Map O’ The Day #67 – Piggy Trouble


Today’s MOTD is a proper comprehensive infographic about the H1N1 virus. This map is truly unique because designer, RAJ, used a black background and vibrant ‘pig’ pink to pull the reader through the map from left to right, while reinforcing the overall theme.

The excellent use of multi-variant data sets is not lost in the black either. There are examples of timelines, gauges, diagram cross sections, geographic maps and iconology. All of these elements seamlessly describe the history of the illness, details about how it spreads and treatment techniques in humans.

This ‘blackboard’ technique is gaining popularity and has been integrated into cartoons as well as many other mediums of art.

Map O’ The Day #60 – Flu Pandemics


Whatever you name it, H1N1, Swine Flu or Hamthrax, there is no doubt that the virus has reached a pandemic level. While the dangers of contracting H1N1 is very real, the built up hysteria and media coverage it has spurred, rivals that of the avian bird flu of a few years ago.

Today’s map of the day, taken from, highlights past pandemics and statistics based on population deaths. Swine flu is about halfway toward reaching the Avain Flu death count and it is merely a few weeks old (reported cases). More cause for concern was the ‘2003 Unnamed Flu Pandemic’ being cited as very deadly and endemic in Asia. Plus without a name, how do we know which animal put the blame on? I think we should start calling this one the Scapegoat Pandemic…poor little pigs.