David McCandless noticed these days that he can spend hours at his computer, in a cloud. A swampy blur of digital activity, smeared across various activities and media and software. Emailing, writing, tweeting, designing, browsing, taking calls, Skyping, Facebooking, RSS Feeding – all blurred into a single technological trance.
Last week, General Motors began the fourth largest bankruptcy proceedings in history, joining the many other large and venerable companies that have sunk to the bottom during this economic crisis. In fact, eight of the 20 largest bankruptcies have happened during the last two years of crisis. GOOD Magazine’s latest Transparency is a look at the biggest sinking ships in business history.
SpatialKey is an Information Visualization, Mapping, Analysis and Reporting System. It is designed to help organizations quickly assess location based information critical to their organizational goals, decision making processes and reporting requirements. (Ok, that ‘unlock your data’ slogan is just a tad bit too cheesy for my taste)
This series of guidebooks by Nikki Chung quantifies the collective experience of leisure travel by visually representing global tourist movements during one year. Using data from the UN World Tourism Organization I made a guidebook to every country in the world. The number of pages in each book corresponds to the number of tourist arrivals in that country in 2005. When viewed on a shelf, one year’s worth of ‘experience’ is presented in a condensed physical model that can be shifted and rearranged to visualize where tourists travel and where they don’t.
There’s a certain joy that comes from doing what you love, getting compensated for it and constantly learning new things in the process. Your goal should be to maximize each experience and try to cover as many new areas of the bigger triangle as possible.Maxing out your Triangle, by Jack Cheng
Most media outlets covering the 2008 US Presidential Election used a map of the US to track the progress of the race as results from the polls rolled in on Tueday evening. Jason put together a collection. If you run across more maps, send them his way. (Note: Most of these aren’t the final maps. He wanted to get screenshots before the sites started moving things around too much.).
What most of the doom-and-gloom reports on our economy don’t provide is perspective—a historical survey of an economy that’s been through more than a few ups and downs in its day. Here’s a farsighted view of how our temperamental economic machine works, and a close-up of how it stands today.
Most of the country (56%) will cast ballots into optical scanners, which are more vulnerable to hacking than antiquated voting gear like punch-card readers. Only electronic models are more vulnerable than optical scan, coloring some states red. Voting Machines in the USA.
The Measure of a President: During the Presidential campaign, much has been made of Barack Obama’s slender physique, with some commentators going so far as to argue that he is too thin for most Americans to relate to him. Does candidate height and weight play a role in electoral success? With Mr. Obama and John McCain set to square off in the second of three presidential debates tomorrow, it seemed worth taking a look through recent history.