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Information graphics (or infographics) are graphical depictions of data and information. By presenting information in a compact and creative approach, infographics are able to quickly convey knowledge and engage its viewers.

In this collection, you’ll find forty beautiful and educational infographics, displaying the uncommon spectacle of "art meets science".

1. Coffee Drinks Illustrated

The proportion of ingredients for popular coffee drinks and their pronunciation keys.

Coffee Drinks Illustrated

2. Piggy Trouble

This infographic showcases the history of the Swine Flu, starting from 1976.

Piggy Trouble

3. Best selling movies are not the most pirated ones

Best selling movies are not the most pirated ones

4. History Lesson: The Story of Beer

History Lesson: The Story of Beer

5. The Best Beer in America

The top breweries and beers in the U.S.

The Best Beer in America

6. Making Sense of the Financial Mess: The Global Financial Crisis

Making Sense of the Financial Mess: The Global Financial Crisis

7. 389 Years Ago

A rundown of the historic events in African-American culture.

389 Years Ago

8. Burning Fuel: The Average Car vs. The Average Human

Burning Fuel: The Average Car vs. The Average Human

9. Our Favorite Drugs

Our Favorite Drugs

10. On Driving: Automobile History

On Driving: Automobile History

11. TheGlobalWarming Infographic

An illustrated guide at how the Global Warming phenomenon works.

TheGlobalWarming Infographic

12. Periodic Table of Typefaces

Periodic Table of Typefaces

13. SSSMOKIN! The Global Tobacco Trade

A packed visual piece on tobacco chemicals and tobacco trade worldwide.

SSSMOKIN! The Global Tobacco Trade

14. Choose Your Weapon: The Global Arms Trade

Black Hawk Down

15. Breakdown of Average Student Budget

Breakdown of Average Student Budget

16. Who’s Buying That?

A graphical representation of consumer spending across the globe.

Who's Buying That?

17. Visualizing the US and China Trade Relations

Visualizing the US and China Trade Relations

18. Get to Know Your Street Vendors

The types of street vendors you may encounter in urban cities of the U.S.

Get to Know Your Street Vendors

19. Where we live

The distribution of population in the U.S.

Where we live

20. Who’s Coming to America?

The top nationalities that immigrate to the U.S.

Who's Coming to America?

21. Global Internet Traffic Flow Map

An infographic on internet information flow around the world.

Global Internet Traffic Flow Map

22. Classifying Experiences

This is in PDF format. An informative graphical piece on User Experience (UX).

Classifying Experiences

23. Black Hawk Down

An illustrated guide to the events that happened in Somalia in 1993 when a U.S. helicopter was shot down by rebels.

Black Hawk Down

24. A Year in Iraq

A visualization of fatalities related to the War in Iraq.

A year in Iraq.

25. Glass Half Empty: The Coming Water Wars

An infographic on the global water shortage crisis.

Glass Half Empty: The Coming Water Wars

26. The Magic Bean Shop & The Fries That Bind Us

A graphical representation of how Star Bucks and Mcdonald’s are proliferating across the globe.

The Magic Bean Shop & The Fries That Bind Us

27. Cover Drive

An informative piece on insurance.

Cover Drive

28. What’s in the Customer’s Mailstream?

This is a PDF file, infographic on page 4. This piece shows a breakdown of what people get in the mail.

What's in the Customer's Mailstream?

29. Flickr User Model

Networking connection of users on Flickr.

Flickr User Model

30. Disney World’s Huge Footprint

The cost in resources of Disney World operations.

Disney World's Huge Footprint

31. Evolution of the Household – 1950’s to Present

Evolution of the Household - 1950's to Present

32. The Pyramid of Internet Piracy

This is a PDF file. A piece on the structure of the people participating in internet piracy.

The Pyramid of Internet Piracy

33. Making Sense of the Financial Mess: Where Did All The Money Go?

An illustrated guide on how the financial crisis started.

Making Sense of the Financial Mess: Where Did All The Money Go?

34. Consumers’ Savings Behaviors

Consumers' Savings Behaviors

35. A Visual Guide to Pissing Off The Financial World

An infographic on the history of AIG.

A Visual Guide to Pissing Off The Financial World

36. Anatomy of an Energy-Efficient Home

Anatomy of an Energy-Efficient Home

37. A Visual Guide to Inflation

A Visual Guide to Inflation

38. Web Trend Map 4

A graphical representation of the top 50 most influential websites.

Web Trend Map 4

39. Employment-Based Immigration Chart

A visual guide on how to immigrate to the U.S. based on employment.

Employment-Based Immigration Chart

40. Where to Cut

Consumer spending trends juxtaposed with Indian consumers.

Where to Cut

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This was published on May 10, 2009

86 Comments

Ezra Sandoval May 11 2009

These are great. I really enjoyed the variety and creative approach to the info graphics. It’s rare that I have to do anything like this, but the next time I do I’m going to definitely use some of these for inspiration.

Great post.

really useful reference, thanks!

