Infographics (information graphics) are a method of distilling complex data, statistics or concepts into much simpler graphical representations. They also have become a popular tool with which businesses can drive traffic to their own websites by hiring designers to create sexy visualizations about any number of (often obscure) topics and placing a big sponsored by logo at the bottom. This commercialization of information has been a boon for designers and has led to a widespread proliferation of infographics across the internet.
Of course, not all of them are pretty; in fact many are downright ugly and if done poorly, can often make already overwhelming concepts even more difficult to understand. But when they are done right, with the right touch of graphical flair, infographics are a thing of beauty. Below is a selection of six beautiful infographics for your inspiration and a bonus infographic-style video.