Whether it's getting people to better understand the distribution of people throughout France or more contentious variables such as life expentancy, fuel consumption or violent crimes throughout the world, the field of explaining data is progressing, and with it hopefully greater understanding.
One relatively new way of explaining information are cartograms. A cartogram is a map in which some thematic mapping variable is substituted for land area. The geometry or space of the map is distorted in order to convey the information of this alternate variable.
As seen below in the world represented by the variable global fuel consumption in 2002.
At worldmapper.org you can find around 700 maps ranging from variables such as income, disease and mortality to urban slums, HIV and exports, etc. They even have...