And I thought New York commute sucks

Well, it kind of does, but definitely not the worst.

A few words about the index:

Number-crunchers at IBM Research surveyed 8,192 motorists in 20 cities, and — no surprise — most of them think traffic has only grown worse during the past three years. More than half said gridlock has wreaked havoc on their physical or mental health. One-third said it is undercutting their productivity at work or school…

…IBM used the results to compile a “Commuter Pain Index,” which ranks the emotional and economic toll of commuting. The index is a measure of 10 criteria, from the amount of time spent sitting in traffic to the frequency with which people simply gave up and went home.

via Wired

How wild is North America

From The Big Wild:

Infographics really come in handy when you want to highlight fun facts and empirical evidence as it relates to scale and impact.

The Big Wild infographic features biodiversity in North America and compares Canada to the United States and Mexico.

via Cool Infographics

And here is the new story page from msnbc.com

A few words from Ashley Wells, our Creative Director:

So we’ve stacked up the pieces with the most compelling content on top. Start with a video. Scroll down to read. Want more? Show more. Long text simply expands in place. Then scroll down for photos. Lots of large photos. Share your favorite. Via e-mail. On Facebook. On Twitter. Continue down the page. See what others are saying. Expand. Respond.

Keep going. We post thousands of updates a day and are constantly searching them for related angles. It’s all right there near the bottom of every story. Want the bigger picture? There’s a dashboard view of the latest news trends below. Or jump back to the top of the page. Our site navigation gets bigger, too. Just when you need it.

Read the rest of the article here

Star Wars infographics from Charles Apple

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From Charles’ post:

The graphics ran this week in the Times of Huntsville, Ala., as a walk-up to the opening of a big Star Wars science exhibit at the NASA center there. Editor Kevin Wendt and design director Paul Wallen engaged me to research, write and design the graphics, with the aid of Times staff writers Lee Roop and Kenneth Kesnet, who interviewed NASA scientists and other Huntsville-area technological brains. The quotes they brought back formed the meat of our graphic centerpiece each day.

And a few words about the author:

Charles Apple is a freelance visual journalist and instructor. A long time news artist and designer, he is the former graphics director of the Virginian-Pilot and the Des Moines Register. He teaches design and graphics workshops and seminars and spends way too much time online.

Visualization of the U.S. electric grid

Via NPR:

The U.S. electric grid is a complex network of independently owned and operated power plants and transmission lines. Aging infrastructure, combined with a rise in domestic electricity consumption, has forced experts to critically examine the status and health of the nation’s electrical systems.

Jon Stewart on BP oil spill

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via Infrastructurist

Apple design fail

Jamis mentions this over at 37signals and I totally agree with him. The keyboard shortcut icons don’t make any sense. I rather have the Microsoft’s way of annotating shortcuts with all the keys spelled out, e.g. Ctrl-C or Ctrl-Alt-Del (my personal favorite combination ;) ). Or even better, Apple could just print the icons on the keys themselves.

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