Infographic Digest: 2 November 2012

Greetings everyone! First off, one of the best data visualization sites, visual.ly, is now hosting infographic related video and interactive infographics. This is new and worth checking Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 1.09.32 PMout. Here are a couple, the first  – Factor Conga – a promenade of primes, composites, and their constituents reaching up to at least 10,000. The geometry is fascinating. The second, addresses itself to Hurricane Sandy and demonstrates CrisisMap – a new Google product. It explores the ongoing consequences of the storm.

Staying within the environmental domain, here are a couple of infographics focused on climate related disasters

  • Hurricane Sandy by the Numbers is a too brief infographic that takes information from the NY Times with regard to the numeric impact of Sandy on New York and New Jersey and displays in readily digestible format. No great shakes or insights really result from this effort. It doesn’t reframe or recontextualize the data… just presents it in a “pleasant” manner.
  • The UNISDR (the Office of Disaster Relief) has produced a couple of graphics on climate disasters since 1992 (the Rio Summit). The first merely chronicles frequency and type on a standard line graph. The second and more informative of the two highlights the impact of climate related disasters in terms of lives and economics.

Sticking to an environmental theme, one not without a good deal of controversy, here’s a graphical examination of the Canadian seal hunt produced by PETA. This would be a good graphic to use in class to exam concepts of bias and validity regardless of where you stand on the issue. In particular, look at how the infographic combines a number of fallacious appeals particularly given the lack of source information.

Just this week, the Ontario Association of Student Trustee’s (at least that’s what I hope they’re called) announced that November is “Stick It To Fast Food” month. A campaign designed to raise awareness of healthy eating. Here’s a trio of health and nutrition related graphics.

  • Meat: The Good, The Bad, and The Complicated presents some of the geo-political issues related to meat consumption and agricultural/economic policy.
  • SugarGram presents a readily digestible (sorry) accounting of the amount of sugar in a variety of common snack foods.
  • Cinnamon Rolls: a Baker’s Illustrated Guide, is just that: a step by step illustration of how to make Cinnamon Rolls. I know I’m certainly tempted to give this recipe a try.

Before I sign off for this week here are a trio of graphics I just plain like.

  • Last week I posted a few genealogies, here’s a couple more: The Genealogy of Pop and Rock Music is a fun interactive from HistoryShots. (Reminds me of the band genealogies TrouserPress used to run back in the 70s.
  • When I was a kid I loved Norse mythology, (I mean seeeerriously loved it) here’s a bit of self-indulgence then… a family tree of the Norse gods. Fun. Fun. Fun. (Note: scale is a bit of problem with this one).
  • The last of the trio is a graphic from the University of Texas entitled How to Search for Openly Licensed Educational Resources and serves as a good step by step guide to doing just that. Take it from a guy who spends a lot of time looking for educational resources.
Well, that’s it. I encourage you to talk about the infographics and resources presented here with your class or around the water cooler. I think they’re great fodder for critical thinking. Even more I encourage you to try your hand at one: all you need is an idea, a dataset, and a little creativity.

Until next time… peace and love

Paul

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