A lot of these are misleading – but hey, so are most charts. For more entertaining interpretations of the same figures, check out The Washington Post’s “31 Charts to Destroy Your Faith in Humanity.”
Immigration has always been a tough issue to deal with.
The chart reminds me of this John Stewart bit on immigration and “Traditional America”:
It’s interesting how popular animated gifs have become again. I guess that even with high speed internet people are a little fed up with player load times and lags. Here GIFs are used to show time lapse satellite images of mankind’s impact on the earth. (google earth link)
The effects of deregulation of the airline industry in the late 70s – from an article by the always insightful Steven Pearlstein.
Somewhat ironically, the original expansion of competition that deregulation was supposed to create has now entirely disappeared (the below could be updated to show the recent USAir/American merger).
I’m not expert enough on any of these to say whether this is accurate or not. A clear explanation of what the different colors and line widths would have been helpful.
Some other versions:
Sure, the internet and the information revolution has been fun. But before that there was the communication revolution. And before that, it was transportation:
(original source: 1932 Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, which has a number of other cool historical maps)
Games by genre, and games by platform. Labeling the axis might have been useful – I assume it’s supposed to be percent of total, with the space at top “other”? I tried to find the original source for this, but had no luck.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation collects detailed information on global health issues, and produces a number of interesting visualizations.
How people died in 2010 – by cause, age, and filterable by sex and region:
Life expectancy in the US (1989-2009). Who knew it varied so much?
Drill-downable US Causes of Death (1970-2006)
and many many more.
I dabble in VJ’ing, and it’s amazing what you can do with todays tools, like Resolume. But take a look at what Oskar Fischinger did back in 1938 with pieces of paper hanging from wires in his synesthetic interpretation of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody. Amazing. Actually, it’s kind of embarrassing. We are so spoiled.
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