Interactive Graphic: World Water Usage

This beautiful interactive graphic allows users to click on the wheel or the graph to explore water usage by country, in terms of Water Withdrawl per Capita, next to other Environmental and Quality of Life indexes including Health, Safety, and Cost of Living, paired with a table showing percentage of Urban Population. Go to interactive graphic at


Design Credit: Jan Willem.



Gini Coefficient: QofL Map


The Gini Coefficient measures the differences in national income equality for countries around the world. A result of 0 represents perfect equality (where everyone has the same income) and 1 corresponds with perfect inequality (where one person has all the income, and everyone else has zero income.

The map charts these results simply by color coding: the closer a coutry’s equality is to 0, the cooler the color. If you live in an area with cool colors, the majority of the population enjoys a good Quality of Life (QofL), the best countries being green. Green countries enjoy a larger middle class, a more even distribution of wealth, and a greater Quality of Life for the majority of the population. In these countries, decent jobs provide people with a very decent Quality of Life. As countries move into purple, orange, and red colors, only a small percentage of people can afford what people in the green areas accept as normal, with the warmest-colored countries representing a very poor, even miserable Quality of Life for most people. 

Click on the map for a larger view.

(Thanks to my friend Cai, for sharing this find with me.) 

Geopolitical Maps illuminate Middle East scenarios

These maps by Laura Canali do a great job of shedding light on geopolitical issues often too complex for most people to comprehend without this kind of visual illumination and organization.
Source: Heartland, a Eurasian review of geopolitics, in association with La Repubblica‘s Limes, an Italian Geopolitical magazine.


Obama’s Big Game shows the distribution of U.S. bases in the Middle East, alongside with the distribution of nuclear power, lines of friction, and the stability of the region’s states.


How Israel can Strike Iran depicts a potential, hypothetical path of attack, if the former were to strike the latter and targeted uranium and water plants in order to disrupt nuclear programs.


Pakistan’s Paranoia depicts the country’s retreat strategy into Afghanistan, were an Indian invasion to occur.

Interactive Infographic of the World’s Best 100 Countries

Newsweek released a very good interactive graphic based on the world’s 2009 income levels, rating 100 countries according to Education, Health, Quality of Life, Economic Dynamism, and Political Environment.

Categories can be viewed by regional groups, income groups or population size. Be sure to click around on this good, clear, plot and interesting data.

Interactive/Infographic Design: World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Map: Vague by Design?

The interactive Risk Interconnection Map, released by the World Economic Forum, shows the interconnectivity between the world’s financial ills.

The viewer may be gratified by the ability to select a focus such as Droughts, or Liability Regimes, and watch the components be accordingly re-arranged. Depending on the topic selected, a Likelihood and Severity of the event is displayed on a sliding scale.

The basis for these scales, however, is vague. While the map illustrates the threads that connect global topics, there is little data to evaluate these connections, and the methodology for calculating global risk is not clear. The map’s usefulness seems puzzling.

Is this the result of poor planning or is it a case of intentional vagueness by design?