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Several designers have already approached conveying the global statistics by redistributing the world population in a fictive community of 100 persons, such as If the World were a Village of 100 People, Miniature Earth or Neotopia. The World of 100 [toby-ng.com] interprets this concept as a set of 20 (unfortunately, not 100) neatly designed infographic posters. Toby Ng, the designer, chose a specific statistic for each poster and used simple vector graphics in order to visually present and re-tell the information in the simplest and most accessible way.

Let's test your knowledge: How many people speak English, in a world populated by 100 people?


Too bad the data sources are not referenced in the posters. According to the Ethnologue, Spanish should be ahead of English and Russian shouldn't even be on the list.

Fri 05 Jun 2009 at 12:52 AM

at the risk of sounding childish (oh wait, this actually IS childish) -- does anyone else see a farting zebra in the above graphic?

Fri 05 Jun 2009 at 1:35 AM

Actually... that's an amplified zebra fart.

Agreeing with guictx, the data is sketchy at best. I took a human sexuality class in college (amazing what you can learn in college these day) and one session turned into an interesting discussion about how we like nice round numbers. The ratio of gay to straight people is no where near 10 per 100, it's much more like 4 per 100.

No amount of graphic skill (and I found a lot of those confusing... see kangaroo graphic for example) makes up for crap research.

Fri 05 Jun 2009 at 9:04 AM

Research and attribution are crucial in real world applications of these graphics. If you're interested in creating these types of information graphics -- based on real data -- on a contract basis, I encourage you to check out my company's call for proposals at: www.eastwestcenter.org/ewc-in-washington/graphics-proposal

Wed 10 Jun 2009 at 3:34 AM

Your question assumes that people are monolingual, which is ironic because English is the most widely spoken 2nd language.

Wed 01 Jul 2009 at 1:51 AM

Great idea, but will this work over the long run?

Fri 24 Jul 2009 at 9:04 AM
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