This front page graphic in the Arizona Republic, by Aviva Loeb was spotted and blogged by Michael Sandberg.
I’m a fan of old school pictograms, and there’s something of the shock tactic of sheer scale here. Of course, a newspaper does not permit such space as xkcd’s global warming or CarbonVisuals’ mountain of CO2, but this is a good compromise in the space available. Kudos to the editors for running with such a bold idea.
The text is really good too, mixing numbers with individual stories and then bringing in the more subtle facts as you get in. “A swath of deadly violence snakes from Interstate 10 north to Bethany Home Road…” is crying out for a map.