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Renewable energy infographic

Today’s challenge was to create an infographic of sustainability and after some brain cracking I decided to compare two European countries with high percentage of renewable energy. Renewable energy sources include wind power, solar power, hydro power, tidal power, geothermal energy, biofuels and the renewable part of waste. Eurostat

I began this challenge by viewing Eurostat data of EU countries, where Sweden is leading with more than 50% of renewable energy, being the only country that uses more than half of it’s energy from renewable resources. Compared to the average 17% in EU, with the target to reach 20% by 2020, Sweden is excelling thanks to the hydroelectric power, which is now also supported by wind turbines. Official site of Sweden

However remarkable Sweden’s achievement in EU is, it’s neighbor Norway has done even better. With 98% of renewable energy of which 96% comes from hydropower Norway has the highest percent of renewable energy in mainland Europe according to Norwegian Government.  In a country where petroleum is the largest industry, when fossil fuels run out, is water going to be new oil? 💧


Lands of renewable energy 2

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Infographic of cities for cyclists

For some reason I have never been in Amsterdam, though it has been on my list of places to go for ages. I tried last year, but the prices over Easter skyrocketed and I decided to travel to Copenhagen instead. These two cities do have lot in common, popularity of cycling being one of them. Although Amsterdam is cycling capital of Europe, is Copenhagen catching up?

This infographic is different than previous ones as it’s based on a comparison rather than data set. When I started to collect the data it seemed obvious Amsterdam is leading with nearly all the numbers, in total having more bikes, cycle lanes and bike racks than Copenhagen.. However everything changed once I started to compare the stats to population and area size.

Amsterdam does have more bikes than Copenhagen, but it has exactly the same amount of bikes per population, who also cycle exactly the same distance each day than Amsterdammers. Around 60% of both population cycle daily and compared to the size of both cities Copenhagen has even more cycle lanes and bike racks per bikes than Amsterdam. Go Copenhagen! 🚴

cities on two wheels 2

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Infographic of National Scenic Trails

I have been looking forward to do something travel related and as I’ve read couple of books about America’s long distance walking trails I decided to do a comparison of the trail lengths. I learned there are eleven scenic trails altogether and famous Appalachian (Walk in the Woods) and Pacific Crest (Wild) are long, but far from being the longest.

I started with simple bar chart in Raw Graphs and once I had the correct lengths, cut the bars up in illustrator, distributed them on different levels and curved the ends. I found it quite challenging to pick 11 colors that work together and decided for purple instead of green for text. Finally I added couple of graphics to liven it up. Data is here.


national scenic trails

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My skills timeline

This is the last of the time chunks series I created for my persona. I started it in November, but somehow it remained unfinished and I wanted to finalize this, before moving on to new things.

I really enjoyed doing the illustrations for these three charts and I think bringing in a character does liven things up. Maybe for the next infographic I do something with different characters (in DG style in previous post).

The logic behind this infographic is the same as for the last two (so I am not going to repeat it)  and the data is embedded here in the Google sheet.


my visual skills timeline

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DG infographics class

HNY 2019! May it bring some insightful and beautiful (infographic) stories.

December was quite a busy month for me. Earlier in the month I went to London to attend an infographic class by Delayed Gratification Magazine. DG is known by their awesome infographics and the two hour evening class covered the theory behind what makes a good infographic (in DG style: How to make killer infographics?).

The class was held in a relaxed and creative atmosphere at King’s College by Marcus, one of the editors. We went through a process of thinking the ideas of a great infographic and trying our hand in making one in the group. The two hours passed far too quickly, but we still had plenty of time to grasp the main ideas.

The key idea surfacing throughout the class was ‘What’s the point?’. We looked at different infographics and tried to understand what is it they say. The good infographics convey the main idea at first sight and do not leave the audience confused. Even complicated infographics are clear of their meaning.

Here is an one quirky example of DG magazine infographic:

Infographic: BBC top-talent salaries in context from Delayed Gratification, the Slow Journalism magazine.
Click here for zoomable version.

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My visual timeline with locations

I really liked working on yesterday’s infographic and wanted to make another one in same style. It’s a really easy graph to make, but it’s fun and very clean. Maybe even too simple, but that just means I have to spend time in more places!

I started by thinking of all my travels, but after experimenting with 70+ entry, realized the time chunks work better on longer periods of time. So this graph is about my time spent in a location for more than 3 months. World chunk includes around 14 countries.

Because the idea behind is the same as in previous graphic I am adding the data in the same location.


my visual location timeline

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Time chunks – my visual timeline

This is the first time chunks infographic and this time I went personal, visualizing my timeline in different roles. The Gantt chart, that was the base of this visualization, is mainly used for project schedule.

This was a fun little project and helped me to see my CV in a whole different angle. I made a list of the roles I’ve been since millennium (doing my best to aim more or less the right dates) and fed the data into Raw Graphs. Once the tool had done it’s magic I ended up with a nice ladder of time chunks I then styled and colored in Illustrator. Finally I added the headline copy and an illustration.

On the level of difficulty this was a very easy graph to make and the data is here.

my visual timeline

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Infographic of awesome air cleaning plants

Here’s another infographic of air purifying plants. It’s again based on visualization, this time a scatter chart. The method is exactly the same as for previous infographic and the data sheet can be seen here.

As the air quality in offices and homes has become an issue, it’s good to know having many plants around may reduce the pollution and contribute to purifying air. Some plants are thought to have better air cleaning abilities that others, although the information is only available for selected plants.

I based the infographic on last two columns in the spreadsheet calculating the total amount of chemicals removed and toxicity to dogs and cats. The original data comes from NASA Clean Air Study and Wikipedia chart of air-filtering plants.

I have eight plants in my room and I certainly like to think they are currently busy sucking up all the harmful digital compounds emanating from my laptop as I am writing this post. And if not.. well, at least they look pretty.


Pure air plant-o-meter - infographic



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Infographic about coffee breaks

As I have been designing an online info design course these past weeks and working my way through lot of materials, I’ve been inspired by David McCandless’ beautiful visualizations to make this infographic about coffee breaks.

Due to clock change in Europe I was playing around with the concept of time and somehow it evolved to an idea of around-the-clock (coffee) breaks. Because of the thriving coffee culture in Europe coffee breaks have become culturally accepted times to meet up with friends, have meetings with colleagues or just to take a break from work.  In some countries the breaks have names and designated time (3 o’clock fika in Sweden or 5 o’clock tea in UK), with other slots I was bit more creative. I couldn’t actually fill the lunch hours. Maybe even coffee break enthusiasts need a break.

I based this infographic on a beautiful sunburst chart that is great to show hierarchies. I used RawGraphs to visualize the data and once I was more or less happy with the result, tidied the rough visualization up in Illustrator. The original data sheet can be seen here.

Finally, as I am more artist than data scientist I couldn’t resist adding some icons around the edge 🙂


Time for a (coffee) break! - infographic