50 most stunning examples of data visualization and infographics

“A picture is worth a thousand words”, if I had a penny for every time I heard that!! There is so much data in the world today that it has become impossible for us to analyze them with patience. Data as we perceive it, need not be boring, bland and cumbersome to remember. To make complex things seem simple, is Creativity and using pictures to represent data has been an age old method to analyze data in a fun way.

From navigating the web in an entirely new dimension to understanding how the human brain works; from peeking into how Google has evolved to analyzing the inner working of the geeky mind, Infographics has completely changed the way we view content and visualize data.

Today, information is ubiquitous; it surrounds the world as we know it. It surround us in the media, in published works both pedestrian and scientific, in road signs and manuals. What if there were ways in which we can transform this raw information into something more illustrative and visually stunning.

Information graphics or infographics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics are used where complex information needs to be explained quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. They are also used extensively as tools by computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians to ease the process of developing and communicating conceptual information. They illustrate information that would be unwieldy in text form, and act as a visual shorthand for everyday concepts such as stop and go.

Although they were being used heavily only in children’s books, where pictures convey more information than the text themselves, they are also common in scientific literature, where they illustrate physical systems, especially ones that cannot be photographed such as diagrams of inner workings of a subsystems, astronomical diagrams, and images of microscopic or sub-microscopic systems.

Modern maps, especially route maps for transit systems, use infographic techniques to integrate a variety of information, such as the conceptual layout of the network, destination points, and local landmarks. Traffic signs and other public signs rely heavily on information graphics, such as stylized human figures, icons and emblems to represent concepts such as yield, caution, and the direction of traffic. Technical manuals make extensive use of diagrams and also common icons to highlight warnings, dangers, and standards certifications.

The terms Data visualization and Infographics are used interchangeably, the former means the study of visual representation of data and the latter is its representation per se.

In this article, I have showcased some of the most creative infographics and data visualization examples, along with some really effective tools to help you improve your skills in creating infographics. Enjoy the journey!

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1) Twitter Users Infographic

Twitter has revolutionized the way we look at social media. It has improved interaction and elevated collaboration to a whole new level. This Twitter Infographic tries to show the different types of twitter users out there, with a humorous twist. Using the twitter mascot was a clever ploy and adds a visual interest many infographics with their overuse of circles seemingly choose to ignore. eye-catching, clever and entertaining – what every infographic seeks to be.

twitter user infographic

2) BuySellAds Infographic

Arguably, the most awesome Ad service agency we have seen, BSA has evolved to a whole new level in two years, completely changing the way we interact with our advertisers. They recently celebrated their second birthday and what more could make things better than looking at their success in an artistic manner. In today’s Internet, promoting your site, your self or your company can be tricky. BSA has done a decent job of this with this company infographic.

BSA ad infographic

3) Can I afford an iPad

Achieving over 300,000 sales in the first couple of days, iPad has definitely become the most popularly sold gadget after the iPhone. But, at an exorbitant price of $729 for a mid-range iPad, here’s a look at what you’ll have to do to earn the scratch to get one.

ipad infographic

4) Digital Lifestyle Infographic

How does your choices affect your digital life? This infographic tries to answer this question in a very interesting and fun manner. It maily answers these questions:

  • What kind of batteries should I use?
  • How much and what kind of memory will I need?
  • How do I connect to my existing gadgets and computers?
  • How will it work in my car?
  • Do I have an available connection?
  • Where can I add a new gadget?

digital life

5) Top World Football Earners’ infographic

This infographic sports a very detailed and large collection of information on the top earners for world football (soccer for US fans). It showcases crisp graphics with vibrant colors that pop from a neutral gray background; and easy-to-find information make this a winner of a sports infographic.

football earner infographic

6) The Human Subway Map

Underskin  is an infographic that traces the routes of eight different systems within the body (Digestive, Respiratory, Arterial, etc.), and highlights the major connection points.

