This is a fun way to generate a quick infographic that actually means something. BillShrink has an interactive application that allows you enter your birth year, then generates how much something cost when you were born versus today. You can see what it generated for me above. The numbers look about right, except for the yearly income, which looks a bit low.
Do you know how much an average house sold for in the year you were born? What about the price of a pound of steak? Use this interactive graphic to discover how much inflation has effected prices since your birth year.
via : Birth Year Inflation @ BillShrink
Deepwater Horizon costs $365 million dollars to build. The rig had 130 crew members, and covered the size of two football fields. Its owners, Transocean, rented the rig to BP at a cost of more than $500,000 a day. Last September, it drilled six miles down to an field that contained 3 billion barrels of oil. Today it lies sunk in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Wall Street Journal has posted an interactive timeline of events in the Deepwater Horizon Rig Disaster.
via : Deepwater Horizon Interactive Timeline @ WSJ
The New York Times has an interactive infographic showing how the ash cloud from the icelandic volcano has spread over Europe, and id affecting airports. Obviously red means that the airport is closed; yellow means that the airport has reduced operations; green means that the airport is open and only flights to the regions affected by the ash cloud are canceled. It looks like my friends will not make it out of London today.
A list of airports that have been affected by a cloud of ash from an erupting volcano in Iceland. Leave your comments below.
via Tracking the Cancellations – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com.
The 2010 United State Census is in full swing. Currently, we have a 67% response rate nationwide. How is your state doing? How about the county, or in some cases, the town in which you live. The Census Bureau has an interactive infographic that allows you to delve into the data. It even allows you to export the data in CSV format.
After getting so worked up over a bad infographic, it sure is nice to see someone in the government produce something this nice. Yes, I realize that they probably outsourced it. But still, I like it.
Take 10 minutes to fill out your 2010 Census form and mail it back TODAY. If 100% of households mailed back their forms, taxpayers would save $1.5 BILLION dollars. Let’s all do our part and mail back our forms!
via Take 10 Map – 2010 Census.
One of my favorite websites to visit, FlowingData, has posted an article about the coming 2010 elections in the United Kingdom. The election in the UK is to take place on May 6th. FlowingData points to The Guardian, which has posted an interactive infographic which allows you to view different possible outcomes in the election.
With the 2010 UK elections coming up, the Guardian explores possible outcomes, given a certain amount of swing votes. Three views are provided: a grid map (above), your traditional geographic map, and a bar chart. You can select a region of interest, and it stays highlighted as you switch between the options.
via Swing vote effects explored with swingometer | FlowingData.
Would you believe that The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has posted several interactive infographics? First you can take a look at the change in the U.S. employment for past recessions all the way back to 1948. Then you can take a look at how fast the U.S. employment situation changed during the recoveries. Next, you can look at the the change in U.S. output for past recessions. Then you can take a look at how fast U.S. output changed during the recoveries. They also allow you to take a look at how the past recessions have affected your state. I am very impressed with them for making this data easily available.
The 2007-2009 recession is widely thought to have ended sometime last summer. How bad was this recession, and how quickly is the economy recovering? How does this recession and recovery compare to previous cycles?
The official month (quarter) marking the end of this recession, and the start of the recovery, has yet to be determined (see discussion below). Until the official date is announced, July 2009 (the third quarter) is used as an estimate.
via The Recession in Perspective – Compares output and employment changes during the present recession with the same data for the 10 previous recessions – The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
Hat Tip to The Big Picture.
Information is Beautiful has posted some updates on their website. First up, they have enhanced their visualization of banned keywords and censored websites in China. Secondly, they have updated their interactive SnakeOil Supplements visualization. Finally, they have a full size image of Wilfred Castillo’s Tide Prediction graphic. Click on the link below to go to the Information is Beautiful to see the gorgeous visualizations. Personally, I like the tide prediction graphics.
via: Information is Beautiful
StatPlanet is a interactive data visualization and mapping tool that can be run in your browser, or as a stand-alone application. Their demo contains information on life expectancy, population, age, agriculture, GDP, poverty, health, and much more. It allows you to perform bar graphs, time series, and scatter plots with the data. All-in-all it is a nice application.
It is interesting that they had no life expectancy data for Greenland and Taiwan, though missing Western Sahara can be expected. From their website:
StatPlanet is also available as a stand-alone application which can be used as free educational software. It comes with up-to-date statistics on demography, economy, education, environment & energy, gender and health, for most countries in the world.
via : StatPlanet
The New York Times has an interactive inforgraphic on the historic health care vote. Click on the link below to see how your representative voted.
via House Vote 165 – H.R.3590: On Motion to Concur in Senate Amendments – NYTimes.com.