Pets At Christmas

Pets At Christmas

We all love our pets and most of want to include them in our Christmas celebrations as well. This infographic looks at just how many people buy gifts for their pets and how much are they spending.
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Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B+

I enjoyed all the christmas colors as well as the unique fonts that were used.

Infographic Information: B

It is no surprise that so many people give christmas presents to their pets but it is interesting to see the data of just how much we spend.

Infographic provided by Pets At home.

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Social Petworking Stars

Social Petworking Stars

The infographic is called Social Petworking Stars, all about the top animal and pet accounts on social media – Sockington The Cat has over 1.4m followers and Boo The World’s Cutest Dog has 4.5m likes!

Social Petworking Stars

Infographic Review

Infographic Design: A

The design for this infographic shows the animals in little profile boxes that help to organize the information in a creative way. I like the use of creativity in this design

Infographic Information: A

The information is fun and interesting as well as helpful for those who are looking to make their pets famous.

Infographic provided by  SPANA

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Animal Prints Infographic

Animal Prints Infographic

This infographic has some interesting facts about printers and toners. It is no surprise that businesses do a lot of printing and this infographic gives some insight into just how much all that printing can add up to.

Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B

For the design I like that they use different animal cartoons to help illustrate the information. Each scene gives different information and shows the facts in creative ways. I like that the top of the infographic is made to look like a printer with the title and then it shows the rest of the infographic coming out of the printer. That is a very creative and interesting way to show the infographic.

Infographic Information: D

The information is basic in that it is just facts about different parts of printing. There is no real useful information making it a waster to read. Readers are usually looking to read something that they can use but these facts are basically just some interesting information. I would have enjoyed more information about printers and printing instead of just random facts.

Animal Prints Infographic by the team at Brother Printers

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Hotel Room With No Bed Bugs

Hotel Room With No Bed Bugs

Moxie Pest Control Services at www.moxiepestcontrol.com has a 7 easy step guide to help you check and make sure  your hotel room doesn’t have any bed bugs. With detailed explanations on what exactly to look for and where to look for them, carefully paying attention to certain areas. You can never be to cautious when it comes to staying places that several others have stayed as well. Most times bed bugs aren’t noticed until after the fact, when you have already been infested with them. If you find any bed bugs, they have steps on what to as well, to help prevent you from taking them with you.

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Infographic Review

Infographic Design:  B

This design is simple but presents the information clearly, making it easy for the reader to follow. The infographic is broken into steps that are outlined with a box to help separate them from the others. The steps are numbered so readers know the order to read the boxes. There are images included in each step even if it is just a picture of something it gives the reader a break from text. The background color is a light color that allows the text and images to be read easily. I would say the design of this may not be the best but it works well with the information and that is important.

Infographic Information: B+

The information is clear and concise directions on how to check a hotel room for bed bugs. The steps give information about what to do in a way anyone would be able to follow. I think the most important section is the last one which tells readers what to do if they find bed bugs. I like that the steps relate to each other and that the first step is important in case you do find bed bugs. I found this information helpful and I think many people will also appreciate this information.

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How to Hunting Wild Turkeys & Other Facts

How to Hunting Wild Turkeys & Other Facts

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Just when I think I have seen the oddest infographics that the internet has to offer I am pleasantly surprised that I can find an infographic about…Wild Turkeys. I’m not much of a hunter myself, although I did go bow hunting once while I was living in Front Royal, Virginia and was still in high school. To be honest, I have no idea what I would have done had I actually killed something. As it was I sat in the cold, damp woods for about 3 hours trying to stay awake and not shoot myself in the leg with arrow. I was successful at not injuring myself and didn’t see an animal the entire time I was able to keep my eyes open, but I digress…

Infographic is not a Turkey

You got to give the designer credit, they went full boar on this design and didn’t skimp on the country theme and I love it. I love this turkey infographic from its chicken wire imagery, to its wood plank background and the creative use speed limit signs to show the turkeys top speed while running or flying (and they can kick it at up to 25mph on the ground and fly up to 55mph).This is everything great infographic should be, creative use of graphic, fun information and a visual appeal that meshes with the content. Well done, this infographic is no turkey. And yes, there will be more bad turkey puns.

How do I Shoot a Turkey?

The wild turkey infographic gives you a large gamut of information, starting with where to shoot a wild turkey and gives you different angles to work with. Is the turkey facing you, walking away, broad sides, etc. And if you actually shoot a wild turkey you would know the record weight for a wild turkey was 38 lbs, which is about half the weight we consume per person the United States at 17.5 lbs. or this wonderful fowl.

You’ll get a very brief history lesson about the turkey and their incredible growth in numbers. About 7 million turkeys exist, although the infographic doesn’t read whether that is wild or bred or both. And another fun turkey fact: they are native to North America. Gobble, gobble, I guess the Native Americans were turkey eaters.

This infographic isn’t fowl and I found looking at it be a delicious feast for the eyes for which I give thanks.

Design: A

I like the over-the-top look of this infographic. Turkeys were the focus and they made this a fun way to do it.

Information: B-

Not enough information, a it seemed like to much stuffing (filler) and not enough turkey.

This Wild Turkeys infographic with turkey hunting tips was submitted Foremost Hunting- Find A Hunting Guide Or Outfitter.

Iconic Dogs in the Media Infographic

Iconic Dogs in the Media Infographic

Iconic Dogs in the Media

PawDigs, a site devoted to dogs, has come up with a great infographic looking at some of the most popular and profitable dogs (both real and digital) to ever grace a TV or movie screen.

Starting with classics such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie and movie up to more contemporary dogs such as Brian Griffin (of Family Guy fame), this infographic is nice because it not only shows you individual dogs, and gives some great information about each one, but it also devotes a section to the most profitable dog movies of all time (with Turner & Hooch at the bottom and Scooby-Doo at the top). All told dog movies have earned nearly $2 billion dollars. That’s a lot of dog treats.

What I liked most about this infographic was the little bits of info about each of the individual dogs that was provided. I didn’t know that it took 44 St. Bernards to create the sequel to Beethoven, or that every dog that’s played Lassie was a male, even though the character is female. My only real complaint is that it feels like they shoe-horned in the information about the movies, especially since so few of the dogs on the list above are featured in the movies listed. I would have preferred that it was its own infographic.

Design – B-

The overall feel of the infographic reminds me of a theater, but there’s a lot going on and a lot of small text that can be hard to read. I do like that they included images of each of the individual dogs they talked about (in case you were unfamiliar with them), but the end part with the films seems forced and doesn’t add much to the section above. It would have been better served mentioning other dogs.

Content – B-

A lot of good content about the individual dogs, but nothing beyond box office revenue for the dog movies left me a bit disappointed.

Spider Crane Infographic

Spider Crane Infographic

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If Spiderman had to operate a crane, what kind of crane do you think he would use? Hint: it would be a crane in the shape of a spider. This graphic, supplied by minicrane-hire.com provides some information about the original UNIC mini-spidercrane, which is also celebrating its 8th anniversary this year. So, just how much can this spider baby lift? It can lift over 6 tons, and yet, it’s still small enough to fit through doorways. In that way, it’s kind of like a bowflex, though I’m pretty sure a boxfex couldn’t support 6 tons.

The graphic doesn’t actually mention any facts about the crane (except at the very bottom of the graphic). Instead, it compares and contrasts animals, people, and things that can lift heavy loads. For instance, it points out that the leafcutter ant can lift 50 times its own body weight, but it isn’t as strong as the rhinoceros beetle which can lift 850 times its own body weight. It also says that Indian born British strongman Manjit Singh broke a world record in 2009 by pulling one double decker bus 20 yards.

Celebrating the 8th anniversary of the spider crane by providing facts about other objects that can lift things in extraordinary ways is definitely a unique approach. Alright, let’s power lift our way down to the grading portion.

Design: B-

This design is definitely unique, and I admire the artistic aptitude of the artist. I cannot give a higher grade than a B- though because ultimately, I am not sure if the approach that the artist took struck the balance between being creative and still presenting facts in an organized, natural way well enough. But this graphic certainly wins points for trying something different. What I would question is why certain words were emphasized on the graphic in the way they were. For instance, on the far right, the word “OR” is in giant capital letters. Why did the artist want to draw attention to this word? I suppose what I am getting at is, were certain words and letters capitalized and written in bigger font for any specific purpose, or was this done completely at random. If it was done completely at random…well, the best artists rarely do things at random. Think about a song playing in the background of a bar in a movie scene. This song would definitely not be picked at random unless the director was amateurish or mediocre.

Content: B-

What the graphic lacks in flow (the best graphics tell a story and present information in logical, organized ways) it makes up for by presenting facts that are unusual and captivating. Some of the animal traits the graphic mentions are quite unbelievable.

We are quite happy to have this graphic join the legions of others here at the showcase.

The Rhino Poaching Crisis

The Rhino Poaching Crisis

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This infographic, created by Earth-touch.com, shows the dangers that rhinos face around the world. Out in the wild, rhinos have no real predators. Even tigers and lions stay the hell away from them. Their imposing physique coupled with the fact that they can go completely ballistic when provoked has taught other animals to avoid them.

