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7 Reasons Our Book is the Perfect Holiday Gift



Did you know, 9 in 10 people leave their holiday shopping to the last minute?

Finding a meaningful gift for the “person who has everything” is never an easy task. But have no fear, VC is here.

Below are 7 reasons why our new coffee table book is the perfect gift for anyone with a curiosity streak – and why you should get them a copy right away.

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1. The book is a great conversation starter

What does artificial intelligence have to do with the rapid urbanization of emerging markets?

Both topics (and more) are found in Visualizing Change – and they’ll help inject some life into the next family holiday dinner.

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2. Get it for the person who has everything

We all know that one person who is impossible to buy for.

The great thing about Visualizing Change is that it’s completely unique. The book is 100% visual in nature, filled with 256 pages of infographics, charts, and maps.

We promise that it’s absolutely a one-of-a-kind gift. So order today to cross off your holiday shopping gift list!

3. Your clients will love it, too

This year, give your clients the gift of knowledge. Our signature data-driven visuals make the book an ideal corporate gift, and companies have taken advantage of our customized bulk orders.

In a hurry? North American companies can skip the customization and have bulk orders on their doorstep within 48 hours using Amazon Prime.

The books are a beautifully appointed gift for our top clients.


Perfect Holiday GiftThe deadline to receive custom orders before Christmas has passed, but non-holiday orders can still be fulfilled!

4. The book is full of jaw-dropping data

  • What will the world’s most populous cities be in 80 years?
  • Which governments owe trillions of dollars in debt?
  • How much money exists?
  • How many Chinese cities have over 1 million inhabitants?
  • How did the world’s richest billionaires make their fortunes?

In the book, you’ll find the answers to these questions and more.

See an in-depth preview of major themes in the book.

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5. It looks fantastic on your coffee table

We’d be embarrassed if our book ended up looking tacky in your living room.

That’s why we put extra care into selecting the book materials: a strong hardcover and high-quality paper that allows the art to pop.

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6. 5-Star ratings on Amazon

We are proud to say that our book has almost exclusively 5-star reviews from customers on Amazon.

If you’re still not convinced, we encourage you to read existing customer reviews on the impact of this data-focused work of art.

Buying a bunch to hand out as gifts, it’s that good!

This book visualizes the key economic facts and drivers of our times… I retain about 400% more key data looking at their graphs.

– Amazon review

7. There is a limited supply of books left

We expect to sell out of individual books and our bulk order inventory by Christmas time.

Get Visualizing Change as the perfect gift now – and don’t risk missing out!

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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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The Visual Capitalist Infographic Idea Contest

Submit your idea for the chance to win great prizes, including having your infographic idea designed and published, or a signed copy of our new book!



Visualizing Change Infographic Contest

Can You Visualize Change?

Our world is changing so fast that it can be difficult to make sense of the transformations happening right before our eyes.

We’ve already identified eight major forces that are shaping the future of our global economy. However, we know there are many other catalysts for change out there waiting to be explained in a visual format.

That’s where you come in.

Today, we are proud to launch Can You Visualize Change?, a free contest that gives one lucky winner the chance to have their visualization idea brought to life and published by Visual Capitalist, as well as a signed copy of our book Visualizing Change.

See below for the entry form and contest details…

Submit Your Idea Entry

To enter, click “Submit your infographic idea” below and fill in the short form.

Important Note: If you’d like to submit multiple ideas, you may need to reload the form below using a private browser window. (Here’s how to do that!)

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Competition closes Dec 12, 2018 at 11:55pm PT

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