112mirabela May 11 2009

This is a very nice and inspiring collection of infographics. Thank you. :)

Andrea Olivato May 11 2009

Really nice one… Periodic typeface table is great :)

27. Cover Drive

An illustrated information piece on car insurance coverage in the U.S.

hiii thnx for posting my work here, but the topic is nt abt car insurance as mentioned in the post…
its abt an online survey on insurance
thnx :)

Nice post, thanks for sharing! Good to see creative displays of data! As a note for some, on image 12, when you download the image via directly clicking it saves it as “Periodic_Table_of_Typefaces_large.jpg.jpg” and needs the extra .jpg stripped off in order to be viewed. Doing Save Picture As / Save Image As works fine.

Callum Chapman May 11 2009

I love the illustrated coffee drinks! I’m forever looking at menus in cafés and thinking, how the hell do you pronounce that? So I always go for something I can say! Starbucks is the worse, they’re menu changes every time I go, but their drinks are so nice!

I have the periodic table of typefaces on my wall :)

Very nice infographics! Thanks!

dr/roné/di/kristu May 11 2009

Thanks for this compilation of wonderful eye catchers.

Kudos, I really appreciate it. :)

Cool! School textbooks should have this kind of infographics from now on. They make learning more fun (and easy!)

Thanks for the list. Cheers!

Creative but useless to the average person.

Very Creative and Inspirational… I love the way that information can be turned into art…

Ukwelii May 11 2009

This is great collection. Excellent stuff. Stumbled for sure.

Thanks for sharing!

thanks for sharing! these are a great resource for pretty much everyone!

Wow, really great works

Ron Creel May 11 2009

This is an excellent collection of what I consider InfoPorn. For lazy readers, such as myself, this is a great way to present useful information and show relationships.

See also: http://www.yourwritingdept.com/blog/?p=339 Infoporn: Presenting raw data with visually stimulating graphs.

Thanks,
Ron

wow, what a great collection, nice idea to make such roundup!

Really great collection here, I could spend hours!

Anthony Latona May 11 2009

These are all excellent! I have to bookmark and come back a few time to get to all of them. Very cool information presented in very creative ways. Great post!

Jim Kast-Keat May 11 2009

Love it! Great collection!

Wow! Great! This page now is in my bookmarks :) Thanks.

I love this stuff, thanks for collecting and sharing them.

squarerhino May 11 2009

not sure what it is about this type of art, but it calms my soul

On Driving: Automobile History -> i just like to ask what software / image editing is used to make those boxes..

Great collection! I like 1.Coffee Drinks Illustrated.
Thanks!

dr/roné/di/kristu May 13 2009

Back again to re-thank for your helpful links as well! Just stumbled upon after goign through my print edition of this posting.

Awesome Roundup! I love Infographics …. especially the ones that come in food magazines. They review a new place and showcase a centerfold of hand drawn map of that place with visual pointers “Wine Glasses for Wineries”, “Forks & spoons for Cafes”, “Ornate French Number Signs for Bed & Breakfasts” so on and so forth …. :-)

Does anyone know if they make any of these into posters?

Evan MacDonald May 17 2009

This is great! Some seem to be interesting only for the information displayed. some only seem to be interesting in the way it’s displayed, some are great on both accounts!

Ryan Glover May 17 2009

I wish you could get some of these as prints, especially the coffee one.

if u really like this kind of stuff… well you really don’t want miss this.Is a laboratory of the Polytechnic of Milan, which produces stunning infographics, visualmaps and infovis:

http://www.densitydesign.org

check also their flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/densitydesign/

and try this great interactive infovisualization:
http://madrid.citymurmur.org/

gamesfreak May 21 2009

this is awesome!! what info graphics!! what illustrations! mind blowing! brilliant detailing!

Thanks! Cool pics!! Very good Visual Thinking samples.

Daniel Hertzberg May 28 2009

Very inspiring. Thanks so much for grouping these all together. If only Starbucks made that coffee graphic earlier…

Very Nice!

Anything Good Magazine puts out is amazing.

Paul Horn Jun 04 2009

Hey thanks! I appreciate the inclusion but compared to the other 39 examples — I’m not worthy!

Some of these are head-exploders. In a good way.

Mark Alan Effinger Jun 07 2009

Brilliant!

We’ve been fortunate to spend some time with http://www.Xplane.com. It’s great to see many of Chairman Dave Gray’s concepts realized in these infographics.

Add http://www.Lilipip.com and http://www.CommonCraft.com, and you’re on a visually dynamite roll. A Pacific Northwest Roll at that (sounds very, uh, sushi, don’t it?)

Thanks for the phenomenal resource, Jacob!

Mark Alan Effinger Jun 07 2009

Brilliant!

We’ve been fortunate to spend some time with http://www.Xplane.com. It’s great to see many of Chairman Dave Gray’s concepts realized in these infographics.

Add http://www.Lilipip.com and http://www.CommonCraft.com, and you’re on a visually dynamite roll. A Pacific Northwest Roll at that (sounds very, uh, sushi, don’t it?)

