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a simple infographic illustrating how the gap between the average CEO & the average worker drastically widened between 1970 & 2005.

[link: portfolio.com|thnkx Martin]




While I always enjoy the interesting and different infographics supplied by our host, unfortunately I think it's pretty obvious where the "site's" politics lie. Since I haven't seen this infographic show up (despite submitting it) and it's a great response to these silly animations, I'll post it as a comment instead...


Wed 22 Aug 2007 at 4:21 AM

This is very reminiscent of a sketch that appeared in the exhibition section of the Processing site a few years ago: http://processing.org/exhibition/works/inequality/index_link.html

Homage, relative or ripoff?

Wed 22 Aug 2007 at 5:46 AM

tom, this portfolio.com version is an updated version, they were designed by the same person-- Josh On.

Portfolio.com does have some other cool visualizations (some of which have been posted here). There's a neat one on the CEO's of different companies and what floor their office is located on.

Wed 22 Aug 2007 at 8:35 AM

Ack, this blog is getting more and more boring ...

Wed 22 Aug 2007 at 12:05 PM

clayton, Hans Rosling's talks at TED2006 and TED2007 were posted almost immediately after their online appearance.
you might also be interested in the recent acquisition of Trendalyser by Google or in Jonathan Harris recent TED talk.

however, I m not sure what you mean with "it's pretty obvious where the 'site's' politics lie." it would be interesting to know your impression of its politics, as you seem to be quite annoyed by it?

akuhn, first of all: thnkx for your comment! could you be more precise and reveal why the blog is "getting more and more boring"?

Wed 22 Aug 2007 at 1:02 PM

I don't agree with akuhn. This blog give me more helps.

Wed 22 Aug 2007 at 7:46 PM

This blog is not boring at all, go on :)

Wed 22 Aug 2007 at 10:03 PM

The pic is a direct dig at the CEO's and addresses their credibility

Thu 23 Aug 2007 at 2:29 AM

Ack is right. It's a cute media-friendly picture, but as an infographic, it does not illustrate the numbers well. Without the textual description of what the ratio for each year represents, it would be very difficult to read (humans are not very good at judging relative area, especially circular). In my brower, the CEO circle goes right out of the frame. Dramatic? Yes. Usable? Not really. See, for example, Steven Few's recent essay, "Leave the Pies for Dessert". But, for what it's worth, the data is amazing; what an injustice!

Thu 23 Aug 2007 at 6:04 AM

I think this blog is still very interesting...

Thu 23 Aug 2007 at 12:52 PM

love your work not borning at all.

Do you know of any visualisations of real purchasing power of workers?

Fri 24 Aug 2007 at 12:20 AM

Thanks Christopher,
Point taken regarding pies. You are right - I did choose them for drama - including having it go out of frame. I consider this to be as much a political cartoon as an infographic - so drama is an important quality.
The irony is, had I used a bar chart, then at its peak if I had made the workers bar 1px, the CEO bar would be over 500px high. Now that would have
been dramatic! -
Nevertheless, pies, in the context of heads can draw on humans innate ability to compare head size with each other, and see that the CEO's is abnormally large. People have a good eye for human proportions! I conclude a pies may be saved for dessert and cartoon heads, whilst being used for dramatic effect! And I agree, CEO salaries are outrageous. A great resource for looking at that disparity is the AFL-CIO's corporate pay watch:

Fri 24 Aug 2007 at 6:09 AM

The video makes a good and striking point. In fact, it shows that we are in a very sad and disgusting place. The fact that CEO's earn so much (and, lets be honest, often do very little) is a sad thing of society. It shows how people have taken complete advantage of the system. It's also obvious that the system doesn't work. Rather than create wealth for everyone, it just creates too many wealth gaps between them.

Thu 24 Jul 2008 at 9:35 PM

First I like this blog. Keep it going. Regarding the topic in hand, I believe the gap will grow even bigger with the economic reccsion. It will be like the middle ages very soon. Regards. P.S. I think the guy with big head is very funny :) :) Cool pic :P

Wed 03 Feb 2010 at 10:09 PM
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