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Resources to remember 2012

Data visualization and infographic galleries, blog posts and videos about the year that just ended.

January 7, 2013

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 and gathers the links to the Wikipedia page of 100 personalities of entertainment, arts, politics, religion and science that died last year.

Partial screen capture of Partial screen capture of's interactive graphic' Wikipedia Remembers
(image: | Wikipedia) 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:

New York Times best interactive infographics of 2012
The New York Times best interactive infographics of 2012

They have also several interactive galleries with the Best of 2012 in fields like Travel, Design, and of course, pictures.

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.

The most popular stories on, as well as the The 2012 Daily chart Advent calendar, are two good resources to recap the top news featured on the popular magazine/website.

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.

Partial screen capture of Google's Zeitgeist 2012 website
(Google’s Zeitgeist 2012 | Google)

They also released this video:

Twitter is another one of those services that usually publishes its yearly recap, based on the most commented topics.

Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic, The year on Twitter
(image: Twitter)

In Spanish, we should mention 20 Minutos’s visualization of the most read news of 2012.

Partial screen capture of 20.Minutos' interactive graphic 2012 top news
(image: Carlos Gámez | 20.Minutos)

And finally, from Visual Loop Brasil, a couple of visualizations with a retrospective of 2012.

2012 by the numbers | BOL Notícias

Captura de tela do infográfico interativo do BOL Notícias,2012 em números
(imagem: BOL Notícias)

2012 Retrospective | Valor Econômico

Captura de tela do especial interativo da Valor Econômico,Retrospectiva 2012
(imagem: Valor Econômico)

The best of 2012 | SuperInteressante

 Partial screen capture of the interactive infographic, The best of 2012
(image: SuperInteressante)

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Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.