We're suckers for videos that explain dry-as-dust science in visually dynamic ways. General Electric's "GE Show" bats one out of the park by explaining hybrid dynamic braking -- a system that recaptures the energy from a train's brakes that is usually lost -- using magically animated statistics and artfully wrecked household objects.
Infographic of the Day
Traditional city maps visualize just one aspect of urban design--the city’s intended structure, full stop. But add in a layer that visualizes how people actually use the city, and then the map becomes much more interesting.
The folks at the London-based “ideas agency” Syzygy just sent us this illustration by their creative director, Peter Jaworowski, of the “20 greatest, funniest and most insane internet events from 2011.” Here’s the thing: You have to guess what they are by decoding the visual clues.
Last week, Nike unwrapped a project it has been working on for two years, and which will go on sale next month: Nike Fuelband, a rubber wristband that aims to track your every move, and how active you’ve been throughout the day. If that sounds both a little bit awesome and a little bit suspect, we’re with you: We reported on Jawbone’s ballyhooed attempt to create something just like that.
Bill Gates is no Steve Jobs. He’s not a charismatic showman or messianic artist-technologist. He’s something arguably better than that: He’s an action hero. Who else but a comic-book superhuman could claim credit for saving nearly six million lives?
What does music look like? You’d have to be synaesthetic to really answer that question, but the rest of us can get a glimpse thanks to motion-capture technology.
Visual.ly has tipped us off to a fun little infographic by Virus Comix that uses the metaphor of a street map to show the many routes, stops, loops, and warning signs we encounter on the bumpy road to creative brilliance.
Note what’s going on here: Everyone starts out at the sam
I used to live by the Hoyt-Schermerhorn stop in the New York subway system, which is famous for having a disused platform that movie productions use to stage scenes (the music video for Bad, directed by Martin Scorsese, was shot there). But there are whole other "lost" stations in the MTA system that few people know about--not to mention entire subway lines that were planned, but never built. What would that alternate-universe NYC subway system map look like? This.
If you haven’t heard, all signs are pointing to a Facebook IPO in 2012. And if you have heard, I bet you know exactly two things about that fact: 1. Mark Zuckerberg will become very, very rich. 2. Facebook is HUGE!
True enough. But let’s look into the whole situation a little more deeply with an infographic created by AccountingDegreeOnline. The first bit isn’t totally surprising--but when you see the numbers laid out, it’s rather breathtaking.