human body

7) Rubik Cube Infographic

The king of all puzzles, but the most annoying realisation once solved, the Rubik’s cube has been puzzling us for years. However, this infographic is Simple and right to the point. Exactly the opposite of Rubik’s Cube. What puzzle solver from the 80s wouldn’t have wanted this infographic on their wall. Well, okay, only the nerdy ones. But you still have to appreciate the simple style of this image. The 2.25″ x 2.25″ square that took over world.

rubik cube puzzle

8 ) The Crayola Crayon Timeline (1935-2010)

This infographic depicts the average growth rate for color: 2.56% annually. For maximum understandability and to make it simpler, Crayola’s Law states: The number of colors doubles every 28 years!

color infographic9) Infographic Airplane : The Kulula Airlines

A new way of understanding the anatomy of the Airplane :)

airplane infographic

10) Big Brothers Satellite orbiting the Earth

How many countries have stuck satellites up into space, how many of those satellites are working, part-working or just bits of junk? This graphic may help to shed some light on this.

satellite infographic

11) Historical Browser Statistics

This is one of my favorites. Its a Flash Application and It shows the browser share of various browsers from the time it started to the time it started looking more like a dominance thing.  A cool online tool for viewing historical browser market share statistics. Witness the demice of Internet Explorers dominant control of the market with this intelligent custom visualisation. This somewhat reminds me of the Firefox logo.

browser share

12) Electromagnetic Spectrum

Its XKCD, and I dont need to explain further :)

electromagnetic spectrum

13) 16 Infographic resumes : A visual trend

A number of designers have attempted to design a visual, infographic resume, and while this is certainly not mainstream (yet), it is gaining some momentum.

creative resume

14) How 3D works

For those of you who saw Avatar, I’m sure you are bamboozled about how the 3D glasses work and what the heck it actually is. Well, think no more. This, one of a kind infographic might help you understand the working of the glasses better.

15) The Conversation Prism

The art of listening, learning and Sharing.

16) World of Warcraft

Only after looking at this infographic, i  understood the magnitude of popularity, WoW a.k.a World of warcraft has. The creators of WoW, Blizzrd entertainment have created a revolution in the MMoRPG industry. Take a look at this awesome statistics

world of warcraft infographic

17) Web 2.0 Visual Thinkmap

web 2.0 visual thinking

18) US Money Infographic

19) 50 years of Space Exploration

The space has always enchanted us with amazing new possibilities of perception. The cosmic world is a huge experience in itself. The space nerd in me can’t stop looking at this however. Stunning / beautifully drawn info-graphic of the past 50 years of space exploration.

20) A illustrated guide to using Twitter

Twitter has seen an immense growth within a very short amount of time. Whether it’s the web we are surfing or the TV, there is somebody somewhere talking about twitter. I am an avid user of twitter since the design boom caught up I use twitter to meet like minded people, share content and stay informed about current news and any events that might be of interest to me.

Below you will find a visual guide to twitter which highlights some of the ways twitter can be helpful either for personal use or business.

twitter user

21) Balance your media diet

Practicing good nutrition keeps your mind sharp, your body fit, and your life long. The same could be said for consuming media.

media food guide

22) PETA vs Animals (with all due respect)

PETA a.k.a People for Ethical Treatment for Animals is a non profit animals rights group which works on protecting animals and liberating them from any kind of evil/ non-domestic treatment. They are doing a great thing, however there are some things which cannot always stay away from the radar. Take a look

PETA vs animals

23) 15 things you don’t know about the Human Brain

The human brain is arguably the most complex control system ever modeled. Nobody yet understands to a satisfactory level how it works at the molecular level. Although so many attempts and theories have been proposed, its still under speculation and empirical stages.

the human brain

24) Happiness in countries

happiness in countries

25) How much is a Petabyte?

petabyte data infographic

26) Graphical History of the American Flag

The graphical history of the American Flag shows a circular timeline of when changes were made over the years and when stars were added.

us flag history

27) Where does the water we use come from?

