Noodlor offers this free and helpful graphic guide to understanding type.
This section on choosing a typeface based on the message you want to convey is particularly helpful:
Jason Oberholtzer, editor of I Love Charts, recently rounded up his ten favorite movie-related charts for humor site Slacktory.
"Nerds love movies. Nerds love charts. Nerds love combining their loves (bacon unicorns, zombie narwhals). Thus, we get tons of charts about movies at I Love Charts. Here are ten of my favorites."
I'll admit it. I'm a grammar nerd. Well, at least a syntax geek. I'll often go quite far out of the way to avoid ending a sentence in a preposition, am pretty careful with my whoms, and am often misunderstood due to fact that I keep my lays and lies straight.
Sure, when thinking of the word "geek," it's easy to conjure up images of less-than-attractive guys, obsessed with technology or role playing games or fantasy novels. But, I believe that anyone who's passionate about stuff is gonna be a geek about something, whether sports, celebrity gossip, music, or even design.
The newest offering from the clever artists at Pop Chart Labs is worthy of a toast, indeed.
Includes not only 89 varieties of beer, but more than 200 recommended and representative brews so you actually know what and how to taste them. Add in a dozen glassware suggestions, and you've got six square feet of beer-soaked goodness.
I'm an enormous fan of Christoph Niemann's work, and, were I less scrupulous, would probably post every nearly every update from his Abstract Sunday series for the New York Times.
But! I found this one particularly thoughtful, as it both comments on the actual truths it presents, and the crazy map-making infographic phenomenon that's happening about the internet.
Oh, and it's pretty funny.
You must see in full scale to to really appreciate it.
Musical choices are a peculiar thing, with all your combined tastes making perfect sense to you, and hardly anyone else. (What? I can trace the lineage of David Bowie to the Spice Girls...can't you?)
But, chances are, your musical tastes are at least a little influenced by the stuff your parents listened to. So, in honor of Father's Day, Sonos made a chart to help you source your influences. "There’s no end to the reasons why you listen to the music you do today, but we’re willing to bet that more than a few of you were subjected to your father’s music at some point in the past (or present). So that leads to the question: what do dear old dad’s listening habits say about the artists in your repertoire? In honor of Father’s Day, we tried our hand at finding out."
Regarding passions, hobbies, preferences, etc, I've come to believe one thing: everybody's a geek about something. It's just that some areas, like sports, fashion, cars, celebrities, are more socially acceptable. But, knowing a lot about the things you're passionate about is awesome, and I'm glad folks get excited.
So, while I think it's only fair that most informed people own the geek title, I still think Julianna's concept map is tops.
Click here to see it in all its high-resolution glory:
I was in the home of a hoarder once. In college, I went on a spring break service trip to the Rio Grande valley, and we were working on building a school playground. A woman came out and asked if a few of us would lend a hand moving some heavy objects. My buddy Justin and I agreed, and followed her to her home.
When we entered, it was stacked floor to ceiling with file crates, storage bins, and more than anything, plastic grocery bags filled with never opened items, and labeled with masking tape. The "heavy objects" she needed us to move were Rubbermaid bins, stacked six or seven high, because the item she thought she wanted was in the bottom bin. It turned out it wasn't.
She was a very sweet and gracious woman, and even offered to make us lunch. It was a pretty eye-opening experience, one that I'm actually thankful to have experienced first hand.
Here at ManMade, we're big proponents of not sitting all day during work hours. Especially as bloggers and editors, where we're more naturally inclined to...sit all day during work hours.
But in case you're not quite convinced, take a look at this infographic:
Okay...so, this is not necessarily for men. In fact, it's specifically not addressed to guys. But as passive observers of the crazy places that women's bottom-oriented clothing are going, it's a good 101 to learning about what in the world is going on.
And it's really funny.
The folks at Hunch have been researching the different ways the Mac OS and Windows users understand themselves and the computer products they use everyday. They've presented their findings in a fascinating infographic that's definitely worth checking out.
Did you know that men who wear muscle shirts when answering the door are three times more likely to order pepperoni pizza than any other kind?
Or perhaps that 17% of all restaurants are pizzerias? Or that 93% of U.S. citizens eat pizza at least once a month?
You will once you check out this sweet infographic from GrandePizzaOnline.
The internet has changed in the last year, and it has nothing to do with Rebecca Black, children and wife hiding, or tiger blood jokes. Rather, I mean the proliferation of the infographic.
Sometime in the last 18 monthes of so, folks decided that tall gothic typefaces against earthy backgrounds with charts and graphs looked great, that maps of the U.S. filled with local pizza and beer was a good idea, or that coffee recipes presentated in abstract geometrical forms were a great way to learn.
And they were right. So more folks made some, and then more folks made them, and we are now basking in the era of the internet infographic.
Last week was opening day in major league baseball, so I'm digging this little graphic gem. Design student Russ Machmeyer created the "Die Hard Index" a visual representation of fan commitment, as determined by cost of ticket vs. income, game attendance, and winning/losing record.