Cool Infographics interviews Jess Bachman, owner of WallStats.com and creator of the popular Death & Taxes posters, and they discuss some of the creation of this popular poster.
Cool Infographics: What software applications do you use for the Death & Taxes posters?
Jess Bachman: The only applications I use are Photoshop and Excel. Excel is where I in put all the data and it crunches the numbers, adjusts for inflation and calculates diameters. Photoshop is where I put it all together and the PSD file occasionally exceeds 1 gig so it can be a beast to work with. Saving takes about 5 minutes.
Cool Infographics: What’s your design process?
Jess Bachman: Normally I start from scratch and layout the images and make them fit; however, this year the budget didn’t change all that much, likely being from the same President, so I was able to keep the 2010 format and change the size of circles. Of course some things had to be added and removed. So this year I saved myself about 3 weeks of work just getting right into it, but the design process is grueling. it’s small tasks, repeated 500 times.
Also, CoolInfographics is having a contest to give away a free print of the poster.
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Jess Bachman is back with the new “Death & Taxes: 2011” poster, and he’s packed even more information into the amazing poster.
There are some cool new features of this years poster too. Last year I had to use dual percentages to represent all the stimulus spending craziness that went on. Well this year that was not needed, but I figured I had already designed it for two percentages, perhaps I can get some extra use in there. So in addition to the 2010-2011 percentage change, I have included the 2001-2011 change.
Buy it now to experience the 6-square feet of soul-crushing debt and financial mayhem of the US government, available in all its glossy glory for $24 USD.
via Death & Taxes: 2011 RELEASED! | WallStats.com The Art of Information.
Jess Bachman’s Death & Taxes posters are an annual favorite, and he’s just now introduced the 2010 edition.
I must say I was very excited to get this project finished because it wasn’t just the same old Bush administration budget this year. This is Obama’s first official budget. This is his plan for the future, beyond the headlines, beyond the press releases. The federal budget is where the true story, once the rhetoric falls away.
In addition, he’s running a contest this year to give away a poster a day to someone mentioning it on TWitter. If you’re not a lucky winner, or just feel like doing your part to keep the project alive, you can buy it for $24.
via Death and Taxes: 2010 Released!!! | WallStats.com The Art of Information.