This is a strange little compendium of symbols. Half of these symbols are completely obvious, and I was ready to dismiss the whole thing as link-bait, but then there are a number of little gems that I never would have guessed. Also, when was the last time you saw a mono-spaced courier font used? It sort of works here, though overall there are a few too many different fonts strewn around. I also have to give credit that the source links at the bottom do indeed lead to more interesting information on the subject.
The Financial Times has pulled together some interactive visualizations of world demographics as we approach 7 billion people. I would have liked to see the population pyramids for more countries. The fertility/education graph is a bit shocking.
Note: Some FT features require a subscription.
Halloween is next week! This graphic compares budget, box office revenue, and rotten tomatoes ratings of most of the classics.
Highlight by region, roll over for individual country info. The interface is a little janky – you can join the discussion over at FlowingData if you have any suggestions.
Interesting photo timeline design idea. To be fair, they should have used a linear scale. (via; thanks to David Cramer for the link).
The good people over at HistoryShots created this beautiful geneology of airline companies. It’s interesting to note how many airlines disappeared right around the time of industry de-regulation in the late 1970s.
Much like the post office timeline movie I posted last month, below we have the history of newspaper expansion across the USA. Interestingly, this movie is actually an extraction from a very well done interactive visualization of the Library of Congress’s newspaper database. You can even drill down to individual towns and see information about each newspaper. (via)
NYT presents a graphical breakdown of some cost estimates for 9/11:
You can drill down into the different categories:
An elegant multi-indicator graphic from the NYT on income inequality and jobs. It’s disappointing that it took so long for the story of these trends to get traction in the media. (related article)
Derek Watkins created this beautiful animated map proxying the expansion of “civilization” across the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. I particularly like the running timeline at the bottom.
There’s a new study on the history of collegiate grade inflation. Fascinating stuff – particularly the difference in giving As in private vs public schools. Thanks to David Cramer for passing on the link!
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