We love visual content—in all its forms. Whether it’s great data visualization or innovative design, we are inspired by work well done. And we believe that good work deserves to be shared. That’s why we showcase our favorite finds from across the Web each Friday. In this weekly roundup: pleasant places to live, time wasting at work and more.
The Pleasant Places to Live
By Kelly Norton
After a brutally cold week, our New York office was daydreaming about living somewhere warmer once they saw this interactive infographic. The map charts the most pleasant places to live in the U.S. in terms of weather, using data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (Sorry, C5 NY, the top 5 most pleasant places are all in California.)
Map of the Internet 1.0
By Martin Vargic
We’re gonna go ahead and suggest amateur designer Martin Vargic remove “amateur” from his title. Using Alexa data about the world’s most visited websites and inspiration from old National Geographic maps, Vargic created this hand-drawn map of the virtual world, showing major companies as empires. The result is a stunning conceptual masterpiece.
How to Create the Perfect Online Dating Profile
Wired cracks the online dating code with this 25-part infographic series. Using data from OKCupid and Match.com, these graphics give fascinating insight into how to pimp your profile. (Pro tip: Say you like Radiohead and make sure to use “whom” correctly.)
Time Wasting at Work
This interactive infographic is a fantastic example of presenting an old topic—time wasted in the workplace—in a new way. The parallax scrolling, bright colors and simple information display create a seamless experience. But the real genius is the timer at the bottom of the page, which clocks how much time you’ve “wasted” reading the graphic—slam dunk messaging.
How Cooking Can Change Your Life
Right when our “eat better” New Year’s resolutions were waning, this short made a big impact. The video uses many different mediums to tell a simple story, including animation, papercraft and illustration, but all perfectly support the core narrative. Thumbs up for inspiring us to cook for ourselves—and experiment more creatively.