Visualizing global trends

GapminderHumans have a hard time picturing certain things: long-term consequences, very large numbers, global trends … For better or worse, our brains evolved to understand the immediate, “middle-sized” world that confronts us daily. We’re grateful then, to the designers and thinkers who make abstract concepts accessible. Case in point: Gapminder, a Stockholm-based non-profit. Their extraordinary interactive graphs help you visualize complex global trends — like the distribution of poverty, in different regions of the world, over time. The raw statistics would bore you to tears; the web graphs — dynamic, colorful and clear — are utterly compelling. They’re worth a look — not only for their particular content — but for the possibilities presented by this marriage of technology, information and design. (Link via kottke. Thanks!)