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Full-time leaders, part-time killers

A visual comparison of genocide figures across time

September 8, 2015

[This is a guest post by Jonathan Kaw*, about his infographic project “Full-time leaders, part-time killers”.]


Tasked with creating an infographic based on any information I desired, I decided to compare the statistics of world leaders who have been known to not be afraid of executing civilians. At the time of the project I had recently done some of my own research on past wars and felt that I could use this information in my infographic.

My task was simple: Produce a poster that made simple information more aesthetic, whilst not detracting from conveying the correct statistics in a efficient manner. Initially, I created a poster that was too text heavy, explaining every little detail and displaying every little statistic. It was far too distracting and if you looked at it, you had no clue where to start. I needed a way to place all that information onto one graph.

After looking through some visuals to help inspire, I came across some charts that used pie charts and circles to display their statistics and thought that I could use the concept of a circle with my information. I was able to use all the information in the first cluttered poster i made and place it all onto one graph. After some trial and error, I was able to come up with the final version of the infographic.

(image: Jonathan Kaw)
(image: Jonathan Kaw)
(image: Jonathan Kaw)
(image: Jonathan Kaw)
(image: Jonathan Kaw)


*Jonathan Kaw is currently living in Singapore. He was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and grew up in Japan and China. He graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts with a degree in Design Communication in Singapore. He is currently doing some freelance work before settling into a full-time job. You can connect with him on Instagram and don’t forget to visit his portfolio.

Written by Tiago Veloso

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