Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ocean Depths

(Truncated graphic above)

Visit site and scroll down - this is a wonderful presentation


What / Where is Tornado Alley?

A diagram of Tornado Alley's rough location (red), and its contributing weather systems

Sunday, February 24, 2013

If the World were 100 People...

An interesting challenge: If we could reduce the world's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, how could you present the demographics if the most engaging way?

Brilliant work by Tony Ng

Click on each image for an enlargement


  • The village would have 61 Asians, 13 Africans, 12 Europeans, 9 Latin Americans, and 5 from the USA and Canada
  • 50 would be male, 50 would be female
  • 75 would be non-white; 25 white
  • 67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian
  • 80 would live in substandard housing
  • 16 would be unable to read or write
  • 50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation
  • 33 would be without access to a safe water supply
  • 39 would lack access to improved sanitation
  • 24 would not have any electricity (And of the 76 that do 
  • have electricity, most would only use it for light at night.)
  • 8 people would have access to the Internet
  • 1 would have a college education
  • 1 would have HIV
  • 2 would be near birth; 1 near death
  • 5 would control 32% of the entire world's wealth; all 5 would be US citizens
  • 48 would live on less than US$ 2 a day
  • 20 would live on less than US$ 1 a day


If the World were 100 People (floda31)
If the World were 100 People (Ferlazzo)
If the World were 100 People (DocStac)

Saturday, February 23, 2013


Fracking Across the United States 

Clean Transportation? The Winner

Emissions from cycling are over 10 times lower than those stemming from the passenger car,"even taking into account the additional dietary intake of a cyclist compared with that of a motorized transport user." Bean eaters on bikes don't worry!  :-)

Tornadoes in the U.S.

56 Years of Tornadoes in the U.S. 

Tornado-Tracks according to Fujita Scale intensity.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Odd Instruments Used in Popular Music

Strange Sounds... Odd Instruments Used in Popular Music
This is a wonderfully done pictorial series on unusual musical instruments. Clear illustrations and explanations pointing to various spots on each instruments bring the entire project to life!

Whamola, Drumitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, Thermin. Mellotron and more

Monday, February 18, 2013

Life Satisfaction World Map

World Map showing "life satisfaction" in different nations.

Pity the poor Russians...

Sunday, February 17, 2013


February 15, 2013 

Chelyabinsk, Russia (about 930 miles east of Moscow)
With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, the meteor blazed across western Siberia and exploded with the force of 30 atomic bombs, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of more than 1 million.

  Video of Meteorite

Is Russia Marked For Meteors?

1908 Tunguska Event 

Meteorite Map

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Animated Maps of Water Vapor (Cloud Cover, etc.)

The ability to see Earth from space has forever changed our view of the planet. Now able to look at the Earth as a whole,. we can observe how its atmosphere, oceans, landmasses, and life interact as global systems

Water Vapor (Monitoring Moisture Patterns)

Heat and moisture from the oceans drive atmospheric circulation and weather patterns. Moisture in the atmosphere forms clouds which cover an average of 40% of the Earth at any given time. Clouds are carried through the atmosphere by the wind. The patterns in cloud motion in this time-lapse sequence show how Earth's winds move in bands or zones which define regional wind directions.

The Gulf Stream, etc.

Continental USA


Pacific Ocean

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Edward Tufte's - March to Moscow

Edward Tufte's  - The March to Moscow

This is often considered the best statistical graph ever drawn.  The graphic depicts the fate of Napoleon’s army on its ill-fated Russian campaign during the winter of 1812-1813. The tan-colored band represents the march toward Moscow and the black-colored band represents the retreat back toward France...
Brilliant in its simplicity and clarity... 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lord of the Rings - Interactives


Whether you are a fan or not of Lord of the Rings (I confess, I am a fan), this is an amazing interactive piece.  Smartly combining map locations a vertical timeline, this interactive timeline is extremely well designed and loads quickly whether by rollover or click.
Go to the site and check it out


The map also is a quick load and layers are easily displayed with a checkbox. Brilliant!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sheet Music

Musical Notation can actually be considered an infographic. Like a map or graph, each element (staff, clef, note, articulation marking, etc.) is a symbol and combined together they make up a visualization of the musical sound.

For those of you who know music notation, these will be pretty funny...

Impossible Music

Sonata for Vuvuzela

Over The Waterfall

The Evolution of Music

Evolution of Rock Concert Audience

Ain't it the truth?? !

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