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Animated, video and interactive infographics can be even more hard-hitting than their static counterparts. Movement adds a whole other dimension to the way you can visualize data, and allows you to dynamically add multiple layers of information in ways that can’t be done in a simple infographic. When you’re dealing with complex social issues that’s exactly what you need.
Here are just a few of my favourite ways motion and interactive infographics are helping us see the world differently. Reminding us to be eco-friendly Water is precious, and Every Last Drop have come up with a great way to help people understand just how much water they use every day – and hopefully cut down too.
Revealing the impact of poverty The girl effect explores how poverty negatively impacts a girl’s life, and how education has the power to transform their lives in this great video infographic. Their more recent interactive infographic is also impressive and really shows how effective motion infographics can be.
Quantifying the atrocities of war This is a great infographic marking the centenary of the Great War. Even though the topic is a bit macabre, the way it tells the story of something so horrific in a beautiful and visual way is fascinating to me.
Charting the slave trade This video infographic maps the journeys of 20,000 slave ship voyages in just two minutes. It’s powerfully haunting and lets us fully grasp the scale of the slave trade, the repercussions of which have had a lasting effect on our world today.
Exposing the realities of economic inequality Interactive infographics don’t get much more immersive than this. Even though the data is based on US figures, you can get an idea of how economic inequality works in a lot of capitalist countries. Not only does it explain how wealth is distributed, it also shows you where you fit into that picture.
Depicting the variation of LGBTQIA+ rights Despite the many, many people fighting for equality for LGBTQIA+ people in the US, the laws are still inconsistent from state to state. This interactive infographic allows you to scroll over each state and see how much progress has been made.
Explaining the refugee crisis The refugee crisis in Europe is a complex issue, and this video infographic debunks the myths and explains the origins of the crisis in a clear, easy to understand way.
Showing the impact of drone strikes Telling the real story of what happens during war and conflict is important. This interactive infographic paints a bleak and harrowing picture of attacks on Pakistan by US drones and the number of victims.
Mapping terrorism Visually, this is a great way of understanding the impact of terrorism across the world. It’s clear, concise and can help counteract some of the more scaremongering type figures in the press. This one maps out attacks by ISIL in 2015.
Documenting the history of revolution This is a great interactive timeline made by the Guardian during the Arab spring. There’s so much information on here it could keep you occupied for hours.
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