The Illustrated Life Of Christoph Niemann

Have you ever wondered about the creative mind behind the illustrations that grace the cover of The New Yorker? Who is this vector art genius that continues to push out such iconic work? What is his story? Christoph Niemann is an illustrator and graphic designer whose work has frequently appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, Newsweek, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, the NY Times, and American Illustration. He has been the soul creator for Abstract Sundays, a NY Times blog, since 2008.

Compared to the US: What Percentage Income Are You?

With all the talk about the 1% in recent months, it’s been pretty common to wonder where we all measure up compared to that famous percentage of wealth. To help answer the question, the New York Times has put out two graphics analyzing what the wealth distribution of the nation really looks like. The first is a detailed interactive graphic allowing you to directly compare your household income to the national average, state averages and even your local county. By inputting your household income, the graphic generates your percentage compared to the area you select. The second graphic, a colorful grid, examines which professions hold the highest percentage and number of 1 percent-ers in that field in the nation.

How The New York Times Tracks Twitter Secrets in 3D

For those of us that use Twitter, it’s an often mysterious and intangible process that happens once we hit the “tweet” button and our 140 character expression is launched out to the web universe. What is the impact of a single tweet? Who hears our message and who shares it? Where does it travel once it has left our hands? These and other questions have been difficult to visualize, considering Twitters rather slippery nature… until now, when the New York Times R&D Lab has been perfecting a system they call Cascade.

Changing Forests: Interactive Map of Tree Losses

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?

Interactive: 30 Years of the Space Shuttle

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, then catch the final launch on July 8th at

Are All Size 8’s The Same? Dress Sizes Demystified

Shopping for clothing can be an utterly baffling experience… especially for women who ever since “off-the-rack” clothing have been forced to put up with a single digit sizing system. While you might be a size 8 in one store you very well could be a size 4 somewhere else. Adding to the confusion different brands use different figures, so a size 4 from one maker may be the same as another… except in the hips. This handy graphic from The New York Times may help to quell some of the confusion, and who knows, maybe it will make that pile of clothes you take to the changing room a little smaller.

Guantánamo’s Prisoner Population Visualized

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.

Creating Graphics for the New York Times

What is the most effective, clear way to share information? For many today, the answer is infographics. In this short interview, New York Times Graphics Director Steven Duenes and Graphics Editor Archie Tse discuss what goes into making a good, quick and concise visualization of data and what communicates best to their readers.

For many of the best New York Times infographics on everything from entertainment to social studies, check out their post here.