Take a look at which cities in the US have sustainable, self-contained water supplies, and which cities are forced to turn to outside help.

water infographic

28) Where does the Internet come from?

Last year, important internet cables connecting Europe to Asia were mysteriously severed, resulting in days of outages for millions of internet users. It was a stark reminder that, no matter how instantaneously our information seems to travel, it is, in fact, moving through cables on the bottom of the ocean.

And, while the internet might seem like the cutting edge of technology, it’s interesting to note that information has been traveling this way since the first telegraph cables were laid across the Atlantic ocean in the 19th century.

In this infographic, we look at how information moves now, and how it moved 100 years ago.

where does the internet come from

29) What has changed this decade?

world changed a lot this decade

30) The numbers behind CHINA

the numbers behind China

31) College in America

colleges in america

32) The Periodic Table of Typefaces

This is pretty cool and needs no explanation at all.

periodic table of typefaces

33) The Life of a web article

the life of an article on the web

34) Why do freeways come to a stop?

This is a simple, good infographic  that seeks to explain why traffic on freeways slows to a crawl without any apparent reason to drivers.

traffic comes to a stop

35) 25 years of MAC

25 years of MAC

36) Evolution of Storage

the evolution of data storage

37) The pyramid of Piracy

the pyramid of piracy

38) Human Storage

human storage

39) Google Facts and Figures

Google has perhaps more than any other company, become “The Internet Company.” It’s grown hand in hand with the internet and its entire business model has from the start been totally focused on the internet as a delivery platform. This infographic explains eveything you need to know about the giant.

Google facts and figures

40) Map of online communities

map of online communities

41) When’s the best time to Tweet?

right time to tweet

42) Geological Time Spiral

geological time spiral

43) 1 hour in front of the TV

A visual summary of a man, his children’s movements over a period of an hour during Christmas.

He used a marked-out equally-spaced grid in masking tape and filmed them moving via video across the grid for an hour. He then reviewed the video and plotted their movements on each minute of the video’s timecode onto a ‘room map’ with corresponsing grid.

44) Global distribution of water?

gloabal distribution of water

45) GE Smartgrid

smart grid

46) LEGO Timeline

This timeline shows the 50 years of building frenzy by happy kids and kids-at-heart, all the milestones from the LEGOLAND themed sets to TECHNIC and MINDSTORMS NXT, as well as all kinds of weird curiosities about the most famous stud-and-tube couple system in the world.

LEGO timeline

47) The Life cycle of a Blog Post

You have a blog. You compose a new post. You click Publish and lean back to admire your work. Imperceptibly and all but instantaneously, your post slips into a vast and recursive network of software agents, where it is crawled, indexed, mined, scraped, republished, and propagated throughout the Web. Within minutes, if you’ve written about a timely and noteworthy topic, a small army of bots will get the word out to anyone remotely interested, from fellow bloggers to corporate marketers.

Here’s how the whole process goes down:

the life cycle of a blog post

48) The inner mind of a geek

It illustrates the intricate, interwoven relationship between businesses and their brands. It is a self-promotional poster that was sent out to prospective and existing clients. The idea was to avoid marketing cliche and instead focus on the creative process. A visual stream of consciousness provided the solution.

inner mind of a geek

49) Starbucks vs McDonalds

starbucks vs mcdonalds

50) Stop Smoking

Here is a great infographic about how your body reacts to stopping smoking and when it actually starts to recover. It a great combination of a timeline with a description of the symptoms that smoking quitters experience over the period of time.

stop smoking

Here are a few awesome motion graphics which I found quite creative and inspirational:

1) Little Red Hiding Hood


2) State of the Internet

3) Google’s Master Plan

4) Did you know?

5) Do Good Design (via Amber from Twitter)


Data visualization can be beautiful, elegant and descriptive. There are a variety of ways to visualize data. Tables, histograms, pie charts and bar graphs are being used every day, in every project and on every possible occasion.

