Average Disposable Income per Country

I came across this great infographic from movehub outlining each country's average disposable income (after tax). Another great opportunity to make a chart. Its great to see this information in an infographic but if you want to see a quick comparison then a chart is great for this.

It is clear to see from this chart that Switzerland is by far in the lead with the highest disposable income (after taxes) averaging at $6301 per month. It is the financial institutions that keep Switzerland's economy afloat. They have excess capital to use for investment purposs, as generally some of the wealthiest companies and people own Swiss bank accounts. Even though the cost of living is relatively high it is the low taxes that enable such a high disposable income.

Next in line is Australia with a disposable income of $3780 which is a little over half of Switzerlands disposable income, and then as you can see there isnt much of a drop between the other countries on the chart.

On the other end of the spectrum we have Egypt with a very low disposable income of $264 per month, which is such a massive jump from Switzerland. Although this is no suprise that developing countries will have a lower disposable income.



Prison Population male vs female

The number of prisoners in a country does not tell the full story about crime, this can be down to a range of factors. The efficiency of criminal justice systems have a big part to play. I have just focused on the comparison between female and male population. Using a stacked bar chart is the best way to demonstrate this type of information as you can see below.

From looking at the chart it clearly shows the prison population is higher for males in all the countries. This could be for a number of facts, but it is interesting to just compare the data. The data is easy to read and it is very quick and simple to make.

It is clear to see that US has the highest incarceration rate at 2,193,798 prisoners (with 737 prisoners per 100,000).  With a jail occupancy level of 107.6% this overcrowding is a serious problem. On the other end of the scale Kenya's incarceration rate is only 47,036 prisoners (with 130 prisoners per 100,000), although the occupancy level is 343.7% which is incredibly high. It seems to be lower numbers in developing countries although the occupancy level is a lot higher.

I have done a separate chart to show the percentage of female prisoners, as it is interesting to actually see the comparison. This is shown in a donut chart, just to show the different ways you can display your data effectively.

This chart shows how the incarceration rate for females in Kenya dominates. With a 42% of the prison population being female. Although the US is the second with 8.9%.

What these charts do show is how females make up such a little percentage of the total prison population.


Top 10 Most Valuable brands of 2015

How do the most valuable brands compare to each other. Using a bar chart I can show this information. I have chosen this particular chart as I have quite long data labels, so it is always  best to display the chart horizontal. There are four different types of industry in this list: technology, beverages, automotive and diversified. One thing that has become apparent is the technology industry ranking the highest, although this is not a surprise.

Apple are clearly ahead by a long stretch. Their brand value is worth over 50% more than Microsoft which has come in at second place. With Apple constantly bringing out new innovative products it is clear to see how they rank #1 on the Best Global Brands list for 2 years running. With the unveiling of  Apple pay, and Apple watch and release of the iphone 6/plus, these are just a few of the things that put them ahead. The real breakthrough of apple products is they have the ability to all work together. It has always been a big battle between Microsoft and Apple, a lot of it comes down to advertising. If a product is advertised well the product speaks for itself. It was interesting to see the figures for this. Apple have spent $1.2B on advertising and Microsoft a massive $2.3B.

Facebook is at the lowest rank on the chart with $36.5B, this still comes under the technology category. This is the first brand that would come to mind when discussing ‘social media’. Their key strategic focus is on on mobile and 59% of Facebook's total revenue is from mobile advertising. This is due to the change from banner advertising to news-feed based adverts.

So, I have looked at who is ranking top and bottom but who is at number 5, slap bang in the middle of it all. As you can see from the chart, it is IBM with a brand value of $49.8B. Their partnership with Apple in 2014 has had a big impact on this figure, as this has given them the leverage they need to compete with rival companies.

This was a very interesting topic to look into. I feel this also shows how much easier the data is to read in the chart rather than in a table of information.


Do we spend too much time on our phones?

I came across an article about how long we spend on our phones. It was really interesting to see the statistics, and use this information to make a chart. The information in the charts below are from the “Mobile life” 2013 report from o2 and Samsung. Also this report is a couple of years old now, so it will be interesting to see how the statistics compare.

It is clear to see that as the technology gets better we spend more and more time on our phones. According to this report we spend more time on our phones every day than with our partners on average, and an average smartphone user will spend up to 2 hours a day using their phone.

From this report 2000 people were asked on average how long they spend on their phones each day and what they use it for. So I have made two charts to depict this. The first chart is on average how long they spend on their phones, depending on the activity.

This is quite interesting, as this shows how the 2 hours per day is broken down into each activity. Browsing the internet is at the top with 24 minutes spent, although this perhaps is indicative of where things are heading. These days it is sometimes easier just to look at something on your phone rather than getting your laptop out or logging onto your computer. It is also interesting to see how social networking has taken over texting or calling. With an average of 16 minutes per day that shows that having a nose on facebook or twitter for example has become part of everyday life.

The second chart is what the phone is used for, and then compared to the year before. It is a good way to see the trend of each activity.

It has become apparent that a smartphone is replacing people's possessions due to convenience. According to the report over 57% say they use their phone instead of an alarm clock and 25% would rather use their phone than a laptop. What is clear to see in the chart is how in just a year texting has increased by 12% and calling has increased by 13%.

After looking at this report it has got me thinking I wonder what we are like in comparison to other countries. The chart below shows globally how long on average people spend on their phone, its is quite interesting to see the results a year on.

This chart reveals that Indonesia ranks the highest with just over 3 hours a day spent looking at their smartphones with France coming at the bottom with half that time at 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Mobile phones have become a central part in most people's lives with the ability to interact on the go. With huge steps in sensor technology, screen quality, and responsive technology it's no wonder the phone is becoming easier and easier to use.

From these charts its clear to see we spend too much time on our phones, but surely with technology advancing as quickly as it is it will only get worse with the next generation?


Pie charts: comparing data visually

My last blog post, nicely ties in with this topic, just to reiterate the Internet is a crucial way for Startups to develop. So therefore this can have an actual impact on how successful a Startup can be.

A pie chart is good way to compare data in a way that is visually appealing and extremely easy to interpret. This is one of the most commonly used charts for these reasons. With the desire to be your own boss becoming more of popular concept, I thought it would be interesting to compare how popular startups globally are for this year so far.

It is clear to see that America with 6,302 startups so far this year are in the lead, with Europe not too far behind at 4,485. It is actually surprising how close Asia and the Middle East & Africa are to each other. 

Top tip: On a pie chart what is not apparent is the axis, although it does have one. It is infact the perimeter of the circle that serves as the axis.