Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The history of olympic medals

Grace Lee is a Junior at Parsons, the New School for Design in New York City.  She went back and visually laid out all of the medals won be every country in every Olympics since Athens in 1896.  Across the bottom it also shows how many nations participated each year and how many athletes were involved.  This was a project in her Information Design class, and she did a fabulous job!
The games have always brought of this world together in peace, leaving behind any racial or cultural boundaries.  The Olympic games create a time when the world can be smaller and united as a human race, rather than separate nations.  With the summer games in Beijing, China, and the upcoming games in Vancouver, Canada, the Olympic games will continue to be a time of friendly competition.

Thanks Grace.  I love how this project turned out.

By popular request I have uploaded the full PDF version here.


  1. Is it possible to have the link to the original jpg please ?

    Wonderful work, I thin, but it is a pity we can't "read" it all.

  2. Should I worry that our schools are teaching that it is good to create graphics that make comparison harder?

    This is quite simple, straightforward data. What does the sunrise (or sunset) shape tell us? It simple makes it tougher to compare 1936 with 1998.

    Of course it "looks great." But it misses the point of the "info" in "infographics"

  3. I would appreciate to access the original image too...
    Thanks !

  4. I like it your blog!!!!

    Sorry for my vocabulary, i'm from spain.
    I am Pedro Jiménez (inphographics at El Mundo Valencia).

    My web-blog is:, visit me, thanks!!!

  5. david whitehill should really look at what "infographics" are and what that beautifully done graphic reflects. that took about 50 000 pages of excel data and made it extremely visual and comprehensive to the lamen.