The Story Behind the Universal Icons That Came Long Before Emoji

Before the twin girls dancing, the smiling moon, the steaming pile of poo, there was a whole other visual language we used to help guide us through the world. Before emoji, there was isotype, the influential pictorial language invented in the 1920s. And it continues to influence our lives today. » 6/19/14 2:20pm 6/19/14 2:20pm

A Step by Step Walkthrough of the World's First Great Infographic

Data visualization is an amazing way to get a point across. That is, when you're making infographics that aren't just dumb. Charles Joseph Minard's famous visual telling of Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia is one of the first great examples, if a little intimidating at a glance. And this explanation by the folks at… » 4/03/14 10:04am 4/03/14 10:04am

365 Days of Weather in 35 Cities, All in a Single Beautiful Image

Next time your weather forecast predicts the blizzard of the century, you could gaze at this gorgeous weather visualization and find where in the world you should be vacationing. (Spoiler: it's probably California.) The designers at Raureif, masterminds behind a successful weather app, have gone analog—packing a whole… » 3/13/14 9:00am 3/13/14 9:00am

The longest rivers and the tallest mountains in one exquisite graphic

It may not be accurate anymore, but I want a hard copy of this beautiful 1854 graphic that shows the longest rivers and the tallest mountains in the world—so I'm definitely taking this high resolution file and printing it. Click here for more information about these charts. » 11/21/13 10:08am 11/21/13 10:08am

The Relative Screen Resolutions of Your Favorite Devices in One Chart

The display on your phone is relatively tiny. But in pixels, it's friggin' huge. That's the beauty of high resolution. So how would that phone screen compare to your TV, or your tablet or your laptop if it was spread out to a similarly-sized screen? Doghouse Diaries made this graphic to show you, and it's kind of nuts. » 10/30/13 4:45pm 10/30/13 4:45pm

These 230-Year-Old Charts and Graphs Were the Very First Infographics

The Enlightenment gave us many foundational ideas: Gravity! Democracy! Infographics! Wait, what? Yep. One of the age's lesser-known byproducts was the niche field of "graphical statistics," aka data visualization. And it's made more of an impact on our world that you might imagine. » 10/15/13 9:24am 10/15/13 9:24am

An Upsetting Map of NYC's Grossest Supermarkets

Most of us assume our supermarkets are clean and hygenic because of how quickly disease would spread if mice were pooping on our food or if festering meat were left on a grinder. We assume employees are careful and that regulations keep us all safe. Well, hold on to your insides, because this handy map of New York… » 10/14/13 1:20pm 10/14/13 1:20pm

Facebook Data Shows How Many People Graduate College with True Love

It’s a myth that’s been around for nearly a century: Most of us are destined to meet our spouses during those magical/fraught years that make up college. But is there any truth to it? Facebook’s crack team of data scientists have mined our collective Facebook data to find out—and some of their results are pretty… » 10/07/13 2:25pm 10/07/13 2:25pm