Infographics, Planning for and Reviewing

Exercise 1

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For the first article, “Bankers Call for Wider Measures to Stem Crisis,” I would use the above infographic design. Basically a map of Europe with pin pointed areas where the Euro Zone Crisis first started and eventually lead to the cause of the article.  Because the article has to do with the issues that were going on economically and they all related to the Euro Zone Crisis I figured that some of the readers may need some information on the actual crisis.

This infographic would work for print and the web with just a minor change between the two.  For the web, the info graph would start out just looking like a map with the little pins on Ireland, Portugal, Spain, and Greece. Once they’re clicked on, however, the map would zoom in on the city and a text box would pop up and display the history of that cities involvement in the crisis.  For the print it would be very similar, but without the movement. As shown in the picture there would be a text box connected to the pin describing the information that would have shown up I the web text box.

The reasoning for this is that it is informative of a subject that is very much involved in the article, but is not really described very well in the article.  Therefore, the infographic is still connected to the article, but is more of an extension to help the readers to understand the article better. It is also easy to understand and, for the web, easy to use. It isn’t too cluttered, but still gives adequate data and history.

For the second article, “Heart Device Might be Useless for Women,” the design is similar to the first in that it is simple and interactive.  The web design (right) looks like there isn’t much to it and that is more because I didn’t know how to draw exactly what I wanted. The picture is what you would see and when you click on either the man or woman icon it would zoom in and focus in on the icon and a text box would pop up explaining the effects of a heart attack on the gender, then once the user clicks on the heart icon the text would change into information about how the ICD effects the gender.

For the print version (left) of this infographic, the information is basically the same as the web version it is just located easier.  The icons are still the same, however the text boxes containing the effects of heart attacks on the different genders are located beside the gender icon. Likewise the description of how the ICD’s affect the different genders are  located under the respective gender icon.

Like with the first article both infographics are simple and easy to navigate.  They also give some information pertaining to the article such as the differences in which the genders react to such incidents. There is also the possibility to extend that information given even more than the article does, this would give readers a reason to use the infographic in the first place.

Exercise 2

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This infographic, found at tabletopwhale.com, simulates how different animals fly. It uses animation to recreate the movement that these five different creatures do as they fly. Navigationally, the infographic is very easy to understand. There is nothing to click on or hover over, the info is just displayed. The visuality of this image is very good. It draws you in right away and is very interesting. It holds your attention with the movement and the calculations of the ups and down strokes. The only weakness that I can think of to add to this is that they could have made the text a little bigger and more noticeable. The graphic explains itself very well I think. I didn’t have trouble figuring it out and it is not full of technical jargon that the normal everyday person couldn’t understand. It was very easy to understand and very well illustrated.

 

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This graphic, found at simp.com, visualized the data of all of the different languages of the world and who speaks them, and puts the into a chart.  As far as navigation goes, there isn’t much to it. It is laid out and basically just a picture. There is not extra things to hover over or click on. For this graphic I have a little more critique than the last one. There is a lot going on in this infographic. With so much information it is almost overwhelming to look at. I get that that may be part of the point, to show just how many there are and how widely they’re used, however it is not inviting at all and I found it to be a little obnoxious. It does explain the topic well, however, and is very thorough. unfortunately it is not easy, for me anyway, to understand. There is just too much being thrown at you at once. It is hard to know where to start. I also didn’t find it to be well illustrated, it seemed like there was not a lot of organization to it. Where most pie charts are sections off, this one is just decided into oddly shaped sections. Overall I didn’t really think that this one did it’s job.

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This final infographic, found at raconteur.net, is a narrative that follow many of the notable storytellers in history. It is a timeline that is set out in total and has nothing to click on or hover over. The navigation of the infographic is basically that the reader just follows the timeline as it snakes down the page. The critique that I’d have for this is, like the one above it, there is a lot of information and probably could be a little overwhelming.  However, it is set up much nicer than the last graphic and is easier to follow.  There is a clear starting and ending point. The graphic could do a little better explaining itself as to why we could care about the subject, but as far as understanding when these people were around, it is very self-explanatory. For the most part I would say that it is easily understood and well illustrated.

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