Cripes (both the spread & the degree to which we’re all tracked):
Using cellphone location data from just the phones of the people gathered on a single beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this video shows just how far those people spread across the country when they went home, possibly taking SARS-CoV-2 with them. They go everywhere. [Via]
DIY 411: MIT’s Mycrocosm is "a Web site that makes it possible for people to use statistical graphs and other visual language tools for expressive social communication. In particular it provides an alternative to purely text based micro-blogging software." [Via]
It’s not an infographic per se, but it riffs nicely on their familiar shapes: Sony’s new Walkman ads play with the forms of famous subway maps. Zooming in on the Sydney piece, you can see that station names have been replaced by bands.
I think I should chart my mood on a line stretching from “Earnest” to “Scurrilous*,” as Vanity Fair does with the content of their Blogopticon. [Via Tom Hogarty] It’s similar to New York Mag’s Approval Matrix.
*Defined as “grossly or obscenely abusive… characterized by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive.” Hells yeah.
Matthew Bloch, Shan Carter and Amanda Cox have created an interesting Flash-based infographic that totes up "All of Inflation’s Little Parts." I often find presentations like this dense, impenetrable, and/or over-designed, but this one’s an exception. [Via]
What does an hour’s worth of movement in front of the TV look like? One Flickr user endeavored to find out, using a video camera & a grid of masking tape to plot the positions of dad, kids, and cat. [Via]
For the greater good:
Easier voting through graphic design: Marcia Lausen is "determined to apply the highest possible standards of information design to make [voting systems] clear, accessible, easy to use and the results accurate." [Via]
The Gough Map is said to be the oldest accurate map of Britain, dating from around 1360.
My little brother Ted let me ride along last month as he drove his garbage truck. This safeyman image (somewhat dodgy iPhone-cam quality, sorry) I snapped in his cab shows the truck really putting the “screw” back in “screw of Archimedes.”
Call it "Most Inscrutable. Karaoke Interface. Ever." Or just call it pretty. Robert from Flight404 (see previous) has used Processing to create the lovely video Solar, incorporating lyrics from Goldfrapp. [Via]
ArmsFlow presents global arms transactions, visualized in an interactive map. Clicking individual countries shows their import/export flow for a given year. Interesting concept, but the lines overlap so densely that it’s hard to see what’s happening. I’d love to see the whole thing taken further. [Via]
Artist Andrew Kuo spent the summer hitting as many NY concerts as possible, and he “obsessively charted the entire experience, from reviewing the bands to counting the number of porta-potties.” Check out the results. See also the brief accompanying article. Many more infographics live on his blog.
The Internets, it’s well known, are a series of tubes. That reality is now depicted in this info graphic from Information Architects Japan, mashing up online players with a map of the Tokyo subway system. Nice to see Adobe occupying what seems to be some sunny downtown space (“They continue to move towards the center of gravity without being too loud about it”). More info on the project is here. [Via]
Edward Tufte celebrates the NYT infographics of Megan Jagerman in a detailed profile on his site. [Via] Speaking of work done in the paper, this week they posted a cool Flash-based map of The Wealthiest Americans Ever, efficiently plotting net worth, rank, and life span.
CraigStatsSF combines data from Craigslist with Google Maps in order to produce heat maps that depict housing cost and density by region. (Disclaimer: “We only identify with hotpockets which are tasty and lethal.”) [Via]
I don’t know whether it’s an infographic per se, and it’s hardly new, but Henrich Bunting’s 16th-century depiction of the world as a cloverleaf (joined at Jerusalem) is interesting enough to deserve mention. [Via]
I’m intrigued by work that strives to make sense of large, complicated sets of data (seeprevious). Along those lines:
This London-style NYC subway map is generating a lot of conversation, both online & inside Adobe. Weird, I remember discussing this exact topic when I first started at an NY Web shop–nine years ago! Bridge engineering manager Arno Gourdol points out Mr. Beck’s Underground Map, a thorough account of the Tube map design. And from there I found this page, brimming with more resources on the subject. [Via]
At FITC last weekend I really enjoyed meeting Evan Roth, the dude behind the SkyMall demographic visualization, laser graffiti, and much more. Though I’m coming up short on links to it, he’s created a method of visualizing one’s daily clicks: wiring up two USB cables from a single mouse, plugging one into a main work computer, and plugging the other into a machine running Photoshop or other graphics app. As you click around email, the Web, etc., you produce a drawing (of sorts) on the other machine, with paint blobs mapped to the same coordinates as your clicks. (It sounds like AttenTV might be doing vaguely similar, for profit.) Oh, and bringing this post full circle, Evan’s crew at Eyebeam has created an interactive NYC subway map.