NYT: driving shifts into reverse

The intriguing chart from shows the correlation between gas prices and miles driven per capita each year. It is a bit hard to to decipher at first, but once you get it, you will see that it shows some very interesting patterns.

This chart reminds me of an interactive chart I created a while ago that shows correlation between oil prices and oil consumption.

NYT driving shifts into reverse

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The 7½ steps to successful infographics by Sarah Slobin

Sarah Slobin's work ids

I had a chance to work with Sarah when I was an intern at The New York Times in 2006. I later became a graphics editor in the business section when she left to go to Fortune Magazine. Although my experience with Sarah was brief, I heard many good things about her from the people she were in charge of at the business graphics desk. Sarah, with over 20 years of experience, wrote this entertaining and detailed guide to designing successful infographics. The guide reveals all the intricacies of creating an infographics, from idea generation through data gathering and finally, design of the final product. Sarah in her own words:

You know when you’ve been doing something for a long time and it gets ingrained? For me, that’s infographics. I’ve created a lot of chartage over the last 20 years…

…So here I am, pulling over. I’m going to deconstruct some of what I know and share my 7 ½ Secrets to Successful Infographics. Get comfortable. Get a cup of coffee. (Get me one while you’re at it?) Feel free to read this in any order you like. Or if you’re lazy, I mean busy, just read some of it. But keep this link around, because you never know…

Biggest oil spills

Another good infographics from Oil & Gas Next Generation.

Facebook privacy: a bewildering tangle of options

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The world’s leading companies

The world leading companies according to Forbes

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This graphics is based on data from the Forbes Global 2000 list which tracks the biggest and most powerful companies in the world.

From International Business Management News:

The rankings span 62 countries, with the US (515 members) and Japan (210 members) still dominating the list, but with a combined 33 fewer entries.

This year, the following countries gained the most ground: mainland China (113 members), India (56 members) and Canada (62 members). Even Oman and Lebanon are now Global 2000 members. Also gaining a significant presence on the Forbes list this year are corporations from Ireland, South Africa and Sweden.

The report found that despite the many problems which have plagued the financial sector, banks still dominate the list with a huge majority, as 308 companies in the 2000 lineup are banks.

That’s how future works

Ready to eat infographics
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Yes, indeed this is how the future should work. This reminds me of the WALL·E movie where the people are so overweight that they can’t even walk.

Via / TM /

More on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

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