A perfect graphic depiction of national carbon footprints

22 Aug

Every now and then I come across a design solution that is so brilliant, so absolutely right, that my heart actually skips a beat, and I feel once again the power and privilege that comes from working within a creative problem-solving industry.

Brooklyn artist Stanford Kay’s infographic did such a number on me.

Stanford Kay infographic on carbon emissions

His design depicts global carbon emissions by country, colour-coded by continent and proportional to the amount of emissions. The arrangement of the spheres beautifully pays off the carbon footprint metaphor with a critical sense of scale. You can see an expanded version here. Click on the image when it opens.

What should get Canadians’ attention is how large proportionally our emissions are compared to countries like Brazil, Italy and Mexico, which have far greater populations.

But focusing exclusively on the design, how can you ever imagine this data being presented in a more compelling way.

Way to smack one out of the park Stanford Kay.

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3 Responses to “A perfect graphic depiction of national carbon footprints”

  1. lindsmaloney August 29, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Simply couldn’t picture it in a more compelling way. Love this.

    • Doug Brown August 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

      Of course, you’re looking at it upside down…

  2. Prachita April 25, 2014 at 10:42 pm #

    Awesome diagram understand the world of co2 emission focusing countries.Thanks a million

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