The state of the internet right now.

Did you know that there are 1.97 billion Internet users worldwide? Check out this cool infographic for other interesting internet facts.

A guide to what’s influencing our world.

Here’s one that should inspire new ideas and substantiate some existing ones.


In 60 seconds

A lot of things happen around the web every 60 seconds!

A great infographic by Shanghai web designers – Will definitely come in handy to use in presentations.

Subway map of Microsoft’s acquisitions and investments

A neat project and infographic by Robin Richards (@ripetungi, Design Director at JESS3) that lists of all Microsoft’s acquisitions and investments – represented in a detailed subway map (yes, the map is updated and the latest Skype acquisition is on there!).

In a nutshell:

[An] Infographic showing the acquisitions and investments of Microsoft, done as a tube map with each coloured line representing a different industry for each acquisition or investment.  Where the stations meet is where the two industries overlap.  The key at the bottom displays information about the location on the map of the station (company) the year of acquisition or investment.’

Have a look at the full size image here


SoundAffects is an experiential project by Parsons The New School for Design. We’re turning everyday things from weather and traffic to color and motion, into their own musical sounds. SoundAffects is a ten-day musical and visual exploration that could change the way we think about our cities.’

Definitely worth spending some time playing around on the visualizer page – But don’t miss out on the ‘Experiments‘, there are some really interesting/fun things happening there as well.

Tweet topic explorer: what do people actually tweet about?

The Tweet topic explorer is a bubble chart illustrating the most popular themes discussed by a specific user-chosen Twitter account.

In a nutshell:

‘This tool retrieves recent tweets from the given ID and displays the most common words in those tweets (using word cluster diagrams). The area of the circles is proportional to word frequency. Words that are most often used together are grouped and given the same color. It also shows the other twitter users that are mentioned most frequently in their tweets.’

– Check out the Tweet topic explorer here

– More information about the project and its author available here