This is a special guest post by Tiago Veloso from Visual Loop â€“ a non-stop stream of Infographics, Maps, Charts and many other Visualization Goodies, with lots of new posts everyday. User submissions are always welcome, opened to artists and designers from all over the world. Be sure to check out Tiagoâ€™s first massive hit on Inspired Mag â€“ Info-Visualization Through the Eyes and Talent of 10 Brazilian Designers
There was a lot of buzz surrounding the Midterm elections in the U.S., but, for the last couple of months, another big election happened: the Brazilâ€™s Presidential Election.
As some of you may know, I currently live in Brazil â€“ thatâ€™s why my first post was about the amazing information designers we have here â€“ , so, Iâ€™m really happy to make this post, for a couple of reasons.
First, weâ€™re talking about one of the greatest emerging nations of the world â€“ and I mean both economically as well as for its uniqueness and beauty. Brazil ROCKS!
Second, this was the first time that Social Media had some relative influence, with a lot of conversation going on on Twitter, Orkut and others.
And finally, because this was an unprecedented moment in Brazilian history: Dilma Roussef, long time staff member of President Lulaâ€˜s government, and one of the key Ministers for the past years, won the election.
Obviously, all the main local media and even a few talented designers made some great pieces of design to illustrate this historical moment, so, enough politics, and letâ€™s just enjoy the infographics â€“ and, please, all of you awesome non-Portuguese speaking Inspired readers, forgive me for making this post, that can really be a bit hard to understand.
Nevertheless, Visual Inspiration was never limited by language, right?
The team directed by Alberto Cairo and coordinated by Marco Vergotti, and with designers Gerson Mora, Luiz SalomÃ£o and Rodrigo Cunha, among others, made some of the most visual appealing infographics of this election. Here are some examples, and I also recommend a visit to the Blog maintained by the team, brilliantly named Faz Caber â€“ that can be translated to â€œMake it Fitâ€.
The Voteâ€™s Geography
(Alberto Cairo, Marco Vergotti, Ana Aranha and Ricardo MendonÃ§a)
Whoâ€™s gonna win new voters?
(Alberto Cairo, Marco Vergotti, Luiz SalomÃ£o, Ana Aranha and Danilo Venticinque)
(Marco vergotti e Ricardo MendonÃ§a)
Presidential Debate, by the second
The States Electoral map
(Marco Vergotti e Victor Ferreira)
(Alberto Cairo, Marco Vergotti, Eliseu Barreira Junior, Alexandre Mansur, Ricardo MendonÃ§a and Carlos Eduardo Cruz Garcia)
The New State Governors Equilibrium
(Alberto Cairo, Marco Vergotti and Eliseu Barreira Junior)
The Presidentâ€™s Routine
(Alberto Cairo, Marco Vergotti and Gerson Mora)
(Alberto Cairo, Marco Vergotti, Eliseu Barreira Junior, Gerson Mora, Rodrigo Cunha and Luiz SalomÃ£o)
One of Brazilâ€™s major publication, the Estado de SÃ£o Pauloâ€™s team brought some very interesting analysis immediately following the elections. According to Eduardo Asta, â€ Estado de S.Paulo was the first newspaper in Brazil to publish a series of very complete voting maps with all the results. Other newspapers and magazines took one or more days to have it. In some cases, our maps were used as reference and reproduced.â€
â€œHaving these maps published so fast is the result of planning and team work. Art departements from online and printed newspaper worked together to depict correct data with correct visualization. More than 10 professionals, from art, programming and newsroom, were involved on this operation. Some of them: Carlos Lemos, Daniel Lima, Gisele Oliveira, Glauco Lara, Niza Souza, Regina Elisabeth, Rubens Paiva and Rodrigo Fortes.â€
â€œIt was the first time readers could see how different Brazil can be. Left map is depicted in the usual geographic projection. Right map was deformed by number of voters. Try to compare Amazon state: It disappears completely. First map almost colors Brazil red. Second map shows a better balance between red and blue, reflecting the final voting result.â€
Team involved on these last maps (in alphabetic order): Carlos Lemos, Daniel Lima, Eduardo Asta, Glauco Lara, Niza Souza, Rubens Paiva and Tcha-tcho.
Simon Ducroquet and the team at Folha de SÃ£o Paulo, also one of the most important newspapers in Brazil, produced some great designs as well:
The Social-Democrats Counterweight
The Genealogy of the Brazilian Partyâ€™s
Breaking down the Voting
The Importance of the Northeast
Weâ€™ve mentioned already Fabio Abreuâ€˜s work for a couple of times, and the team at A NotÃca newspaper also created some of the most innovative infographics about these elections:
Understanding the Election Process
Santa Catarina State Governorâ€™s Profile
Labor Party (PT) vs Social Democratic Party (PSDB)
Bahiaâ€™s newspaper A Tarde featured a fairly good amount of infographics, produced by Danilo Bandeira, TÃºlio Carapia, Cau Gomez e IansÃ£ NegrÃ£o, among others:
Brazilâ€™s Elections best moments
Brazil in Numbers
Graphic Designer and Illustrator Bruno Barros, a.k.a Ilustre Bob, created quite a buzz with his series of infographics comparing the two governments on a number of issues.
Monitoring webservice Twiteleitoral, created exclusively to measure the impact of the elections on Twitter, made an infographic about the buzz during the last phase of the presidential campaign, and compiled all the data on an interactive map:
Of course that we also had a lot of Interactive visualizations on the internet. Here are some of those:
I could have brought a lot more, but I think that weâ€™ve had enough politics this year. Let us just hope that, as the new government takes over, we can see all this great talent and professionalism from all the designers and reporters showcased here, illustrating the growth we all expect for Brazil.