Breaking Bad Periodic Tables

by Drew Skau 1 year ago Filed Under: Design


Breaking Bad is back in the public consciousness since the second part of its final season got started last week. Along with that renewed awareness comes a whole slew of infographics about the show. Some of them are actually not bad:

Inside Walt

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But many of them were created by people who couldn’t resist the urge to use a periodic table. Some of them are even currently running (fairly successful) Kickstarter campaigns to produce these tables!


 

The data that goes into these infographics certainly doesn’t belong in a periodic table because… well, that data isn’t periodic.

Breaking Bad: A Periodic Table of Elements

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And if you’re looking for originality, using a periodic table to visualize Breaking Bad is certainly not the answer (there are at least four of them already)…

Asesinados por Walter White

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So, whenever you see one of these, think to yourself about the people involved: “Did you learn nothing from chemistry class?

Breaking Bad Periodic table

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If you’re a designer, deciding whether or not a periodic table is appropriate for your data really isn’t hard: Don’t make periodic tables if the data isn’t periodic. You should care about the quality of your product.

 
Drew Skau is Visualization Architect at Visual.ly and a PhD Computer Science Visualization student at UNCC with an undergraduate degree in Architecture. You can follow him on twitter @SeeingStructure