Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Information is Beautiful

Everything is beautiful
In its' own way
- lyrics, Ray Stevens

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know I love graphs and visual representation of data. Today I "discovered" InformationIsBeautiful.net which collects excellent examples of visual displays.

For example:

Which health supplements are backed by scientific evidence?
http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/snake-oil-supplements/

A color wheel of emotions
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shellberry/5468624509/in/pool-16135094@N00

Plants that grow well together
http://www.flickr.com/photos/nhawtin/5549980086/

This one I've posted before, The True Size of Africa
http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2010/the-true-size-of-africa/
but this version also shows the US compared to Europe and US compared to Antarctica.

Bottom Line

Numbers by themselves don't say much. A picture makes a huge difference.

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