Tuesday, July 6, 2010

So You Want to Watch YouTube Flowchart

I was really inspired by the So You Need a Typeface poster and figured, why not make one for which YouTube channel to watch? It was a bit of a bigger undertaking than I originally anticipated, taking about 3 days from start to finish. I began by making a list of everyone I'm subscribed to and other popular YouTubers I thought should be on it. Then I divided them into Vloggers, Musicians, and Everyone Else, and just went at making a really ugly graph showing all the different routes. I had to cut some people out since their channels were just too similar to others I had already used, so if you're not on here please don't feel offended. If I included everyone I wanted to it would probably be about twice as big! Finally, I designed this final piece, which luckily, everything fit perfectly into.

Enjoy and let me know what you think either in the comments or on Twitter.



In terms of technical details, I designed it in Adobe Illustrator CS3 (using only a touchpad - my hands were really sore afterwards). The typeface used is Univers Bold Condensed. Since it's vector it could be printed as a poster, but for now I'm only distributing it as a computer wallpaper. If you really want it larger, get in touch with why and maybe we can work something out.

By the way, if you want to watch my videos, I post under the username xperpetualmotion. You may enjoy this recent vlog in which I complain about typography. And if you want to see more of my design work, click through the rest of this blog or check out my website. I will be attending VidCon next week, so if you see me there, come say hi!

If you want to share this, here is a short link:
http://bit.ly/youtubechart

55 comments:

  1. the only comment i have is that in the top right corner, one of the question bubbles says "do you need avice?"

    is that supposed to be advice? :)

    otherwise: really awesome!!

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  2. This is one of the most awesome things I've ever seen, and I'm truly honored to be included in it :)

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  3. That is pretty much the coolest thing ever! My favorite answer was, "Decepticon! Your punishment is Fred!" That made me laugh. Really well thought out from the design to the questions. I'm surprised that it ONLY took you three days. Looks like it should have taken longer. Well done!
    - Laura

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  4. OMG!! That is AWESOME!! Ok, apparently I need to subscribe to a couple more people. Truely mind-blowing amazing. Thanks for sharing. Sent by John.

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  5. Karen, these posts are just wonderful. I've been reading almost since I found you April '09, with a few skipped posts, BUT! I just figured since you don't get many comments, that I'd let you know that I think you're one of the most wonderfully creative people I know. Your use of Photoshop and (insert what other applications you use) is top notch! Keep up the great work. I hope you don't mind, I made this flowchart my BG :-)

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  6. Wow. I'm sure this took you ages to sort out and to organize! Awesome job. But I feel like this should be "So You Want to Watch YouTube (Nerdfighter edition)". I feel like it's missing a bit more, like the tech vloggers, the game vloggers, the beauty vloggers (apart from Michelle Phan). But still, this is pretty amazing. :)

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  7. You are my hero. This is dripping with awesome.

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  8. That is amazing!

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  9. Hahaha "Decepticon. Your punishment is Fred."

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  10. This chart is amazing, Karen!

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  11. Karen, you are my hero for making this. =)

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  12. "Do you hate Twilight?" "No" "Get off my flowchart." BEST. THING. EVER.

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  13. Not to detract from an amazing flowchart, but isn't SisterSalad technically three people? I know Invisisis is just a hand and an otherwise disembodied voice (and, I think mismatched socks), but she still counts as a person, right?

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  14. karen this is awesome. I love the little hidden easter eggs, like "do you hate twilight?" "no" "get out of my flowchart" and the paige railstone bit. :) the hard work was well worth it, this looks so good. I'd make it my wallpaper but I'm currently rocking the deathly hallows movie poster soooo

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  15. OH MY GOD.

    Karen you are simply awesome. Gotta say this as a poster would be pretty epic, kind of really want.

    Fave: “Get out of my flowchart” and “Deception your punishment is Fred” lolololol

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  16. This is FANTASTIC, Karen! Glad to see that Steve made it on!

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  17. Thank you for saying that everyone likes me :)

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  18. Use a mouse or tablet darn it, you're doing to ruin your hands! -points to own ruined hands- Bu yeah, crazyness this is

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  19. That is awesome! I am totally using that as a wallpaper once I get my new computer. =]

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  20. I really would love to get this as a poster!

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  21. You are pretty much my hero right now, Karen. :D

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  22. I agree, where ARE the Shaytards? (yes, I just browsed the entire graphic to see where the Shaytards or Shaycarl were.)

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  23. Dude. That's some serious awesome. You did a really great job!

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  24. I love this. I could tell immediately when I saw it on GraphJam that it had been made by a nerdfighter. Just one question: You put peron75 under Never Sings? Seriously?? The man makes everything a song! Maybe you only know him from Ask Buck, but seriously... yes, he sings. (And also Sister Salad is three people, but Invisis rarely makes videos, so that's a fair assessment.)

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  25. How can you miss out Kevjumba? D=
    He's the 9th most subscribed youtuber!
    And Happyslip too!



    Just kidding. Great job. ^^

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  26. *waves hello to my new desktop picture*
    Excellent work!

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  27. Hey may I turn this flow chart into a website?

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  28. HAHA Do you like Twilight? no --> Get out of my flowchart

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  29. Flowchart definitely needs Shaytards in there.

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  30. Yeah I was totally looking for Shaytards!

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  31. NONE OF THIS MAKES ANY SENSE TO ME. Of course you could call me crazy, but i think your a nut how in the world would this do any good to anyone, and your vid was so short the only thing i got out of it was that you like typeography which seems kinda gay to me but what the hell to each his own

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  32. hi karen,
    would have loved to see the vid.. can't find it in youtube or in your link.

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  33. <3 "get out of my flowchart" LOL!

    but, needz moar cats. kthx.

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  34. This is so awesome.
    Especially if you choose not to support charities, your punishment is fred! HAHA.
    Anyway, I got nerimon. Aaaah <3

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  35. where are the SHAYTARDS? SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS SHAYTARDS !!!!!!!

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  36. this is incredible! very very very good job!

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  37. Missing Sxephil too, or maybe I just didn't see him. If you have Shane Dawson, you need to put Phillip Defranco. Also missing Onison.

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  38. this is the coolest thing I have ever seen!! you definitely should have included the user "jacksfilms" on there, but seriously this is the coolest thing I have ever seen. It must have taken you forever!!

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  39. Thats hurtful, i am a musician and my girlfriend and all of her friends all say im hot

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  40. Do you usually write just for your website or maybe for any other Internet or offline portals?

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  41. Hello there ! I was pleased as soon as I opened this web page of your domain. What was your motivation at that moment when you received an idea to organize your site?

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  42. XD Get out of my flowchart!

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  43. I don't know about you guys, but this is the most complex flowchart diagram I've ever seen. However I did not see that it was drawn with flowchart symbols . Still its legit

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  45. where's the game theorists on here?

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