A few months ago [while hanging paper snowflakes all over my living and dining room as I recall], I watched the film Beer Wars on Netflix (it's still there, streaming). As a film, it's merely just another brick in the wall of essay/documentarys that explain why corporations are bad for independent businesses and artists, but it reminded me of what we've all learned: there's lots of good beer out there, and it can be hard to find.
"Three companies—Coors, Miller, and Anheuser-Busch—account for an astonishing 78 percent of the United States market, with 70 percent of beer wholesalersonly selling Anheuser-Busch products. As Jim Koch of the Boston Beer Company (makers of Sam Adams) said in the movie, "It's as if all we know about food, we learned from McDonald's!"
In prep for the Super Bowl, the Houston Chronicle got into the "states represented by ____" craze with this chart, a rather crude map with cutout photos and a poor gradient backdrop showcasing beers by states. Thankfully, the good folks at Good.is got a hold of the idea, and created a chart worth referencing.
Do you know the difference between a chinoise and spider? Do you know when to use a mezzaluna or a melon baller? Can you name at least 50% of the tools in your own kitchen drawers at this very minute? Do you want to use the word "splendiferous" as often as possible?
I'll admit it. I'll probably never tire of seeing interesting information conveyed via good design. I mean, what kind of hater wouldn't wanna learn something and appreciate good layout and typography skills?
Designer Tom Muller created the "Coenfographic" a labor of love that details the actors and characters of the films of Joel and Ethan Coen.
Late 2010 and early 2011 have been all about the infographics, and topographic roundups of a state's signature ________. We've seen food, and favorite films, but this latest release takes a different approach: Identifiying some of the worst characteristics.
Of course you've heard of Georgia peaches, Alaskan king crab, and Idaho potatoes. But how about Rhode Island coffee milk? Or South Dakota chislic?
"If you’re sick of hearing Frank Sinatra tell you that he wants to be a part of it, or Alicia Keys gushing about how these streets will make you feel brand new, then rejoice – here’s an alternative musical history of the Big Apple."
Flavorwire has made fairly complete guide to Manhattan via the rock and roll lyrics it inspired. The above infographic is nice, but the actual by-neighborhood guide is much more juicy:
Redditor subtonix made a map of the United States, describing each state by a film he thought best fit.
Fantastic idea, but some of the choices are likely to offend film fans and citizens alike. It seems the creator made some pretty intentional choices to poke fun at some states. Wayne's World for Delaware? The use of Jesus Camp, twice?! And for my own home state of Ohio...I've seen Gummo, and have been to Xenia. Not even close.
It's nearly Halloween, and at this point, we may as well just give up on our healthy eating until the new year. Obviously, they're are heaps of Christmas food traditions, one really great classic meal for Thanksgiving, but on Halloween, we indulge in the booty of the beggar's night: candy.
Any kid who participated knows the ritual: dump out your wares on the ground and sort - favorites, edibles, and piles to be traded. In that spirit, Cohen created the Candy Hierarchy, a "taxonomy is based on (even more) years of research and debate, on thorough testing and re-testing, on statistical comparison and quality measurement, on focus group testing, and on a series of FTIR scans that reveal various hydrocarbon peaks and whatnot."
With the release of The Social Network, we're experiencing a renewed interest in the gold-standard of profile makers. And the single biggest indicator of one's digital personality? The profile pic.
Fast Company has sought to identify and organize the variety of these photos: "Like all art forms, Facebook portraiture has its own lazy tropes—the laptop camera shot, the blue sky background, the blinding flash in a bathroom mirror—but even these thoughtlessly captured snapshots yield unintended insights about their subjects: How is the photo cropped? Can we see the subject's abs? Why is she giving us the finger?"
Nothing has the potential to be both scarily informative and joyfully hilarious as the infographic. The presentation of lighthearted information in the most serious of flowcharts or graphs simply never gets old.
So we are, of course, loving this "Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names" from PopChartLab. The designers have arranged "266 sobriquets from the world of rap music" by their lexical and semantic characteristics. The results are visually stunning, quite educational, and all around awesome.
Click through for an expandable (readable) version.
Visual Economics have created this easy-to-interpret infographic that displays what an average U.S. citizen eats each year. Good.is, who featured this last week, remarks, "The quantity of fruits and vegetables we eat is actually a little higher than I'd expect, though we still consume more sweets and sodium than we should. The chart also doesn't expose the extent to which corn goes into other foods. If you want to find out your own recommended daily caloric intake, by the way, here's a calculator."
Click through for a huge, legible version.
Stylized moustache? Hipster.
Stylized moustache tattoo on your finger? Ironic hipster.
So what's the next step? Why removing yourself even one step more.
Design studio Plaid has created this mod infographic illustrating perfect coffee drink recipes. Click through for a full sized, printable version.
"By" is for Bloody, "St" is for Sod this, and that's about all it's safe to share...
Tongue-in-cheek design studio Modern Toss brings us the "Periodic Table of Swearing," an helpful info graphic that organizes blue language from heavy metals to light gases, according to their offensive atomic weight.