40 Useful and Creative Infographics

May 10 2009 by Jacob Gube | 86 Comments

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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86 Comments

Ezra Sandoval

May 11th, 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.

Sita

May 11th, 2009

really useful reference, thanks!

112mirabela

May 11th, 2009

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

Andrea Olivato

May 11th, 2009

Really nice one… Periodic typeface table is great :)

RAJ

May 11th, 2009

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 :)

Matt

May 11th, 2009

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 11th, 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 :)

Niels

May 11th, 2009

Very nice infographics! Thanks!

dr/roné/di/kristu

May 11th, 2009

Thanks for this compilation of wonderful eye catchers.

Kudos, I really appreciate it. :)

kixvix

May 11th, 2009

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

Thanks for the list. Cheers!

Tabiji

May 11th, 2009

Creative but useless to the average person.

jtj

May 11th, 2009

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

Ukwelii

May 11th, 2009

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

Thanks for sharing!

Loren

May 11th, 2009

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

Tobbi

May 11th, 2009

Wow, really great works

Ron Creel

May 11th, 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

Janko

May 11th, 2009

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

Kort

May 11th, 2009

Really great collection here, I could spend hours!

Anthony Latona

May 11th, 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 11th, 2009

Love it! Great collection!

Sapnai

May 11th, 2009

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

Ryan

May 11th, 2009

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

squarerhino

May 11th, 2009

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

Jeff

May 12th, 2009

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

gb

May 13th, 2009

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

dr/roné/di/kristu

May 13th, 2009

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

Sneh

May 13th, 2009

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 …. :-)

Ryan

May 14th, 2009

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

Evan MacDonald

May 17th, 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 17th, 2009

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

svario

May 21st, 2009

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 21st, 2009

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

Vahid

May 27th, 2009

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

Daniel Hertzberg

May 28th, 2009

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

Edo

June 1st, 2009

Very Nice!

Brad

June 4th, 2009

Anything Good Magazine puts out is amazing.

Paul Horn

June 4th, 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

June 7th, 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

June 7th, 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

Vardai

January 19th, 2010

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

Keith

January 25th, 2010

I love the beer design, great works!

Anders

April 15th, 2010

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

June 2nd, 2010

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

Dr. Jochen L. Leidner

June 14th, 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

June 15th, 2010

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

Photo Club

June 15th, 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

June 15th, 2010

Great post! Thanks for sharing it.

Artaberry

July 21st, 2010

creativity at its best!!

Garrett Davis

August 13th, 2010

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

Erick Recors

September 24th, 2010

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

piru

September 27th, 2010

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

October 19th, 2010

Thank you for your hard works

Ratesman

November 29th, 2010

Very nice infographics! Thank you for your hard works.

Rohini M Kulkarni

December 2nd, 2010

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

Antonio César

January 13th, 2011

Muito legal. Curti demais.

Cgbaran

January 16th, 2011

Excellent roundup thanks

RichardStep

January 21st, 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

January 30th, 2011

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

paul morris

February 26th, 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

Sameer

March 18th, 2011

Awesome infographics!!Keep it up

Luiz Felipe Avelar

March 20th, 2011

great job man!

Nguyen Bill

March 26th, 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

liaqat

April 5th, 2011

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

etre

April 20th, 2011

this is awesome! thanks for sharing

Koray

May 6th, 2011

Cool infographics. I really wonder how to make them.

solea

May 18th, 2011

Awesome infographics! Keep it up ;))

Holli Moreno

May 31st, 2011

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

love it

June 15th, 2011

wonderfull

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June 29th, 2011

Theres 38 not 40.

...WOW

June 29th, 2011

these are amaaaaaaaaaazing. ;D LOL.

bob

July 4th, 2011

IT IS AWSOMELY BOBISH

Eugene

August 11th, 2011

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

Akif Shamim

August 24th, 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 !

Leo

September 5th, 2011

one of the best bunches of infographics ive seen to date

Daniel

September 7th, 2011

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

September 22nd, 2011

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

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

Alena

September 28th, 2011

Love this collection! Thank you for posting.

Cassandra

October 10th, 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

November 1st, 2011

Really Creative & Informative

Stewart

November 16th, 2011

Nice infographics

Scott McCulloch

November 29th, 2011

Awesome! I really liked the history of beer.

cj

August 30th, 2012

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

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