08 August 2012

The Olympics of Inequality

A tumblr blog called oceaniaeuropeamericasafricaasia features a series of graphics that use Olympic rings to show the global burden of a host of issues ranging from obesity and CO2 emissions per capita to the Catholic priests and people living with HIV.

Gustavo Sousa is the man behind the blog and responsible for the infographics. He tells Fast Co.Design, “I was reading about the logo one day and realized the colors represented the five continents,” he says. “It’s beautiful and elegant, and I thought I could make something out of that.”

Most interesting is that he does not reveal the key for the rings. “The reason I didn’t reveal which is which because you can almost figure that out as you read through; I thought that process of discovery was interesting.”

Here is a video version of all the infographics: