Monday, January 10th, 2011

Great work out there. I’m a bit behind so I’m giving you a double dose of great infographics.






    • The United State Of Health – Slick interactive site offering comparisons on the quality of health care across the US. While the subject matter doesn’t exactly grab me, I loved the comparison engine. By RockFishInteractive.


    • Data Done Right – Creative Review has a great showcase of the superb infographics featured in New York Magazine. Great examples of combining wit and info and graphics.


    • An Exoplanet Atlas – Little thing we did for Wired about planets discovered in other solar systems. Can you spot the glaring error that slipped through 2 researchers, 3 designers and various editors?


    • Breaking The Strain – Super-slow motion infovideo from GE showing the power of hybrid dynamic breaking. Not sure what information is being conveyed to me here. But I’m mesmerised.

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  • Ryan

    I think I spotted the error on “An exoplanet Atlas”. There are a number of planets with surface temperatures less than minus 400 deg C (nothing can be colder than approx -273 deg C). So the minus 400 deg C mark should probably have been minus 200 deg C.

  • Mike

    The lunar calendar is not beautiful if you are interested in the actual shape of the different phases — there are no quarter moons, or gibbous phases.

  • http://www.twitter.com/acotgreave Andy Cotgreave

    Some attractive work in that list – thanks.

    Re: Breaking the Strain
    Infovideo? It’s a video. We don’t need another made up jargon word. Can you show me any video/clip that does not contain info?

    • mike

      ha! burn.

    • Tim

      Show me an information-less graphic.

  • Thornae

    … Wow, Neptune’s a whole lot colder than I thought. (=

    (Only spotted it because I get my weather reports in Kelvin, for extra science).

  • http://metaed.blogspot.com/ MetaEd

    One thing a beautiful infographic should not do is mislead. The moon poster is beautiful … but wrongly depicts the shape of the moon’s phases. The problem is especially noticeable at the quarter and gibbous phases. An accurate depiction of these phases can be retrieved from Wikipedia at Lunar phase.



  • Tevong

    If a good info graphic shouldn’t mislead then that London on sea tube map is absolutely terrible. Even worst case scenarios in the IPCC report dont predict anywhere near a sea rise of 4m, and stupid graphics like that are part of the problem with the inaccurate popular awareness of climate change propagated by well-meaning but uninformed new-age environmentalists. The fact that i have to add the caveat that i’m not a “denier” just emphasises how quasi-religious the whole thing has become outside the regular scientific process of climate research.

    • http://geographics.cz Martin


  • http://theworstof.wordpress.com Pimprenelle

    Another awesome visual: the genetic landscape of a yeast cell:

    http://drygin.ccbr.utoronto.ca/~costanzo2009/poster_costanzo2009.pdf (16Mb)

    Original article: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/327/5964/425.full
    Supplementary datas: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/327/5964/425/suppl/DC1

    Enjoy, the graphics as well as the scientific content !

  • http://elektroni.de jon

    well – for the exoplanet graphic – are you talking about the missing headline?

  • http://childrennatureplay.blogspot.com/ Kay Sales

    Love your website. Big fan of information graphics and yours are excellent.

  • http://gphemsley.org/ Gordon P. Hemsley

    That second infographic is really just an evolution of the Armenian alphabet, not “alphabets” in general. It seems rather crude, and old, too.

    There are tons of other alphabets that are not listed in that chart, and much of that information has been available in dictionaries for years. There are plenty of places on the Internet where the same information is presented much more clearly. And the “phonetic value” alphabet is a rather arbitrary one that the tiniest of print mentions is from some Webster’s Dictionary, rather than e.g. the IPA.

    In summary, while it may have been cool at some point (the source link dates it as either 2005 or 2007, but I’m pretty sure it’s much older than that), I don’t think it warrants comparison with the rest of these infographics, in this day and age.

  • Gene Hashmi

    Well you show Earth as having a mean surface temperature of 0°C. I believe the correct temperature is 14°C (or 287.2 K). That’s probably what makes it habitable, apart from a few other things. List available on request.

  • Anastasia

    The first thing I thought was the error on the Exoplanet graphic was the inclusion of the star ship Enterprise, until I found the faint bottom line. ;-]

    Shouldn’t Jupiter be higher than Earth on the temperature scale?

  • nodders

    For anyone interesting in searching for exoplanets, please check out this exiting project:


    Data from the NASA Kepler mission, help Yale and Oxford classify transit signals. Great fun, inspiring science.

  • http://www.millzero.com millzero

    Here is a info graphic poster we developed for UNDP Maldives and National Disaster Management Center Maldives.

    Can find it here http://www.rakkaa.mv
    This poster has Average 10 years information of Temperature, Rainfall,Humidity, Wind speed, Wind direction. Also Moon cycle and some past disaster information.

  • Robert Anderson

    I was a bit surprised that GE would make such a hash in mixing up force and energy. That video is utterly confusing. As nice as it is to look at I think it deserves a ‘fail’.

  • http://visualjournalism.com Gert K Nielsen

    You ask who can find the glaring error in your exoplanet atlas? I spend an hour and found several glaring errors – at least I learned a bit in the process ;-)
    see the list here: