sunshine and happiness infographic
sunshine and happiness infographic sunshine and happiness infographic
mar 18, 2011

sunshine and happiness infographic

sunshine and happiness‘, an infographic created by british graphic designer leigh riley and london-based digital media agency arena quantum for thomas cook budget airlines, compiles a range of information on happiness and sunlight in a discursive look at the misconception that the two are directly related.

the central graphic correlates by country the average number of hours of sunshine, life expectancy, and life satisfaction (as measured by the world database of happiness). ‘sunshine and happiness’ also maps the results of two major global happiness surveys, lists facts about the salutary effects of sunlight, and includes other interesting facts, using a combination of national surveys, the ‘happiness index’ created by facebook based on status posts, and thomas cook airline’s own data.

detail on the life satisfaction heat map in the central graphic

according to national surveys and facebook’s happiness index, holidays, nice weather, and election/competition results bring happiness

detail view

  • I imagine Mr. Tufte would approve

    dbkii says:
  • This is utter bullshit — there IS NO CORRELATION BETWEEN SUNLIGHT AND HAPPINESS — there are collelations between health, wealth and happiness. Moreover, this is SHITE information design — by bending the correlation around a sphere, the designers added NOTHING to the legibility of the design — in fact, they obfuscate what would otherwise be absolutely clear.

    Mr. Tufte most certainly NOT approve. Info design is supposed to ADD value and make deductions easier, not harder. This is garbage work by people who don’t know what they’re doing.

    Happy and Sunny says:
  • Happy and Sunny chiilax dude! Although I do like reading an angry rant sometimes but you got issues.

    The graphic doesn’t say there is a correlation between the two. In fact it puts to rest the myth of such a concept. Plus a sphere is 3D, I think you meant circle/circular.

    I find it pretty clear. As you look around the dial you can see the levels of sunshine, life satisfaction and life expectancy for each place. pretty easy non?

    The map in the middle is a life sat heat map.

    And there are all the fun facts at the bottom. I like it, well done to the team responsible, you’ve certainly rocked some of the info design boats! Hahaha

    Advocate says:
  • Happy and Sunny says: “by bending the correlation around a sphere, the designers added NOTHING to the legibility of the design”.

    true enough. Personally I do not think that it DECREASES the legibility, but to each his own.

    what it DOES add is visual interest (you clicked into the article, right?), which is the first and biggest step to getting any information across. And in this case, with the three different scales, it also is very efficient as a design.

    there are a couple things that I might choose to do differently if I were designing this. But what makes infographics so interesting is the need to attend to multiple levels of interface design, so to ignore aesthetic appeal, as well as the constraints involved in depicting cross-correlations of data, is to ignore something quite fundamental to their design.

    the other cj says:
  • good look, is interesting facts, PUNTO E BASTA!!!
    instead of talk, talk, talk!!!

    A.R.V. says:

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