I got most of these infographics via the blog from @ezraklein – who is the editor in chief of VOX. He starts his article with saying that ‘A good visualization helps you see what the data is telling you. The best visualizations help you you see things you never thought the data would tell you. ‘ And I can only agree with Ezra. In the domain of creativity, it’s very important to dare to look from different perspectives to your world … in most cases, I mean your world in a figurative way but this time, let’s look at the world from a literal way. Ezra brought together 22 charts and maps that may change your view on the world. I share 4 of those maps with you. You can find the link to the whole blogpost at the end.
51% of the world population is living in the ‘circle’ – the circle encompasses China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Burma, Thailand, South Korea, Nepal, Malaysia, North Korea, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia and Bhutan.
Per Square Mile is a project from Tim de Chant who produced these infographics. The graphics show the amount of space if the world’s population (6.9 billion people) lived in one city, if they would live as dense as …
Many more examples from him on his website.
And a last infographic that really struck me is a map of the world weighted not by land mass or navigation lines but around how much wealth each country has. As you can see, North America and Western Europe balloon to enormous proportions — even after adjusting for purchasing power, 46 percent of global wealth in 2002 was in their hands. The horror of this map is the shrunken husk of Africa. That’s a lot of people living with very little.
And to finalize, let’s zoom out even a bit more … yes a lot more … This is a map of our corner of the universe. It’s called Laniakea and it’s got more than 100,000 galaxies and stretches more than 500 million light years across. You can’t even see earth in it. Each of those points of light is an individual galaxy. Each galaxy contains millions, billlions, or even trillions of stars. Oh, and this all is just our little local corner of an even broader universe. There are many other galaxy superclusters out there.
And it’s also worth to check out this this video from Nature. It’s a small, small world where living in.
Yes, I want even more maps – check out the article from Vox.