Star Trek (The Original Series): The Infographic

If you were a fan of the original Star Trek television series, you probably remember lots of little details about the show. And you might even feel sorry for the people who don't get the clever references you make to things from the show. If you're that person, then you'll love this infographic -- it summarizes the most memorable things from all the episodes of the original series!

But first, to get you into the mood for a nostalgic trip down Star Trek's memory lane, here's a picture of a clever shirt, making reference to one of those Star Trek-isms. (Thanks for the picture, David!)

I want to start by saying that I am not the original designer of this infographic. All the data collection, design, layout, etc was done by sophie-the-vampire-slayer on tumblr. Here's her note describing her infographic: "A Star Trek Infographic AKA The Numbers of How This Show Ruined My Life. An infographic I did for a uni assignment, researched by sitting down in front of the box set and keeping tally marks." I was so impressed by her work, that I had to try to imitate it with our SAS software!

Here's a snapshot of my SAS version -- I encourage you to click it, to see the full-size interactive version, so you can see all the details. It also has HTML mouseover-text, and when you click items in the infographic, it will drill-down to various web pages about that topic (some are direct links to specific pages, and others launch Google searches - note that the Google searches could potentially return images/etc that are not safe for work, so you might want to explore the drill-downs from your home compuer). Other than the pie chart, everything else was done using annotate on a blank GSlide. Here's a link to the code, if you're curious about that.

If you compare my version to the original, you'll notice that I hardly made any changes to Sophie's original design/layout (this speaks very highly of Sophie's work!) Below are a list of the few minor changes I made in my version:

  • I used a checkmark instead of an 'x' for the items in Kirk's Love Story.
  • In Kirk's Love Story, I left-justified the text, so it's closer to the checkbox.
  • I used the same font for all the numbers, so they would be consistent.
  • I leave off the leading zero in the Deaths by Shirt Color summary (the leading '0' could be mistaken for an '8').
  • I used a cleaner/simpler graphic for the dna and ripped shirt.

I hope you enjoyed this infographic - feel free to leave a comment, if it has sparked a memory of a favorite Star Trek episode!

This content was reposted from the SAS Learning Post. Go there to view the original.

Robert Allison, The Graph Guy!, SAS

Robert Allison has worked at SAS for more than 20 years and is perhaps the foremost expert in creating custom graphs using SAS/GRAPH. His educational background is in computer science, and he holds a BS, MS, and PhD from North Carolina State University. He is the author of several conference papers, has won a few graphic competitions, and has written a book calledSAS/GRAPH: Beyond the Basics.

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Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/19/2017 7:13:14 PM

It does contain a 'graphic' (pie chart)! :)


Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/16/2017 10:22:08 PM

Not to be picky here, but can someone please confirm or deny the definition of infographic. Is it not the visual interpretation of data or a data visualization. I like what we have here, but this is more a plain graphic, a poster, an illustration. Essentially, collection of letters and numbers. Again, not to be picky because I think it's fun. But I also think that we here need to be holding ourselves to a higher #dataviz standard.

Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/16/2017 9:42:03 PM

Did you hear the one about the time a Storm Trooper and a red shirt met?

Well, the Storm Trooper shot first, shot multiple times; and as is their pattern, missed with every shot.

The red shirt?

He died anyway. ;-)

Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/16/2017 4:39:36 PM

@Robert Love it, and the shirt! But you knew that already as per our previous Star Trek reference. Some other interesting counts would be the number of times Spock says, "fascinating" or  the number of times McCoy says, "I'm a doctor, not a ..." 

Red Shirts
  • 6/16/2017 1:09:42 PM

@Robert - The original infographic is quite good. I like every one of your change except the one for the rip in Kirk's shirt. To me, the original version looks more like a rip and your version looks more like lightning or maybe a pin that would be worn on the show.

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