Since I’ve discovered the website called Information is Beautiful, I’m afraid that all my available free time for at least the next year or so will be consumed by pouring over this fascinating time-sucker of a site. The book of the same name has been published across the world in nine languages. All of it was conceived and designed by David McCandless, a London-based author, information designer and data journalist. As he explains:
“I’m into anything strange and interesting. A passion of mine is visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words. Love pie – hate pie-charts.”
The particular website feature that caught my eye is one called Punytive Damages: Largest Corporate Fines & Settlements of the Past Seven Years.
Note that for 2012, three of the top four fines were charged to drug companies.
- Google forfeits $500 million for illegal Canadian pharmacy ads
- Paying illegal kickbacks to doctors: just the cost of doing business for Big Pharma?
- Why is Big Pharma getting away with paying billions in criminal fines – but avoiding criminal charges?
- The disturbing story behind Pfizer’s $2.3 billion drug marketing fines
- A mere $2.3 billion later…
- Novartis stable of big name athletes lures docs to drug dinners
- How drug companies get the clinical trial results they want
- A philosopher’s take on Big Pharma marketing
- Medical journals: “information-laundering for Big Pharma”?
- Big Pharma, are you ready for your close-up?