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Infographic of the Day:
Airborne Terror

Quoted for truth: the benefits of information visualization

John Sviokla, who blogs for the Harvard Business Review about "Innovation, Strategy, [and] Technology," bears witness:
In my work with clients, I've seen three primary benefits of superior graphic representation:
Great visualizations are efficient — they let people look at vast quantities of data quickly.Visualizations can help an analyst or a group achieve more insight into the nature of a problem and discover new understanding.A great visualization can help create a shared view of a situation and align folks on needed actions.I couldn't agree more.

"Swimming in Data? Three Benefits of Visualization" - HBR Blog Network

Anatomy of a deficit

The "socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and academically rigorous" (per CQ)Center on Budget and Policy Priorities presents this (literally) graphic depiction of the U.S. government deficit over the next decade. The deficit for fiscal 2009 was $1.4 trillion and, at an estimated 10 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), was the largest deficit relative to the size of the economy since the end of World War II. Under current policies, deficits will likely exceed $1 trillion in 2010 and 2011 and remain near that figure thereafter....

The recession battered the budget, driving down tax revenues and swelling outlays for unemployment insurance, food stamps, and other safety-net programs. Using CBO’s August 2008 projections as a benchmark, we calculate that the changed economic outlook accounts for over $400 billion of the deficit in 2009 and slightly smaller amounts in subsequent years. Those effects persist; even in 2018, the deterioration in the economy since summer 2008 — …

22 months in 28 seconds:
watch the US lose jobs

I highly recommend this animated infographic, in which Latoya Egwuekwe gives us a quick and crystal-clear history of US unemployment levels from January 2007 to October 2009. This is a great example of how infoviz can tell a story efficiently and in a way any viewer can understand. Thanks, Latoya.