THE BEST Infographics

Airplane Safety

Airplane Safety

In the event of a water landing, be sure to read over this handy flight safety instruction card illustrator Will Schneider found in the seatback pocket in front of him.

The Scale of the Universe

The Scale of the Universe

This interactive infographic from Newgrounds user Fotoshop takes us on a journey from the edge of the universe to the quantum foam of space time. (Thanks Artur!)

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Color Wheel: Guys vs. Girls

Color Wheel: Guys vs. Girls

We know it’s not a wheel, but Doghouse Diaries has visualized one of life’s truths. She says Maraschino, you say Red. You say Green, she says Moss Green, Lime Green, Sea Foam Green, etc.

Flow Chart: Is it Steampunk?

Flow Chart: Is it Steampunk?

If you have any question what this whole “steampunk” thing is all about, we bring you this simple informational diagram which should set things straight once and for all.

Mapping Stereotypes

Mapping Stereotypes

Yanko Tsvetkov pokes fun at how Europeans supposedly view each other. Apparently France thinks Italy is full of “Noisy, Friendly People,” while Germany thinks it’s just “Pizza and Museums.”

Infographic: Human Storage

Infographic: Human Storage

It’s amazing the things people will stick into their bodies in order to make it into the record books. This chart commemorates some of the craziest digestive feats ever undertaken by mankind.

Game Developers Flowchart

Game Developers Flowchart

Games Are Evil’s Game Developers Flowchart also doubles as a surprisingly broad and deep family tree; it’s the end-all, be-all definitive history of video game development studios.

Periodic Table of Tables

Periodic Table of Tables

The Periodic Table meme gets elementary with Bill Keagy’s Periodic Table of Periodic Tables; it not only lists hundreds of tables but includes helpful links to their creators.

Poster: Sci-Fi Periodic Table

Poster: Sci-Fi Periodic Table

Packed with more trivia than a Comic Con, this Periodic Table of Sci-Fi Film and TV Poster takes us back to the future and breaks down all things geeky into its basic (fifth) elements.

The State of the Internet

The State of the Internet

If you have trouble visualizing 1.73 billion users and 90 trillion emails, JESS3’s The State of The Internet is a feast for the eyes and the brain; numbers are provided by pingdom.

2009 Annual Report: Dan Meyer

2009 Annual Report: Dan Meyer

Entire world, meet Dan Meyer: the Santa Cruz high school teacher has created a 2009 Annual Report of his life that includes beers imbibed, TV watched, miles driven, and hour slept.

Video: Twitter Code Swarm

Video: Twitter Code Swarm

Fail whales are thankfully absent in this visualization of Twitter’s development history; it starts from 2006 with Jack Dorsey to Blaine Cook and Alex Payne, and finally to today’s developers.

Infographic: Big Brothers

Infographic: Big Brothers

Visualize the orbital-palooza taking place above our heads with Michael Paukner’s Big Brothers; he organizes satellites not just by nation but by working/non-working and >10cm debris.

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Trends & Tech 2010-2050

Trends & Tech 2010-2050

From fusion reactors to genetically engineered pets, What’s Next’s Trends & Tech Timeline is a mind-blowing look into the future; it starts in present day with predictions up to 2050.

Video: The Power Gap

Video: The Power Gap

Historical power structures and distributions aren’t exactly casual conversation, but The Power Gap succinctly distills these topics into an animated infographic a-la The Crisis of Credit.

Poster: Guitar Lessons

Poster: Guitar Lessons

Maxim Dalton’s Guitar Lessons is a noteworthy performance, with 35 of the world’s most amazing axes on a single 19″x25″ poster; it includes Slash, Hendrix, Clapton, and more.

Periodic Table of Beer

Periodic Table of Beer

Give the gift that keeps on brewing this holiday season with the Periodic Table of Beer Styles; each “element” includes ABV (alcohol by volume), IBU (bitterness), and SRM (color).

Book: Visual Miscellaneum

Book: Visual Miscellaneum

David McCandless’ Visual Miscellaneum book moves beyond staid pie charts and bar graphs: it features colorful infographics that show everything from media scare stories to “in” colors.

Video: Decline of Empires

Video: Decline of Empires

Pedro M. Cruz’ Decline of Empires reduces the top maritime empires of the 19th and 20th centuries (France, Portugal, Spain, and England) to blobs–albeit surprisingly descriptive ones.

Movie Narrative Charts

Movie Narrative Charts

xkcd untangles convoluted Hollywood plotlines into organized Movie Narrative Charts; LotR, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars all become semi-coherent, but Primer still remains indecipherable.

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42 Essential Plot Twists

42 Essential Plot Twists

It’s not quite as comprehensive as the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Generator, but 42 Essential Plot Twists scores points for its twisted creativity–helpfully illustrated with equally twisted drawings.

Visual Aid Posters

Visual Aid Posters

Filled with sci-fi size charts, gladiator comparisons, and tie-tying flow charts, Visual Aid’s posters are heaven for infographic lovers; they’re from the two books of the same name.

The Helmet Project

The Helmet Project

The Helmet Project deserves its own Hall of Fame for its scope: a work in progress, its goal is to catalog images of all college and pro-football helmets from 1960 to present day.

Site: Book of Odds

Site: Book of Odds

What are you chances of being struck by lighting, or, say, two nuclear blasts? Book of Odds is a site devoted to charting your personal odds for both the morbid and the marvelous.

SF/Fantasy Generator

SF/Fantasy Generator

Obliterate that writer’s block with a Martian raygun (or wizard’s blast): David Malki’s Genre-Fiction Generator is a Mad Libs-style flow chart for science fiction and fantasy writers.

Website: Walk or Bus?

Website: Walk or Bus?

If you’ve ever wondered whether you’d be better off taking the bus or hoofing it, Walk or Bus? is a handy chart broken down by distance and minutes until next ride. Thanks, John!

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