Some of the best design is simple and effective, this is certainly a key example of well thought-out and clever design. I had been meaning to blog this for quite some time didnt quite know if it was public or not as I recieved the flag pictures in a email at work. But after a talk with the person who sent me the email and a quick search on blogdigger, I was assure it would be ok.
In May 2005, a Norwegian diplomat Charung Gollar was asked to present the UN with a graphical representation highlighting the main problems in the world in 2004. He presented a set of 8 pictures entitled “The power of stars” and was applauded for the simplicity of his idea.