By Phil Hecken
I was going to just put up an “Open Thread” for today, being the comments are likely to be light. But what the hey, I had this one put together, so here we go:
Back on Monday, Paul announced the winner of his first “Infographic” contest. He described it thusly:
And speaking of contests”¦: Back in February I promised a T-shirt or a free membership to the reader who devised and submitted the best sports-related infographic. My bad for not following up on that until now, but I’m happy to announce our winner: Mark Peterson, who came up with a series of charts tracking the postseason appearances by MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL teams.
One reason I chose Mark as the winner is that his charts didn’t need any explanation — he provided a key or legend for each one right there on each chart. Almost all the other submissions, as elegant and clever as some of them were, required explanations (sometimes rather lengthy ones) from their respective designers. My feeling is that an infographic is much more effective if it can be understood on its own terms, without an separate instruction manual.
There was a bit more explanation of the Infographics Paul liked in the main article, but then buried deep in the comments, rob h wrote: “I love the infographics ”” anyway you could put up a gallery or a page with links to the non-winning submissions (like the Baseball Project logos) ”” or just link to them here in the comments?” to which Paul replied, “The problem, as I sort of hinted at in the text, is that the other submissions don’t mean anything unless you can read their accompanying explanations, which means I’d have to code up a full entry, blah-blah-blah I’m too lazy the end.”
Not wanting to have those reader submissions go left unseen, I decided I’d help the boss out by coding up a full entry, replete with their accompanying explanations — and those follow below. I love Infographics, and as UW readers have shown, they do too. They’re also quite good at creating them. Dig:
Mickel Yantz has this nice Mariner Infograph:
I did a graph for the Seattle Mariners season records using thier away and alternative jersey colors as well as their sleeve stripes and fonts. After completing it I realized this might have been more impressive if they would ever win something, lol. Thanks for Uni Watch, it’s my morning read.
Seahawks Uniform History
Chris Giorgio came up with an all-sport Uni Graph:
Here is the uniform infographic I designed. It depicts the home/road/alts for each of the teams. In each square, the top is the home, the bottom is the road and the left is the alternate (for home and road) depending on how many different jerseys they wear. There is also a bar at the top to depict the cap/helmet color when applicable. It should be easy to figure out based on which teams (or sports) generally wear white at home and color on the road and vice versa. The sports are shown in the same order from left to right when available: MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL. I left out throwbacks and tried to include upcoming changes like the Broncos’ orange crush jerseys and the Bills’ new white helmets. Hope you like. If you have any suggestions or tweaks feel free to critique.
Illustration & Design
Ross Bergman created a cool infographic that’s best left to him to describe:
Hey, I really like the infographic stuff on the site right now. I made one based on the 2007 Phillies season in a digital art class when I was in college, but it could be applied to any sport and season. Each game in the season is represented by a cell whose color is defined by the uniform colors of the two teams. The two colors are mixed proportionally to the runs scored in the game and the cell’s length is defined by the total runs. I used red for the Phillies, and if the opponent was primarily red, i used their secondary color. The season is split in half, and the idea works well because you can see the Phillies improving as the season goes on.
In the attached picture, there is a key of the opposing teams’ colors in the sequence they played. I’ve done a few others based on football, but I like baseball because of the large number of games. I’m going to do a bunch more based on significant seasons, and I think there are other ways to work with the format.
Take care, and thanks for all the awesome stuff on the site. It’s the equivalent of my morning paper.
Coachie Ballgames came up with a nifty time/space graphic for the UCLA hoops team:
So as your blog today mentioned, UCLA played its last game at Pauley Pavillion before a massive renovation. They haven’t finalized their plans for next season, but it sounds like the men’s basketball team will be playing their home games all over southern California. I made a fun little map showing their potential arenas for next season which you may dig.
And the final infograph comes from Steve Shanabruch, with a cool “Cubs By Numbers”:
I remember last month you were asking people to submit infographics for a chance to win a Uni Watch membership or a t-shirt. Well, I don’t remember seeing any submissions, so boredom this weekend lead me to coming up with one: Chicago Cubs by the Numbers.
I found a site that listed who wore what number throughout the history of the Cubs, so I came up with a way to visually display this. The size of the number is directly related to the number of players that wore each number. So a break down of the graphic:
– The larger the number, the more players that wore it, obviously.
– The most-worn numbers in Cubs history are 15 and 19, and these are displayed in red (48 players/coaches each).
– On second thought, the most-worn number is actually 42, but this is only because all Cubs players have worn 42 on Jackie Robinson day for the last few seasons.
– Retired numbers are denoted by using a circle with pinstripes.
– The least-worn numbers (of the numbers worn) are 72, 76, 81, 94 and 96, all worn by one player/coach. They are displayed on the image (as well as 99, worn by two members of the Cubs), but they are just dots that easily are lost if you’re not looking for them.
So that’s about it.
So that’s it for this round of Infographics — Paul will be continuing this contest. In fact, he said: “I’m happy to do another one of these contests (and promise not to wait a month and a half to announce the winner this time). So if you want to submit more infographics, let’s have ’em.” Keep ’em coming folks — and if Paul isn’t able to code ’em all up, I will.
by Rick Pearson
Mike’s mind is, to say the least, interesting. And remember, today is the day you CAN put them all in one basket.
And your full size version, as always.
We have another nice of tweaks today.
If you have a tweak, change or concept for any sport, send them my way.
Remember, if possible, try to keep your descriptions to ~50 words (give or take) per tweak. You guys have been great a keeping to that, and it’s much appreciated!
And so, lets begin:
Up first is Paul Lee, who typically stays under the “50” word max by…about 49:
Next up is Alex “Insert Nickname Here” Poterack, with a nice update for the Crew:
This tweak is really just a combination of two basic ideas: 1, bring back the ball and glove logo in the current colors; and 2, get rid of the drop shadow on the wordmark. My limited photoshop skills worked well enough getting rid of the drop shadow on a big version of the logo, but shrinking it down to uni size made it look messy, so try to imagine the big version when looking at the full uni I sent over.
And closing down the tweak show today is Colin Wilcox, with a Rays tweak:
The 2 TB logos attached would be the logos featured on their hats.
Great job today, tweakers. Back next month with more.
Everyone have a great Sunday — for all who celebrate, Happy Easter.
Black is a Mets color now, and the Mets are a black team. Maybe they shouldn’t be, but they are, and that’s just a fact. — R. Scott Rogers