Xan Sabarís works for Diario de Pontevedra, although he is a nomad of the spanish infographics. And he sends his picks as the bests of 2008:
1. Passes of the Spain-Russia soccer match. Público (Spain)
"Is one of those graphics that always come once and again to your head once you've seen it. I choose it because of the information it shows, because it show a message (Xavi is the key) and allow to have a clear view at a glance but you can also stay watching for 30 minutes"
2. Can a President tame the bussiness cycle?. NYTimes.com
Kevin Quealy, Guilbert Gates
"Despite the big amount of information it offers, it's clear and easy to understand."
3. Slavery and vote for Obama. Allen Gathman
"Idea and information. It's brilliant. It' one of those that make you say: Holy Shit!"
And a little special mention...
The most expensive liquids in the world. Público (Spain)
"Not for the graphic, but for the information."
And his own favorites:
3. Volvo Ocean Race