Our Top Infographics of 2018
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.
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
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- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Powerful, data-driven visuals can really help to tell a story that words alone cannot.
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!
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Good luck in 2019!