Someday in the near future, the chart you see below might be looked at as a hero's roll call -- the same way that war heroes are listed at the sites of famous battles. Or, it might simply be useful to social scientists, hoping to understand the role Twitter played in bringing about the end of Hosni Mubarak's 30-year dictatorship. Either way, it's an astounding document of a once-in-a-lifetime event.
Infographic of the Day
Valentine's Day is the perfect time to ask: What's love for? The age-old answer, of course, has been marriage. (And the purpose of marriage, of course, is to produce kids.)
This infographic from GOOD and the Pew Research Center blows that truism to bits. Simply put, marriage is increasingly irrelevant to the choices that people make with their partners, whether that's living together, raising kids, or generally living happily ever after.
We're still savoring Green Bay's victory in Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers (sorry Steeler fans). So we're pretty thrilled to bring you today's infographic of the day, a stunning new poster by Chartball which summarizes the Packers's miraculous season.
Simply put, we can't think of anything that's been left out here:
Here at Co.Design, we're infographic freaks. We're also avid New York Times readers. Which has us convinced that Jer Thorp -- data artist-in-residence at The New York Times -- created these gorgeous data visualizations exclusively for us.
What do PowerPoint presentations have in common with the economic prospects of many women worldwide? Overall, they're both kinda crappy. The Economist Intelligence Unit generated a 150-page report drilling into the latter fact (entitled, appropriately, the Women's Economic Opportunity Index). To get around the Powerpoint problem, they hired the data-visualization experts at Jess3, who turned a stack of ho-hum charts and graphs into a slick six-minute animation/presentation. Check it out:
Each year, graphic designer Nicholas Felton creates an "annual report," summarizing an entire year of life in a series of beautiful charts and graphs. For 2010, he's created a masterpiece. Instead of looking at his own life, he's captured the entire life of his father, Gunter, who passed last September.
So I don't know if you noticed, but the 2010 NFL season seems to be building to some sort of climax this weekend. Apparently, a team called the "Packers" and one called the "Steelers" are playing in something called the "Super Bowl." The way we understand it, the traditions around this "Bowl" include chips, salsa, pork products, hot wings, adult beverages, and ... infographics, of course.
Nowadays, everyone's a chef, what with the surfeit of cooking shows and a Williams-Sonoma in every last mall in America. But do you really know your way around the kitchen? Can you identify a rotary grater, say? Or a mandoline? How about a spider? (Hint: It does not have eight legs.)
Every year Fortune magazine releases its list of the country's best companies to work for. But it's pretty silly when you think about it: Do you really think that the culture and benefits of working at The Container Store can be directly compared to the perks associated with a Google job? Putting them all on a list makes it seems like they succeed along similar dimensions, when it really couldn't be further from the truth. Every company is different, and they treat their employees differently with regard to the culture, benefits, and job roles.
Egypt's Internet may be back on, but that country's weeklong web blackout was a wake-up call to the rest of the world about just how fragile the intertubes really are.