The last time we mentioned Alexander Chen he had converted the New York subway map into an interactive stringed instrument. Continuing the musical theme, he’s now taken the iconic prelude to Bach’s Cello Suites No. 1 and made an interactive visualization you can mess around with until the tune’s completely “Baroque.” The orbiting dots pluck the strings, like a rotating music box. You can grab and throw the nodes off track using your pointer, then watch as they slowly regain their orbit and the tune its rhythm. See the video at the bottom or head to Baroque.me to play with history [Read more...]
The rapid decline of forests around the world is having an impact on local environments and the world as a whole. This sobering graphic by The New York Times brings home the impact of both the ancient forests we have lost, and the recent deforestation worldwide due to logging for timber, clearing farmland and even making toilet paper. As the Times reports, the “world’s 9.9 billion acres of forest absorb roughly a quarter of human emissions of carbon dioxide, and help limit the increase of the gas in the atmosphere.” As our world continues to heat up, even by small increments, will we see further forests lost to climate change? [Read more...]
This highly informative and interactive graphic looks at the ups and downs of the successful American companies on the Fortune 500 list, all the way back to 1955. It’s been a wild and exciting ride. Ben Fry, the pieces creator, was inspired to create the graphic when he ran across a huge set of data tracking the famous index: he challenged himself to come up with a way of displaying those 84,000 data points in an easily viewed and navigated interactive piece. We think he did an excellent and informative job.
Tracked in the graphic are: rank on the list, revenue and profit. One interesting thing to notice is the clear effects of recession on some companies profits (as seen in Ford Motors below), while other companies are largely unaffected by the dips of the economy. Head over to Fathom, Fry’s information design company, to get a closer look at the graphic. [Read more...]
This interactive graphic really takes me back to the early Netscape days; a time when internet speeds were a blazing 56k and streaming video was one frame a second… if you where lucky. The scrolling timeline allows you to take a trip through history, looking at the progression and style of each popular browser, from Mosaic to Chrome, along with a history of the technology and innovation that made it all possible. We’ve come a long way, and it will be fascinating to look back in another 18 years. [Read more...]
Tetris: back in the 1980′s it was the staple entertainment of gamers and bored employees, providing countless hours of dexterous finger numbing exercise. Enter the new kid on the block: Silhouetris. An experimental version of the original game that tracks your body’s motion using the Microsoft Kinect and ups the players interaction to some really fat-busting levels. [Read more...]
After an honorable 30 years of exploration and innovation, the space shuttle program is sadly rolling to a close. With a program ending final launch by the shuttle Atlantis just days away, The New York Times has put together an information rich, interactive infographic detailing the history of each and every one of the 135 missions made by the behemoth spacecraft. Bid the program a fond farewell by taking a closer look on nytimes.com, then catch the final launch on July 8th at NASA.gov. [Read more...]
Chris Milk’s new music video for the song 3 Dreams of Black is a unique and immersive new way to experience our music. Made in collaboration with some folks from Google (its a Chrome Experiments project), the video uses WebGL to render 2D and 3D imagery in your WebGL capable browser… and it even allows you to control elements of the vibrant action.
The London Underground map has gone through some changes over the years, and the good people over at Fourthway, in the United Kingdom, have taken an engaging look at the differences between three different depictions of the London tube system. To show these differences, they decided to visualize the maps into a supremely clean and streamlined morphing animation. [Read more...]
The infamous prisoner detainment center at Guantánamo Bay accepted it’s first prisoner on January 11th, 2002. Now, 9 years on and over two years after President Obama’s January 22nd, 2009 order that Guantánamo be closed, the center remains open. This frequently updated interactive visualization by The New York Times looks at the transfer history of prisoners, showing those that remain on the left and those that have been transfered on the right. At last count the facility retains 172 prisoners and has seen 600 transfered.
Since the dawn of photojournalism in the mid 19th century and then with the advent of video journalism, observers have been confined to viewing the single perspective originally captured by the photographer. Enter Condition One, an immersive, interactive way to capture and replay journalism footage. The days of one viewpoint are numbered.