Sci-fi film timeline: Next stop Soylent Green!

Artist and illustrator, Dan Meth, created this graphic years ago as part of his Pop Culture Charts series. Next stop: Soylent Green!

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Data shows bulldogs are by far the most overrated breed

David McCandless meticulously charted dog breeds by six scores: intelligence, costs, longevity, grooming, ailments, and appetite. The big loser: bulldogs. Read the rest

Quantifying truthfulness in films "based on a true story"

With awards season upon us, lots of films "based on a true story" are in contention. It gives films a little emotional boost to say it really happened, but how much of the film is true? David McCandless created a metric to quantify it based on scene-by-scene analysts. So Selma hets a 100%, and The Imitation game gets 41.4%. Read the rest

Jerry Seinfeld on information design (1981)

Jerry Seinfeld's first appearance on The Tonight Show in 1981. He was 27 years old.

Information Graphics: new Taschenporn book you can't live without (if you're a designer, or a fan of infographics)

Can't wait to get my hands on this forthcoming Taschen title, by art historian and art editor Sandra Rendgen; with graphic designer and editor Julius Wiedemann: Information Graphics. The book explores the visual communication of data, and the "massive flow of information that we must interpret in order to understand the world we live in," featuring work from masters of the profession.

From the book description: "The in-depth introductory section, illustrated with over 60 images (each accompanied by an explanatory caption), features essays by Sandra Rendgen, Paolo Ciuccarelli,Richard Saul Wurman, and Simon Rogers; looking back all the way to primitive cave paintings as a means of communication, this introductory section gives readers an excellent overview of the subject."

More than 200 projects and 400 examples of contemporary information graphics from around the world, and a nifty poster (673 x 475 mm / 26.5 x 18.7 in) by former TIME graphics director Nigel Holmes.

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