Our Top 21 Visualizations of 2021


This post is by Nick Routley from Visual Capitalist


Another tumultuous year is coming to a close. While volatility can be stressful at times, it does provide fertile ground for the Visual Capitalist team to explain what’s happening using a mix of art, data, and storytelling.

In this eighth edition of our yearly round-up, we’ve curated a small selection of our most noteworthy work. Visualizations are highlighted because they reached a wide audience, sparked lively conversations, or broke new ground in design and data-driven reporting.

Let’s dive in to our countdown of the top 21 visualizations of 2021.

Editor’s note: Click on any preview below to see the full-sized version of a visualization.

#21

The World Leaders In Positions of Power (1970-Today)

The World Leaders In Positions of Power (1970-Today)

Who were the world leaders when the Berlin Wall fell? How many women have been heads of state in prominent governments? And who are the newest additions to the list of world leaders?

The world’s superpowers have had a myriad of leaders over the years, but at the same time, it’s clear that some leaders have been able to stay in power longer than others.

For example, since 1970, Japan has had 25 different heads of state, while the U.A.E has had only two in the same period.

#20

Ranked: The World’s Fastest Growing Cities

Ranked: The World's Fastest Growing Cities

Urbanization is one of the megatrends shaping the future of the global economy. With the world’s population expected to exceed 8 billion in the next 12 months or so, many cities, especially in Africa and Asia, are still growing rapidly.

This visualization (Read more...)