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For the final post of 2014, we’ve decided to come up with a list of the best original infographics of 2014 that were posted on the site. We based the list on a variety of criteria including views, comments from our audience, social media shares, and our own subjective opinion.

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14. How 3D Printing is Shaping Business


How 3D Printing is Shaping Business

Our 3D Printing infographic showed how additive manufacturing technology works, as well as how it may impact industries in the future. While consumer electronics is currently the biggest market with 22% market share, as adoption increases, 3D printing is expected to set to change the business of medicine, defense, vehicle manufacturing, jewelry, and much more.

13. How to Test for Fake Gold or Silver


How to Test for Fake Gold or Silver

This summer, working with Silver.com, we showed how bullion buyers can test for fake gold or silver. In recent years there have been various concerning cases of bullion counterfeiting, and so investors should be aware of these methods to ensure their gold and silver are the real deal.

12. A New Vision of the Mining Company of the Future


A New Vision of the Mining Company of the Future

We presented a vision of the Mining Company of the Future in this infographic and accompanying video version. Mining companies today face a complexity of problems: spiraling costs, government intervention, deepening pits, lower ore grades, and declining productivity are just some of the issues. These graphics convey a framework developed by KIN Catalyst through years of conferences, consultation, and hard work.

11. Is Vancouver a Legitimate Tech Hub?


Is Vancouver a Legitimate Tech Hub?

If you’re asking yourself if Vancouver is able to directly compare with Silicon Valley, the answer is a resolute “no”. To put things in perspective, Silicon Valley boasts at least 10x more tech employees, 20x more venture capital deals, and an unsurpassed track record of success. In fact, California alone grabbed a hefty 47% of all North American venture capital funding in 2013. However, the Canadian city is trending in the right direction and in this infographic we look at the evidence on both sides.

10. Peak Population


Peak Population

By 2100, our global population is to be between 9.6 and 12.3 billion. In the first part of our Peak Population Series we look at the crunch that a growing global population will put on natural resources.

9. Medical Marijuana in Canada


Medical Marijuana in Canada

On April 1, 2014, Canadian legislation changed significantly around medical marijuana. In our Medical Marijuana in Canada infographic we look at the new regulations, the market for medical cannabis, and its uses and treatments.

8. Everything You Need to Know About the Swiss Gold Referendum


Everything You Need to Know About the Swiss Gold Referendum

In November, Switzerland had a potential game-changing referendum on their central bank’s use of gold. The vote ended up being a firm “no”, but in this Swiss Referendum infographic we looked at the potential implications that a “yes” vote would have brought in Switzerland and the rest of the world.

7. The Definitive History of Bitcoin


The Definitive History of Bitcoin

We put together an ambitious five year history of Bitcoin together all the way from its inception to the end of 2013. See the Definitive History of Bitcoin in all of its glory as every notable event is compiled in one place in beautiful detail.

6. The Many Phases of Silver (Silver Series)


The Silver Series

In the first part of our new Silver Series presented by Silver.com we covered the many phases of silver: its uses as a monetary, health, and industrial metal.

5. The Narwhal Club: Home to Canada’s $1B Tech Startups


The Narwhal Club

The Narwhal Club is Canada’s answer to Aileen Lee’s idea of a “Unicorn Club” for $1B+ valued startups in the United States. Working with Garibaldi Capital Advisors we compiled and curated a list of all tech startups in Canada worth over $1 Billion, including many companies that are on the verge of success.

4. Space Wars: The Private Sector Strikes Back


Space Wars: The Private Sector Strikes Back

The space industry is rapidly changing, and there are about a dozen private companies that are helping to shape the future of space travel. From space tourism to dreams of harvesting asteroids, we cover the movers and shakers of Space’s Private Sector in this infographic.

3. Inside Tesla’s $5 Billion Gigafactory


Inside Tesla's $5 Billion Gigafactory

Recently, Tesla made the bold decision to build a $5 Billion factory to mass produce batteries with economies of scale. In this infographic on the Tesla Gigafactory, we look at the implications of this decision with regards to natural resources such as graphite, cobalt, and lithium.

2. A Year’s Extraction of Metal Shown Next to Landmarks and Cities


A Year's Extraction of Metal Shown Next to Landmarks and Cities

In this infographic slideshow, we asked ourselves how big a year’s extraction of various metals would be if they were put in a hypothetical cube. Some of the answers will surprise you.

1. The Gold Series


The Gold Series

In our Gold Series, we covered everything on the yellow metal including its rich history, supply and geology, demand and uses, investment upside, and predictions for the future. Spanning five infographic parts, The Gold Series is a world class collection of informational and educational content on the fundamentals of gold investing. This series was viewed more than any other infographic this year.

