Infographic Digest: 8 March 2013

Greetings everyone!

Ah! March Break at last. Just a few more hours to go. My bet is that most of you will be busy relaxing and rehabilitating so I’ll try to keep this missive short.

  • Religious Studies: The Papal Conclave start date is to be announced later today, so here are a few infographics dedicated to the selection of a new pontiff. Inside The Conclave looks at the physical layout of the conclave as well as the voting process, and the geographical composition of the electors. How to Become a Pope is an infographic video by CP Grey. Grey narrates an accurate and humourous career path for a young Catholic male with some serious ambition. The last offering here is a bit more mathematical. The Probability of Becoming Pope displays the odds of several leading papal contenders graphed over the last month. I won’t speak to the veracity of the data, but its interesting viewing.
  • Women’s Studies/Sociology: Today happens to be International Women’s Day. Rather than flood you with a long list of graphics devoted to the subject, I thought I’d bring you one that I think a student could emulate using publicly available data. Gender (In)equality in Montenegro presents a nice overview using readily available data. A student could create a similar graphic for most geographic regions. Mind the Gap is an interactive data game from UNESCO examining gender and education in various geographic locations.
  • Art: In a previous life, I used to work in text layout and typography. Thus I was particularly pleased to findTypography Timeline, a rendition of the most popular fonts since Gutenberg.
  • Environmental Studies: The Polar Seeds project commissioned a set of infographics examining the synergistic effects of global warming and Greenland’s icecap. They are well designed and informative. Here are a few…The AlbedoRising Sea LevelsThe Goliath, and Ice Dynamics.
  • Education: As always a bit of a catchall for graphics that are about school related issues in general rather that specific subjects. Here are a few that caught my eye. Digitizing Abuse examines electronic harassment in the world of teen dating. If you’re a high school teacher or admin this is a problem you’ve likely dealt with. Less a problem in schools but still an issue in sport, The Psychology of Hazingexamines the motivations and methods behind humiliating initiation rituals. Cheaters examines the ins and outs of the perennial problem from kindergarten to high school and beyond. Two “tech meets teaching” graphics ones to finish off this topic. First, Top Educational Trends survey North American and European teachers to disclose this data. Second, EducationWeek published this examination oftechnology adoption by teachers.


See? Way shorter than normal… here’s a couple fun ones to put paid to this edition: by now you’ve likely figured out that I’m a big fan of Dr. Who. Here’s a quick look at the Real Estate Value of the TARDIS (remember its bigger on the inside than the outside). In the not quite scatological department, here’s one for room mates, couples, and cohabitants (and my friend Liz) that I think will make you smile: Over or Under? The Great TP Debate 

Well, that’s it for this week. If you’ve missed an edition of Infographical Digest or want to reference a previous edition, you can find back issues archived at: Infografical: Stepping Stones. Please, share these infographics with your students, colleagues, and family. I hope you find them useful, and/or thought provoking.

‘Til next week, peace and love