Data Is The New Soil
Want to feel smart the easy way? Here's how: watch David McCandless' TED talk, and then go check out his stuff. McCandless is the latest rock star in the rapidly expanding field of data visualization. His imagery mixes graphic design and data together in such a compressed and visually enticing way that large amounts of information leap out of his images and straight into your mind. This is the best possible news for those of us who don't have time to painstakingly chart where the world's money resides, or determine whether the world's total nuclear arsenal is actually capable of eradicating humanity.