The Financial Times has created a giant videographic project in NYC’s Grand Central Station. Check out details about the installation and watch some of the videos (on business and the global economy) at http://ftgraphicworld.ft.com. Has anyone seen it yet in person?
From the 2012 Military Balance report. (via)
There’s also a 2012 Chart of Conflict – but I couldn’t find a decent sized image on their site. I think they want you to buy it.
I’ve posted charts based on Maddison’s GDP dataset before, but here’s a new one that tacks on IMF projections. Obviously, the timeline scale isn’t linear and thus distorts things a bit, but the broad point is the same.
Artist Gary Simpson created a series of frescos in 2006 based on global indicators from the CIA’s factbook. A bit stylized, to say the least, but I applaud the effort. Below are my favorites:
I’m not a fan of the Heritage Foundation, and the one time I dug into the data of their Economic Freedom Index I found that they occasionally compare apples and oranges to get around data scarcity – BUT: they do put a large research effort into the report each year. The below interactive map is well executed – but you should drill down to country level data to get a feel for what is really being measured (click on a country, then the “learn more about this country” link that pops up in the lower left. Why this requires two steps I have no idea).
A sankey diagram illustrating where one particular Shanghai office worker spends his money.
Another cool piece from HistoryShots – this one looking at the growth, consolidation, and death of automobile companies.
There are a number of interesting and well designed charts in the 2011 Global Wealth Report from Credit Suisse. The private sector actually does a lot of good analysis and visualization work that just doesn’t get publicized much.
This one took me a minute to figure out – it’s showing distribution of wealth by decile:
There are a series of charts on wealth and age:
Thanks to Sean R for sending in the link!
A billion here, a billion there – soon you’re talking about real money.
News reports often focus on debt to gdp ratios, but it’s powerful to actually show the magnitudes of each, and compare the amounts already committed to what remains to be financed, as is done here by Spiegel:
A rawer way of looking at the debt of all of the PIIGS, in piles of euros:
This version shows who loaned Greece the money:
The World Economic Forum always has some interesting visualizations and info-videos.
Global Risk Map:
Interactive Risk Explorer (be sure to play with the menu tabs on the right):
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