MIT has a fun toy which let’s you conduct network analysis of your gmail emails. There’s a thread over at Slashdot that discusses how this analysis of meta data is similar to the Snowden revealed PRISM project.
How does Google shape its brand through design? Check out their “Visual Assets Guidelines“. It’s all very similar to the flat design movement, but the level of detail is fascinating.
A wonderful interactive timeline of legislation, rulings, and events related to domestic surveillance in the United States. You can drill down into each event for an explanation, and links to primary sources (like the full text of legislation, etc).
While I generally love flat design concepts, Apple really choked on some of the implementation – particularly the icon designs. Check out photos, newstand, game center, and settings below. Barf. They are the way too cluttered busy and abstract – the exact opposite of what they should be.
This has been making the rounds. Based on 150,000 geocoded tweets from June 2012 to April 2013, filtered 1st by use of word, and then manually whether it was used in a negative or derogatory fashion.
Obviously this suffers from selection bias as it only includes people who bother to tweet, and those who aren’t ashamed to do it publicly. There’s also the usual population density distortion (last map below), which would be compounded by cell phone coverage out west. So, basically, this is another pretty visualization of social media meta data that doesn’t really mean much of anything. To be honest I’m surprised they only found 150,000 hateful tweets in 11 months. (The author’s FAQ is an interest read)
I am always googling these, so it’s nice to have them all in one place. Of course, they will probably change in a week. Here’s an older one that includes sizes for additional services (google+, twitter, youtube, etc). Anyone know of a permanent repository?
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.
A cool real time synced visualization of guitar riffs and their matching tabs notations. Apparently the Soundslice site let’s you annotate any youtube video in such a way. I love internet functionality mashups like this.
I receive dozens of infographics a day. Most of them (besides being terrible) are obviously designed to promote a particular company or non-profit. However, there are also a lot concerning topics that have nothing to do with their original site– and I figured they were just link-bait for SEO chasers. Well, Dan Tynan did a little more digging in an article over at ITWorld, and it’s quite interesting.
Dynamic bubble chart showing compensation ranges for startups across different job types. I’m kinda afraid to ask what a “Sales Engineer” is.
Ok, maybe I’m just in a bad mood because I’m back at work after a nice long vacation – but I think this visualization sucks. All it does is ordinally identify the top five linked countries for each country. There is no scale. What does the bubble size indicate? No matter what country you click on, the top five all grow to about the same size. Is the 4th relationship really almost as strong as the 2nd? Who knows? The methodology states “Rankings between countries are based on the number of Facebook friendships between countries and the total number of Facebook friendships within each country.” Ummm… how, exactly? Is it a ratio? Is the total number used as a weight? Thankfully they color coded it based on the continents – because everyone has trouble identifying those, right? Oh, and Seychelles will be happy to know it’s now in Asia. Totally useless.
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