Category Archives: InfoVis

In memory of Hans Rosling

I posted this on my Facebook at the beginning of February, but I thought it deserved to go on this blog as well…

“When I grow up I want to be Hans Rosling”. Today I learnt the great man has died. His was the first TED talk that I ever saw. Every one of his talks are my favourite TED talks. He is the reason that in the last 15 months I’ve attended 7 TED events. I even referenced him in my Masters report. RIP Hans Rosling. You were great.

InfoVis – Global population, trade and deaths, Titanic deaths, city data and TED talks

A real hodge podge of data visualisations.

World Population Density

An interactive map where you can select countries for further information presented in graphs.


Global Goods Trade

An animated map which shows the flow of goods trade. You can select individual countries to show only their trade.


20th Century Death

A flat infographic categorising all the major causes of death the the 20th Century.


Surviving the Titanic

An infographics showing the fates of all the people on the Titanic, either individually, or categorised by class or crew.


The art of gentrification: city data made beautiful

Some cool infographics representing various data about cities.


TED Talks data

An interactive presentation where you can explore TED talks by general or specific topic, speaker or alphabetically.!/vizhome/TEDTalks-IdeasWorthSharing/TED-IdeasWorthSpreading


InfoVis – the Tube, immigration, money and Supergraphics

A mix bag of representations of information.

Tuber Map

An interactive Tube map. Lets you select your setting off point and then compare various destinations, showing routes, times and prices. Very intuitive and much better less hassle than TfL’s Journey Planner.

Tuber Map

4 maps that will change how you see migration in Europe

These are just flat maps and nothing cutting edge in the display of information, but they dispel some myths that have been used by Brexiteers.

percentage of immigrant population

How Much Money Have Humans Created?

I have posted a flat infographic about this very topic before, but this is the same information presented in an animated video with a voice over. It certainly gives the information a heavier impression.


These are some very slick graphic visualisations on super human abilities in geometric designs. There are 16 in the album.



Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling is a Swedish health statistician, whose company, Gapminder, invented a new way to visualise health statistics.

Like all good visualisation, it simplified the understanding of the information presented and the visualisation can be applied to other data. So much so that you can now use his graphing tools through Google graphs.

I came across Rosling on TED talks and he has done several of these. They are all very interesting to watch, and challenge many preconceptions through the visualisation of data.

He has also made two TV specials with the BBC. Here is a clip from one of them. What I like about his is that it combines his Gapminder graphs, his analysis of the data, his enthusiasm for presenting this data and combining of all of these through clever motion graphics and video editing. This is information visualisation at its finest, using all the possible tools to present 120,000 points of data in an engaging, understandable way.

InfoVis – Cities, Satellites, Suns, Temperature and… Tennis

This is going to be my last post of this kind featuring a random selection of information visualisation and infographics.

I have been choosing items to post on the basis of whether they looked good or the data they showed was interesting. While on a personal level I am interested in all sorts of random pieces of knowledge, on professional level what I am interested is the way in which the information is presented, espcially interactively.

From now on I am going to post only interactive infovis. That is, information visualisation, hopefully innovative, not just some well designed (or in some cases not) graphic.

But before I do that I thought I would still post the final pieces of generic infovis that I had bookmarked

Cities that were at one point the largest in the world

Just about 20 billion suns

Just about 20 Billion suns.

Every active satellite orbiting earth

This interactive shows more than 1,300 and gives details of each including name, purpose, launch date, country of origin and orbital distance.



A simple explanation

A visual history of women’s tennis

Several graphs comparing the women’s number one players.



InfoVis – More world data

Population Pyramids of the World 1950-2100

An interactive where you choose or cycle through the years and the pyramid will animate from one to the other,

population pyramid

World population distribution by latitude and longitude 2015


Most common last names by country

Possibly this should be “surname” not last name.

Religion in Europe

Percentage of population in each European country that believes in God, or “something”, or atheist.