Here are a few links to resources which will help to create such awesome data visualization techniques and infographics.

1) Data Visualization and Infographics (via Smashing Mag)

This article presents some spectacular data visualizations and infographics which manage to combine a strong visual appeal with the effective presentation of information.

data visualiztion and infographics

2) Data Visualiztion : Modern Approaches

What can we expect? Which innovative ideas are already being used? And what are the most creative approaches to present data in ways we’ve never thought before?

Let’s take a look at the most interesting modern approaches to data visualization as well as related articles, resources and tools.

data visualization modern approches

3) 16 Awesome Data visualization Tools (via Mashable)

We found the following 16 apps both visually stunning and delightfully useful.

data visualization tools

4) 20 essential infographics and Data Visualization blogs

All the blogs with cool data visualization eye candy in the same place!

5) InfoGraphic Designs: Overview, Examples and Best Practices (via Instantshift)

6) The Anatomy Of An Infographic: 5 Steps To Create A Powerful Visual

In this article, Sneh Roy is going to walk you through the anatomy of an infographic, its different levels and sub-levels and a 5-step process to ensure that your infographic is not only conceptually sound, but accurate and easily understood.

7) Create Cool Infographics (via Digital Arts)

Translate abstract data into a 3D, easy-to-understand illustration in this great tutorial

8 ) How To Create Outstanding Modern Infographics

Merge form and function to create outstanding modern infographics. In this tutorial you will learn that data doesn’t have to be boring, it can be beautiful! Learn how to use various graph tools, illustration techniques and typography to make an accurate and inspiring infographic.

Sources and further inspiration:

1) Cool Infographics

2) Infographics Showcase

3) Flickr Infographics Showcase

4) AXIS Data visualization Framework

5) Visualize US

6) Data Visualization on the Wikipedia

7) Infographics on the Wikipedia

8 ) Great examples with Tools – Web Designer Depot

9) Deviant Art Infographics Showcase

Stunning infographics like these can go viral relatively quickly. If you’re a designer, make sure you upload your infographic file onto a cloud storage solution. This helps to make sure your infographic can be seen even in spikes of traffic.

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86 Responses to “50 most stunning examples of data visualization and infographics”
  1. Ben says:

    wow these are really great Rich , nice idea for a post – love the under-skin and plane one .- excel pros will love this – cheers
    .-= Ben´s last blog ..150 Eye Catching Business Cards =-.

  2. ximi says:

    Great post Richie, I really enjoyed all the different infographics. There are actually one of my favorite ways to consume information.
    Great work!
    .-= ximi´s last blog ..The List Post: Curse or Blessing? =-.

  3. Alex says:

    Really great stuff. I love this sort of thing, it’s a really creative way to display what is at the risk of being boring information.

  4. TSSVeloso says:

    Great post, It’s great to see the growing interest infographics and visual thinking.

    I’d like to invite all of you to visit Visual Loop (http://visualoop.tumblr.com/), a non-stop stream of infographics (over 1000 and counting!), from all over the world.

    Also, this article from Inspired Mag has great resources:
    http://www.inspiredm.com/2010/03/26/infographics/

    Keep up the great work!!

    Cheers!

    @TSSVeloso
    .-= TSSVeloso´s last blog ..BMW Group DesignWorks USA =-.

  5. Wow, this is a great overview of recent (and old) infographics. Thanks.
    .-= Kevin Anderson´s last blog ..Running from camera =-.

  6. Mihai O. says:

    This article has been shared on favSHARE.net. Go and vote it!

  7. A nice collection.

    Wow! 2 graphics I created are the openers – no.1 and 2. Cheers Richie for the including these.
    .-= Robin Richards´s last blog ..How we pay for things =-.

  8. great post, took me ages to go through it all :)
    .-= Mustafa Kurtuldu´s last blog ..Design – Ten things you don’t learn at University =-.

