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Our readers are on a roll, here is another great submission. Margaret can't say it any better:
Thought you might enjoy this infographic from The Guardian newspaper, which appears to describe how humans evolved from penguins
Source: "Prehistoric Penguin", Guardian (UK)
Posted on Aug 17, 2007 at 10:13 PM | Permalink
Pretty funny. As a minor note, there's an unnecessary shift of scale here from cm to m.
Or is there some metric convention I'm missing.
Aug 17, 2007 at 11:31 PM
Speaking of data graphics of giant flightless bird silhouettes, Mike Dickison of giantflightlessbirds.com has started blogging at Pictures of Numbers again after a hiatus, and gives tips on how to make your own silhouettes for data graphics.
The tips are for the expensive Adobe Illustrator, but I got similar results using the much cheaper photomanipulation software Paint Shop Pro. Excel can import either .eps or .wmf vector graphics into bubble charts for sizing, although getting the scaling right can be tricky.
Aug 18, 2007 at 05:54 AM
You know, it's funny but I think that your reader's reaction, and the presumed confusion of this graphic has more to do with the viewers' state of mind than anything. I don't know if I was tipped off by reading the post in bloglines (sans image) or what, but I had no problem interpreting the graphic and wasn't forcibly reminded of the whole "ascent of man" type graphic by the graphic itself, the accompanying text was what made me think about the casual similarity...
Aug 23, 2007 at 02:52 PM
zbicyclist: having grown up with the metric scale, I have to say this is an example of where it excels. Because of the simple 1:100 conversion, it really doesn't matter much the switch from centimeters to meters; the significant digits don't change. If it were inches and feet, then it's more of a problem.
Aug 24, 2007 at 08:11 PM
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