Mapping the Surface Area of Other Solid Surfaces in Our Solar System

You’re probably familiar with visualizations comparing the relative size of the planets, but this visualization is different. xkcd has created a map-like look at the solid surfaces of the Solar System, stitched together like countries on a single continent. The graphic includes planets, moons, asteroids and dwarf planets, but leaves out dust, small rocks and large gaseous planets like Jupiter and Saturn. It’s a revealing look at the size of our neighbors.

The Charted Connections of Rock- A Visual Web of 715 Artists & Their Connections

If your Dad is tired of getting power tools for Father’s Day, shake things up with this colorful music trivia gem. Any music lover would appreciate learning the degrees of separation across their favorite artists, and Pop Chart Lab makes the information as cool looking as it is fascinating. The Charted Connections of Rock Chart uses color coding to denote which instrument each musician played for each band. The chart measures 39″ x 39″ with several printing options to choose from. You’ll also love to know that they are printed on recycled stock.

What Does Your Life Look Like in Weeks?

Depending on where you are in life, these graphics will either be highly motivating or panic inducing.

We all know our life has a limited number of years, and if we’re optimistic that might be 90. You’d think with such a small number like 90 we’d be more willing to make the most of each year, but most of us are pretty short sighted, letting each small day pass without any more motivation than getting to those two glorious days we call the weekend. Maybe there’s a better way to visualize this…

Tim Urban over at the hilariously thought provoking Wait But Why is helping us see our life broken down into its segments of time. Where does your life fit in?

Rube Goldberg Called. He Said This Video is Flipping Great.

You had one, I had one… we all had an old Nokia cell phone. Now that old phone has found its way into a clever new video that features a room filling Rube Goldberg machine… and it all starts with a phone call.

After English and Spanish, What’s the Most Common Language in Your State?

Did you know German is the third most spoken language in Colorado, or that it’s Hmong in Minnesota? What’s the third most spoken language in your state?

This map is too interesting. Yes, most people in the US speak English in daily life, followed down the list by Spanish in all but seven states… but what comes third? This map from Slate details some surprising results and points to drastically different histories of immigration across the US.

Visage: A Visualization Tool that Democratizes Good Design

Visage is a new platform that enables non-designers to easily create beautiful, on-brand visual content such as data visualization, reports, presentations and infographics in a single web interface. It looks to become one of the best methods for making the message in your data impactful, communicative and yes, very beautiful. The goal of Visage was simple: democratize good design, and put it in the hands of everyone.

Visage provides a platform for creating compelling presentations and reports typically out of reach to non-designers or those who can’t afford a design agency price tag. With an elegant drag-and-drop interface, easy customization of color schemes, and the ability to quickly revise data and layouts, Visage handy improves on common tools in the visualization market.

My Status is Not a Secret: A Bold New HIV Awareness Campaign and Interview with Parker Trewin

Three weeks ago, Column Five (a Visual News partner) launched a bold new HIV awareness campaign called My Status Is Not A Secret. Through a series of filmed interviews and a 45-minute documentary featuring a diverse cast of individuals speaking frankly about their experiences with HIV, the project seeks to give a face to a disease that ultimately affects us all.

These Visualizations Show You How Earth Week Actions Actually Affect the Environment

The April 22nd annual celebration of Earth Day and subsequent Earth Week is always a worthy, worldwide demonstration of support for environmental protection.

‘The Sound of Color’ Graphic Uses Daft Punk and Beyonce Albums to Help You Pick Paint For Your Home

We’ve all been there, a house with walls to paint and no design degree or aesthetic abilities to save our life (just me?). Does painting a wall red mean you’re an angry schmuck? Does blue mean you’re a chipper bird?

Luckily, the folks at Kelly-Moore Paints have come up with some thought-provoking graphics that aim to inspire color choices based on your favorite music. The pieces come together through a project titled The Sound of Color.

Visualizing the Health Benefits of Pure Maple Syrup, and it’s Dramatic

The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, the entire country of Canada and visual agency Column Five have come together to to convey the seemingly undervalued health benefits of pure maple syrup.