College Bowl Game Economics: The Cash Behind the Sport [infographic]

January 6, 2012 |  by  |  Education, Sports  |  1 Comment
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As a child of a college athletics marketer I have seen my fair share of college football. Ever since I was a toddler I’d be in the stands during a game completely passed out while the band blasted the fight song over and over. It took me a while to appreciate and watch the whole game, but I’m glad I do now.

This year my team, the Texas Longhorns, won their bowl game. Unfortunately after a rough season filled with interceptions and injuries they weren’t looking too hot going into the bowl game, but somehow pulled off a win. The bowl Texas played at was the Holiday Bowl. One not quite important enough to make today’s infographic.

This graphic takes a look at the Fiesta, Sugar, Orange, Rose and the BSC Championship Bowl. I may have been to the Rose Bowl twice, but I’ve missed out on some of the other big time venues.

Enough about me, let’s talk money. These bowls pull in some major cash. With directors making upwards of $500,000 and billions distributed to the local economies over the years; these college sporting events are a huge business. Be ready to join over 27 million other people watching the LSU Tigers take on Bama’s Crimson Tide this January 9th. Go Tigers! [Via]

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Reddit’s Guide to Fitness [infographic]

January 5, 2012 |  by  |  Health, Internet  |  3 Comments
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Get ready, this infographic packs a punch. The graphic provides a rundown of fitness tips provided by reddit users. I found this infographic particularly interesting and useful. Aggregating information from many sources is a great way to educate while allowing for debate and alteration. I encourage you readers to comment with anything you think is incorrect or enforce certain tips you agree with. I will start by giving a thumbs up for Vibram Five Fingers and a thumbs down to the gallon of milk a day (GOMAD) diet. Milk is delicious no doubt, but like most things, I believe moderation is best.

There’s no doubt that many of you have fitness-related New Year’s resolutions. I hope that all of you drop your resolutions so I have more room in the gym. I hate waiting for exercise machines. Just kidding, I encourage you all to keep up with your goals and feel good about your bodies. The key to success is to not be intimidated by bigger, more fit people in the gym, but rather strive to beat them. [Via]

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‘The Life and Times of Steve Jobs’ Is the Best Infographic of 2011

January 4, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment  |  No Comments
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We featured an infographic a few months back about the life of Steve Jobs. It was extremely popular and captured the heart and minds of millions of people all over the internet. Recently, SoadHead announced that ‘The Life and Times of Steve Jobs’ was voted the best infographic of 2011. The infographic was designed by Infographic World, one of the best infographic design companies – who we’ve had the pleasure of working with for several months now.

Today, I wanted to officially announce our partnership with Infographic World. Our goal is to continue to feature the best infographics on the web, while Infographic World will continue to design them. If you’re looking to create infographics for your brand, I highly reccomend working with them. Email information AT infographicworld.com for more details.

As a bonus, SoadHead developed an infographic that show the results of the infographic competition voting results. Enjoy!

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Hand Jive [infographic]

January 4, 2012 |  by  |  Travel  |  12 Comments
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After reading this infographic, the stadium full of University of Texas Longhorn fans holding up their hands in a symbol of team spirit has a whole new meaning. Apparently, the “longhorn” sign tells Mediterranean cultures that you have been cuckolded, or cheated upon. Texans traveling abroad, watch out where you show your Longhorn pride.

Hand gestures, like culturally specific slang, do not always translate well across countries. American travelers have enough to worry about without inadvertently insulting someone. Today’s infographic makes an example of several popular American gestures. The peace sign moonlights as an often censored expletive when thrown up in Australia or New Zealand, and gesturing to “come here” with the pointer finger is punishable with jail time in the Philippines.

I am sure this goes the other way around– does anyone know of any harmless hand gestures that translate into something derogatory in the United States? [Pimsleur Approach]

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Tech Trends, Past and Future [infographic]

January 3, 2012 |  by  |  Tech  |  No Comments
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Happy New Year, daily infographers! I hope everyone had a safe and exciting new years eve. Aside from a mild fire caused by fireworks, I’d say that my new years eve was exactly that. Today’s infographic looks at the major technological trends of 2011, and predicts three more for the coming year.

The surge in group buying is evident to even the internet novices. Groupons have become very popular, and even smaller companies like campus cred are growing in college towns. These handy group buying websites are great for saving money and great for the technologically inclined.

Geolocation Aps have become increasingly popular throughout the past year for letting your pals know exactly where you are. I’m not big on “checking in” but there is no doubting the popularity of aps like foursquare and facebook locations.

Now as for my favorite technological trend, mobile photo sharing aps has to be the most entertaining. I don’t know any girl who isn’t a total instagram nerd. With the help of a few settings, anyone can become a vintagey hipster photographer.

Now as for future trends, All of these seem quite boring. Maybe because i’m not too involved in complex technology, but hopefully 2012 has some more cutsey trends like instagram to occupy my attention! [Via]

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