Data + Design Project

Visualizing World Life Expectancy at Birth

Tuesday 01.07.2014 , Posted by
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Omani designer Marcelo Duhalde recently released the latest of his Miscellanea Infographics, this time visualizing the life expectancy one could hope for in the 195 countries around the world. It’s a simple graphic, but don’t let that get in the way of the fantastic insights hidden in each book-like sweep of his graph. He points out that “life expectancy is a synthetic indicator of the living conditions, health, education, and other social dimensions of a country or territory.” [Read more…]

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The When and Why of the Breakup (or What Happens When Relationships Go South)

Monday 12.30.2013 , Posted by
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As the old song says “breaking up is hard to do”… but perhaps a little insight could help us understand why it happens in the first place. Information designers David McCandless and Lee Byron teamed up to create three graphics dedicated to breakup miscellaneum – from what day of the year is the most popular breakup day (the first Monday of December), to the country with the most affairs (we’re looking at you Turkey!). [Read more…]

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

Wednesday 12.18.2013 , Posted by
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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. [Read more…]

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This Map of Internet Usage Shows Why China is a Sleeping Internet Giant

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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The internet is a massive place, but not as massive as the world population. This map, created by Mark Graham and Stefano De Sabbata using data from The World Bank, puts some of the internets demographics in perspective while creating a rather stunning picture of just how big China ranks on internet traffic and how much room it still has to grow. [Read more…]

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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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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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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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Sculptural, Data-Based Basket Weaving

Monday 03.04.2013 , Posted by

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There’s a long running joke going around about earning a “wasted” college degree in basket weaving… often including some other equally “useless” factor. “Underwater” basket weaving often tops the list. It’s a good thing for us that Nathalie Miebach didn’t listen to these silly presumptions and combined a dual curriculum of Astronomy (learnt at Harvard University) and basket weaving (studied with a local artisan). The result was the highly complex sculptures we have here, literally weaving together astronomical, weather and climate change data into her work. [Read more…]

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Tracking the worlds Twitter users in Real Time

Friday 02.15.2013 , Posted by

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French web designer Franck Ernewein has created Tweetping, a unique visualization of tweets posted from all around the world in real time. As tweets happen, Tweetping identifies them with a small flash of light on a map of the Earth. It also provides the viewer with information of what is happening on Twitter in real time, such as the last hashtag used on each continent. [Read more…]

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Lord of the Rings Visualized: A Timeline of the One Ring

Thursday 01.24.2013 , Posted by

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The world created by J.R.R. Tolkien is a complex one – filled with carefully crafted elven languages, detailed maps and a vibrant, detailed past. It’s not hard to get lost in the many events spanning his novels, so Emil Johansson of the LotrProject created a fantastic timeline based on the world’s most important event: the forging and fate of the One Ring. [Read more…]

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