Posts Tagged ‘ information graphics ’

Surfing: How big is that wave?

From an old issue of Status magazine, this first spread is a smart way to indicate the relative height of a wave by comparing it to a 6-story building, a tree, and person holding an umbrella—well you don’t want to get wet with all this surf everywhere do you?

There’s another comparison on the right side of the second spread that references Japanese artists Hokusai’s famous wave painting.

If you want to see some truly awe-inspiring extreme sport, search for videos of the surfers at Cortez Bank.



Disinformation graphics

Pretty. But would you spend the time trying to unscramble this?


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Fast Company April 2013











Italy: statistically speaking

The best graphics should be clear to all audiences regardless of language. These two pages from the anniversary supplement of Panorama magazine do just that.

It’s a disaster, naturally

This graphic timeline adapted from Bloomberg Businessweek shows the relative cost of natural disasters in the United States from 1980 to the present day. The article points out that the number of natural disasters since 1996 costing $1bn or more doubled, compared with the previous 15 years. More proof of the effects of global warming perhaps?

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Handwriting = street cred

According to an article in Bloomberg Businessweek, the young, and out of work, who voted for President Obama in 2008 may not be running to cast their vote for him at the next election. However that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be voting for the opposition either. According to the article, only 47 percent of 18 to 29 year olds say they will definitely vote this year, down from 64% in 2008.

Take a look at the design of the supporting graphics. BBW’s designer lends an unusual visual perspective to the magazine’s frequently imaginative treatment of statistics. And the fading out of the photos suggests the young voter’s evaporating participation to the electorate, in a subtle but effective way.

A few lines are worth a thousand words

Bloomberg Business Week June 4, 2012

These trend lines plotted over the last 12 months, indicate a gradual downward path in areas such as tax revenue, electricity output and exports. Additionally, sales of mobile phone are down 13% over the last 12 months.

Things in China may be worse than everyone thought, and this graphic shows this decline better than any narrative.

Of course if you want to know why, then you’ll have to read the article.