A humorous reminder that no matter how people vote, or what parties they may affiliate with, there is one sure common denominator, whose extrapolation is simple: people are all people. Design by Chris Lee Jones. Wearable as shirts, at Threadless.com.
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.
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(Thanks to my friend Cai, for sharing this find with me.)
Political posters of the 20s and 30s warn of capitalism’s dangers, hail the vision of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin, and praise the proletariat. Though easily dismissible as Socialist Realism influenced by 1920s modernism and the dualism of Friend and Foe (both in domestic and foreign contexts), the posters are diverse in style and sometimes reflect more than a commissioned, caricatured propaganda.
These selections are part of an extensive private collection of posters, postcards, and lithographs from diverse sources. See more at Views + Reviews.
By way of the popular game Tetris, this infographic illustrates some comparative debts and revenues across the U.S. and the world. The light, Tetrisesque music and the colorful blocks contrast against the chilling data that is revealed in the course of the animation.
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.
Image 1: Europe according to the U.S.
Image 2: Europe according to Germany
Image 3: Europe according to Britain
Image 4: The Word according to the U.S.
Image 5: Italy according to Italians
These colorful, appealing maps can easily be construed as either funny or offensive, or both—depending, naturally, on one’s own geographic point of view. The World according to the USA, Europe according to Great Britain, Italy according to Italians, and many other maps show funny yet accurate stereotypical thinking of “the others.” Wearable as T-shirts, they invite humorous provocation and an acknowledgement of the costs and foolishness of the ever-present contests and strifes between humans—or the like.
These are a great reminder that beautiful visuals can be created for any purpose, and that graphic design and other visual works are created in the context of cultural environment, political motivation, or economic purpose… be it a religion, a social movement, a hedonistic appeal, nationalistic pride, etc.—especially good reminders during election cycles or when evaluating infographics.
The Little Book of Shocking Global Facts: From poppy production to the leading cause of greenhouse gas production, this collection of infographics and editorial-style layouts presents the world in a series of not-so-pleasant facts, including:
• 848 Million people in the world are malnourished; 1600 million people are overnourished
• Just 5 countries control over 1/3 of the World Bank
• 8.75 Million people worldwide are in prison
• Deforestation accounts for 25% of greenhouse gases