Graphic Quote #5: Orange County

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The Pattern in Weather Patterns

While everyone else uses the weather as small talk, one design agency decided to turn the topic into an artistic data visualization. CLEVER°FRANKE, a design agency located in the Netherlands, used a year’s worth of weather pattern data and visualized it. What they found were interesting patterns in something we all experience the effects of every day, but which we don’t usually notice. If someone didn’t take the time to visualize it, we would never see these interesting patterns.

Airbnb’s Global Growth: Visualizing The Journey

Few new businesses have been received with as much excitement as the world-wide private accommodation renting Airbnb… and no wonder, the site has literally exploded with activity in the last two years. This absolutely gorgeous new graphic by design whiz Kelli Anderson, looks at the growth of the massively successful company, which now allows you to rent over 19,000 exciting locations in 192 countries. If this doesn’t give you the travel bug, nothing will.

Graphic Quote #4: Anchorman

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Mappable 3D Data Visualizations in Real-Time

If you ever get tired of boring, flat charts in a presentation, then you may want to look at them in 3D and 4D.  An new application called DataAppeal could make the lives of researchers, students, developers, governments, and business representatives much easier; and their data much more understandable. DataAppeal is web-based application, based off of GoogleMaps, that allows the user to map and complete geographic analysis using data, and visualize it in 3D and 4D models. It allows people to represent data in a new way that makes it easier to understand and actually see. Nadia Amoroso, one of the creators of the application says “[DataAppeal] allows the transformation and interpretation of information to be intuitive, understandable, straightforward and fun.” Amoroso answered some of my questions below:

Graphic Quote #3: The Big Lebowski

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Social Media Addicts Guide To The Social Universe

Everyone does it on some level.  Whether it is someone addicted to text messaging, your parents joining Facebook, or any other number of reasons someone is part of the social network, everyone seems to have their social network vices. Here’s a fun collection of 5 charts, illustrations and infographics for a laugh about the follies and truths of the social mediasphere.  Maybe with a little help from these charts, we’ll post all the right stuff in the right places!

Infographic Baby Blankets

If you’ve ever wished babies came with instruction manuals, you’ll appreciate the brilliance of The Information Blanket. Instead of prints of duckies and rainbows, these baby blankets are printed with infographic-style instructions to help parents care for their newborns. Designer Neil Powell included information that ranges from healthy body temperature and details on feeding to immunization and signs of illness.

Every Morsel of Food Documented for Two Years

Lauren Manning documented her life for two years, collected all the data of every piece of food that touched her lips. As a designer you could represent this data in so many different ways; Manning choose to show the data in 40 different infographs. Here we have choosen 11 of our favorites from her series. She says: “Using a data set created from two years of meticulous life documenting, I visualized one point of data – food consumed – over forty ways. Exploring various methods, techniques, styles, degrees of complexity, degrees of additional context and many other elements, a true “apples to apples” comparison has emerged.” Tasty.

Cool House, Fat Wallet

Home solar power has many benefits that people can get behind, like keeping the world cleaner and being self-sufficient, but the price of solar panels is often far more than people can afford. One Block Off the Grid is an inspiring orgainization that specializes in organizing group deals on solar energy to help people go green. Here we bring you their interesting look at how solar can actually make sense financially, even while running the AC in the hot summer. Swing by One Block Off the Grid for more info.