The Crisis of Credit Visualized

The following video gives the short and simple story of the credit crisis. The video was created by Jonathan Jarvis as part of his thesis work in the Media Design Program, a graduate studio at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

The goal of giving form to a complex situation like the credit crisis is to quickly supply the essence of the situation to those unfamiliar and uninitiated.

For more on my broader thesis work exploring the use of new media to make sense of a increasingly complex world, visit

While it doesn’t offer any solution, the 11-minute video does a great job explaining how we got into this mess in the first place. It’s well worth watching.

41 thoughts on “The Crisis of Credit Visualized”

  1. Brock Blohm says:

    Dang. Definitely clears some things up.
    I almost wished I wouldn’t have watched it. In some strange way ignorance would have been bliss on this topic. Makes me uncomfortable to think of how many people lost what meant dear to them. It’s a shame…

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Agreed, great video. Definitely puts things into perspective. We have a real crisis on our hands. Hoping for a bright future of the US and world economy, but definitely some changes will be necessary.

      1. Brock Blohm says:

        I’m with ya.
        Epic changes will be necessary. Keep your fingers crossed.

        1. Hope is eternal but the mess has been building up for a very long time and it won’t suddenly disappear even if epic changes are made.

          Ignorance is a bliss but only temporary one. It’s sad that so many choose to be ignorant .

  2. Money Insider says:

    In a nutshell, more debt means more profit for bankers but too much debt mean ruin for society. The scam that enables bankers to do this is fractional-reserve banking. Most people think governments print money as needed by society, but in fact most money is fiction created privately-owned banks and central banks. Most people don’t know that our monetary system uses debt as money, and that society’s debts can never be repaid in full else there would be no money in circulation, let alone that fact that in order to repay the interest more money must be created requiring more and more debt. The whole banking/monetary system is a scam created by bankers in a boom-bust-consolidation cycle repeated many times in history that ends in killing currencies via inflation.

    1. Your words “The whole banking/monetary system is a scam created by bankers” is the best way to explain the whole skit.

  3. fazal mayar says:

    yes, its a sad reality. The debt in the us is also pretty big, hope for the best.

    1. MykeTech says:

      Yep – That’s all we can do.

  4. Thanks Jonathan Jarvis for an excellent video that explained the entire banking and world crisis that simple. 10 points.

    1. Best illustration of all time. Great video indeed.

  5. elcosario says:

    crisis oh yeah!!

  6. MykeTech says:

    This helped me understand the crisis, and the video was actually enjoyable!

  7. Treb says:

    Great article John! You cleared somethings about credit here… It will really help a lot… Thanks for sharing…

  8. Janet Ann says:

    Excellent video that shows us there is crisis in the field of banking. It’s very important to know what is happening in our society nowadays. Thank you for sharing this video.

  9. Wajid says:

    Great article John!!

  10. Blog SEO says:

    Holy cow. Didn’t realise it was that bad..

    1. Information is power. It is everywhere and yet most are oblivious to it.

      Historically economic problems tend to be solved by printing more money which quickly loses its value. This solution is being very strongly advocated by so called economic experts.

  11. Gift Ideas says:

    Great John to best sharing. Your post is valuable and video is very helpful.

  12. Rick says:

    Well..anyway..thanks for sharing. The video explains a lot, seems that we are DOOMED…but..maybe we can lend some money from the Chinese?

  13. Fantastic post & video also worth appreciated indeed.

  14. It’s really a nice and helpful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Lalit says:

    It is an excellent video and we must face the reality of cash crunch and economy now and I am sure we will come out of this very soon.

  16. fas says:

    Its not how we got, its how we should get out that matters now!

    1. Knowing how the mess happened is important too. Otherwise it will be repeated and blamed assigned to the wrong places.

  17. Erwin Miradi says:

    It’s a video with long duration but it offers very nice information. Thanks for sharing it.

  18. thanks for the share john. its was interesting information and yeah its no good for us and world economy, we hope this will be solved soon.

  19. I believe everyone is suffering from the credit drop of the US from AAA to AA. Thanks for the visualization. I understood the scenario more.

  20. It’s a huge article John.

  21. Oke Bos says:

    did you mean Visa or mastercard? or which credit actually?

  22. Clear explanation here John, Thanks for providing the information.

  23. The effect of our inability to attend to the likely results of our actions can result in crisis.

  24. Excellent video john thanks for it

  25. Thanks john for sharing useful post

  26. i heard about video egg production, will it be useful for this.

  27. Amani says:

    Never imagine that property value will decrease.

  28. Lalit says:

    Lower credit rating has direct impact on economy and individuals and I am sure the government will take necessary action to come out of it quickly.

  29. This video is really useful about crisis

  30. Dress Making says:

    Great post with video thanks for sharing it

  31. really sensible video john, keep it up

  32. Gift Ideas says:

    It looks family planning article.

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