Burning Man Infographic

Burning Man infographic

The history of Burning Man has always been a complex entity that has survived, nay, mutated over the years. And because of this, it has grown rapidly since its humble beginnings of a simple gathering on a beach.

The infographic poster shows only a small portion of what Burning Man is. By no means do mere numbers even begin to show a complete picture, as that is a history of stories, experiences, and individual tales.

3′ x 4′
(view larger size
for detail)

I was recently interviewed by Jordan Salinger from the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association about this inforgraphic:

“For some it is a yearly spiritual revival providing an emotionally charged respite from reality; for others it simply means they are able to eat brunch without standing in line. The mark left by Burning Man on San Franciscans and this city is undoubtedly immense, but is hard to truly measure. The same can be said about the impact on Black Rock City, Burning Man’s yearly home, but this stunning infographic provides an all-encompassing perspective on the event.”

The Tribes of Burning ManThe graphic was included as the lead-in image for the book The Tribes of Burning Man: How an Experimental City in the Desert Is Shaping the New American Counterculture by Steven T. Jones.

Designing Data VisualizationsProminently displayed in the O’Reilly book Designing Data Visualizations: Representing Informational Relationships by Julie Steele and Noah Iliinksy with the following description, “Flint Hahn’s Burning Man infographic is a great example of an aesthetically rich, manually-drawn piece.”

Burning Man Infographic Medium Specifics
Adobe Illustrator
3’x4′

14 Comments

  1. Jules · November 29, 2010 Reply

    Hello!
    I randomly came upon your print of the history of Burning Man and would love to see how/if I could obtain a print? 🙂
    Take care!

    • flint · November 29, 2010

      I’m working diligently on making a poster available in the near future. I’ll keep folks updated here when that occurs.

  2. Biggs · February 24, 2011 Reply

    Hi
    As the above comment from ‘Jules’, I would also like to obtain a print option. This would looking amazing in a frame and high quality print. As a burner last year it was printed in the BRC weekly.

  3. Joel Hampton · July 09, 2011 Reply

    Ditto for myself as well.. Obtaining this in poster size would be ideal!

    Thanks for creating this and great work!

  4. Tom · July 09, 2011 Reply

    Awesome infographic! I’m strongly printing this as large as possible and bringing it for my camp this year to decorate! I’ll give you credit, rest assured 🙂 Will you be in attendance? I bet you’d love to see your work being displayed by others, no? Maybe you could come sign it for me…?

  5. Marcy · May 07, 2012 Reply

    I’d also love to get this as a poster! Is it available yet? If not, please let me know when that happens! Thank you for the elegant representation of so many years of Burning Man!

  6. chauncey · August 17, 2012 Reply

    AWESOMENESS ABOUNDS!

  7. Ron Lussier · November 03, 2012 Reply

    I too would love a poster. How is the planning going?

  8. flint · November 05, 2012 Reply

    Alas, I’m unable to produce these posters for purchase. However, all are welcome to print out the larger version for your own personal use for free.

    • coyote · November 05, 2012

      Can you distribute a PDF of the graphic?

    • Brian · January 28, 2013

      this infographic is amazing, thanks for the incredible work and time you put into making it! i’ve been going since 1999 and this really helps me differentiate all the years and themes. as per above – any chance you can post a high-res pdf or .AI of the infographic so I can print and frame it? thanks!!

  9. giselle bisson · February 14, 2013 Reply

    Fabulous graphics…but what is the woman-shaped shadowy thing in the center supposed to represent? Oh…it’s the Playa. I just figured it out. Brilliant!

  10. Charles Lucas · July 09, 2013 Reply

    Any chance of getting an updated version with the last few years added? I addition to the additional years, I’m curious how the ticketing fiasco in 2012 will show up in the numbers.

    • flint · July 09, 2013

      The piece is complete due to size constraints, layout, and ongoing ambition. Perhaps I will be able to create an additional piece, but for now this is the final edition.

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