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    The original infographic on The Guardian — www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/oct/04/microsoft-motor... — was pretty difficult to read, so I arranged these two graphics based on the same data.

    The sizes are weighted depending on how many lawsuits connections there were. For the graphic on the left, suing someone would increase the size, receiving a lawsuit would decrease the size; vice-versa for the graphic on the right. It's pretty interesting to see that Kodak is actually the largest aggressor, and Sharp & Motorola were the largest receivers.

    (Note, I never claimed to be a brilliant infographic designer. I'm sure others can do better. This was just done quickly to better represent the landscape.)

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    1. ghshephard 43 months ago | reply

      I think your circle sizes are off. For example, Kodak is tiny on the right, but it should be the same size as RIM, MS, ELAN, Oracle. So, either Kodak gets bigger, or Oracle gets smaller.

    2. Oluseyi [deleted] 43 months ago | reply

      No, ghshephard. On the right suing someone DECREASES size; Kodak is suing four parties whereas RIM is only suing two, so Kodak would be two orders of magnitude smaller. However, RIM should be the same size as MS, since they're both suing two other parties.

    3. varantz 43 months ago | reply

      Congrats, this is now far more confusing than the original, which was shamelessly copied from Nick Bilton of NYT to begin with - link here

      If you want to make this into an infographic it needs to represent something that informs. Break it down by lawsuit damages amount relative to market cap and group it into something coherent where some context is given. What you have is bunch of circles from Omnigraffle.

    4. nakedgremlin 43 months ago | reply

      One sad thing regarding the original infographic on The Guardian is the fact that it was clearly created in Powerpoint. It even has the 'red-squiggle of spelling error' underneath Qualcomm.

      It's a sad graph.

      These here are happier.

    5. pconigs 43 months ago | reply

      varantz,
      Sorry I confused you more. As I said, I'm not an infographic designer. I just wanted to take a stab at redesigning a very confusing infographic that features multiple overlapping arrows and non-weighted circles.

    6. Stitch 43 months ago | reply

      The lawyers are making a killing.

    7. charlesarthur 43 months ago | reply

      @nakedgremlin "One sad thing regarding the original infographic on The Guardian is the fact that it was clearly created in Powerpoint."

      It was created in Apple's Pages. I don't claim to be a great infographic designer either, but give me the tools and I'll have a go.

      A lot of the data did come from Nick Bilton's graphic (as it says in the graphic's caption, which credits the NYT) but more have happened since then, which I added (such as Oracle/Google and Microsoft/Motorola; turns out that there is no lawsuit in Microsoft/HTC, only a patent licence agreement. Sorry to break your graphic, @pconigs.)

      And in some ways the intention was to make the graphic look confusing, **because the situation is confusing**. Sometimes, you can't simplify the complexity out, although Design Language has done a lovely job. I've asked to know what tools s/he used, as I'll use those in future.

    8. wideEyedPupil 43 months ago | reply

      @charlesarthur Any drawing Application that can place text on a curved path can do this kind of plot. Many graphic designers would do this in Illustrator, but a heap of others Applications could do it. Rotating the text object 'n' times by 'o' degrees around a central point is very easy in Illustrator for instance. As are bezier curves with arrows. Doesn't The Guardian have graphic designers on staff any more?

      These plots are often used to discover patterns in much larger data sets with many interrelated relationships. For example, investigating insurance fraud between a huge set of of drivers all claiming back injuries, investigators unravelled carefully disguised webs of drivers not dumb enough to fake collisions between 2 or 3 drivers, but dishonest to do it in extended family and ethnic groups. This type of plotting was to great effect in the Costigan Royal Commission into organised crime (Aust 1980s) if I remember correctly.

      Also used by my Yr8 Teacher to work out 4 new class groups for Yr9 from 128 students, purportedly to keep friends together but perhaps to break crime gangs up also ;-)

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