The 100 Best Infographics of the Last Decade


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A well-designed infographic is a beautiful thing. Whether it’s visualizing a large amount of data or simply presenting information in a visual context, there’s no denying our brains love information design. In the hands of the right designer, an infographic can turn into a real work of art. As cofounder of Column Five, a content marketing agency that specializes in infographics and data visualization, I’ve seen countless infographics—some stunning, some cringeworthy—over the years. But no matter how many I see, there are always some that stand out above the rest. From the most simple graphic to the most complex data visualization, I’m perpetually impressed by the creativity of talented designers, agencies and brands, worldwide who do good work. To celebrate, here are the 100 most beautiful infographics of the last decade, listed but not ranked (because it’s just so hard to choose).

1) Informationgraphics in Context by Peter Ørntoft

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2) Flight Videos Deconstructed by Eleanor Lutz

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3) CAD Drinks by Shaan Hurley

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4) Creative Routines by Info We Trust

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5) Cover Mania by Michele Mauri

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6) Weather Radials by Timm Kekeritz

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7) The Depth of the Problem by The Washington Post

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8) The Graphic Continuum by Jonathan Schwabish

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9) A World of Languages by Alberto Lucas López

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10) The Rise of Partisanship in the U.S. House of Representatives by Mauro Martino, Clio Andris

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11) UFO Sightings by John Nelson, IDV Solutions

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12) German Unification by Zeit Online 

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13) How Corrupt is Your Country? by Sophie Everett

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14) Paris Line Poster by Cayla Ferari & John Breznicky

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15) Tide Predictions by Joan Ang

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16) OrgOrgChart by Justin Matejka & George Fitzmaurice

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17) The better life snowflake by Paula Filippone

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18) Searching for Peace in Old Age by Hyperakt, Ekene Ijeoma

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19) Country Codes by Billy Harkcom

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20) Measure Up Your Food by Phai Dip

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21) Colour Wheel Calendar 2013 by Ghin Liew

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22) Control of Birth Control by GOOD/Column Five

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23) Cigarette Taxes in Photos by Turbo Tax

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24) Growth Rings by Alyssa Yeager

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25) Design x Food by Ryan MacEachern

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26) Game of Thrones Decoded: Connecting the Dots from Season 3 by Time

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27) Rain Drops – 25 years precipitation in Eindhoven by Studio Terp

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28) Beards by The Washington Post

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29) Fifty Years of Exploration by National Geographic

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30) 50 Years of Crime by Shine Pulikathara

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31) World’s Greatest Storytellers by Raconteur

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32) Chain-shaped Cities by Erik Wiegers

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33) Nobels, No Degrees by Accurat

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34) To See And Hear by Owen Herterich

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35) Color and Space by Jotun

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36) Billionaires by Kim Albrecht

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37) Digital City Portrait – London by Brendan Dawes

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38) Visualizing Conflicts by Lisa Sigebran

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39) How to Win an Oscar by Christian Tate

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40) Food and Wine Pairings by Hazel Maria Bala

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41) Good Day Sunshine Calendar by Studio Una

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42) Colossal NYC by Yoni Alter

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43) H-AND-S. Hand Signs by Jean-Benoit Levy, Diana Stoen

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44) Movie Loogotypes by Alexey Larchenkov

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45) Lifelines by Oliver Uberti

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46) In Caffeine We Trust by Column Five

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47) Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names by Pop Chart Labs

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48) 99 Bottles of Craft Beer on the Wall by Pop Chart Labs

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49) The Racial Dot Map by Dustin Cable

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50) Evolution of Batman by Calm the Ham

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51) The Almighty Dollar by GOOD

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52) What Matters Most to People Around the World by Movehub

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53) History of Life by Juan David Martinez

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54) Global Carbon Footprint, by Nation by Miller Mc-Cune

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55) The Sound of Color by Kelly-Moore Paints

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56) Weapons and Mass Shootings by The Washington Post

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57) The Compendious Coffee Chart by Pop Chart Labs

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58) Internet Piracy by Bryce Praught

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59) Olympic Evolution by Alicia Korn

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60) 50 Years of ‘Avengers’ Comic Book Covers Through Color by The Wall Street Journal

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61) Rockets of the World by Peter Alway

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62) The Anatomy of Ice Cream by Anthology Magazine

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63) How to Think Visually by Anna Vital

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64) The Geologic Time Spiral by USGS

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65) Birds of a Feather by Cindy Tsui

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66) Seven Summits by Audree Lapierre

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67) Universo de Emociones by Palaugea

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68) Anatomy of Bowie’s Lyrics by Playboy

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69) The Sum of Parts by SCMP Graphic

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70) Life in Data by Ben Willers

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71) Ten Artists, Ten Years by Arthur Buxton

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72) Old World Language Families by Hive Mill

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73) Front Page Fingerprint by Derek Chan

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74) Gear Timeline by Chen-Wen Liang

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75) What a Hundred Million Calls to 311 Reveal About New York by Wired

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76) Cocktails by Pop Chart Lab

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77) Popification of the Top 40 by Gavin Potenza

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78) Optical Illusions by Supersavers Opticians

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79) Family Tree of DOGS

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80) How Common Is Your Birthday by Matt Stiles

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81) Tornado Tracks by IDV Solutions

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82) Invisible Residents by The New York Times

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83) Redefining the Dome by National Geographic

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84) Social Barometers by Alberto Lucas Lopez

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85) The History of Science Fiction by Ward Shelley

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86) Scaled in Miles by Fathom

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87) Tree of Life Leonard Eisenberg

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88) The Art of Performance by Accept and Proceed

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89) Oceaniaeuropeamericasafricaasia by Gustavo Sousa

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90) Map of Truth and Deception by Ben Gibson

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91) How Big Are Game of Thrones Dragons by The Daily Dot

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92) Lunar Calendar by Dimitre Lima

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93) 2012 Annual Report by Nicholas Felton

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94) Size Comparison Science Fiction Spaceships by Dirk Loechel

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95) Relative Scale of the Solar System Planets by Avi Solomon

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96) Dead Man Walking by GOOD Magazine

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97) Subway Science by Crispian Jago

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98) Evolution of Storage by Curtiss Spontelli

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99) Vacation Daze by GOOD Magazine

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100) Shark Attack by Ripetungi

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