August 25, 2011 Off

Displaying Categorical Information: The Patents of Steve Jobs (via NY Times)

in Neat Visualizations

The New York Times has really out-done themselves this time, with a beautiful and highly informative look at the patents Steve Jobs has been assigned to over the past thirty years.  I’m not even as interested in the content as in the visually striking, well-organized, and easy-to-navigate interface.  To think that it was completed in the day following Steve’s resignation is equally impressive.  The categorization of patents makes the information accessible, and the images are both informative and visually engaging.  The pictures afford clicking and, as you would expect, display more information about the particular patent in question.  Finally, the summaries on the left give the appropriate amount of information to describe each category and highlight an interesting patent within the category.

I also like it because it reminds me of McMaster-Carr‘s home page, which is also a beautiful display of categorical information.

New York Times, the Patents of Steve Jobs





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