Graphic: Google’s Panda and Penguin Shake Up the Net

Over the past 12 years, Google has done its best to keep the black sailed marauders of the SEO world from taking over their search engine with bad links from junky websites. Google works hard to ensure that their algorithms continue to make these black-hat SEO practitioners stay in the dark. While they make minor changes yearly, every so often the search engine behemoth makes a major update that heavily affects SEO. Two of the recent updates are the animalistic algorithms of Google’s not-so-cuddly Panda, and slippery Penguin shakeups.

Visualized: Surprising Facts About the Pyramids

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The story behind mankind is a wild epic; a tale of determination and survival by a species that holds superior thinking power to any other life form around them. It’s a tale that spans thousands of years and documents the stepping stones in our journey from hunter-gatherer to global citizen. The history of the human race is a story of all of us, and how we came to be on our planet. It took 10 billion years for the ideal planet to form and 3 billion more for the right conditions to emerge before it finally happened: mankind began, and they built pyramids.

One Hot Year: Visualizing US Fires in 2012

By just about any standard, 2012 was a massive year for U.S. wildfires. According to data from both the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and NASA, over 9.1 million acres burned this year… and that was only tracking until November 30th. That figure places 2012 as the 3rd most wildfire filled year since 1960, and with the total number of fires being 55,505 – a relatively low number – the year holds the current record for the largest average fire size.

How an Interactive Designer Sees Breakfast

Just what do you see when you’re eating cereal for breakfast? Some literal thinkers might see just what’s there – a bowl of cereal, something to eat and provide nourishment. Individuals with a bit more artistic inclination might see the stars of the sky spreading across the Milky Way, or a surreal pond filled with edible lilly pads. What Visual and Interactive Designer Ed Lea sees is a visual metaphor for web products. His graphic featured here looks at how such a designer could interpret their breakfast.

A Living, Breathing Infographic: A Look at the Web’s First Socially Generative Visualization

The idea of a Socially Generative Visualization originated out of a section of the design handbook INFOGRAPHICS. An SGV, as described by authors Jason Lankow, Josh Ritchie and Ross Crooks, is a new direction for data visualization – one which marketers and content consumers alike should take note of – especially as the landscape of content distribution continues to evolve and be affected by socially relevant data.

There’s Always Room For Pie

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, our shopping carts are getting filled with the basics: turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and all the other traditional fixings. There’s even some specialties that each different family will bring to the table, like Grandma’s green bean casserole. Before you finish your checkout, make sure you swing past the bakery and include a nice selection of pies to your cart, because dessert is one of the most important ingredients to any successful Thanksgiving dinner. 

Thanksgiving by the Numbers

Thanksgiving has become a staple of the American holiday and tradition circuit. People’s lives have become so hectic and demanding that it has become an annual reminder to drop (most of) what your doing, and share a little TLC with the ones you love. Thanksgiving has always been a time of reflection and one be thankful for being alive. The original Thanksgiving was a 3-day harvest feast held by the founders of the Plymouth colony in 1621, and the Thanksgiving we experience today is quite different than what early settlers were exposed to. 

Are You Suffering from Unhealthy Social Media Use?

The Internet has become the building block of information creation and storage in the modern age. It’s a place where we can create websites, publications, blogs, and micro-blogs; then transfer that knowledge to people across the globe. Social media has become one of the greatest harnessers of this technology — a vehicle that comes in many different makes and models – and provides us with a multitude of stellar platforms in which to engage and share this content. With all of this social media bliss distracting us, sickness has also come knocking on our doors. 

A Case for Space: The Office Cubicle Expands

The days of stuffy work environments, über boring decor, and closed off working spaces are going the way of the dinosaur. As technologies evolve and work needs change, companies are acknowledging the need for more adaptable workspaces as well. Companies like Google, Facebook, Pandora and Urban Outfitters are spearheading the charge in creating an encouraging space to foster creativity, innovation, contemplation, and collaboration — creating an intensely valid case for space. 

Art of Performance: Famous Sports Moments Graphed

The images you see here represent some of the best moments in sports history, while at the same time representing some of the best data visualization I’ve seen in a while. Not only do these graphics clearly and cleanly demonstrate the massive talent of the competitors in each varied sport, each also does it with a stylish and appropriate display for the data involved. For the information obsessed, these graphics truly prove that data can be beautiful.