Hi. I'm Sean... an entrepreneur into creating successful business ideas for the social web. I run a digital strategy company called Freeworld Media.
This blog is where I talk about the intersections of my life... past, present and future.
I was curious about who created information graphics so I dug around and it turns out to be a cool story… a 27 year old Scottish guy in the late 1700′s came up with the first infographics. So who was it? Well, according to Wikipedia…
William Playfair invented four types of diagrams in 1786: the line graph and bar chart of economic data, and in 1801 the pie chart and circle graph, used to show part-whole relations.
William Playfair (22 September 1759 – 11 February 1823) was a little bit of a trouble-maker and his jobs included…
millwright, engineer, draftsman, accountant, inventor, silversmith, merchant, investment broker, economist, statistician, pamphleteer, translator, publicist, land speculator, convict, banker, ardent royalist, editor, blackmailer and journalist.
in 1787 he took part in the storming and the capture of the Bastille in Paris. (Awesome.)
Modern Data Visualization
Infographics are an easy way to explain complex situations and the real benefit is to show the context of how data, information or knowledge relates to each other. The challenge for modern infographic experts like David McCandless is to optimize infographics that show better information and meaning. The key to marketing and communications in the information age is understanding the rich complexitites of information so that we can make better decisions.
The CMO’s Guide to the Social Landscape (PDF; 455 KB)
2010 is the year CMOs will heavily invest in social media. Here’s a guide to help you understand how to best leverage major social media sites.
This chart from CMO.com includes Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, digg, StumbleUpon, reddit, del.icio.us, Yahoo! Buzz.
This project from Northeastern University and Harvard University shows the daily happiness across the U.S. Using the information from over 300 million tweets, this animated cartogram map shows the national mood variations based on time and geography.
A Geek Chart is a web badge that shows where you share stuff online. Each slice of the Geek Chart is a link to your profile on sites like Flickr, Twitter, Youtube and more.seanwood’s Geek Chart