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Fun visualization site: Information is Beautiful

by Mike Steedle, on Aug 23, 2009 8:52:55 PM

Information is Beautiful

Ideas, issues, knowledge, data – visualized! See what you think

I think I would get along well with the creator of the site, David McCandless, who, on his About page, says, "My pet-hate is pie charts. Love pie. Hate pie-charts."  It's not surprising that he has written for Wired before - his visualizations look to be very much in the Wired style of infographic.  Here is one I saw featured on Lifehacker that could prove useful:

The Buzz vs The Bulge: Caffeine and calories

According to McCandless' scatter plot, the most bang for your buck in terms of high caffeine and low calories is iced coffee (lower-right of chart), while the worst is a hot chocolate with whipped cream (upper left of chart).  I'll also point out that iced coffee, like regular coffee, is cheaper than espresso-based drinks, and most people are actually capable of making it at home, so it seems like an easy choice.





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