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Our Top Infographics of 2019

A countdown of our top infographics from 2019, including some of our most viewed graphics and other hand-picked entries from our staff.

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This year, we published more than 300 posts on Visual Capitalist, getting well over 30 million views along the way.

Many of these graphics are visually stunning, but there’s only room for 19 posts on the annual list of our best work. Below, you’ll find the Top Infographics of 2019 list, which contains our most popular infographics, as well as a curation of staff favorites for the year.

New this year is our “Viewer’s Choice” award, which is given to the best visualization, as chosen by our loyal VC+ readership.

Below are the top posts of 2019. But first, a few quick notes:

  • Images below are small preview images for each large infographic and article.
  • To view any post in full, click the image or link in the text. All links open in a new tab.
  • At the very end of the list, you can find our “Viewer’s Choice” award winner.

Wishing you the best in the new year!
– The Visual Capitalist Team


Our Top Infographics of 2019

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Let the countdown begin…

19. How Does Your Personality Type Affect Your Income?

How Does Your Personality Type Affect Your Income?

When it comes to making money, not all personality types play on an even playing field.

This recent post breaks down Myers-Briggs personality types by average earning potential, including the specific facets that tend to correlate positively with money over the long term.

18. The 20 Internet Giants That Rule the Web

The 20 Internet Giants That Rule the Web

Digital media moves at a breakneck pace — and with almost no barriers to entry, it’s no surprise to see the pecking order turn over every other year.

Even so, it’s easy to forget that names like GeoCities, Lycos, and Ask Jeeves once dominated the internet landscape as we knew it. Our infographic from earlier this year balances the technological pace of change with nostalgia, to show how the web has changed over recent decades.

17. Where the World’s Banks Make the Most Money

Where the World's Banks Make the Most Money

In 2018, the global banking industry raked in $1.3 trillion in after-tax profit.

In this infographic, we looked at where the money is in banking — as well as the upcoming geographic regions and segments that will fuel the future of banking.

16. A History of Revolution in U.S. Taxation

A History of Revolution in U.S. Taxation

The American Revolution was born out of colonial dissent towards unfair taxation policies.

For this reason, it’s no surprise that the evolution of U.S. taxation itself has been inextricably linked to contentious debate and even moments of rebellion. Our infographic on the history of U.S. taxation helps paint a picture of this story.

15. The History of Esports

The History of Esports

Esports is already filling stadiums — and soon it could be lining investors’ pockets as well.

Our recent infographic breaks down the history of this soon-to-be multi-billion dollar industry, while also showing you the five factors that will determine the pace of future growth in esports.

14. The Game of Life: Visualizing China’s Social Credit System

The Game of Life: Visualizing China's Social Credit System

Imagine a world where over a billion citizens are scored on how “good” they are, based on a set of criteria put forward by the government.

What could possibly go wrong?

13. Visualizing Corruption Around the World

Visualizing Corruption Around the World

Which countries are the most corrupt?

This colorful map breaks down the Corruptions Perception Index — an attempted measure of the perceived level of public sector corruption in over 180 countries.

12. The Race to Invest in the Space Economy

The Race to Invest in the Space Economy

For decades, the space economy has been driven solely by government spending.

Of course, the government still plays an important role in the sector today, but the final frontier is also seemingly open for private business and sustained investment. In the near future, space tourism, resource extraction, and other segments could make space a trillion dollar industry.

11. Mapped: The World’s Biggest Oil Discoveries Since 1868

Mapped: The World's Biggest Oil Discoveries Since 1868

Historically, oil and gas discoveries have been an unparalleled source of wealth for many countries around the world.

This recent post maps out the biggest oil discoveries ever made, while also highlighting the flipside to the story: in a global economy where dependency on fossil fuels is expected to diminish, is any new discovery a blessing or a curse?

10. Walmart Nation: Mapping America’s Biggest Employers

Which company or organization is the largest employer in every state?

This animated map focuses in on employment statistics — but really, it gives perspective of the dominance of Walmart, the nation’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer and private employer.

9. Mapped: The Countries With the Highest Housing Bubble Risks

Mapped: The Countries With the Highest Housing Bubble Risks

This series of maps highlights several metrics that are used to evaluate housing markets, including the price-to-rent ratio, price-to-income ratio, real house prices, and credit to households as a percentage of GDP.

See which countries have ratios out of whack, and what it could mean for housing markets.

8. All of the World’s Carbon Emissions in One Chart

All of the World's Carbon Emissions in One Chart

Only 15 countries account for over 72.2% of global carbon emissions.

See it all visualized — and also see the percentage of fossil fuel emissions that have occurred in your lifetime.

