A lens on the first half of 2022: 10 images

A global pandemic. War in Ukraine. Record-high inflation. Climate change. Digital transformation. As we take stock of the first half of 2022, it’s clear that persistent disruptions have only increased global uncertainty. While the words of our articles and reports have helped make sense of the world as we know it, art has given this narrative life. That’s why we asked McKinsey Global Publishing designers to select 10 images that speak to the remarkable moments that define 2022 so far. Check out the articles below, and their accompanying art, for our visual take of a world in flux.

War in Ukraine: Twelve disruptions changing the world

The net-zero transition: What it would cost, what it could bring

The childcare conundrum: How can companies ease working parents’ return to the office?

Mobility’s net-zero transition: A look at opportunities and risks

Failure is not an option: Increasing the chances of achieving net zero

McKinsey for Kids: Game on! Why your computer learns faster and games better than you think

How the fashion industry can get into a metaverse mindset

Marketing in the metaverse: An opportunity for innovation and experimentation

Why private equity sees life and annuities as an enticing form of permanent capital

Reflections on 20 years of McKinsey on Finance—and three challenges ahead