Rhinos may have thick skin, but no skin layer is thick enough to protect them from the piercing of a man-made bullet. Man is the rhino’s only real enemy, and unfortunately for the beast, he is a treacherous one indeed.

This graphic begins by pointing out some basic facts about the rhino. The weight of a white rhino is 5,000 pounds, which is a little over 2,000 more pounds than the weight of black rhino, which clocks in at 2,800 pounds. The graphic is sure to note that no rhinos are actually white or black: they are all light gray. To put into perspective how heavy a rhino is, it would take 28 people or two medium cars to equal the weight of a single rhino.

Alright, so why do people kill rhinos? They want the horns. There is big money in the horns of rhinos. A single rhino horn is worth $246,000, which is the twice the price of gold. This has attracted the attention of many evil-doers, as there were 333 Rhinos were illegally killed in South Africa last year alone.

Poached rhinos are usually darted with M99, an extremely powerful substance. How powerful? So powerful that a single drop can kill a human. The reason rhinos are darted to death instead of shot is because guns (even with silencers) attract too much attention. Silently and sneakily killing them with M99 creates no obvious crime scene.

Greed and ignorance are basically the driving forces behind the destruction of the rhino. Greedy people want their horns and ignorant people believe that their horn powder has extraordinary qualities, like the ability to cure typhoid and make you more fertile.

Design: A-

I think the design is grand. A not-so-average color combination plus captivating pictures equals a pleasant graphic.

Content: A

Strong content here within. I found the stats and facts that the graphic revealed to be eye-opening. The pop culture references that the creators sprinkled in (such as the fact that M99 is Dexter’s drug of choice) helped spruce the graphic up even more.

Bed Bugs Facts Infographic

Bed Bugs Facts Infographic

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If everything you ever wanted to know about bed bugs could be encapsulated by one graphic, it would probably be this one.  Bed bugs are making a comeback in 2010, as recent infestations have been reported across the country.  We tend to hate these pests without really getting to know them, and that’s not entirely fair.  They have little families and love their children just as much as the next species. This graphic is loaded with essential facts about the critters so that we can understand their psychology a bit more.

The average psychology of a bed bug is this: eat and drink blood like there’s no tomorrow, because, baby, there isn’t! Bed bugs only have about 10 months to live, so believe you me, they are going to try and make the most of their lives.

Now, let’s examine some of the bed bugs facts presented in the graphic shall we.  A female bed bug lays a whopping 200-500 eggs in her lifetime.  Given these numbers, it’s no wonder there are so many bed bugs in existence. Compared to other blood-eating critters however, a bed bug is a small potato. The damned things only eat .0055 milliliters of blood per bite. The common household horsefly eats 0.5 milliliters by contrast.   So while a bed bug might be an annoying pest, it doesn’t strike the fear of man into people like the treacherous horsefly.

As you probably know, the bed bug is making its presence known across the country in recent months. What cities are experiencing their wrath more than others? According to the graphic, Denver, New York, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, and the three major cities of Ohio are getting hit the hardest. If you’re on the west coast, you’re a lucky dog it seems.  Alright, time for the grading portion.

Design: B

Nothing too new or innovative here.  The color scheme is kind of boring to be frank.  Black, gray, and brown dominate the graphic–not exactly ideal colors if you’re tying to catch people’s attention, especially the way they’re presented here. The charts are average, both in design and concept.

Content: B

The content is somewhat deep, so that’s an area that the graphic handled well. Comparing how much blood bed bugs consume per bite to other insects is an interesting segment.  The fact that the infographic incorrectly labels a tick as an insect though (it’s an arachnid, not an insect) caused me to lower their later grade from B+ to B.

So, overall, I would call this graphic pretty good, but not outstanding.

Submitted by NJ.com.

Asian Longhorned Beetle Killing New York City Trees (Infographic)

Asian Longhorned Beetle Killing New York City Trees (Infographic)

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Asian Longhorned Beetle Killing New York City Trees

What a novel concept, an infographic that actually gives information that is crucial and possibly life-changing…at least to some trees. While not a true infographic in the most strict and classical sense of the word, it does graphically display the area where the Asian Longhorned Beetle is having a devastating affect on the trees in New York.

The content is interesting, especially if you are  a resident of New York, and provided in an easy to read format. The problem is broken down and then a solution, also easily seen, is given. How handy.

The graphics are well done, if not spectacular, mixing photography with computer graphics. A illustration of the insect is included, but an actual photo would be nice for identification.

This is a great way to get out a public service message and the care in design is evident.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B
Graphics are handled well, but a missed opportunity took the grade down for not showing a photo of the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

Content: A-
What more could you want? Just the facts. Here’s the problem. Here’s the solution. Fix it!

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