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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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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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It’s that time of year again, and 2017 is almost in the rearview mirror.

With another year biting the dust, we are excited to present a curated list of our favorite infographics, charts, and data visualizations that we posted over the course of 2017.

If you’re new to Visual Capitalist, this annual countdown is one of the best ways to get acquainted with what we do. It tallies the year’s most powerful visuals that explain the world of business and investing. If you like what you see below, don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list or connect via Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to get our free content daily.

It’s also worth mentioning that many of these below graphics will be included in our upcoming book, which you can still pre-order today.

Important Notes:

Below are the top infographics of 2017. 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, and 2016.

Enjoy the countdown, and we wish you the best in the new year!
– The Visual Capitalist Team

17. The Future of Battery Technology

The Future of Battery Technology

The final installment in our five-part Battery Series, this infographic covers what is coming down the battery technology pipeline in the future. It looks at the near-term advancements that will be made with lithium-ion batteries, as well as more unproven, distant technologies like Li-S, Li-air, and Na-ion batteries.

16. The 100 Websites That Rule the Internet

The 100 Websites That Rule the Internet

Ever wonder who owns the 100 most popular websites in the world? This massive infographic links it all together, and allows you to see the powerhouses that rule the internet.

15. The Richest People in History (Part 1)

The Richest People in History

This infographic shows the world’s richest people, with a focus on the pre-modern era that occurred before the Industrial Revolution. In it, you’ll find details on the fortunes of famous names like Augustus Caesar, Mansa Musa, King Solomon, Genghis Khan, and the Medici family.

14. How 5 Tech Giants Make Their Billions

How 5 Tech Giants Make Their Billions

Do you know how tech giants like Facebook, Alphabet, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon make their money? This chart breaks down the revenue streams for each company in an intuitive and simple manner.

13. These 35 Chinese Cities Have Economies as Big as Countries

35 Chinese Cities With Economies as Big as Countries

It’s often difficult to comprehend the size and scale of the economic boom in China.

That’s why it’s a topic we approach quite often with our visualizations – and we felt this one really hit the mark. Using a mind-boggling map, we compare each of China’s 35 biggest cities with the economies of entire countries. How many of these massive Chinese cities do you think you can name?

12. Bitcoin’s Journey to $10,000

Bitcoin's Journey to $10,000

It was a landmark year for cryptocurrency, and Bitcoin’s ultra-quick journey from under $1,000 to $10,000 in just 11 months was the centerpiece of the excitement. This nifty infographic documents the ascent, as well as the major events that happened over the course of the year in the space.

11. Visualizing the Massive $15.7 Trillion Impact of AI

Visualizing the Massive $15.7 Trillion Impact of AI

Artificial intelligence is going to impact every facet of our lives, and this infographic summarizes the impact and potential breadth of possibilities that AI will bring once it is ubiquitous.

10. Donald Trump’s $20 Trillion Problem

The year started with the controversial inauguration of Donald Trump – and this video, which was released around that time, sums up a major issue he faces during his presidency. How he approaches the country’s record-high $20 trillion national debt will be an important factor in whether he is able to make America “great again”.

9. Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Giant Infographic

Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Giant Infographic

Has it been your lifelong dream to see every one of the existing 188 cognitive biases mapped out and organized in a useful codex? If so, then today is your lucky day.

8. Measuring Global Competitiveness

Measuring Global Competitiveness

What makes an economy competitive at the global level, and why?

This useful animation shows how countries compare using the Global Competitiveness Index – and then later in the post, the factors influencing competitiveness are explained and compared.

7. The Crypto Universe

The Crypto Universe

Back in September 2017, when a bitcoin was only worth $4,000, we made this chart to make sense of the cryptocurrency universe. It compares the differences between Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Dash, and Ethereum Classic – and it shows key metrics around volume, market capitalization, and transactions.

It’s all fairly out of date now, but that’s how the crypto space rolls.

6. $63 Trillion of World Debt

$63 Trillion of World Debt

There is now a total of $63 trillion in global sovereign debt, and this colorful chart breaks it down by country and debt-to-GDP ratio. See the large version in all its glory here.

5. The Early Years of Warren Buffett

The Early Years of Warren Buffett

This marvelous infographic tells the story of Warren Buffet’s early years, including his various childhood business pursuits, his first stock purchase, and other events that have helped shape the Oracle of Omaha’s career. This is the start of our five-part Warren Buffett series, which will continue through 2018.

4. The World’s Top Brands

The World's Top Brands

What are the world’s most valuable brands? This big chart counts down the companies with the most brand value in 2017, and also gives historical perspective (shown above) on the most valuable brands over time.

3. The Origin Story of Tesla

The Origin Story of Tesla

Today, we know Tesla as an important leader in the green revolution, developing everything from electric semi-trucks to Powerwalls. However, Tesla’s success wasn’t always a given – and this beautiful infographic tells the story of Tesla’s early vision, the company’s strategy to shed the stigma around EVs, the cost overruns in developing the Roadster, and the company’s narrow escape from the brink of bankruptcy.

It was the first piece of our three-part Rise of Tesla Series – the rest will be released in early 2018.

2. Walmart Nation

Walmart Nation

This memorable chart shows that Walmart has the most employees in a whopping 22 states. With nearly one million views and 75,000 social media shares, this was our most-shared post of the year.

1. All of the World’s Money and Markets

All of the World's Money and Markets

A remake of our 2015 graphic that “put us on the map”, this is the latest update to All of the World’s Money and Markets in One Visualization.

Including stats from both versions of the graphic, this visualization has now been seen by more than 1.5 million people on our site alone.

Honorable mentions:

The Jeff Bezos Empire in One Chart
Made after Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, showing all the companies that Bezos has invested in or bought.

The Numbers Behind the World’s Closest Trade Relationship
Statistics behind USA-Canada trade

Histomap: Visualizing the 4,000 Year History of Global Power
This crazy chart made in 1931 isn’t ours, but it’s super interesting.

How Billionaire Investors Hedge Against Geopolitical Black Swans
Why geopolitical risk is higher, and what billionaires are doing to protect their wealth

The $74 Trillion Economy in One Chart
The global economy visualized

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

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

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