Cliff Kuang

Cliff was director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.
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Infographic Of The Day: Everything About The Mobile App Market

Everything you hear about these days is mobile-app this and mobile-app that. But what does the mobile-app market look like? What do people want from apps? And what does the competitive landscape look like when you compare iPhone to Windows to Android? Lucky for you, we have answers, thanks to James West of GDS Infographics, who created this superb collection of facts and figures for the iStrategy conference. Let’s dive in.

Infographic Of The Day: Everything About The Mobile App Market
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Infographic Of The Day: The Rebirth Of Apple’s Product Strategy

People often talk about Apple’s rebirth under Steve Jobs as if it were purely a matter of design innovation and brilliant products. (I know: We’re guilty of this too.) But the fact is that the Second Coming of Jobs owed a large part of its success to some pretty savvy corporate strategy. A perfect illustration of this comes thanks to Pop Chart Lab’s newest poster, “The Insanely Great History of Macintosh.” Look closely, and you can actually see three distinct phases of Apple’s overall product strategy.

Infographic Of The Day: The Rebirth Of Apple’s Product Strategy
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Infographic Of The Day: NYC Finally Builds A Better Subway Map

Hardcore New Yorkers tend to shake their heads at tourists confusedly poring over the NYC Subway Map. After all, what could possibly be so confusing about that damn thing? A lot, actually. But the map has been around so long and changed so little from its basic navigation that the problems tend to hide in plain sight. There is, however, a fascinating little suggestion at improvements buried on the MTA’s website. Understanding what makes it great takes a bit of comparison though. First, let’s look at the current map:

Infographic Of The Day: NYC Finally Builds A Better Subway Map
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Infographic Of The Day: Is There A Nuclear Bomb In Your Backyard?

I’ll bet that unless you live with a nuclear power plant in your community, nuclear power is almost vanishingly abstract. You hear about it all the time, but you never see it. Well, Mother Jones is trying to fix that, with a map of the country’s nuclear power plants, nuclear research facilities, and nuclear bombs. It’s interesting stuff: Between the lines, you can read a few stories about national security and urban planning.

Infographic Of The Day: Is There A Nuclear Bomb In Your Backyard?
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Infographic Of The Day: A Visual Guide To Fixing Your Home

I’ll bet that the last time you called a repairman to come fix something in your house, you were stuck with a bill in the ballpark of $250 and an annoying revelation: I could have done that. After all, the dude probably just pulled some tube from his truck and slotted in to your washing machine, taking all of five minutes to do so. (Note: This actually just happened to me.) The truth, of course, is that you probably could not have fixed the problem.

Infographic Of The Day: A Visual Guide To Fixing Your Home
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Infographic Of The Day: The Many Languages Of Twitter

In the physical world, we tend to identify ourselves by nationality. But online, where you can reach across cyberspace and speak directly and instantaneously with someone 6,000 miles away without ever passing through customs, nationality isn’t nearly as meaningful. The real borders are created by language: Language is what makes someone addressable no matter where he is. Language is what you share with strangers above all else. Language is your passport into a new community of people.

Infographic Of The Day: The Many Languages Of Twitter
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Infographic Of The Day: Bloomberg And Frog Turn Raw Data Into Branding

Bloomberg is a sprawling, billion-dollar enterprise, which creates a distinct problem if you’re trying to explain what the company actually does. They do lots of things, ranging from law research to sports research for team managers to, of course, stock-market data crunching. “Many people have a single association with Bloomberg, as a wire service of a market-data provider,” says Jen Walsh, Bloomberg’s head of digital marketing. “We wanted our website to shine a light on other aspects of the business.”

Infographic Of The Day: Bloomberg And Frog Turn Raw Data Into Branding
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Infographic Of The Day: The Incredible Power Of StumbleUpon

Running a website is a nerve-wracking business, because traffic on the web is so fickle: At Co.Design, the difference between a superb month and an average one can be a single hit on StumbleUpon. So I knew the power that the social-bookmarking site has. But I had no idea that their influence was so unbelievably huge until I saw this infographic by Column Five. Simply put, StumbleUpon is a roaming traffic monster, able to make or break content all across the web.

Infographic Of The Day: The Incredible Power Of StumbleUpon
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Infographic Of The Day: How Men And Women Differ When Making Big Sales

We all know that men and women approach most everything in life slightly differently–and sometimes, wildly differently. How does this affect the way they each do business? Rarely do you get a data set that reveals much about that question, but here’s a remarkable one from the data-viz wizards over at Trulia, the real estate listings website. They took a look at the gender balance between real estate agents across the country, and the results are pretty remarkable.

Infographic Of The Day: How Men And Women Differ When Making Big Sales
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