The Sunscreen Smokescreen, July 11, 2011
It started with a question. It always does. This time, the question was simple: How much sunscreen should I wear? I’m a pale geek who burns. I wanted to know the optimal. A simple question with a simple answer, right? Wrong. This simple question took me on a massive journey through the data, information myths and misinformation that surround our perception of sunscreen. I’m calling it the Sunscreen Smokescreen. All our data, calculations and references here: http://www.bit.ly/sunscreensmoke
Strange Random Sunscreen Quote:
Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’97… wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be IT.
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.
- Information is Beautiful on the Datablog: the Sunscreen Smokescreen (guardian.co.uk)
- What You Need to Know About Sunscreen In One Infographic [Infographic] (lifehacker.com)
- A Review of the Five Best Sunscreens that are Safe for Both You & Your Child (savings.com)
- Mrs. Money: Eco-Friendly Sun Protection Tips (savings.com)
- Sunscreen! (mystylemaven.wordpress.com)
- Great Inspirational Video: “Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen” (ariannasrandomthoughts.wordpress.com)
- These Baby Sunscreens Work Better Than Most Adult Sunscreens (gizmodo.com.au)
- 9 Surprising Truths about Sunscreens (greenflbroker.com)
Infographics in Context takes the results of an opinion poll on the interests of Danish people on topics such as immigration, healthcare and safety and uses specific imagery to help the reader assimilate the infirmation more easily.
You can find more images from the work at Peter’s website.
Strange Random Information Quote:
“Knowing a great deal is not the same as being smart; intelligence is not information alone but also judgment, the manner in which information is collected and used” – Dr. Carl Sagan (American Astronomer, Writer and Scientist, 1934-1996)
- Infographic: The Danish People (w5blog.com)
- Peter Orntoft (horus2.wordpress.com)
- Data in a physical context (flowingdata.com)
- Using People as Information Graphs (laughingsquid.com)
- Information is Beautiful – Books you must read (exitlanguages.wordpress.com)
Some time ago, we brought you a TedTalk by David McCandless on how he visualises information in an attempt to find “hidden” patterns. Well, he’s also the founder of http://www.informationisbeautiful.net, where you can find many of his own examples and others from around the internet. For example, this one about the thorny subject of classics that everyone should read.
Do Top 100 Books polls and charts agree on a set of classics? I scraped the results of over 15 notable book polls, readers surveys and top 100′s. Both popular and high-brow. They included all Pulitzer Prize winners, Desert Island Discs choices from recent years, Oprah‘s Bookclub list, and, of course, The Guardian‘s Top 100 Books of All Time. A simple frequency analysis on the gathered titles gives us a neat ‘consensus cloud’ visualisation of the most mentioned books titles across the polls. Do you agree with the consensus?
Strange Random Book Quote:
To choose a good book, look in an inquisitor’s prohibited list. – John Aikin
- Hot data: The art of the infographic (independent.co.uk)
- Billion-dollar brainteaser. Gill Ross on David McCandless’s ‘beautiful’ Billion-Dollar-O-Gram (eyemagazine.com)
- Information is Beautiful (flatchat.wordpress.com)
- David McCandless: Horoscope Meta-Prediction & the Generic Zodiac (nowpublic.com)
- Learning How To Visualize: Behind the Screens of Information is Beautiful (infosthetics.com)
- David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization (fredzimny.wordpress.com)