Archives for the month of: September, 2011
  1. Fashion model income data
  2. NBA economics (via the Browser)
  3. Not good (via Marginal Revolution)
  4. Kodak vs. Tumblr
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Ben Fry at Fathom just released a great interactive visualization of the companies listed in the Fortune 500 from 1955 to 2010. Go spend a minute or two clicking around in the graphic and trying the different views (by rank, revenue, and profit). You’ll notice the following types of companies:

  1. The ones that have been topping the ranks for a long time (e.g., Exxon Mobil, GE)
  2. The ones that have maintained their real revenue and profit levels but declined in rank (e.g., Hormel Foods)
  3. The ones that have fallen from grace (e.g., Citigroup)
  4. The rising stars (e.g., Progressive)
  5. Walmart, the Numero Uno – what happened around 1995 that catapulted the company to the top of the Fortune 500s list from its earlier “obscurity”?

Ben’s goal with this visualization was to “show how 84,000 data points could easily be viewed and navigated in an interactive piece.” Well, I think he’s accomplished that and then some. (HT FlowingData)