7. Visualizing the Happiest Country on Every Continent

Visualizing the Happiest Country on Every Continent

This series of maps provides a look at each individual continent, to identify the happiest (and unhappiest) country in each region.

6. 70 Years of China’s Economic Growth In One Chart

70 Years of China's Economic Growth In One Chart

It’s been 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

This nifty graphic timeline contains an impressive amount of history and facts about the country’s prolific rise and economic growth.

5. The Most Hyped Technology of Every Year From 2000-2018

The Most Hyped Technology of Every Year From 2000-2018

It’s not always easy to tell which new technologies will pan out, and which will fail to live up to society’s expectations.

But hindsight is 20/20 — so in this graphic, we look back at almost 20 years of Gartner’s hype cycle of emerging technologies, to see what amounted from many of the technological breakthroughs that have gained traction over the years.

4. Ranking the Top 100 Websites in the World

Ranking the Top 100 Websites in the World

In this spectacular data visualization, we resize the world’s top 100 websites according to the amount of traffic they receive.

The end result provides a fascinating snapshot of global web traffic, and the impressive scale of the internet.

3. The Entire History of Tesla in 5 Minutes

What is the origin story behind Tesla, and how did it end up becoming the innovative car company it is today?

We condense the history of Tesla into about five minutes, while also providing an outline of the future vision of Elon Musk.

2. $69 Trillion of World Debt in One Infographic

$69 Trillion of World Debt in One Infographic

Did you know that government debt now adds up to $69 trillion globally?

The latest version of our famous world debt graphic breaks down the debt owed by each country as a proportion of world debt, as well as debt to GDP ratios.

1. How Tech Giants Make Their Billions

How Tech Giants Make Their Billions

Tech giants are finding ways to play bigger roles in our digital lives, whether it’s through computers, smartphones, smart devices, or apps.

As names like Facebook, Amazon, and Google have become even more ubiquitous, they’ve also leveraged network effects, scale, and winner-take-most marketplaces to build up powerful businesses as well.

Our #1 pick of 2019 showcases the Big Five Tech Giants and their various revenue streams – which, when combined together, add up to over $802 billion per year.

Viewer’s Choice: The Largest Economies in 2030

Finally, it’s time for our “Viewer’s Choice” award.

We polled our VC+ members last week to get a tally for which visualization this year was their favorite, with this video on the largest projected economies in 2030 taking the cake.

Until next time, have a fantastic holiday season and a happy new year!

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Our Top Infographics of 2018

A countdown of our top infographics from the last year, including some of our most viewed graphics as well as other hand-picked entries from our staff.

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This year, we published more than 300 posts on Visual Capitalist, getting well over 20 million views along the way.

While all of these posts are driven by powerful visuals and data-driven content, we can only select 18 of them on our hand-picked, annual list of our best work. Below, you’ll find our Top Infographics of 2018 List, which contains some of our most popular infographics, as well as a curation of staff favorites for the year.

If you like what you see on the following list, make sure to subscribe to our mailing list or connect via Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to get our free content daily.

Important Notes:

Below are the top posts of 2018. But first, a few quick notes:

  • Images below are small preview images for each large infographic and article
  • To view any post in full, click the image or link in the text. All links open in a new tab.
  • At the end, we’ll link to some honorable mentions, as well as the year-end lists for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Wishing you the best in the new year!
– The Visual Capitalist Team

18. The Social Media Universe

The Social Media Universe

This infographic is from another world, showing the vast scope of the social media universe. In particular, the size of the “Zuckerberg Cluster” stands out, as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger dominate the list of apps with more than a billion monthly active users.

17. The World’s Biggest Real Estate Bubbles in 2018

The World

Ever wanted to know which key real estate markets are the closest to popping, and which are potentially undervalued?

These maps and charts show the six major cities currently in “bubble risk” territory, and how they compare to the markets of other important global cities.

16. The Raw Materials that Fuel the Green Revolution

The Raw Materials Powering the Green Revolution

To get off fossil fuels, we’ll need other finite resources such as rare metals and minerals. We show the resources that will power the green revolution in this giant infographic.

15. The Business Value of the Blockchain

The Business Value of the Blockchain

While 2018 has been a year to forget for cryptocurrencies, the blockchain is here to stay and will impact a wide variety of industries. This graphic uses data from McKinsey to show the potential business value of the technology.

14. Visualizing 40 Years of Music Industry Sales

Visualizing 40 Years of Music Industry Sales
This chart that shows the composition of music industry sales was an unexpected blockbuster, but it seems to have captured the hearts and minds of music lovers from around the world.

