Infographics

Infographics to geek out over.

I love a good infographic, and when they are executed by illustrators like Matt Taylor, Tom Whalen, and Kevin Tong you know they are gonna be amazing. Below are just a few of the geeky images that these three (info-rama) have teamed up with Mondo to do an art show specifically about infographics. Not just any infographics. Infographics for your inner geek, ranging from Star Wars, to Batman, to the Avengers and beyond. If you live in Austin, you might want to head over to Mondo Gallery on June 24 at 7pm for the Inforama opening. It looks like it is going to be a pretty fun show.

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The World is Going to End. Let’s Have a Drink.

The world is a wonderful and scary place at times, and the folks over at Information is Beautiful want to show you that. This morning while doing a bit of research on data visualization, I came across 2 infographic pieces that have nothing to do with each other directly, but made me want to post both of them.

The first deals with the distant future and the fact that everything is going to die. Yes it looks way into the future of planet earth, all the way up to the point where it is consumed by the sun and dies. The second makes you feel all better by providing you with drink recipes broken down by proportion, so you can drown your sorrows as you reflect on the inevitability of earths ultimate demise. Now I’m not going to lie, some of the drinks recipes seem a bit off to me, and there are some classics that are missing. None the less, I’ll be printing this out for future reference. click on the image to view larger.

Juan Velasco on Infographics

Former National Geographic Art Director Juan Velasco sat down with Gestalten last fall for an interview following his two day workshop on data visualization and infographics. In the video below he talks about the differences between visual journalism and written reporting. In addition he explains his process for developing clear narratives and talks about the ever evolving field of infographics and data visualization. It’s a pretty interesting little video, even if you aren’t an infographics or data visualization creator.

Around the World, Gestalten Style.

Back in November, Gestalten added a new book to their library. “Around The World” is filled with wonderfully illustrated infographics collected from countries around the world. The infographics show the complex, beautiful world we live in.

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In today’s world we are swimming in data and information. Everywhere you turn you are bombarded with visual information. Fortunately there are people like the ones that made the visualizations in this new book. They are visual storytellers, that can take this complex data, and distill it into an easy to digest story.

The animated short below, brings the book to life with images from the book. The animation is the work of Jan Schöttler, and it is as fun to watch as the images of the book are to look at. Really nice work for Gestalten.

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Living Large in America.

mcmansionI have never lived in a large house. Not even when I was growing up. My parents had a modest house of about 1400 square feet that worked just fine for 5 humans, two dogs, and a cat. Out of the three houses I have owned in my life, the largest was just under 1400  square feet of living space. My current dwelling is just at 1000.

Over the last 30 years, the average size of a single family house in America has ballooned to a whopping 2300+ square feet on average. America, and Americans have been sold on the idea that bigger is better, that more space equals happiness. On the opposite end of the scale, in Hong Kong there are groups of people living in apartments the size of walk-in closets. No I’m not advocating doing that.

Recently there has been a growing interest in the United States in smaller more efficient homes. Living in 1000 square feet or less is something that is actually fairly common in the rest of the world, where land is tight and properties are expensive. The images below show the vast disparity between property sizes through out the world, with the United States and Australia rounding out the top two, when it comes to McMansion sized homes.

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Corporate Culture: The Difference is Our People.

No matter where you work, large or small, the ingrained corporate culture defines your work experience.

Over the course of my career I have worked for a number of companies. Some with great corporate culture, others without. The bottom line is, as an employee, or as a corporate leader, you have the ability to define and change the corporate culture of your work environment.

This infographic from NowSourcing shows what defines the corporate culture of three businesses that are consistently ranked as one of the top places to work in America. It’s something all companies should aspire to.

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More Things You Need to Know About Social Media.

Whats a new year without a tasty infographic about Social Media statistics? Boring thats what. The folks over at iStrategyLabs have put together an interesting little infographic that has some surprisingly good facts. Things like

80 percent of Pins on Pinterest are repins which means 20 percent of Pinterest users are the ones actually finding cool stuff.

5 million photos are uploaded to Instagram daily.

Google adds 625 thousand Google plus users a day. Who would have guessed that?

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