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There's too many, aren't there?
While intellectuals are sneering, everyone else is mindlessly sharing and consuming.
AHAHAH DANCE PUPPETS.
Not that I have ever used infographics.
My team at work are getting about 15 infograhic requests a week. A freelance design agency are making so much money from them they've started a splinter that only does infographics
They're a bit daft but they're so popular. We commission them from an agency in Seattle that *only* does infographics. Mad times.
easier to understand
my current bugbear is the use of disproportionately-sized illustrations. see this:
size of bankers' bonus = twice the size of cost of feeding people; however
size of banker = about 50x the size of the child.
See also: line graphs and bar charts where the Y axis doesn't start at zero, so even a subtle change in value looks like a massive difference
which means that the zero point isn't really necessary.
the Y axis on bar charts must start at zero, always, because cognitively the chart is displaying relative size as measured by the length of a line (or rather a set of lines).
line charts don't need to start at zero (though this should be the presumed default) because they are typically used to indicate shifts in direction over time, which scaling to zero would often obscure.
that drastically oversimplifies a hell of an issue.
One on Bitcoins, one on Tesco pulling out of the US. Here's something the Metro keeps doing that doesn't make sense, because someone doesn't understand how percentages work:
and I sit there looking at it thinking what the living fuck does that show?
but has anyone got any examples of *good* or *useful* infographics? The closest thing I can think of is the Guardian's one of the UK budget, but that's more of a pure visualisation than an infographic.
but I'm not thinking I don't really know what the difference wold be between a visualisation and an infographic. And, like.. a chart.
This one was really really good.
less good on computer.
my main thing with "infographics" is where they just try to fit a load of related issues together badly
McCandless does a lot of interesting stuff, but it's occasionally a bit sloppy from a technical standpoint. Though perhaps a debate about accuracy vs engagement there.
but I've always thought of visualisation as pure visual representation of data and infographics as selecting individual "themed" statistics, often displayed badly like the ones above. I might be wrong in that.
Nice one there though, particularly in highlighting the double counting neatly :)
So, that's what they are.
I have seen several instances of people calling something an infographic when all they mean is "some text that's been nicely presented by a graphic designer"
macsween's is one of my favourite foods but that's shite
its not an infogrphic - but you don't liek them
without any information
i like the font choices
(them not you)
poorly done, they're completely unhelpful. If done well however, they're fantastic. It's been mentioned up there somewhere but Information Is Beautiful's infographics are generally pretty decent.
but yes, there seems to be a huge boom in them recently, and not always for the better.
I'd forgotten about that.
I love the completely misuse of graphs.
Just yesterday I got some figures which were put into graph form. About half of them were put into bar charts. Not necessarily a problem except for the fact they contained one solitary bar of information, per graph... Cheers for that lads.
I found this site the other day where you can track and compare countries' GDP since 1950. Hours of fun watching the UK keep pace with Finland's economic miracle.
I like the ocean depth one too http://xkcd.com/1040/
crafting a CV made entirely from infographics after seeing a few examples on graphic designer's websites. He works in procurement. I didn't have the heart to tell him that it looked like a complete mess. just a whole page of bar and pie charts, which you had to study for about half an hour to actually glean any useful information from. pointless
They are still useful, but people will do them for ANYTHING.