Hierarchy of Digital Distractions

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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.

What better thing to do then to visualize it all? Here it is, the Hierarchy of Digital Distractions by David McCandless.

Made me smile.

webtrendmap.com

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Oliver Reichenstein and his team of iA and Craig Mod just got a ‘wow’ out of me upon seeing the webtrendmap.com site. If you buy one of their fantastic Web Trend Map Posters you get an online account and can start your own custom map. Read more on their about page.

Age of universe, earth and mankind visualized

Estimated age of universe, earth and mankind, visualized.

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Personas Online Data Portraits

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Aaron Zinman’s Personas uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one’s aggregated online identity. In short, Personas shows you how the Internet sees you.

Wheee! This is fascinating! So, now that I have my personal personas profile in front of me i am wondering how that big ‘religious’ part came to be. As well the big yellow box called ‘accident’. Hmmm…

Get your own profile: Personas Project.

(thanks to Jon Huck, who found it via CoolHunting)

How Different Groups Spend Their Day

Impressive Infographic by the New York Times: The American Time Use Survey asked thousands of American residents to recall every minute of a day. Here is how people over age 15 spent their time in 2008.

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If the Twitter community was 100 people…

Some interesting stats about the much-trumpeted Twitter community – visualized!

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Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist

A Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist, By Christene Barberich & Piera Gelardi, Design by Joshua Covarrubias

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Largest Bankruptcies in History

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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.

Hooray in the Center.

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How to Be Happy in Business.

(via @undrln)

SpatialKey

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)

Career Evolution in Advertising

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(via ignant / via noquedanblogs)

Nicholas Felton: Curating Personal Behavior

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Graphic designer Nicholas Felton spends a great deal of time thinking about how to construct charts and graphs from his everyday routines. SVA’s new MFA Interaction Design Program talked to him about the effects his Annual Reports have on his everyday life, and some of his longer-term projections. Make sure to see him speak at the March 11 Dot Dot Dot Lecture.

(thank you liz)

Global Tourist Movements Visualized

Nikki Chung

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.

(thank you jon)

The 2008 Feltron Annual Report

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Feltron has done it again: The 2008 Feltron Annual Report. I have a lot of respect for this man.

Manhattan Subway Map done in ascii Code

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Manhattan subway map done in ascii.

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love-growth-cash triangle

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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

visualized screen resolution stats

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Methodologie visualized screen resolution stats. Smart.

(via twitter:royalbacon)

a collection of election maps

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(map by Wall Street Journal)

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.).

It’s the Economy, Stupid!

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.

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View GOOD Sheet: It’s the Economy, Stupid!

Interactive Map About Voting Technology in Use Across the U.S.

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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

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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.

The Palin Debate Flow-Chart

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The Palin Debate Flow-Chart

(via twittering Coudal)

procrastination visualized

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Procrastination flow chart. Made me smile.

(via coudal)

everymomentnow

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Everymomentnow: A visualization on news on Obama and news on McCain.