Great Infographics No. 13

Friday, June 17th, 2011

How much Natural Gas is left?

How Much Gas Is Left?
Natural gas – how much is left, who’s got it and how supplies oddly mirror certain geo-politic tensions. Another little interactive visual of ours.

Acting Out
Is recycling the new typecasting? This visualisation maps HBO’s usage of the same bunch of actors across their series. . Twin it with the Movie Star Career-O-Meter which visually plots the career trajectories of 2,700 actors and directors. Some rise. Some tank. It’s nice to watch.

Wednesday Night’s All Right for Loving
Match Roger Luke DuBois’ new road atlas of the US, created using the terms people use most frequently in dating profiles with a viz of the world’s luckiest data night (Tips! Be impressive before 10pm on a Thursday; Sundays are not sexy.)

Britistics
Soothingly nostalgic and fascinatingly simple, these infographics by Matthew Rowett encapsulate the state of the UK nation in 2011.

The Treatment Path Less Trod
In the Snake Oil: Supplements vein, medical researchers point out the useful, and sometimes simple, treatments overlooked by many. Not pretty. But interesting.

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  • http://thebullshitbarometer.wordpress.com The Barometer

    Wasn’t sure where to leave this exactly. I am a bit of an amateur, but due to an interest in data visualisation and disseminating information I wrote a short article that you might find interesting:
    http://thebullshitbarometer.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/visual-representation-of-data/

    In particular NewsMap blew me away!

  • Shawn Allen

    I’m curious. The shapes of oil, natural gas, and coal are beautiful; but what’s up with all the empty space? The triangle, the square and the circle (to a lesser degree) aren’t “complete”, and because there’s no way to dissect them it’s impossible to tell what the size of the blue means in relation to the remaining space. Do the smaller circles and triangles in the other shapes correspond somehow to the portions for individual natural gas producers in the square? I get a vague sense that the squares’ sizes are proportional to production, but there aren’t any numbers to compare so it’s left to the viewer to ponder.

    The “Gas Giants” tree maps also contain huge gaps, and in the “biggest proven reserves” variation the Russian Federation takes up much more actual space (32%, by my quick calculation) than the 23.7% figure it lists. What’s up with that?

    Of course, without the data to hand it’s really difficult to determine whether these visualizations are telling an accurate story. Any chance GE would be willing to share it with the world?

  • Hason Sporks

    Shawn Allen, you’ve overlooked the obvious, if you make the graphics accurate they aren’t as beautiful. It is better to look good than to be correct. This is basic economics Shawn. :l0l

  • http://brighteyedeer.net Matthew Rowett

    Cheers for posting my infographic supplement Britistics! In response to all the traffic I’ve uploaded the entire book to read close up and virtually flick through. Enjoy.

    http://www.behance.net/gallery/Britistics-a-UK-Infographics-Updated/1457231

  • imajoebob

    Are infographics still “great” if they’re purely propaganda? GE is one of the biggest manufacturerers of – wait for it… Gas-fired electric turbines!! How many billions will they make by converting oil and coal plants to gas? And look at that list of countries with reserves of gas; it’s a who’s who of totalitarian government and terrorism. Instead of the white are (supposedly) showing years of fuel left, they should swap that for blood red, and show the numbers of people imprisoned, tortured, and murdered by those regimes for political reasons?

    The Nazis were masters of using graphics for communicating with the masses. Maybe you can do a post on the beauty of their iconography next?

    • Michael Hoskins

      Impressive, didn’t think anyone could Godwin an infographic blog post, but you did it within 5 comments.

      Do you have any comments relating to the graphics themselves, rather than your personal ideology?

  • http://www.besthomesecuritysysteminfo.com ted kathan

    cool data visulizations. It’s even cooler to make something 3 dimensional, even 4, if you have the right way to demostrate.