Best visualization of 2012

As it is the time of year when bloggers are supposed to do this kind of thing, here is the visualization that for me is head-and-shoulders above all others this year.

Yes, it’s a video. Why not? From some very clever people doing good at Carbon Visuals, this video achieves several things: it’s novel, it tells an engaging story (you know the shock is coming but it still gets you), it conveys huge numbers that are hard to grasp on paper, and it relates the data to the real world in a way that makes you think about it afresh.

***** “I was so impressed I forgot where I was and said a rude word out loud in the office”

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