Archive for December, 2011

Numbers in text? Use lowercase numerals

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Standard numerals are the size of capital, or uppercase, letters. Their best uses are for standalone numbers like your house number, or, because they have a single set width, for columns of tabular material. Because they line up in columns, they are also referred to as lining numerals. Lining numerals are standard in almost every typeface, and are by far the most widely used.

Old-style numerals are the equivalent of lowercase letters — small x-height, plus ascenders and descenders. They’re the best choice to use in a body of text — for dates, times, addresses, phone numbers, and so on, as in, “He lives at 6451 Elm Street,” or, “The 1979 version had 42,362 points.”

Not all typefaces have old-style numerals — which are sometimes called expert numerals — even as an option. The most widely used typeface that has old-style numerals as the default is web favorite Georgia, which you’re now reading.


Color Vision: To Choose The Right Colors For Color-Blind People

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Nice application to check colors for color blind people.

Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment || Links

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

New Agriculturist:

“Very much a reference book, Keeping track of our changing environment will prove an invaluable and accessible source of data that underpins a proper understanding and interpretation of numerous issues confronted daily by readers of New Agriculturist, whether specialist advisor, educator or policymaker. Eye-catching and providing much ‘food for thought’, UNEP is to be congratulated for conceiving and commissioning this ‘must have’ publication.”

Friends of Europe

Although the authors of the report have carefully avoided providing any critical evaluation of the statistical data, anyone reading the 111-pages study can hardly conclude that global leaders have done a great job since they received a wake-up call about the world’s sustainability challenges twenty years ago.
All in all, the UNEP study is an impressive work of data collection but it could have done with a little bit less spin and a bit more “hard” evaluation. But then again, maybe this document has a political function and the real meat can be expected in May of next year?

National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy

Graphs of the report used in the PPT of “NRT President and CEO” David McLaughlin

Our World 2.0:

This report is proof that, through restrained use of technical language and intelligent application of design tools and graphs, complex messages can be conveyed to wider audiences. Overall, Keeping Track does a good job of explaining to us where we have come from. Where we are going is now up to all of us.


Two graphs included in a Monsanto-Presentation on Climate Change


Listed as one of the four “KEY REFERENCE REPORTS”

CEOS – The Earth Observation Handbook

The Keeping Track book is the best of the summary pieces I have surveyed for Rio+20 and Im glad to be able to use its messages.

Graphics used in The Earth Observation Handbook 2012

KPMG Consulting Study (PDF, Graph, Phrases)

Newly created graph based on all statistics of the KT report. Interesting, different perspective.

Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative

The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) releases excellent summary looking back at our changing world since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

Climate Energy Institute

Used widely in a PPT called “State of the global climate 2012 with reference to the past 20 years”


Listing of percentage changes derived from Keeping Track in PDF for Rio

Data Vis: Farming & Green Economy

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Some simple graphics, but nicely done.

Mac: Lion Quick Fixes

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Tools for some Finder, iTunes etc. tweaks and fixes. Finder Sidebar, many small things.

Mac: Free File Archiver

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Keka is a free file archiver for Mac OS X

Cartogram: Somewhat Different Display

Monday, December 19th, 2011

“The map on the left and the cartogram on the right plot identical data. The only difference is that each hexagon on the cartogram represents an equal number of people. The two views give very different impressions: the big dark green patch on the middle-right of the map — representing a relatively sparse neighborhood — is shrunk to a single dark green hexagon on the cartogram. Meanwhile, the most deprived areas (dark purple) which look relatively small on the map are expanded to quite a few hexagons.” (from Junk Charts); corresponding article

Circular Graphics Showing Linkages

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Circos is a software package for visualizing data and information. It visualizes data in a circular layout — this makes Circos ideal for exploring relationships between objects or positions. There are other reasons why a circular layout is advantageous, not the least being the fact that it is attractive.

Which Font Is It?

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Seen a font in use and want to know what it is? Submit an image to WhatTheFont to find the closest matches in our database.