. Much how Barry Petchesky of Deadspin puts it, “It’s good to be good, and it’s good to be old.

Interestingly enough, the interactive graph shows just how many sports franchises cluster towards the bottom of the Y-axis, indicating an immense amount of sports teams who have won none or close to no championships.

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Charting the Beatles: Nerdy Designs Indulge in Obsessive Minutia about the Fab Four

Friday 09.06.2013 , Posted by

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For the past three years, Pop Chart Lab has been producing stellar infographics on a ridiculous range of subjects. Graphics include such topics as beer, kitchen utensils, and superpowers. PCL’s business goal reads, “to render all of human experience in chart form.”  Last week, the Brooklyn based company released Volume 3 in their series of infographics about the Beatles, completing a nice little set. [Read more...]

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Visualizing the Mind of Controversy-ridden Anthony Weiner

Wednesday 08.21.2013 , Posted by

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As a public figure, how do you protect your social media brand? First move, do not consult on-again off-again politician Anthony Weiner. The would-be New York City Mayor is now a walking blueprint for the type of social media discourse a brand shouldn’t be having.

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A Breathing Earth: Watch the World’s Seasonal “Heartbeat” from Outer Space

Monday 08.12.2013 , Posted by

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Each year we experience our normal seasons of hot and cold. Winter brings snow to many of us, and in summer, often blazing hot temperatures and beach days. John Nelson has given us a new vision of this familiar cycle in the form of a simple GIF… but the result is mesmerizing for its profound demonstration of these cycles upon our lives and the world processes it clearly illustrates. [Read more...]

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Funny: Somebody Save Us from Digital Clutter!

Monday 07.15.2013 , Posted by

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Okay, so it might not be the most beautiful infographic you’ve seen in your life, but this one surely rates high on the honesty scale… and by the end will have you wondering what the heck we’re doing. Ray, Raf and Will, the three superhero/geniuses behind the online comic series DogHouseDiaries have whipped up another brilliant, funny and true effort observing the current state of our media through graphs… lots and lots of graphs. The thing is, as you read down their list, it becomes painfully obvious that today; our many photographs, music tracks and even our friends are hopelessly disorganized. [Read more...]

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