May 2010

List of supercomputing superpowers

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From BBC comes this pretty neat interactive treemap of the Top 500 Supercomputers list as of June 2010. The list is sortable and surfaces a few interesting patterns such as the domination of linux operating system to China’s 2nd place. I will let you explore the rest by playing with it yourself. Have fun!


Visualization of our solar system in CSS3

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Alex Girón of nclud created this visualization of our solar system by using only HTML and CSS3. In his words:

These past few months I’ve been exploring CSS3, trying to learn some of it’s new fea­tures and getting a feel for which browsers support it. A few weeks back I put out my first experiment exploring @font-face and transforms. This time, I set out to experiment with border-radius, and what I thought was going to be a boring little project turned out to be quite interesting.

via Veerle Pieters

My favorite winners of the Design for America contest

The winners of the Design for America contest showcase some of the most compelling visualizations of government data I have seen in a while. Here are a few of my favorites. I had a hard time choosing since they are all pretty darn amazing. Enjoy!

Is Washington Bankrupting America?

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As much light as you need

From Yanko Design:

I’m not a big fan of study-table lamps simply because I can’t stand the surrounding darkness. Always creeps me out, but I’m sure most of you students need to invest in one. Sharing dorm rooms, you can’t disturb your mates right! So when you use one…how much light is sufficient for you? How about a lamp that lets you decide the luminance. Swipe a finger or span your palm to get “As Much As You Need Light”. Just the right amount of focus and light!

Design by Hong-kue Lee

Top 10 greatest maps that changed the world

UK subway map

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By Peter Barber, Head of Map Collections at the British Library:

From the USSR’s Be On Guard! map in 1921 to Google Earth, a new exhibition at the British Library charts the extraordinary documents that transformed the way we view the globe forever.

If I get to choose a favorite from this collection, it would be the London subway map above. For me the map is one of those very few that are still shaping our current trend in design aesthetics.

Dismissed as too ‘revolutionary’ when it was first submitted in 1931, Harry Beck’s Underground map solved the problem of how to represent clearly and elegantly a dense, complex interweaving of train lines.

Placing the stations at similar intervals regardless of their true locations amplifies the area of central London, increasing its clarity, while the straight lines and interchange symbols confer a simplicity and order on the network. A cartographic icon.

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via Jason Kottke

Skype in numbers

When eBay sold Skype in 2009, many of us wondered about the future of Skype. I personally love Skype and use it all the time. In fact, I don’t recall last time I talk to my parents on the phone. Since they live abroad we always communicate through Skype. Luckily for people like us, Skype is doing well, actually better, since its divorce with eBay. Christopher S. Dean, Chief Strategy Officer at Skype, talks about how Skype’s been growing over the last few years at Meet the Boss TV.

World cup schedule

Martin Oberhäuser designed this beautiful schedule for the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. The schedule shows the date, time and location for games in each group and leaves space for you to enter and keep track of the results. The central circle is a bracket system that let you track the 16 teams that play in the elimination rounds. There is also a map showing information about each of the locations where the games are played.

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