As you may know by now, Inspired Magazine is a sucker for data visualization. That’s why we invited Tony Shin – a social media ninja and creative design samurai – to curate the weekly dose of infographics. If you like them as much as we do check out some of the older editions and follow Tony on Twitter and Facebook as well!
1. Steve Jobs By The Numbers
This week, Apple’s visionary and one of the tech industry’s finest innovators, Steve Jobs, passed away at the age of 56. His legacy will not be forgotten. To the future generations who don’t know who he is or what he has accomplished, this infographic by iSmashPhone is perfect. It highlights the timeline of Steve Jobs’ career along with his accomplishments and as well as some struggles that made him who he was at Apple. The tech industry will never be the same. Condolences to his family and those at Apple.
2. iPhone 5 and the Apple Fanboy/Fangirl Syndrome
First of all, the correction is obviously 4s. This is part 2 of Paid Viewpoint’s 3 part series of the new iPhone. It highlights the DNA of the iPhone owners in the late 2011 along with some must-have features and spec that they envisioned the “iPhone 5″ to come with. Well, though seemingly outdated, it’s nice to see the guesses and wants of what the people would like to have in the “iPhone 5″. I thought the syndromes of the fanboy & fangirl were pretty hilarious. In fact, dead on. For those of you who purchased the iPhone 4 already, are you willing to pay for the upgraded 4s? Or perhaps sleep on the thought for about 6 months and hope that Apple gets back on the usual life cycle of the product and release the “iPhone 5″ in March (if they do)? As a owner of an iPhone 4, I have yet to make a decision. However, the more I keep watching the persuasive videos of the the iPhone 4s on Apple’s website, the more I’m tempted to pre-order the phone.
3. Patent Evil
All this Apple talk keeps making me think about tech industries and what sort of advancements they’ve made in the past several years. What stands out to me most about tech industries, are patents. Why? Well MBA Online illustrates this infographic that reminds me of how dirty and low some of the largest tech companies have gone on a patenting software frenzy and in turn, the lawsuits that seem to fill news feed all across the world. As much as it makes me sick, I can’t complain. I don’t know the first thing about patents, but I know it’s come to a point where the second I see a headline about a patent lawsuit, I turn away.
4. The Reddit Invasion
Yes, I consider myself an Internet nerd. I’m only of those people who look at Imgurs all night and laugh by myself. Yes, by myself. Where’s the best site for an Internet geek to look at imgurs? Reddit. This graphic by Sortable lays out the history behind Reddit, how far along they’ve come along with illustrating the different types of Redditors and also exploring the different sorts of content on Reddit. It’s very ‘Reddit-esque’. Absolutely love it.
5. Myths about College Sports
Though a bit off topic, I could not help by find the illustrations and aesthetics of this graphic absolutely amazing and dead on. Online Masters Degree designed this graphic to highlight myths about college sports, while touching upon different subject areas that college sports more or less affect. The aesthetics of this graphic are amazing. This varsity-like graphic explains the myths behind how much money the schools and student athletes are really getting. One interesting fact: The myth behind how ‘college sports pay for themselves’ is no where near the truth. “Half of top sports schools rely on at least $9 million in subsidies from the school and government to balance their budgets, fees largely paid by students and taxpayers.” This caught me off guard. I’m a huge fan of college sports and my initial thought was that the revenue generated from the sports took care of it all, and more. I stand corrected.