I’m having a bit of an infographic contest with a friend of mine. Every couple of days she’ll send me a link to an infographic by email. I, in turn, will counter with a link to another infographic. It’s really a modern, data fueled one-up-manship contest just like those you might overhear in a pub on a Friday night…only with visuals.
To that end, here are a few things we’ve both found interesting in the past couple of weeks.
The Story of Broke
Brought to you by Annie Leonard (The Story of Stuff, The Story of Electronics) and the fabulous team at Free Range Studios, The Story of Broke “calls for a shift in government spending toward investments in clean, green solutions—renewable energy, safer chemicals and materials, zero waste and more—that can deliver jobs AND a healthier environment. It’s time to rebuild the American Dream; but this time, let’s build it better.”
99% v 1%: the data behind the Occupy movement
The Datablog at The Guardian regularly produces fabulous graphics from unimpeachable data sources. For this article and animation they take a look the Occupy movement’s slogan that it represents “the 99%” to determine if that figure is accurate.
XKCD: Money (pretty much all of it)
The great thing about XKCD is that it’s a comic but it’s also drawn by a massive geek which means there are sometimes great opportunities for data presented visually. Monday’s cartoon is all about money visually representing how much it takes to do certain things.