Olympic rings as data symbols

Aug 3, 2012

Artist Gustavo Sousa used the Olympic rings as data indicators for statistics like obesity, homicides, and number of billionaires. Each ring represents a continent, and the larger the ring, the larger the value. Simple and an interesting metaphor shift.

6 Comments

  • Which ring represents which continent?

    • Didn’t know it at the beginning, but halfway through the animation I was able to guess the colors:

      Red: Americas
      Green: Asia
      Black: Europe
      Yellow: Africa
      Blue: Oceania

  • would have said the same thing. otherwise it was pretty, and pretty straightforward

  • Interesting how this site is hell-bent to attack Fox News over PERCEIVED inaccuracies, which assume a stupid audience (sounds like bias to me), and ignores the obvious issues with this graphic. Interesting.

  • It looked to me like they were making the radius of the circle correspond to the value of the statistic, which makes the big ones seem *really* big. I think it would have been better to use area instead of radius. Or maybe my perception is wrong.

Favorites

19 Maps That Will Blow Your Mind and Change the Way You See the World. Top All-time. You Won’t Believe Your Eyes. Watch.

Many lists of maps promise to change the way you see the world, but this one actually does.

Most popular porn searches, by state

We’ve seen that we can learn from what people search …

Pizza Place Geography

Most of the major pizza chains are within a 5-mile …

Top Brewery Road Trip, Routed Algorithmically

There are a lot of great craft breweries in the United States, but there is only so much time. This is the computed best way to get to the top rated breweries and how to maximize the beer tasting experience. Every journey begins with a single sip.