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The intent of this website is to display projects I am working on for Fortune magazine and other news outlets. I specialize in information graphics, data visualizations and cartography.
I occasionally do freelance work, and you can reach me at nicolasrapp [AT]


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  • Lanzhou, a city on a hill

    Posted on July 15th, 2014 nrapp No comments

    Lanzhou’s downtown is nearly as crowded as Shanghai’s— and more people are cramming in every day. To accommodate an expected influx of 1 million residents over the next five to 10 years, the government is building a whole new district— carving it out of the neighboring mountains.
    In the latest issue of Fortune magazine. Relief and flattened area were created in Cinema 4D, DigitalGlobe provided the satellite picture.

  • Infographics for Hanley-Wood magazines

    Posted on June 27th, 2014 nrapp No comments

    Some freelance work I did this year for Builder magazine and Remodeling magazine.

  • The 50-state shuffle

    Posted on June 5th, 2014 nrapp No comments


    In a single generation the Fortune 500’s center of gravity has utterly shifted. So which states have the advantage today? Here, a geography of wins and losses.
    In the latest issue of Fortune magazine.

  • The largest american data centers

    Posted on June 2nd, 2014 nrapp No comments


    When everything is “in the cloud,” it’s easy to forget that the always-on, Internet connected services we know and love are not possible without hulking facilities full of power-hungry computers. Here, a look at the biggest in the United States.

    In the latest issue of Fortune magazine. Thanks to Dave Drazen at Geo-Tel for providing the data.

  • What is water worth?

    Posted on May 7th, 2014 nrapp 1 comment

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    Farmland is parched. Companies are worried. The global demand for water will soon outstrip supply. What’s the solution? Simple, say some business leaders and economists: Make people pay more for the most precious commodity on earth.
    In the latest issue of Fortune magazine.

  • The big money surprise about MH370

    Posted on May 5th, 2014 nrapp No comments

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    The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight highlights an unspoken truth about the complicated world of aviation and other passenger-vessel insurance: While victims’ relatives go months or years before being compensated, airlines get paid right away.

    In the latest issue of Fortune magazine.

  • Finding value in a turbulent world

    Posted on March 4th, 2014 nrapp No comments

    Global markets—particularly emerging ones—have been looking increasingly uncertain of late. But turmoil can mean opportunity. Now that the Fed finally seems committed to winding down its multiyear liquidity binge, how does the world look for investors? The graphic below offers a snapshot of stock market values by country over the past decade. It’s based on the PEG ratio: the price/earnings ratio of a stock divided by the company’s expected profit growth. We applied it to each country’s major stock index. The PEG ratio was the favorite metric of legendary money manager Peter Lynch, who delivered epic returns at Fidelity’s Magellan Fund. It essentially reveals how much investors are paying for growth.




    When it comes to PEG ratios, a low number—­typically 1 or less—is ideal. After all, you want to pay as little as possible for a stock’s predicted earnings increases. The blue below indicates relative bargains, while red denotes higher priced markets. Negative PEG ratios, which occur when analysts expect profit declines over the next three to five years, are marked in black.

    In the latest issue of Fortune Magazine. Text by Lauren Silva Laughlin.

  • What the MoMA might look like in 2020

    Posted on February 20th, 2014 nrapp No comments


    The next expansion of MoMA follows a familiar path. Is it a step in the wrong direction?
    The Folk Art Museum building, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, will soon be no more. The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which acquired the building in 2011 and announced in January that the townhouse museum could not be preserved in MoMA’s next expansion, plans to dismantle and store the museum’s weathered façade panels.
    In the latest issue of Architect Magazine.