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Information is beautiful: 30 examples of creative infography

A quick roundup of some recent information design projects seen around the web:

Unfortunately I never had the opportunity to do client work on an infography, but it seems to be one of the most challenging task for a graphic designer. The perfect infography must synthesize complex information in a simple visual representation, which is not easy. The following examples take information architecture to another level by making it beautiful.

Victorian Infographics

Check out this sampling of beautiful vintage information design over at the always-excellent BibliOdyssey:

The David Rumsey Map Collection has now been online for ten years. [This] selection of carto-curios is from the latest batch of material uploaded to the site.

Rumsey is an internet hero of the first order. Following the success of his business he was able to afford to indulge his latent interest for all things cartographic and he assembled a massive collection of more than 150,000 items.

That might have been the end of the story: rich dude spends money on secret passion in obscurity. But Rumsey wanted to share his collection with the world and mere donation of his maps and atlases to a document repository didn’t seem like it would fully satisfy his magnanimous urges. From a five year old interview on SFGate: “I realized that whichever institution I gave it to would lock it away, put it on a shelf,” he says, with mild indignation. “But just then the technology came along that would enable me to put it all up online, and it was obvious that this was the best way I could give it away to the public.”

David Allen releases The Ultimate GTD Workflow Map, designed by XPLANE

The David Allen Company: “If you ever feel like you need to get more in control or regain your focus, here is the ultimate guide for getting and staying on your game. The set of productivity best practices which David Allen has researched and synthesized over the last three decades are brought all together into one stunning visual display — the GTD Workflow Map. It’s a rich compilation of the key steps for gathering, clarifying, organizing, and reviewing everything you need to track and manage, as well as an explanation of all of the factors that you must take into account in determining priorities.”

“I spent more than two years crafting and fine-tuning the map, ensuring that it would thoroughly and accurately describe the essential elements of time- and self-management,” says David, “It’s as simple as I could get it, while still embodying the subtleties and complexities that have to be factored in, to make it real and useful. And the visual representation we’ve come up with I think is a highly effective way to make something this meaningful really clear.”

The poster was created by XPLANE, the visual thinking company. Visit to learn more about how XPLANE clarifies complex business issues through visual collaboration.

Vintage Infographics From the 1930s

Designers everywhere are suddenly drooling over this 70-year-old book. Including me.

Someone needs to get me a paper copy of Willard Cope Brinton’s Graphic Presentation (1939), because it is awesome.

Brinton discusses various forms of graphic presentation in the 524-page book and what works and what doesn’t. There’s also some good stuff in there about how to make your graphs, charts, maps, etc (by hand).

The most interesting part is that many of the graphics — despite having no computers in 1939 — look a lot like what we have today. Albeit, they’re a little rougher because they’re made by hand, but that’s just added flavor.

“GOOD” Design

Behind the scenes of GOOD Magazine’s infographics.

We always found that there\'s info lurking behind everything in the world,” says Morgan Clendaniel, deputy editor at GOOD Magazine. “You\'ll read an article, but you won\'t see the data behind it — nor would you want to. Nobody wants to read an Excel file.”

Clendaniel and I are discussing GOOD\'s Transparency section — a regular print and online feature of standalone infographics. The general interest magazine best known for its social consciousness has published infographics on a number of topics, some serious (fuel efficiency between modes of transportation, a map of international legislation on death penalty), others more playful (relative trophy sizes, museum ticket prices).

“The goal is to illustrate these issues in a way that is entertaining, accessible, but also informative,” Clendaniel says.

(Thanks @swissmiss!)

Flip Flop Fly Ball

A wonderfully extensive collection of infographics about baseball:

A love of baseball plus a love of infographics equals Flip Flop Fly Ball.

Essentially, this site is what I’d have been doing when I was 12 years old had the Internet and Photoshop been available to me in the eighties. As well as the infographics there are a few other bits and bobs; like small pixiliated portraits of some baseball players. They are filleted from a bigger collection of Minipops (that’s what I call them) which is one of the biggest parts of my main web site, Flip Flop Flyin’ (thus the name of this site). There’s also some photos from some of the stadiums I’ve visited, and a few drawings.

25+ Useful Infographics for Web Designers

As someone notes in the comments: “As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Somehow seeing things with a picture adds a whole new dimension.”

Infographics can be a great way to quickly reference information.

Instead of pouring over figures and long reports to decipher data, an infographic can immediately make apparent exactly what a dataset actually means…

Some are incredibly practical, some provide information that might be of interest to designers and some just present data that might be interesting to those who design websites all day. – the graphic finder

Looks like the start of a buy-n-sell infogaphics site?

Basically, everyone in phiii participate, both as buyers and as sellers. As a buyer, there are no restrictions. Sellers are invited phiii of their graphics on the platform can sell or advertise with us. Prerequisite for the provision of graphics on is a high quality of graphics. Poorly made or inadequately researched graphics are not acceptable to us. Any graphic that is offered here, an information. Cheap clip-art graphics or purely artistically motivated illustrations for sale are not allowed.