How Our Laws Are Made

An award-winning infographic explaining a bill's journey to becoming a law

Winner of the Sunlight Foundation‘s Design For America challenge, the colorful infographic “How Our Laws Are Made” offers clarity on the actions of the U.S. government. Using an enticing rainbow flow chart, the graphic simplifies the process while still showing the numerous steps (or missteps) for a bill to become a law. (Full size here.) One of the eight winners profiled online at Good Magazine, …

Toilets of the World

A new book surveys loos around the world

The new book “Toilets of the World” examines the various approaches that different cultures take for relieving themselves. Authors Mona E. Gregory and Sian James write, “Toilets are bay windows with a view on to a given population.” They begin with a brief history of the toilet, from Middle Ages chamber pots to the invention of the flush toilet—it originated in (where else) Greece, and …

Oil Primer: Where It Comes From, Where It Goes

Offshore drilling goes under the microscope in a smart new infographic

From artist Stanford Kay, this exhaustive infographic (click here for full size) shows the sticky situations many nations face with their high dependence on oil and limited resources for getting it. Created in response to the recent BP oil spill as an increasing omnipresent reminder of the dark side of modern life, we appreciate how data visualizations such as this (regularly featured on Good Magazine) …