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David McCandless


United Kingdom

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Past articles by David:

Enter the Information is Beautiful Awards 2022 – it’s back — Information is Beautiful

Our yearly celebration of the best infographics and data-visualisations from around the world is back! Now in partnership with The Data... → Read More

UPDATED: World’s Biggest Data Breaches + new data sensitivity graphic — Information is Beautiful

Heroku, Mailchimp, the Red Cross, GoDaddy, Acer, Nvidia, Brewdog and more sadly join 400+ others in our ongoing visualisation of data... → Read More

Ukraine-Russian War Infographics & Data Visuals — Information is Beautiful

Most helpful & contextualising graphics & visualisations from around the web. → Read More

How to Get the World to Netzero by 2050 — Information is Beautiful

How to get the World to Netzero by 2050 – a graphical guide. The latest research, ideas, strategies and numbers in one visualisation. Taken from the book ‘Beautiful News‘ by David McCandless (HarperCollins 2021) We have a Trello / Kanban set up of 2050 Netzero Project Plan We’ll be adding graphics and more info to it gradually. → Read More

Global Food Supply – Where Does All The World’s Food Go? — Information is Beautiful

A graphic on global food production & consumption we created for New Internationalist magazine. Part of a special wide-ranging edition around global food justice. → Read More

400+ Words Invented or Coined by Shakespeare — Information is Beautiful

Radiance. Control. Manager. Monumental. Bedroom. Cheap. Luggage. Successful. Addiction. I was surprised by some of these. Bedroom? Really? Data here. Interactive created with VizSweet. → Read More

Ransomware Attacks — Information is Beautiful

A data-visualisation of recent and notable ~200 ransomware attacks. → Read More

Coronavirus Interactive Infographic Datapack — Information is Beautiful

All our main #coronavirus graphics are now interactive and generate themselves from the latest data. » Infection Trajectories 7 day growth of daily deaths & cases for selected countries » Infection & Fatality rates by Country including cases & deaths per million » Where is Coronavirus Rising & Falling? New weekly-growth graphic showing emerging outbreaks […] → Read More

Learn to Do Dataviz in Your Pyjamas! — Information is Beautiful

Due to current world events and popular demand, we’ve moved all our training events to interactive online seminars. For the first time, you can learn our concept-driven approach to data-visualisation and infographics creation – online. The training format we use actually lends itself very well to a virtual set up. IIB founder & author […] → Read More

Coronavirus Myths & Mythconceptions — Information is Beautiful

COVID-19 #Coronavirus myths and misconceptions debunked. Let us know if we missed any! Icons from the NOUN PROJECT: Beer by Adrien Coquet, Pig by Monkik, Senior by BomSymbols, Pill by Fahmi Ramdani, Money by Alice Design, Virus by Angelina, Clcohol by Smalllike, Steroids by Georgiana Ionescu, Bar Chart by Scott Desmond, Sun by Vectorstall, Poison by Symbolon, Spread by Jean Yashu, Africa by… → Read More

COVID-19 #CoronaVirus Infographic Datapack — Information is Beautiful

: Pulled trajectories chart while we work on a new version. UPDATE 1st Apr : Added interactive, generative Fatality Rates by Country (updates twice a day). Thanks to Univers Labs for great work. UPDATE 30th Mar : Added interactive, generative Infection Trajectories (updates twice a day). Thx to Omid Kashan for great work. : updated data UPDATE 26th Mar : Changed Norovirus R0 from 7 (upper… → Read More

COVID-19 #CoronaVirus Infographic Datapack — Information is Beautiful

COVID-19 #Coronavirus latest data visualized. You are welcome to use these graphic in any way you please. Follow us on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter CHANGE LOG UPDATE 28th Feb 2022 : Updated COVID Treatments interactive Remdesivir moved from CONFLICTING to PROMISING (source) Monoclonal Antibodies / REGEN-COV marked as not effective for Omicron (source) Added new Japanese anti-viral drug… → Read More

Fact-Checking The Vegan Netflix Documentary ‘What The Health’ — Information is Beautiful

I’ve been vegetarian for 26 years. Never managed to make the leap to vegan though. Cheese and eggs. Cheese and eggs. I’m working on it. Here’s my motivational breakdown: It’s been interesting to witness the abrupt mainstreaming of vegan and plant-based diets in recent years. But less interesting to have so many friends suddenly start […] → Read More

The Bay Area MemeSpace – Silicon Valley’s Most Contagious Ideas — Information is Beautiful

Spotted this intriguing Bay Area MemeSpace diagram by writer and speaker Julia Galef from the Centre of Applied Rationality: I wondered if I could design it as more of a network diagram, where location and size were meaningful. I love concept maps like these, especially those revealing invisible forces and hidden ideas. This one feels particular vital now, in the web tech age, where the San… → Read More

Brexit Visual Video Explainer — Information is Beautiful

Struggling to understand or even maintain interest in Brexit? Don’t worry. Here’s a 4m video with a soothing voiceover, explaining it all visually. It’s like a lie-down for your brain. » Watch the video → Read More

Last Call! Entries For Our $40K Dataviz Challenge — Information is Beautiful

Sketch! Design! Code! Your interpretation of our datasets could win prizes of up to $25,000. Enter by: Tues 15th Jan 11:59 AST There’s also a special hand-drawn ‘napkin’ category for non-designers and those who like it tactile. We’re proud to announce a lovely panel of judges to celebrate your work: : Stefanie Posavec of Dear […] → Read More

Our Favourite DataViz Work of 2018 — Information is Beautiful

Here are some of our best visualizations of the past twelve months. Our first exhibition took place at the recently opened, Rem Koolhaas-designed Qatar National Library. We created ten interactive data-visualizations on a series of three-metre touchscreen totems, one face in English, the other Arabic. Subjects included the history of civilisation, Middle-Eastern science, and a […] → Read More

Announcing the World Data Visualization Prize – A $40K Dataviz Challenge — Information is Beautiful

We’re launching a dataviz challenge in partnership with the World Government Summit. (A little something to keep your creative neurons firing over the holidays.) The focus is how governments are improving citizens’ lives – via environment, happiness, technology or other areas of support. We’re supplying the datasets and themes. You provide data-visualizations that tell a […] → Read More

Snake Oil Cannabis? The Scientific Evidence for Medical Marijuana — Information is Beautiful

What conditions is medical marijuana / cannabis actually effective for? A round-up of the latest scientific studies and evidence in one infographic. → Read More

We’re Hiring: Senior Editorial Person — Information is Beautiful

Senior editor/writer/journalist/creative person required to spearhead an awesome new mega project. Flexitime, remote working. Would suit a self-motivating self-starter. A rare opportunity to join our unique, independent infodesign collective. If you’re an editorial person who loves graphics, get in touch. Closing date: Fri 28th Sep 2018. » Details → Read More