In many aspects, 2012 was a geat year – for us, it was a fantastic year, that marked the launch of this new digital environment to talk about data visualization and infographics. A year that will always be remembered for many things, in so many different dimensions of our lives, that it’s hard to pick the top events and milestones.
The list of resources we bring here today is just an attempt of showing some of the places where you can find interesting and visually appealing retrospectives, either be an infographic gallery, a blog post or a video.
We begin by remembering some of the names that left us in 2012. Wikipedia Remembers was created by Visual.ly and gathers the links to the Wikipedia page of 100 personalities of entertainment, arts, politics, religion and science that died last year.
Visual.ly posted their picks forbest Infographics, Motion Graphics and Data visualizations, and the popular blog Google Maps Mania made a huge selection of apps, tools and visualizations created with Google Maps in 2012. See part one and two.
The New York Times compiled the best interactive infographics in one gallery:
The Washington Post published their own best interactive graphics of 2012 also on a dedicated online gallery, while Emily Cadman, the Financial Times‘ head of interactive, charted 2012 through the tweets sent by Barack Obama, Rupert Murdoch, Lance Armstrong and others.
Mona Chalabi, from The Guardian Data Blog, created this video that is really worth watching:
Still from The Guardian, a couple of good reads: 2012: the year in data, journalism (and charts) shows some of the key numbers behind the top stories of the year; and the selection of works created by Infographic news agency Graphic News.
Google’s Zeitgeist 2012 looks back at the most searched terms during 2012. The website compiles the most researched terms in the world and in several countries, has an interactive map exploring some of the data collected from 1,2 trillion searches.
They also released this video:
Twitter is another one of those services that usually publishes its yearly recap, based on the most commented topics.
In Spanish, we should mention 20 Minutos’s visualization of the most read news of 2012.
And finally, from Visual Loop Brasil, a couple of visualizations with a retrospective of 2012.
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