Map O’ The Day #216 – Human Subway Map

Today’s MOTD is really cool and follows in the footsteps of some of our other subway map metaphors. Instead of focusing on movies or music, this one actually has a real purpose and maps the network inside the human body.

Created by Sam Loman, this map shows where in the human body the various transport systems reside. The lines represent veins and muscles and the circles or stations represent major organs and bones.

Map O’ The Day #215 – Smart Grid

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Today’s MOTD comes to us from US Infrastructure and is a depiction of the development of the smart grid. With the development of the smart grid business is changing for not only the electric companies, but the consumers themselves. While certain advances, like the smart meter, are meant to make electric use more efficient and cost effective some customers feel that the devices are just a way for these companies to charge higher rates. The following article, Preparing for Customers’ Smart Grid Pushback, written by my colleague Sheldon Reiffenstein for the Harvard Business Review, examines this issue.

Smart meters will let electricity customers monitor usage almost minute by minute, allowing them to adjust how much they consume and, theoretically at least, lower their utility bills. So why, after Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) installed a few thousand smart meters in the San Joaquin Valley in California, did customers in the summer of 2009 complain about bills soaring and at least one person sue? Read More

Map O’ The Day #214 – Rock, Paper, Scissors

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Today’s MOTD is a flow graphical flow chart showing how to win at Rock, Paper, Scissors. One of my favorite Sports bars in DC, Ventnor Sports Cafe has a challenge on Thursday nights that if you can beat the bartender at R,P,S than you get half off your tab. With this little graphic in my back pocket i should be enjoying some free food and drinks.

Map O’ The Day #212 – Google’s Acquisition Appetite

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Today’s MOTD brought to us by www.scores.org and www.byjess.net is a great infographic that shows the acquisitions that Google has made from February 2001 to August 2010. I really like the way the author uses the circles with different colors to represent the different markts and the outer ring to show size and then the breakdown of what the motivation for the aquisiton was in the three colums.