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Representing large numbers has always been a focus for many information aesthetic visualization pieces. Think about 1 Billion Dollar (Physical), 6 Billion Others, World Population One, the Megapenny Project, Chris Jordan's American Self Portrait and Rice Demographics as some relevant examples.

By courtesy of mint.com, the following animated infographic movie illustrates the relative size of "1 trillion", which generally does not seem much bigger than "1,000 billion". With the recent news about the financial crisis and government spending, the notion of numbers have become even bigger. But one trillion dollars is a number that few people can comprehend, let alone one's standard 9-digit calculator. So what does one trillion dollars look like? You can check the movie below, or check out the static illustrations.

Thnkx Anders!

PS. Is mentioning that "1 trillion dollars is bigger the Australian GDP" strange to anyone? Can anyone correctly estimate GDP numbers, let alone of a sparsely populated, commodity rich, but massively sized country?



What a tragic video! To come so close to being good informational content and throw it all away with horrific timing.

For a website devoted to displaying information, perhaps we should give them some advice that if you have to pause the video every 3 seconds to extract the content, you're doing it wrong.

The "Every military intervention" slide is the worst of the bunch. Between the pan and the explosion, there's perhaps only one tenth of a second to digest the information.

Wed 02 Sep 2009 at 12:59 AM
Jason Wenger

What's is pausing so horrible?

It's a one minute video for short attention spans, but if you're one of the few people who are likely to want to know what every flag on every tank was, then you have the controls to do so yourself.

Wed 02 Sep 2009 at 3:59 AM
Dave S.

I like the video. Short and sweet. I agree with Dave, if you want to analyze the hard numbers, honestly, video is not the medium by which to do it. Just get yourself some spreadsheets and drool.

The only downside to the presentation was the 1/10th stinger at the end. We spend 50 seconds telling what a trillion can buy, but a wimpy sound effect to show it in comparison to the bailout, which was the point. But still, well produced.

Wed 02 Sep 2009 at 4:20 AM
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