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Link Drop Edition Number 4 | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Link Drop Edition Number 4

There were four themes that seemed to stick this week for me. With a lot of the news focused on Bin Laden this week I came across a lot of data visualizations related to that. I don’t think there’s a week that goes by that I don’t see some type examples that I want to save to remember. There was a number of items that were slightly miscellaneous that fit together under “stuff” theme. The last collection had to do with geography and what the maps information presented.

TYPE

A2591: Pure Condensed and Vintage Power

Antrepo used iconic metal oil cans to display their new font titled Public Gothic Family.

SEXY TYPE THING: The End

I approve of this use of type.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Close-up (Replica)

There’s a lot to like about this image. Strong type that matches the iconic mark, the silver reflecting off the red, and how the image is cropped all add up to make a great image.

DATA & WAR VISUALIZATIONS

SOCIALFLOW: Breaking Bin Laden: visualizing the power of a single tweet

Looking at how information spreads on Twitter, Socialflow describes how a single tweet spread quickly about Bin Laden’s death before it was announced. It was noted that Keith Urbahn didn’t have a huge following though the timing of his tweet along with some influential RT’s from his network spread things rapidly in realtime.

FLOWING DATA: Reactions to the death of a terrorist

The NYT displays the emotional response of readers to the death of Bin Laden with a positive vs. reaction graph. Each pixel when moused over displays a quote of a reader.

JONATHAN STRAY: A full-text visualization of the Iraq War Logs

A couple people trying to figure out what to read first of the Iraq War Logs decided to design something around the free text summary. That part of the logs allowed for first person accounts as opposed to technical information that isn’t as rich in detail. They go on in the post describing how they did it and interestingly enough what can’t be deduced from the image.

STUFF

LIKE CIOL: Micro-Plus EX 9-in-1 Multi-tool

A very cool tool that folds up as a key ring. It contains a lot of things like being a screwdriver, wire stripper, pliers and most importantly a bottle opener among others.

POPGIVE: Full Size F1 Steering Wheels

There’s a collection of F! steering wheels from a number of different teams. Fascinating to compare all the different types of buttons, placement, information density and color of each. I also think it speaks about the driving philosophy of each team. BMW has a ton of text, Mercedes Benz has a slightly more rational order of buttons while Ferrai just feels fast with the button shapes.

SWISS MISS: Catapult paper airplane

Nice idea to extend the flight of a paper airplane.

GEOGRAPHY

JSTN: The path of the tornado that went through Tuscaloosa.

I think the line speaks for itself.

SCIENCE MAG: Geographers Had Predicted Osama’s Possible Whereabouts

A group of students used a theory called “sland biogeography” to predict where Bin Laden might be. The theory refers to basically, that a species on a large island is much less likely to go extinct following a catastrophic event than a species on a small one. Another concept was that Bin Laden was less likely to be any further than 300 km from his last sighting.

GOOD: What the Flooding Mississippi Means for America’s Dinner

Amazing map of the Mississippi. It hurts my head thinking about how long it might have taken to create.

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