Archive for May, 2011

May 22, 2011 Off

Data Lite: Birth of Technology via Ngram

By in Neat Visualizations

Google’s Ngram Viewer let’s you see how often a word or phrase has appeared in Google’s scanned book library (full about).  Here’s a quick one with regards to technology over the last 170 years.  Kind of interesting how early on “telegraph” was mentioned, and what’s with “computer” showing up in 1900?

May 19, 2011 Off

Dishonesty from the Wall Street Journal

By in Not So Great Information Design

The New Republic highlights the dangers of dishonest data.  Apparently the chart  on the left below, originally accompanying this article in the Wall Street Journal (the same publication that produced this book??), has been making the rounds of conservative blogs as support for arguments against increasing taxes on the wealthy – because, clearly, all the […]

May 18, 2011 Off

Use Tree Plots Sparingly

By in Experiments in Info Design, Not So Great Information Design

Big things stand out.  So, when Asymco decided to report on the relative market and profit share in the smartphone industry, they got big.  Really big: The dark orange represents Apple, and the remainder of color-coding is meant to represent profitability – pink and orange are profitable, white is (assumedly) break-even, and blue is a […]

May 12, 2011 Off

New Data Search Engine – Zanran

By in Tools While in early beta, this is a pretty exciting place for a data junkie.  According to their About page: Zanran helps you to find ‘semi-structured’ data on the web. This is the numerical data that people have presented as graphs and tables and charts. For example, the data could be a graph in a […]

May 10, 2011 Off

Worst. Infographic. Ever.

By in Not So Great Information Design Where to start?  Implied correlation?  Terrible pie charts?  Bad graphic design?  Misleading data?  Boring subject? I….egh.

May 7, 2011 Off

Use color with intent; Eliminate moiré vibration

By in Experiments in Info Design, Not So Great Information Design

Just about a week ago, Apple released new iMacs with shinier, faster processors.  How much faster?  Primate Labs ran some benchmarks and put together the chart below to help us understand what we would get for our money.  Unfortunately they made a few mistakes in presenting that information too us.  Though pretty, their use of […]

May 7, 2011 Off

Just a bit more clear

By in Experiments in Info Design

iSupply released its forecast for Mobile App store revenue through the year 2015, and did so in a very simplistic chart.  Could such a simple chart be improved?  I think so.  To begin, the chart does nothing to differentiate between actual app store revenue and forecasted revenue.  While this might be discernible from the range […]