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NY Times Infographic of US Budget Spend

3 February, 2010

Source: View the interactive version

I love this piece of information design! On first glance I thought it was the same as Billion Pound-O-Gram by David McCandles which I like for it’s simplicity and everything in front of you, but i love the interactivity of the Obama Budget graphic. You can look at the whole thing and see the big picture, you can zoom in and look at the detail, you can compare different options and aspects of budgets. I’m not so in love with the colour choice but otherwise, I wish I had to crunch info like this into an elegant, lively graphic that gies and gives.

via: Fast Company

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Garrick permalink
    6 February, 2010 11:51 pm

    A nice and simple infographic.

    It’s only downfall is that you can only zoom in once, combined with the fact that some of the numbers are too small for the scale of the diagram.

    For example “Other discretionary (on-budget)” is $2 million appears as a speck in within the Social Security budget. I only noticed it when I was viewing the infographic on a 22″ monitor on full screen mode; and even then it is minuscule!

    A second level of magnification is required. Otherwise, I would question the need to show $2 million out of a $3.69 trillion budget – or just over 0.00000054 percent!

  2. 7 February, 2010 9:41 pm

    Thanks for the comment G.

    Couple things in response: 1) You need the glory of a 24″ iMac full-screen view.
    2) You inspired me to think about infographics and why it is I disagree with your ‘downfall’ description. So extra thanks!

  3. 14 February, 2010 8:47 pm

    I learned today at a workshop by Toby Segaren ( at Webstock 2010 on Visualizing Data that this graphic is in fact a treemap. Post to come on the presentation content itself later this week.


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