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It’s that time of year again, and 2017 is almost in the rearview mirror.
With another year biting the dust, we are excited to present a curated list of our favorite infographics, charts, and data visualizations that we posted over the course of 2017.
If you’re new to Visual Capitalist, this annual countdown is one of the best ways to get acquainted with what we do. It tallies the year’s most powerful visuals that explain the world of business and investing. If you like what you see below, don’t forget to subscribe to our mailing list or connect via Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn to get our free content daily.
It’s also worth mentioning that many of these below graphics will be included in our upcoming book, which you can still pre-order today.
Below are the top infographics of 2017. But first, a few quick notes:
- Images below are small preview images for each large infographic and article
- To view any post in full, click the image or link in the text. All links open in a new tab.
- At the end, we’ll link to some honorable mentions, as well as the year-end lists for 2014, 2015, and 2016.
– The Visual Capitalist Team
17. The Future of Battery Technology
The final installment in our five-part Battery Series, this infographic covers what is coming down the battery technology pipeline in the future. It looks at the near-term advancements that will be made with lithium-ion batteries, as well as more unproven, distant technologies like Li-S, Li-air, and Na-ion batteries.
16. The 100 Websites That Rule the Internet
Ever wonder who owns the 100 most popular websites in the world? This massive infographic links it all together, and allows you to see the powerhouses that rule the internet.
15. The Richest People in History (Part 1)
This infographic shows the world’s richest people, with a focus on the pre-modern era that occurred before the Industrial Revolution. In it, you’ll find details on the fortunes of famous names like Augustus Caesar, Mansa Musa, King Solomon, Genghis Khan, and the Medici family.
14. How 5 Tech Giants Make Their Billions
Do you know how tech giants like Facebook, Alphabet, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon make their money? This chart breaks down the revenue streams for each company in an intuitive and simple manner.
13. These 35 Chinese Cities Have Economies as Big as Countries
It’s often difficult to comprehend the size and scale of the economic boom in China.
That’s why it’s a topic we approach quite often with our visualizations – and we felt this one really hit the mark. Using a mind-boggling map, we compare each of China’s 35 biggest cities with the economies of entire countries. How many of these massive Chinese cities do you think you can name?
12. Bitcoin’s Journey to $10,000
It was a landmark year for cryptocurrency, and Bitcoin’s ultra-quick journey from under $1,000 to $10,000 in just 11 months was the centerpiece of the excitement. This nifty infographic documents the ascent, as well as the major events that happened over the course of the year in the space.
11. Visualizing the Massive $15.7 Trillion Impact of AI
Artificial intelligence is going to impact every facet of our lives, and this infographic summarizes the impact and potential breadth of possibilities that AI will bring once it is ubiquitous.
10. Donald Trump’s $20 Trillion Problem
The year started with the controversial inauguration of Donald Trump – and this video, which was released around that time, sums up a major issue he faces during his presidency. How he approaches the country’s record-high $20 trillion national debt will be an important factor in whether he is able to make America “great again”.
9. Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Giant Infographic
Has it been your lifelong dream to see every one of the existing 188 cognitive biases mapped out and organized in a useful codex? If so, then today is your lucky day.
8. Measuring Global Competitiveness
What makes an economy competitive at the global level, and why?
This useful animation shows how countries compare using the Global Competitiveness Index – and then later in the post, the factors influencing competitiveness are explained and compared.
7. The Crypto Universe
Back in September 2017, when a bitcoin was only worth $4,000, we made this chart to make sense of the cryptocurrency universe. It compares the differences between Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Dash, and Ethereum Classic – and it shows key metrics around volume, market capitalization, and transactions.
It’s all fairly out of date now, but that’s how the crypto space rolls.
6. $63 Trillion of World Debt
There is now a total of $63 trillion in global sovereign debt, and this colorful chart breaks it down by country and debt-to-GDP ratio. See the large version in all its glory here.
5. The Early Years of Warren Buffett
This marvelous infographic tells the story of Warren Buffet’s early years, including his various childhood business pursuits, his first stock purchase, and other events that have helped shape the Oracle of Omaha’s career. This is the start of our five-part Warren Buffett series, which will continue through 2018.
4. The World’s Top Brands
What are the world’s most valuable brands? This big chart counts down the companies with the most brand value in 2017, and also gives historical perspective (shown above) on the most valuable brands over time.
3. The Origin Story of Tesla
Today, we know Tesla as an important leader in the green revolution, developing everything from electric semi-trucks to Powerwalls. However, Tesla’s success wasn’t always a given – and this beautiful infographic tells the story of Tesla’s early vision, the company’s strategy to shed the stigma around EVs, the cost overruns in developing the Roadster, and the company’s narrow escape from the brink of bankruptcy.
It was the first piece of our three-part Rise of Tesla Series – the rest will be released in early 2018.
2. Walmart Nation
This memorable chart shows that Walmart has the most employees in a whopping 22 states. With nearly one million views and 75,000 social media shares, this was our most-shared post of the year.
1. All of the World’s Money and Markets
A remake of our 2015 graphic that “put us on the map”, this is the latest update to All of the World’s Money and Markets in One Visualization.
Including stats from both versions of the graphic, this visualization has now been seen by more than 1.5 million people on our site alone.
The Jeff Bezos Empire in One Chart
Made after Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, showing all the companies that Bezos has invested in or bought.
The Numbers Behind the World’s Closest Trade Relationship
Statistics behind USA-Canada trade
Histomap: Visualizing the 4,000 Year History of Global Power
This crazy chart made in 1931 isn’t ours, but it’s super interesting.
How Billionaire Investors Hedge Against Geopolitical Black Swans
Why geopolitical risk is higher, and what billionaires are doing to protect their wealth
The $74 Trillion Economy in One Chart
The global economy visualized
And lastly, don’t forget to check out our roundups from previous years!
The Top 16 Infographics of 2016
The Top 15 Infographics of 2015
The Top 14 Infographics of 2014