Thanks for the phenomenal resource, Jacob!
Best,
Mark Alan Effinger
http://www.RichContent.tv/search

Amazing collection ! Thanks for hard work to get these in one place.

I love the beer design, great works!

Strange. I though most of these did not fit the description “By presenting information in a compact approach, infographics are able to quickly convey knowledge…”. The coffee one (no. 1) was pretty quick to convey information, but the other ones? For example, the “Who’s coming to America” (no. 20): What does the graphic do? The bars there doesn’t help at all to compare the countries without looking at the numbers on the bar. As far as I can tell, the coutries aren’t ranked in any other way. And why are the “other countries” not divided into bars like the rest; it stretches over four bars in width with no space? Also, the bars leaves out much of the information that’s listed next to the flags. A good designed table would much quicker convery this information and make comparising easier. And there are also a number of graphs that could convey the same information much better.

So, artistic and creative? Yes, maybe. But conveying information quickly in a compact way? Not so much. In my opinion.

Claudio Jun 02 2010

Is the 37th a “Creative Infographic”? Ufff….

Dr. Jochen L. Leidner Jun 14 2010

Most of these are very educational, and indeed well-presented. One criticism I’d like to throw into the discussion is that a lot of them are quite crowded/overloaded.

I recommend the book by Tufte, “The Visual Presentation of Information” for advice…

-Jochen

Perphic Jun 15 2010

Great collection of information graphic. Great work! Really enjoyed them.

Photo Club Jun 15 2010

31. Evolution of the Household – 1950’s to Present – looks awful and not informative at all… Scrolling up and down is frustrating :(

Liked “Coffee” one very much! :)

Ligia Kempfer Jun 15 2010

Great post! Thanks for sharing it.

Artaberry Jul 21 2010

creativity at its best!!

Garrett Davis Aug 13 2010

How much fun would school be if all lessons could be aided with a visual graphic like these?

Erick Recors Sep 24 2010

Anyone know a good infographic designer? We are looking to get some done

I was just wondering if there are people or firms who are specialized in infographics, and do people search directly for this… i’m really interested

ezrockstar Oct 19 2010

Thank you for your hard works

Ratesman Nov 29 2010

Very nice infographics! Thank you for your hard works.

Rohini M Kulkarni Dec 02 2010

Lovely! Makes understanding things and how they work very easy. Easy to learn and remember.

Antonio César Jan 13 2011

Muito legal. Curti demais.

Cgbaran Jan 16 2011

Excellent roundup thanks

RichardStep Jan 21 2011

I am really beginning to dig these types of data representations… now to just get started on MY skills! (or lack thereof lol) Thanks for putting this together!

pakdezaki Jan 30 2011

Amazing picture. Infographic can speak a thousand mean than word. I love all picture above..

paul morris Feb 26 2011

and here is my attempt at illustrating the rather complex process for offsite search engine optimisation (SEO) aided and abetted by PacMan – http://www.searchmuse.com/blog/2011/2/5/pacman-seo-infograph.html

Awesome infographics!!Keep it up

Luiz Felipe Avelar Mar 20 2011

great job man!

Nguyen Bill Mar 26 2011

@Luiz Felipe Avelar: I also agree
Thank Jacob for sharing. I will use “Consumers’ Savings Behaviors” info-graphic for my next week presentation.

Nguyen Bill

great collection Jacob
some of them are very interesting and informational ;)

this is awesome! thanks for sharing

Cool infographics. I really wonder how to make them.

Awesome infographics! Keep it up ;))

Holli Moreno May 31 2011

…love coffee drinks illustrated…thanks.keep it up. :)

love it Jun 15 2011

wonderfull

Theres 38 not 40.

these are amaaaaaaaaaazing. ;D LOL.

IT IS AWSOMELY BOBISH

chrisek Aug 07 2011

Thanks i love this one: http://imgga.com/pm-XTHJ.html

Awesome, we’ve tried to hire somebody using infographics: http://bit.ly/oFAXYe.

Akif Shamim Aug 24 2011

These are all excellent! I have to bookmark and come back a few time to get to all of them. Very cool information presented in very creative ways. Great post Bro !

one of the best bunches of infographics ive seen to date

For those that like Thai food and want to go directly to the source, this infographic is great http://www.exotissimo.com/infographic/thai-food-roadmap

janel crisp Sep 22 2011

Here is the one we made for out site that I think came out really well.

http://www.authoritysafes.com/burglary-statistics.html

Love this collection! Thank you for posting.

Cassandra Oct 10 2011

This post has the best list of infographic websites that I have seen! http://bluewheelmedia.com/infographics Lots that i didn’t know about…

Paritosh Verma Nov 01 2011

Really Creative & Informative

Stewart Nov 16 2011

Nice infographics

Scott McCulloch Nov 29 2011

Awesome! I really liked the history of beer.

thanks for the variety of ideas I can do in class!!!

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