Bold Graphics against Bullfighting




These bold poster designs deliver an unmistakable, clear message: Love Spain, Hate Bullfighting. These are a handful of the submissions for a 2009 poster contest against cruel sports, sponsored by Don’t Panic.

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World Banks at a Glance via simple Graphics

Colored, variably sized circles and a bit of data allow one to quickly size up some interesting comparisons in the world of banking, as it was in March 2009. For instance, while the UK’s Royal Bank of Scotland’s market value dropped 91% as the world’s #1 asset holder, the market value of the world’s #2 asset holder, Germany’s Deutsche Bank, dropped 56%—a significantly different ratio.

This representation makes it easy for the average viewer to appreciate that the size of a bank’s portfolio is not the only determining factor of a bank’s success. While this may not be the most thrilling infographic design, its simple devices are effective in allowing the viewer to get a glimpse into the topic’s dynamics.

Source: The Guardian Data Blog

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.

Advertising: Immaculate Ice-Cream brings Salvation, and an ad ban in the U.K.



Who doesn’t agree that ice-cream is purely about sensual, guilty indulgence? If its production is artisanal and superb, can it not be deemed “immaculate?” And if it soothes the pains of a bad day, can it not bring forth a shimmer of salvation to one’s mood?

The campaign certainly makes the point. In one ad, a visibly pregnant nun holds up Federici Gelato, captioned as “Immaculately Conceived,” while in another ad, “Salvation” is suggested as two priests share a moment of gelato sin. Perhaps the imbedded social commentary isn’t suitable to everyone’s taste, but it certainly underscores the product’s alleged sublimeness bordering on sin.

Gelato maker Federici timed the advertising campaign around a papal visit in the U.K., earning the company an advertising ban that it has pledged to fight.

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?