UPDATE: One of my readers (commented below) was able to track down the original source of the graphic with some more background information. Here.
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.
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.
A Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Shot By The Sartorialist, By Christene Barberich & Piera Gelardi, Design by Joshua Covarrubias
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)
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)
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)
Feltron has done it again: The 2008 Feltron Annual Report. I have a lot of respect for this man.
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
(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.).
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.