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Infographic: Love is a Battlefield

Each week, TAXI will curate a selection of new products and projects from Fast Company's Co.Design, a web magazine that showcases the people, products and projects that are roiling the design world. This series will join other picks from technology to fashion to architecture and interiors, all culled from select blogs and websites.

Infographic of the Day: Love Is a Battlefield
Remember how Pat Benatar sang that love is a battlefield? Truer words were never spoken, and along those lines, infographics whiz Lee Byron has used a technique better known for showing war casualties to visualize how sexual relationships begin, flower, and die.

If this graph seems at all familiar, that's because Edward Tufte holds it up as one of the greatest examples of data viz ever made—in fact, he sells prints of the chart on his website.

But back to love! Lee Byron, best known as the inventor of the streamgraph you see on Last.Fm and elsewhere, used a Sankey Graph to visualize the war of attrition that happens from the first date onwards, using data drawn from Durex's sex survey, the U.S. Census, and elsewhere.

As you can see, there are 3 million first dates every single day. Some of those end up in a one-night stand. Hell, some even end up in marriage. But 56% of married couples aren't satisfied with their sex lives, and 22% of them scratch that itch by cheating. And as you can see from the side chart, cheating varies by culture—a whopping 58% of Turks admit to having something on the side while just 7% of Israelis do.

Meanwhile, on the pie chart on the bottom left, you can see all the reasons why relationships break up, from bad sex to a loss of spark. (Of course, 30% say "other," but we're guessing that's because every break up feels totally unique when you're going through it.)

And all the way down at the end? 5.8% of people die having never married. Which, come to think of it, sounds like a good thing at times.

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More cool design picks, courtesy of Fast Company's Co.Design:

1. Pot Sold in Eco-Friendly Packaging
Green greens.

2. A Bank HQ Built for Total Transparency
Trust the banks, they said.

3. The World's Smallest Legible Font for
an LCD Screen

Only 5-pixels high.

4. Papercraft Sculptures Look Like
M.C. Escher in 3-D

From 'artist-engineer' Elod Beregszaszi.

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