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62 of the best infographics

Best infographics: Explain a process

39. Photography Cheat Sheet: Manual Mode Camera Settings

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How many of us own expensive cameras, but don’t understand half of the buttons and functions they offer? If you're shooting using the automatic modes then you're probably going to end up with an uninspiring shot. So check out this infographic from Skylum, which explains the three most important things you need to know about manual camera settings: ISO, aperture and shutter speed.

40. Terms Designers Get Wrong

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Jargon is a fact of life whatever profession you belong to, but the best infographics can help make the confusing clear. Which is why Creative Market produced this handy guide to the word and phrases that most commonly get mixed up. So whether you get unsure about opacity and transparency, vector and raster, or leading, tracking and kerning, this infographic has you covered.

41. Apollo Missions

Best infographics: Apollo

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Winner of an 'Information is Beautiful award', which are given to the best infographics, in 2017, Paul Button's stunning visualisation of the Apollo missions charts every manned rocket flight by year, distance and path travelled, as well as which astronauts were on board. It thus explains incredibly complex processes such as calculating different orbits, flight paths and landing zones in a simple, visual way.

42. Distance to Mars

The best infographics: Mars

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Ever wondered how far it is to Mars? Yes, we know that Wikipedia can tell you the exact distance, but once numbers become well, astronomical, it can be difficult to really wrap your head around them. To help you out, David Paliwoda and Jesse Williams' motion infographic, Distance to Mars displays these massive distances in a way that everyone can understand.

43. How Google Works

The best infographics: How Google works

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This detailed visual walkthrough from PPCBlog explores what happens at Google after you add a new piece of content (like this post) to the web. It's all explained using a beautifully old-school flow diagram, complete with biro arrows and a gridded background.

44. How Would You Like Your Graphic Design?

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This venn diagram from Colin Harman hits the nail on the head when it comes to the value (and price) of good design. This simple infographic lays out all the things a client wants, invites the viewer to pick two, and tells them what the outcome will be. How badly do you want to show this to your clients? 

Best infographics: Report key findings

45. Gender Pay Gap by EU Country

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The best infographics can bring dry statistics to life, and bring out the main theme in one knockout visual punch. This great infographic from the European Parliament, focusing on the inequality between men and women in the labour market, uses simple but effective illustrative device to achieve just that. (That said, as the accompanying text makes clear, a narrower pay gap does not necessarily mean more equality; but that’s a whole other article...)

46. Feltron Annual Report

The best infographics: Annual report

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Nicholas Feltron is best known for being a member of the product design team at Facebook, but for 10 years he worked on a personal project called the Feltron annual report. Every year, he released the daddy of all infographics, documenting everything he'd done in the previous 12 months. 

47. Chinese Social Media Landscape

This was illustrator Jessica Draws' first ever animated infographic. It was commissioned by China Blueprint Online to communicate the benefits of using Chinese social media in Australia, and it's both informative and super-fun.

48. How Green is your iPad?

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This startling infographic, created by the team at Sortable, depicts just how bad your favourite gadget is for the environment. As depressing as the statistics shown are, at least there's light at the end of the recycling tunnel.

49. The Happy Show

Best infographics: The Happy Show

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A thought-provoking and interactive infographic exhibition by Stefan Sagmeister, The Happy Show offered visitors the experience of walking into the designer's mind as he attempts to increase his happiness via meditation, cognitive therapy, and mood-altering pharmaceuticals.

Best infographics: Present a timeline

50. The Life and Times of Steve Jobs

Best infographics: Steve Jobs

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There are plenty of Apple infographics dotted around the internet but this one from Mashable explaining the life and times of Steve Jobs caught our eye. Two threads, dedicated to his life and work respectively, interweave, so you can see how one impacts the other. 

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