World Cup twitter visualization from the Guardian

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The Guardian built this slick twitter visualization for the World Cup 2010 that lets you replay the twitter trends during a game in real time. Alastair Dant, one of the people involved in the project, wrote this interesting postmortem about how they made that happen.

Wait! I thought the * means required

So I was playing around with my server settings the other day and came across this when I tried to update my current address. I guess most people won’t even notice, but the * used next to an input field usually signifies that the field is required. I think it is a pretty widely used standard. Too bad, my host hasn’t heard about it :/

Graphic designer’s clock

via Yanko Design

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!


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

Appliance energy usage calculator from GE

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From GE’s website:

In the United States, over 20% of our total energy consumption is residential. In fact, in the United States, we are the 7th largest per capita consumer of residential energy. Where is all of that energy going? Are you living with a “gas-guzzler”? Explore the application below to understand more about how we consume energy in our homes. Blue stars indicate ENERGY STAR models are available. Click on the green stars to find out how quickly an ENERGY STAR appliance can pay for itself.

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