13. The Relationship Between Money and Happiness

The Relationship Between Money and Happiness

This was one of our more controversial charts of 2018, partially because of an experimental design decision we made.

Instead of aligning the x and y axes in the traditional way, we oriented the chart so that the trend line was horizontal – making it so countries that were “happier” with what they had (GDP per capita) appeared above the line, while countries that were “less satisfied” appeared below.

12. Elon Musk’s Vision for the Future of Tesla

Visualizing the Future Vision of Tesla

This infographic is the conclusion of our Rise of Tesla Series, showing Elon Musk’s vision for the company. Don’t forget to view Part 1 and Part 2 of the series as well.

11. Mapped: The World’s Largest Megacities by 2100

Economic growth is anchored in cities – and the world’s urban landscape will shift dramatically as we move towards the end of the 21st century. This powerful animation shows where the world’s biggest megacities will be in 2100.

10. How Different Generations Would Invest $10k

How Different Generations Would Invest k

Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials do not think the same way about money. This is partly because they are at different points in their adult lives, but it also has to do with differing attitudes towards wealth and risk.

This nifty visualization charts how these generations would each invest $10,000, and it helps reveal what makes each generation unique.

9. Seven Facts to Free You From Your Fear of Market Crashes

Seven Facts to Free You From Your Fear of Market Crashes

Even when there is extreme volatility occurring in the stock market, this infographic may be the cure to make you a more rational investor. It goes through the math of corrections and bear markets in a simple and straightforward way that can calm the nerves of experts and beginners alike.

8. A World of Languages

A World of Languages

There are 4.1 billion people that speak the 23 most common native tongues – and this widely popular infographic breaks down where they are spoken by country.

7. The Extraordinary Power of Compound Interest

The Extraordinary Power of Compound Interest

According to Albert Einstein, compound interest is the “most powerful force in the universe”.

However, understanding its power is not intuitive to many. That’s why we created this explainer infographic on compound interest as a part of our Wealth 101 channel, which is geared to younger generations.

6. The Multi-Billion Dollar Personal Data Ecosystem

The Multi-Billion Dollar Personal Data Ecosystem

Personal data was a popular and recurring theme throughout the 2018 news cycle.

But how does this ecosystem actually work, and what are the components of personal data in the digital age? This infographic aims to break it all down in an easy and simple way.

5. The Longest Bull Markets of the Modern Era

 Trillion of World Debt

This chart we published in June became very relevant as markets struggled in late-2018.

It documents the six longest bull markets since World War II, and compares them using several factors such as length, total return, and average annual return. It also shows key events that occurred in each bull market, giving great perspective on how the stock market works over time.

4. The Warren Buffett Empire

The Warren Buffett Empire

Most people know Berkshire Hathaway as the massive conglomerate that serves as the investment vehicle for Warren Buffett’s $83 billion fortune. However, far fewer people know what this giant does, and how it actually makes its money!

This massive infographic attempts to put it all in perspective.

3. This World Map was Drawn Based on Country Populations

This Fascinating World Map was Drawn Based on Country Populations

There are many routes to creating an insightful data visualization, but one tried-and-true one is to take something familiar (like a map) and to redraw it based on another data set. In this case, this world map is redrawn based on countries’ populations to give us a whole new way to think about human geography.

2. The $80 Trillion World Economy in One Chart

The  Trillion World Economy in One Chart

This memorable chart that breaks down global GDP was one of our most shared posts of the year, with 37,000 social shares and 750,000 views.

1. The Forces Shaping the Future of the Global Economy

The 8 Major Forces Shaping the Future of the Global Economy

Powerful, data-driven visuals can really help to tell a story that words alone cannot.

This iconic post leans on the ideas and graphics from our new book Visualizing Change, and it does a great job summarizing the forces that we see shaping our economic future.

Honorable mentions:

Animation: The World’s 10 Largest Economies by GDP (1960-Today)
This enthralling animation shows the rise and fall of economies over many decades.

The 6 Forces Transforming the Future of Healthcare
Healthcare is a massive industry – and it’s undergoing tremendous change.

24 Cognitive Biases That Are Warping Your Perception of Reality
Think you see things objectively? Check out this list of common cognitive biases that mess with even the best of us.

The 6,000 Year History of Medical Cannabis on One Map
This giant map plots the entire history of medical cannabis through many millennia.

An Illustrated Subway Map of Human Anatomy
Ever wanted to visualize the complexity of the human body? This neat map does the trick.

And lastly, don’t forget to check out our roundups from previous years!

The Top 17 Infographics of 2017
The Top 16 Infographics of 2016
The Top 15 Infographics of 2015
The Top 14 Infographics of 2014

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Good luck in 2019!

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