Archive | Infographics

“What the F**k Are Infographics?” (notes on a presentation)

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“Infographics suck!” proclaimed Jennifer Daniel and Alicia DeSantis, graphics editors for the New York Times. They spoke yesterday at the ICON8 Conference, a national gathering of illustrators. I hung on their every word.

It’s a pretty sassy claim, but they pointed out that “infographics” have become a style and a marketing ploy to get people to click.… MORE

Posted July 12, 2014 . . . 0

Infographics Everywhere! Cake or Pie?

Here’s a clever idea! These are standard cakes on the inside, but the frosting is informative. The appearance indicates the ingredients of the cake in “pie chart” percentages. Idea by Marti Guixe, a designer in Barcelona.

cakes with piechart frosting

Now, if you’re disappointed that the cake is ordinary inside, you can bake your own with custom segments of batter, using this pan from Danklhampl design.… MORE

Posted May 8, 2013 . . . 6

Don’t Forget the Little Data

We’ve seen the topic of Big Data become sizzling hot. But there’s still a place for little data.

Little Data #1: The Very Short Animated Infographic

Here’s the inimitable Hans Rosling showing all of us how much explanation you can pack into 6 seconds (even without audio).

NOTE: This comes from Twitter’s service Vine, where iPhone users can post captured video.

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Posted April 21, 2013 . . . 0

New work: map enhances icons (or is it vice versa?)

I created this map for a client who wanted a friendly sort of drawn map — the antithesis of Google Maps. She also wanted an icon to go with an accomplishment for each neighborhood. It was my choice to make the icons big and bold.

New work: map + iconsThe map is being used in a print piece for a candidate.… MORE

Posted March 31, 2013 . . . 14

Don’t let your infographics mislead!

When you look at this TIME infographic, do you think that 3/4 million Iran/Afghanistan vets have PTSD? (30% of 2.5 million)

Or did you notice that the caption under the 30% says, “of veterans treated by the VA”?

From TIME magazine March 25 2013, Commentary by Joe Klein, “Ten Years After: A National Disgrace”

TIME infographic that could mislead

In fact, with the information provided, you can’t come up with a number of vets, because we aren’t told how many vets have been treated by the VA.MORE

Posted March 17, 2013 . . . 0

Those long infographics: the good, the bad, and the pretty

Everyone has seen the very trendy “infographics”* in blog posts, where a variety of facts and data are presented in a visual format. They are often very long vertically, requiring the viewer to scroll in order to see it all.

Some questions to ask about this sort of graphic, if you are considering creating one:

Is its information density suitable to the audience?… MORE

Posted February 12, 2013 . . . 0

At the crossroads of information and visuals

Let’s untangle three trends: data visualization, visual thinking, and infographics.

  • Data Visualization. Scientists and data analysts use visualization tools to view information lots of ways. Today, regular folks are getting their hands on these tools, too. This is the “big data” meme.
  • Visual thinking, sometimes called “mind mapping.”Visuals can also help in the thinking process, like a user experience team using a journey map.
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Posted August 13, 2012 . . . 0

How does an infographics designer work?

An infographics designer creates a visual presentation of information so people can use it effectively — the right visuals communicate more clearly than text alone. The designer usually:

  • collaborates with content experts or does research to get the information,
  • analyzes the information to reduce unnecessary detail and define key points,
  • visualizes how to present the information graphically,
  • writes or edits the annotations, and
  • renders the image, using design principles to encourage cognitive and emotional engagement.
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Posted July 24, 2012 . . . 0


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