In the unending quest for viral graphics I had the idea to compare movie ratings across trilogies.  This is not a new idea, and has been done before, but it’s a great idea, and worth exploring yet again with a different angle.  IMDB is a goldmine of data and one angle I thought was interesting was the difference between the composite critics rating and the average user rating.  Did viewers agree with critics?  Where was the gulf the widest?  A survey of the top movie trilogies would surely surface some insights.  But that alone is not enough for virality, like I said, its been doneRead More →

Originally posted at visual.ly Ten years ago, I created the first in what would become a hugely popular series of annual visualizations of the federal budget, “Death and Taxes.” It was, in retrospect, garbage: There was no reason for it to be anything but garbage. Unbalanced design; no attention to typography. Back then, I wasn’t a designer and I didn’t know anything about the federal government. (My day job was selling faux vintage bric-a-brac to identity deficient 20-somethings at Urban Outfitters.) It was 2004 and infographics wasn’t even a word. But if you can’t be the best at something, be the first. Prior to DeathRead More →

As others have said, this is the “most depressing infographic ever,” but I don’t think its that bad.  Inspired and based on the Why Doctors Die article and Radio Lab podcast, this is my visual take on that material.  Coincidentally the production of this graphic was interrupted by my own father-in-law passing away from cancer.   In Search of a Sweet Death infographic by visually.  Read More →

Visual.ly just released this interactive that charts all the Female artists who have achieved a #1 album since 1985 http://visual.ly/number-one-ladies?view=true I was curious about how big the current pop stars are vs those my generation, like Madonna and such.  While the data isn’t in on the longevity of Beyonce, she is off to a good start.  Below is a capture of the interactive, Beyonce vs Madonna vs Alanis.Read More →

So this graphic I did was initiated by Ron Conway and then swept up a whole bunch of other people, mainly Bloomberg and the gun policy folks at the mayors office.  They had some interesting data and the narrative fell into place from there.  A bit of a different style for me as I would normally use photos to depict people but I felt that the sketch/watercolor has more gravitas. What do you think?   Browse more data visualization.  Read More →

The Visual.ly Marketplace has launched today.  If you are looking for to get a professional infographic done, there is no better place.  I’ve hand selected designers to work with and we have a sweet project management system to back it all up.  This isn’t 99 designs and we are starting with a price point of $1,500 but you get what you pay for and we have a string of success to back it up. Here is the official video.   This video will give you a bit more about the actual process.  Please pay no attention to the epic-overload into (it didn’t make the finalRead More →

There is a new book on infographics out. It’s by the Column 5 founders.  I met these gentlemen, particularly Jason, back when infographics as marketing pieces weren’t “a thing” and I consider my work with them as being one of the major tent poles to this whole infographic resurgence.  I haven’t received my copy yet but if you are looking for a book on infographics that is more Guy Kawasaki than Edward Tufte, that is, more about communicating ideas and messages than data forms and structures, this book is certainly for you.Read More →