  9. adone says:

    Amazing examples. Thanks RichWorks.

  10. Great Job, nice infographics.. thank you

  11. Love the the Human Subway Map!

  12. Uka says:

    Some are really amazing..but some loses its information… :|

  13. pramesh says:

    it’s a really creative way to display what is at the risk of being boring information.

  14. Rico Rosso says:

    OK cool to see- new blogs are always helpful! Peace.

  15. Landon says:

    Most of these are really, really well done. Thanks so much for rounding them up into one place!
    .-= Landon´s last blog ..Primaries and Retirements Signal a Coming Clamor =-.

  16. Bravo ! Bel assemblage. J’aime beaucoup le montage des 25 ans d’Apple. Excellent travail !

  17. Paz says:

    Can I add this one to the list? You might like it. User Centred Design: http://is.gd/f1hhj

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  19. This post was so cool, I really enjoyed all of the images!

    -Jen

  20. Surinder says:

    Really Amazing graphics.. except “13) 16 Infographic resumes : A visual trend”. .
    as this one haven’t left any awesome impression on me.. dont know about the thoughts of other peoples..
    Overall Five star..

  21. MARIO says:

    excellent collection of computer graphics is amazing as information that appears complex, with more pleasant
    infographics

  22. Great comprehensive list! I’ll be coming back many times for inspiration. Thanks!

  23. Rock Opera says:

    The crayola chart just blew my mind. Too many colors!!!! Not enough paper to use them all on…

  24. P90X says:

    Ok I just spent well over an hour looking at all these graphics! Very cool…although I found the PETA one a bit disturbing as I am a huge animal lover.

  25. denim geek says:

    Human subway map is awesome! some really coll innovative ideas here. Nice Post.

  26. Very nice post. The best infographics take otherwise boring data and present them in a compelling way. This is harder than it sounds and requires a good bit of creativity. My favorite is the systems of the human body. Even for those of us outside of the UK, the London UnderGround is so recognizable and the analogy between the subway lines and the distinct systems in the body is just genesis.

  27. Brandy says:

    There are some nice examples of data visualization here, but in a time of creative flowering in infographics, I was surprised to see the unattributed PETA graphic, which doesn’t stand out as at all remarkable (and certainly isn’t one of the 50 best out there) and is full of agribusiness propaganda you usually find only on vitriolic far right web sites.

    I actually do have some criticisms of PETA and would welcome a real analytical treatment of it, but I think that graphic was created in bad faith.

    Data visualization is a great tool for informing and facilitating creative thinking, but, unfortunately, it can also put a pretty face on thin or bad data.

    • Richie says:

      Hi Brandy,

      Thanks for your valuable input. Yes, some might argue that the direction in which PETA is heading is quite unethical and they are doing it just for attention. Perhaps I wasn’t aware of this fact when I made this post which can be the only reason why I might have added it. I’ll see what I can do.

      Thanks again…

  28. Ohmz says:

    I haven’t finished the articles but I needed to say this.
    THIS IS AWESOME, BRILLIANT, GORGEOUS!! really, I fell in love with these infographc completely.

  29. Keith says:

    I like the GE smartgrid. I also like the legos timeline. Less is more. There are a lot visuals that leave a bit of a headache.

  30. I was surprised to see the unattributed PETA graphic, which doesn’t stand out as at all remarkable (and certainly isn’t one of the 50 best out there) and is full of agribusiness propaganda you usually find only on vitriolic far right web sites.

  31. Mike says:

    What an awesome collection of infographics! Thanks for these.

  32. Great post. What do you think of this one. We like (but then we would) – it’s nice timing too with The Dictator!
    http://www.theranktank.com/blog/2012/05/the-decadent-dictator-awards/

  33. Lee says:

    Those graphics are fantastic, thanks for the post richworks!

  34. Denise says:

    Agree with all of the above, really like the colors and graphics. I run an analyse business on the side and this helped me get some ideas on new projects. Thanks so much!

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