This beautifully designed graphic shows a large amount of information in an easily accessible way. This same information, written, would take quite a lot more time to comprehend. But I can find out a lot in just one glance at Minard’s design.
Google used this concept as inspiration to design their Flow Visualisation:
This shows how visitors use a specific website. Differing line thicknesses easily show the amount of traffic (this is specified with numbers as well). And the connections are easy to follow. The viewer can see how the traffic “flows” through to the different pages.
I want to depict more information than a simple pie or bar chart can accommodate. I have seen a lot of “infographics” that are simply a bunch of charts with a similar style that ties them together, but lack any further correlation than that.
These examples demonstrate brilliantly how it is possible to tie all the given information into one effective graphic. I would like to find a way to do this with the data for my brief.
I like how this effectively shows a lot of information all at once. It has a simple progression so that it is self-evident and not over-whelming. This much information could easily become confusing, but I can tell at a glance everything that I would need to know. This is because it is well structured, the symbols are simple, and colour is used to highlight important features.
I think this is a great idea. There is a lot of information there, and it is slightly cumbersome, but I think it does a good job of portraying it in a much more accessible way than simply putting it in text. The icons and colours (although possibly not the most aesthetically pleasing) work well to get that much information across.
One criticism is that the duration of the relationship did not immediately stand out to me, it got lost in the icons. And I also think that the key for the “Emotional Investment” should be placed at the bottom with the information it relates to. Proximity is important.
Very simply, the viewer knows that the blue drops next to each icon refers to water, because they relate it to the only other thing that is blue: the large word “water”. This is reinforced by the known conventions that water is symbolised as blue and the shape of a drop relates to liquids.
This stands out because it is the only colour used in the design, and the icons are drawn very simply to eliminate confusion.
I like the simplicity of this graphic. The title and the layout clearly lead the viewer to see that this graph is comparing the three movies in each trilogy.
It fails to give any hint as to what is being compared. It is, in fact, the designer’s enjoyment level of each movie. But it could be any number of things: number of characters, length of the film, box office stats, etc.
I thought this made some good points about trends in the area of infographics. Trends aren’t always bad though, since things are easier to understand if the more they are used and accepted.
Like the person icon, for example. Yes, it is used A LOT to depict numbers of people, but it works so well. In many cases, NOT using it can over complicate things, and should only be done if there are good reasons for doing so.
The imagery and colours work together to make this graphic incredibly simple to understand.
This is not very different from a bar or pie chart, but what I like about it is the shape and icons used immediately show clearly that it is about drugs in the USA, without over-complicating things.
Using consistent shapes and strong colours makes this graphic easy to understand. I do not think the icons help though, they could be eliminated. I also think the age categories should stand out more.
By using the constant element of the blue circle throughout the design, it makes it clear how the different circles relate to each other. I think, however, that the constant element should stand out more, as I did not immediately see it. It also seems to vary in thickness slightly across the design, which doesn’t seem to have a purpose.
I did immediately understand to stay away from the baby back ribs and spring chicken though.