Data + Design Project

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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The Art of Pi – A Colorful Data Visualization

Tuesday 07.09.2013 , Posted by

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Calling all data geeks! Using Circos, a circular visualization software popular in Genomics, Cristian Ilies Vasile and Martin Krzywinski have created these vibrant representations of π, φ and e. First Cristian Ilies Vasile had the idea of connecting each digit of π to its successive digit with links to the position of the numerically corresponding segments. Martin Krzywinski added to Vasile’s visualization “by showing the transition probabilities for each digit across bins of 10 digits” and did this for φ and e as well for the first 1,000 digits, followed by the first 2,000 digits. [Read more...]

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The Time You Have (In Jelly Beans)

Sunday 06.23.2013 , Posted by

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If you could see how many days you had left to live, how would you spend them? Would you do things differently than you’re doing them now? Ze Frank, an online performance artist, puts things in perspective as he uses jelly beans to represent the time the average person has in this powerful video. When we look at the days in our lives as a pile of jelly beans (28,835 beans to start- should we reach our full life expectancy) and see how many are already gone, it may have you shifting your priorities. The average person will watch television for 2,676 days, sleep for 8,477 days, spend 1,635 days eating or preparing food, 3,202 days working, and 1,099 days commuting. [Read more...]

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The Deadliest Countries for Journalists

Monday 06.17.2013 , Posted by

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For many journalists, their day-to-day lives aren’t always thought of as being dangerous. For many, the clacking of keys, insider scoops, and getting those page views up is their normal routine. However, there are journalists whose lives are in grave danger every time they show up to work. These journalists are reporting from the front lines of some of the world’s most embroiled conflicts; dodging bullets, grenades, and mortar fire to get that epic picture, or information that will give the world a first hand account of how things are on the ground in these areas. To these brave souls, their job is hazardous to their health. From 1992 to May of 2013, 985 journalists were murdered around the world. This graphic looks to find out where the deadliest countries for journalists to perform their jobs are, and explores whether their killers are being brought to justice. [Read more...]

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Sci-Fi Characters Who Survived Their Planets’ Destruction

Wednesday 06.12.2013 , Posted by

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The destruction of your home world is one of the worst things that could ever happen to a science fiction character. It’s also a popular theme laced throughout science fiction movies and television shows. The annihilation of planets happens in a variety of different ways, from explosions, to war, or a gradual destruction where the planet’s environment causes the destruction of the lifeforms that inhabit it. There are many famous planets that have been destroyed over the years, and many sci-fi characters who have survived their planet’s destruction. We’ll take a look at a couple of them below in this graphic from Confused. [Read more...]

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From Farm to Fork: Our Toxic Food System

Tuesday 06.11.2013 , Posted by

Food is the fuel we use to get our bodies into motion. Fruits and vegetables are our friends; foods like chips, soda, french fries, hamburgers, and candy are the devil. With the way our current food system works, these processed foods are making up a significant portion of our daily food intake. They’re readily available at every food store you enter, and an ice cold Coca-Cola is very difficult to pass up in favor of sparkling water. The problem, however, is that it’s not even about choosing healthy foods over artery cloggers. Today, 80% of food in the U.S. is supplied by massive factory farms associated with a myriad of environmental and health risks. From farm to fork, our food system is toxic. [Read more...]

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