I started Chart Porn because I love graphics. I love data. I love visualizations. I love sharing with other people the information, perspective, and inspiration that I gain from all these works of data art. Running Chart Porn is a lot of fun. However, it also runs up a sizeable annual webhosting bill.
Chart Porn currently has about 12,000 RSS subscribers, 8,000 Twitter followers, and 4,000 Facebook followers, but I have decided to not have any advertising on the site – I just don’t like them, and find the whole process distracting from my goal of providing the best content.
If Chart Porn makes you laugh, or look at the world a little differently, or inspires your own designs, then please take the time to click on the box and PayPal a donation. If you can’t swing anything now, I completely understand – times are tough out there. Don’t worry – I’ll keep posting cool charts either way.
[Pet peeve] I understand that all you social media consultants, SEO officers, and marketing experts out there have to do something to justify your salaries. But here’s a hint they probably left out of your last seminar: don’t annoy content managers with multiple emails about the same crappy content. I receive dozens of emails a day with suggested infographics. If I don’t like it, I don’t post it. It’s that simple. You will not talk me into liking it more by sending follow up emails. Do not “Just check in”, “want to follow up”, or “wonder if I was still considering.” I’m sorry I don’t have time to respond to each email – but I just don’t. The flow of crap is so high, and the number of good suggestions I get so low, I have been tempted to remove my email address from the website altogether. For now, repeat offenders will be added to the spam filter – or have their emails and lousy infographics brutally dissected in public – which I suppose could be a fun new Chartporn feature. [/Pet peeve]
I receive so many emails full of marketing-speak and copies of horrible link-bait infoposters I almost overlooked the below email from a fan:
I’m a teacher in Kenya. We struggle to get textbooks and our internet is very slow, but I wanted to thank you for your wonderful site which enables me to share brilliant graphics and thought provoking data with my students. Out here in Sub saharan Africa we sometimes feel a bit peripheral to what is going on in the rest of the world, but your images help our kids to feel in touch (and save busy teachers a lot of time trawling through the net)
<Sigh> It feels so good to know my work here is accomplishing more than providing fodder for snarky graphic designers and bloggers.
I get sent a lot of infographics on strange topics. I’m posting this one of an example. In this case, the weirdness of the topic is complemented by some odd analysis. I think I would have stayed away from comparing styles to who won and lost, and focused more on the distribution of colors and styles (over time maybe?). Often adding to the weirdness of these infographics is who sponsors them – this one comes via the Dish Network(?!?).
I was just offered money to post an infographic. Seriously, people. It’s a BLOG. Let’s keep some perspective, shall we? Put that money towards hiring a graphic designer or statistician. If you have a product you want promoted, buy an ad.
In First Place: “You Don’t Know Jack About Politics: Idiots Edition” by Ashley Browning. Ashley did a great job combining interesting information and some relevant silliness – which is exactly how I like my infographics.
2nd Place: “The Compare-o-Tron” by Sam Freund. Sam took an empirical look at the issue by charting the google-hit correlation percentages of any three terms you enter. The below chart is just one example of the kinds of comparisons you can do.
Congrats to Ashley and Sam and thanks for your entries!
Chart Porn is throwing a contest! I am tired of seeing economic and political terms like “socialism”, “communism”, “fascism”, “tyranny”, “nazi”, “muslim”, “democracy”, “globalism” and others tossed around with no regard for their actual meaning. So I’m reaching out to the design community to help end the confusion.
Description: Create an infographic that compares different economic and/or political systems.
I’m leaving it completely open to the designers to decide how they want to organize it, how snarky to make it, what political or economic terms to include, and how to do the comparisons. But here are some suggestions to get you started: What are the systems’ defining attributes? How stupid do you have to be to confuse these issues? What are the worst examples of why this is bad (Stalin/Hitler/Pol pot)? Include odd little known relevant facts (health care isn’t free in China/number of people Stalin had killed/tax increases that led to original tea party)? Why it is incorrect to use this label for the United States? Which are economic systems vs political systems or both? Different formats?: maybe a double sided reference card (one side economics, one politics) to hand out to tea party protesters? A flowchart for identifying differences? Heck, if you want to, go ahead and create an infographic showing how Obama really is all of these things at the same time. In other words: get creative.
Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2010.
Judging: All prizes will be awarded based on my completely subjective opinion as to which are the best designs.
Technical submission requirements: Submissions should be in Illustrator, Photoshop, or PDF format and must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you do something really wacky like a video or interactive tool, get in touch and we’ll work it out.)
Chart Porn is going on a short summer vacation, but will be back in early September with some fun new features. Thanks to everyone for your support this year. Now go out and enjoy the rest of your summer!
From now on, all Chartporn posts will be mirrored in Facebook. While a lot of you seem happy with RSS, twitter, or (god forbid!) actually visiting the website, I know many like to use Facebook to keep current on internet memes.
If you go to the Facebook page and click on the “like” button, new posts will show up in your newsfeed.
Apologies to everyone for the lack of recent posts – I’ve been alternately crushed by work and vacations the past few weeks. The good news is that I have a large pile of high quality stuff to satiate you in the coming days. So, without further ado, we now return you to a more regular and balanced diet of Chart Porn.