Archive for the ‘Infographics’ Category
For quite a while, there’s been this thing in the back of my brain. I like looking at complicated road interchanges. The most obvious examples of which (mostly because there are photos on Wikipedia) are the Gravelly Hill Interchange in Brimingham, England and the Tom Moreland Interchange near Atlanta, Georgia. Here’s photos of those interchanges, taken from Wikipedia:
The thing I have in my head is trying to imagine such an interchange with four roads where one could drive and change direction to each of the cardinal and ordinal directions of the other roads; that is, if you are on a road travelling north, you could change directing and go northeast, east, southeast, south, southwest, west, and northwest.
Why is this interesting? I dunno, it’s just something I’ve been thinking about. But it’s a fine example of why I feel the need to do infographics and organise information. What goes on inside my brain is a big fucking mess. It’s a rubbish dump. And this specific thought, about creating an image of these interchanges demonstrates that brain junk quite well.
Last night, I was messing about with the Paper app on my iPad, drawing each of the off-ramps that would be needed to change to every direction. This is what that looks like:
When I finished drawing that, I was kinda happy, but knew that it’d make more sense if I tidied it up in Photoshop. So that’s what I did this morning. But in the process of drawing it neatly (making sure each road was straight, the same width, had a different shade to denote the height off the ground, and had a border that would aid seeing where the roads overlap or meet), I noticed that I’d been thinking about it in a way too complicated way. The solution for the cardinal and ordinal junction was ridiculously simple: a big roundabout:
Normally, when I do an infographic, it’s the topic that interests me, and I want that information to be clear so I can understand it better. But doing this interchange, it’s shown me that taking something out of my brain is cathartic; it untangles the cables behind the back of the TV. And understanding things—sometimes things that don’t actually matter—is very pleasant for my brain.
Infographic regarding that horrible Crash Test Dummies song.
Here’s a chart regarding the first four Frankie Goes To Hollywood singles.
The Fall have had a lot of members. I’ve attempted to do a chart about them.
New infographic about the songs on the Pixies’ demo tape: http://flipflopflyin.com/thepurpletape/index.html
New chart looking at the Beatles’ post-Beatles solo careers and collaborations with other members of the band. Full chart here: http://flipflopflyin.com/jpgr/index.html
Another soccer chart today. This time, I’m re-visiting and updating something I did (badly) in 2008, when I looked at the Brazil and Argentina World Cup squads over the years, and where the players played their club football. Unsurprisingly, players went where the money is, and more and more played in Europe. So, yes, I’ve updated those, and to contrast that, added charts looking at (West) Germany and Italy, too.
The last week or so, I’ve been thinking that it’s probably time to do more non-baseball infographics. And not just other sports, too. But for now, it is sport-themed. Football. Soccer.
Both are regarding English football, but at different ends of things. First, a look at Liverpool FC’s last 23 seasons. 23 championship-less seasons.
And the other chart looks at those teams that have been relegated from the Football League to “non-league football.” The first team to experience automatic relegation was my hometown team, Lincoln City, back in 1987. And plenty of other teams have suffered the same fate since.
I done a map regarding the fantastic 1991 single It’s Grim Up North by the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu. I love this song. It is not only a great record, but it reminds me of good times. Specifically, it reminds me of good times in a bar that no longer exists called Key Largo in Lincoln. You Love Us by Manic Street Preachers also reminds me of that bar.
Anyway, here’s a link to the full map: link to the full map.
First, I can’t stop myself calling them The Pink Floyd. Second, I can’t stop saying “The Pink Floyd” in a bad John Peel impression. Third, I love Pink Floyd. Fourth, I like making charts. Fifth, here’s a chart looking at who did the songwriting on Pink Floyd albums. I’d always known that Roger Waters kinda dominated as the band went on, but I don’t think I’d ever really realised to what degree. Anyway: larger version here.
Update: I was alerted by someone on Twitter that the Pink Floyd chart was a bit difficult for colour blind people to see properly, so I did a wee bit of research and changed things so that now it is hopefully easier to see. This is clearly quite important with infographics, seeing as though the whole point is to try and make information easy to understand. So in future, I’m gonna do my best to make sure all the charts are colour blind friendly. I can’t say I’m gonna go back and change old things, but I will make an effort to do my best in the future. If any colour blind people ever spot anything in the future that’s difficult to “read,” please let me know. Here’s the new version.
Should you be a crazy person and care about which caps I wear on my head, you will probably have seen my Ballcap Watch, where I keep track of such things. I had a look at which caps I wore last year, and did some addition, and made a chart using the crappy camera on my laptop and some crude Photoshop skillz:
In 2012, I went capless on 149 days (40.7%). And, thus, wore a cap on 217 days (59.3%).
Top ten caps worn:
1. Diablos Rojos del México (49 times)
2. New York Yankees (28)
3. Montreal Expos (24)
4. Colorado Rockies (23, alternate black cap with purple brim)
5. Seattle Mariners (18, alternate blue cap with teal brim)
6. St. Louis Browns (16, replica of 1908 cap)
7. Seattle Mariners (18, replica of 1977 cap)
8. Montreal Royals (9)
9=. Cincinnati Reds (7, replica of 1901 cap)
9=. Pittsburgh Pirates (7)
In total, of the 62 caps I own, I wore 26 different caps in 2012.
Your life is no better for having looked at this blog post. Apologies for that.
There’s a neighbourhood here in Mexico City called Nápoles. A lot of the streets in this neighbourhood (and the surrounding area) have the names of places in the United States. So I did a little map about it. There’s an English version and a Spanish version.
Quick, simple chart looking at the timeline of Joy Division and New Order, their albums, compilations, and singles. Full-size version here: http://www.flipflopflyin.com/jdno/index.html
When, at the end of last week, reports began to surface that Rupert Murdoch’s hideous News Corp would be buying a 49% stake in the New York Yankee’s own TV channel, the YES Network, it became clear that I could no longer be a Yankees fan. Some things are more important than sticking with a team.
I made what can only very loosely be called a chart for the Getting Blanked site regarding this, and the process of choosing a new team to root for:
I’ve been keeping track of my sleep for six years now. I’ve contemplated stopping doing this quite a lot this past year (and previous years), but still I carry on. It’s ridiculous thing to do every morning. But then, so is keeping track of which cap I put on every day.
Click here for full-size version.
A while back, shortly after Adam Yauch’s death, I did a chart of who sang what on “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)”. At the time, I intended it as the first in a series. Here’s the second in the series, looking at my favourite Beastie Boys song, “The Sounds of Science.” Click the image to embiggen.
TV announcer for the Tampa Bay Rays was reading my book on the telly last night. I is prouds.
A couple of years ago, I did an infographic about Turner, Montana being the farthest town in the contiguous United States from a Major League Baseball park:
(it’s also in the Flip Flop Fly Ball which is still available at bookstores of varying quality).
Journalist Conor Dougherty decided to visit Turner, Montana. You can read his article (and see his video) for the Wall Street Journal here.
I really want to visit Turner now I’ve read and seen that.