Posts Tagged ‘visualization’

UK’s Daily Mirror Blogs Infographics

December 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Ampp3d — launched in November — makes “journalism more accessible through data visualisations.”

The Ampp3d  blog  focuses on the Daily Mirror’s “charts, graphs, facts, figures and … infographics” by collecting and presenting in one place the data visualizations published in the Mirror. Ammp3d demonstrates that infographics do not need to be elaborate to add impact to a story and satisfy readers. It is one of many examples of journalists using graphics to appeal to younger audiences (and help with the ever-important subscriber figures).

Mirror-Tax graph

Here’s everything you need to know about Beyoncé, in numbers.


The Power of Showing Not Telling

The new book “An Illustrated Guide to Income in the United States” presents a comprehensive collection of infographics, maps and charts looking at the history of incomes and occupations in the United States.

Data can be a powerful persuader. Instead of pages and pages of text spoon feeding the reader with conclusions, this book presents a large dataset in a format that empowers the reader to study the data itself to draw their own independent conclusions.

IncomeGuide_2013_page 34

New distribution technology is empowering too… the entire book can be read online for free. It can also be purchased as a PDF for $15, paperback + PDF for $42.50, or hardback + pdf for $60.

Killer Graphic

Scientific American graphic succinctly drives home the point

It may be a cliche that a picture is worth 1000 words, but this graphic certainly proves the point. Three bar graphs showing how life expectancy is altered by our “good” and “bad” habits.


A Very Distorted Cartogram Map

NPR Maps Election Spending

A cartogram map scales geography proportionately according to some value of interest. Usually cartograms maintain the shape and relative position of the basic map as much as possible.

Maintaining a recognizable map of the US was a problem for this cartogram because political spending is so heavily concentrated in just a few states. This shrunk all the other states to the point of becoming almost invisible and certainly made them unrecognizable.

NPR’s solution was to turn the cartogram into an animation. Starting with an undistorted US map, NPR then morphed the US to show the highly distorted spending picture shown here.

Effective Graphics Can Be Very Simple

Simple sketches illustrate “Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School

In stark contrast to the typical infographic, Forbes’ Jessica Hagy accompanies her regular contributions with thoughtful, hand-drawn sketches. Sometimes it is more valuable to invest time in developing a meaningful illustration than to spend time on polishing the presentation.

Word Cloud Used to Present Statistics

Pew Internet survey presents survey results as a word cloud

Respondents gave a variety of reasons for reading books. Instead of presenting the results in a conventional bar chart, Pew used a word cloud. The size of the text spelling out each reason was made proportional to the number of respondents reporting that term. While frustrating for those seeking a precise value, this works well for those seeking to get a general impression. The text below the graphic does provide details for the most often cited reasons and does provide the specific values.

This is Not a Pie Chart

Fast Company finds an interesting way to present its examination of the OWS movement

Anyone with a lack of imagination would present this survey as a set of 100% stacked column charts, but that would be a bit too boring for Fast Company. So Fast Company went with this circular presentation that suggests its examination of the movement encompasses a full 360-degree view.

But the question is, is this the clearest way to present these results? Design coolness should not trump the need to present information in a way that quickly and clearly communicates. Scroll down to a second graphic that was not used. I think that second graphic serves the needs of the reader much better. Follow this link to JESS3 to see all the alternative presentations developed by the designer. (A good reminder that creating an infographic is hard work and does not always turn out for the best.)


I think this more compact presentation reads faster and even has room for some additional explanatory text. I wonder how the designer felt at the end of the day.