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ENDANGERED SAFARI Continent

The ENDANGERED SAFARI project contains all of the large African mammals along with juicy info like animal size, family, population trend, range, and IUCN threatened species status. The static version, above, is an artsy layout that makes a great print, but to really dig into the data, including individual animal range maps, you will have to jump on a computer (it’s not built for mobile) and play with the interactive below by hovering over each READ MORE

BLOOM

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About the design
Bloom visualizes the life of all 212 flowers in Jefferson’s Monticello garden across the year. In the animated GIF, flowers appear when they first start blooming and leave the piece when they finally die. The animation has 26 frames, each representing two weeks. Each flower is placed radially around the year according to what week it first blossoms and for how long it blooms (longer living flowers are closer to the center). A small bar graph provides an easier comparison between total READ MORE

Creative Routines

“We all have the same 24 hours that Beyoncé has” and its various iterations took the web by storm in late 2013 as the megastar became the figurehead of not only having it all, but being able to somehow do it all too.

How do creatives – composers, painters, writers, scientists, philosophers – find the time to produce their opus? Mason Currey investigated the rigid Daily Rituals that hundreds of creatives practiced in order to carve out time, every day, to work their READ MORE

Stacking Up Best Pictures

Nine films are in the running to win best picture at the 86th Academy Awards – and they could be compared in many ways. They all feature incredible stories, great acting, and, well, it gets pretty subjective very fast.

Let us let the masses duke it out: here are the the nine nominees for best picture with their Tomatometer scores (both all critics and audience), box office gross as of mid-January, and their total number of nominations.

2014 Oscars Infographic

The gaps between the critics and the rest of us is pretty interesting. Some films (Dallas Buyers Club, Captain Phillips) have READ MORE

Disney Characters

Steve Jobs counseled Disney CEO Bob Iger to think in terms of brand deposits and brand withdrawals. Since 1937’s Snow White, enduring film characters have been Disney’s biggest brand deposits, and their success is most fantastically expressed with a dedicated theme park attraction in Florida at Walt Disney World. Track our favorite magic-maker’s Characters by the Numbers:

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Story Points
Several plot points about Disney’s evolution can be inferred from READ MORE

USS Constitution: War of 1812

The USS Constitution set itself apart from her sister frigates in the War of 1812 – sailing under three captains through adventures which  have forever since made “Old Ironsides” famous. Whether they be heroic victories against HMS Guerriere and HMS Java, or daring escapes, The War of 1812 made the ship the legend we love today.

Follow the Constitution through each major event and port of call – from her return to America in 1812 to the war’s end in 1815.

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Design
The timeline of action the ship saw is read from left to right. Trace the vertical position of each event to the map at left to see where the event occurred – one dimension of geography (this time longitude) is abandoned in favor of providing time as the horizontal axis. To learn more about the design of this chart and catch up on Constitution’s adventures from its previous engagements please see the InfoWeTrust posts on the Quasi-War and Barbary War.

Info We Trust is a data adventure exploring how to better humanize information. To learn more read the opening post hereThe creator, RJ Andrews, is an engineer and proud Northeastern University and MIT graduate. Please reach out through facebook, twitter @infowetrust, or the contact page.

USS Constitution: 1803-1807

Constitution was called out of ordinary in 1803 and recommissioned in order to fight against the collected Barbary States, leading the third squadron to the Mediterranean in what would be known as the First Barbary War.

CONSTITUTION Barbary War Infographic

 

Once again, one dimension of geography (this time latitude) is abandoned in favor of providing time as an axis. To learn more about the design of this chart and catch up on Constitution’s adventures from its previous engagements please see the InfoWeTrust post on the Quasi-War. Stay tuned to join Constitution on her heroic victories in the War of 1812.

Info We Trust is a data adventure exploring how to better humanize information. To learn more read the opening post hereThe creator, RJ Andrews, is an engineer and proud Northeastern University and MIT graduate. Please reach out through facebook, twitter @infowetrust, or the contact page.

 

Horror Monsters and Ngrams

Google Ngrams provide a fascinating peak at trending topics over time by allowing us to compare the popularity of expressions in published books. For Halloween this week I whipped up the following sketch of some of Hollywood’s favorite monsters:

Ngram Monsters Infographic

Thoughts

  • Popular vampire movies since the ’90s (Interview with a Vampire, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Twilight, etc.) helped catapult our leading ghoul. READ MORE

USS Constitution: 1794-1802

Before the USS Constitution was the oldest commissioned warship still afloat, and even before it was nicknamed Old Ironsides it was a squadron flagship in our mostly forgotten “Quasi-War” with France at the end of the 18th century. Learn more about the construction and first cruises of the Constitution in the first installment of a series that pay tribute to her glory.

USS Constitution Infographic

The design
Telling a story across geography and time on a static plane is difficult because it requires three dimensions – time, latitude, and longitude – when there are only two dimensions available. READ MORE