Wednesday, 16 of April of 2014

Data visualization - data transfer rates.

Wherein the author dances with a data visualization project to demonstrate differences in data transfer rates.

One evening, I was backing up data to Blu-ray, and while I was aware that “1x” means something different with regard to CD, DVD and Blu-ray, it occurred to me that I didn’t know the relationship between the speeds without looking them up.

I decided to make an infographic detailing the comparative speeds of various physical media, and to highlight the speeds that were still widely commercially available.  As the flash media “x” scale is the same as that of CD, it seemed to be an obvious inclusion.

Eventually, I wanted to compare broadband speeds, historical dialup speeds, hard drive interface speeds, and even RAM speeds, all of which are so different that it requires a log scale in order to compare them adequately.  I used a bit of color where the categories became crowded, but mostly kept it neutral and dark.

The project was primarily for my own use, and I’m pretty happy with it.  The image was designed with a 24 x 48 inch print in mind.  I may consider selling prints for this piece if there is any demand, but for now the image is linked to a full-size PDF if you’d like to print it yourself.

Thanks notcot!

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in December 23rd, 2010 @ 06:25

Wow, how long did it take to complete this infographic? Very impressive and nice. Thanks


in December 23rd, 2010 @ 07:17

Thanks! The bulk of the time to do the project was spent in procrastination, then every couple of days I’d throw an hour or two at it. Most of the actual productive time was just nitpicking details in Illustrator, I’d say maybe 12 hours altogether, but it was over a period of a few weeks.

David B. Wildgoose

in January 7th, 2011 @ 06:22

Useful. Thanks!


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