The Internet Under the Sea

Recently the Washington Post published an infographic that explored the cable network that connects the different continents and brings to each the internet. In short, where North America once dominated as an international hub it now is on the decline.

Where undersea cables land in North America
Where undersea cables land in North America

The piece tells an interesting story supported by good data that is clearly presented. Clear and informative titles prompt the reader along the piece while good chart forms show just what is happening to internet bandwidth and continental differences. And from a design perspective, this is all done with what appears to be two colours: a dark green and its shades/tints, and black. Overall, a solid piece.

Credit for the piece goes to Todd Lindeman.

Author: Brendan Barry

I am a graphic designer who focuses on information design. My day job? I am the data visualisation manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. (This blog is my something I do on my own time and does not represent the views of the Fed, blah blah blah legal stuff.) And with my main interest in information design—be it in the shape of clear charts, maps, diagrams, or wayfinding systems—I am fortunate that my day job focuses on data visualisation. Outside of work, I try to stay busy with personal design work. Away from the world of design, I enjoy cooking and reading and am interested in various subjects from history and geography to politics to science to the arts. And I allow all of them to influence my work.

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