As you may know by now, Inspired Magazine is a sucker for data visualization. That’s why we invited Tony Shin – a social media ninja and creative design samurai – to curate the weekly dose of infographics. If you like them as much as we do check out some of the older editions and follow Tony on Twitter and Facebook as well!

As we continue to innovate the future of information, design must also continue to innovate. Every week, I’ll be sharing with you my top five infographics of the week. As I search the web for some of the week’s best, creativity, design and information will be just some of the few ideas I’ll keep in mind. They will be in no particular order because I personally feel that with so many different aspects to an infographic, I couldn’t possibly put one over the other. So whether it’s a design you like or the creativity and integration of a topic, let me know what you think.

Last but certainly not least, I’d like to thank Catalin & Tiago for this opportunity. Without those two, none of this would be possible, so thank you!

1. The Science of Social Timing Part 2

Social media has become an integral part of all our lives. Facebook and Twitter have become funnels of information. Kiss Metrics provided this infographic about timing and when the best times of getting the maximum exposure out of social networks. I found this infographic interesting simply because of the topic. It’s something that I’m sure a lot of bloggers have been dying to know, just couldn’t find the time to research it. Go to Kiss Metric’s blog to see Part 1.

Science of Social Timing Part 2

2. Living On Less

Unlike most of us in the US, a large percentage of the population in other countries live off just a few dollars a day. Good and Column Five Media pulled their creative brains together to produce this infographic. It shows simple data on several countries and how much they spend on consumption. I like this infographic because of the awareness. Whether it was intended or not, the underlying reasons behind such an infographic are powerful. When times get rough, a lot of us get down on ourselves. Whether it has to do with family, friends or even financial hardships, sometimes it’s one simple infographic like this that makes you think about how thankful we should be to live the lives we do. I mean, come on, it could be worse. Right?
Take a look at the infographic and you’ll see what I mean. Visit Good to find the interactive version.

Living on Less

3. Growing Up Weiner

If you’re on the Internet much, you’ve seen the story on Anthony Weiner. As the story goes, the former U.S Representative took a picture of his you-know-what and sent it to some people over Twitter. Sigh Seriously!? Come on, man! Get it together! Nevertheless, the team over at White Pages put together this infographic on Anthony Weiner and poking a little fun at some body part related names. Along with the humor, I thought the integration of body part names with Anthony Weiner was a pretty intelligent way of creating a topic and enough information for an infographic.

 

4. Linked-In’s Road to IPO

Though the Infographic is about a month old, I thought the provided data and the way the infographic flowed was great. Recently, Linked-In went public and the share price blew through the roof on its first day. The team at Credit Score Blog made this piece exclusively for Mashable. Along with the other 100 million + users, I have my own Linked-In profile so I thought this infographic was interesting, purely because my interest in what will happen to Linked-In as it continues to be traded. The infographic illustrates the history of Linked-In, along with brief information about shareholders and some pros and cons about Linked-In’s IPO.

Linked-In's Road to IPO

5. Top 200 US Brands’ Advertising Spends

Marketing and advertising are necessities for today’s business to succeed. This infographic highlights the top 200 US Brands’ and where they’re spending their precious dollars. It’s nice to see where the top dogs are allocating their finances. Getting a glimpse of what they’re doing could be something that many business owners can find helpful. I personally liked this infographic because of the intricate details of the stacks of dollars that represent the amount spent. The Marketing Degree team and Ad Age pulled their collaborative efforts together to produce this infographic. To see the full editorial, click here.

Top 200 Brands Advertising Spends
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