The Australian bank notes are a little different that most currencies around the world. They made some big changes to their currency that you can see in this infographic.
Infographic Design: C
The design of this infographic is alright. The background color and font color are a little dull. The information is shown in graph form which is good because it is easier for readers to follow. The different sections help to break up the information and give clear titles to help the reader follow the information.
Infographic Information: B
The information does give a good understand of Australian bank notes and the differences from other currencies. It is interesting to see just how different the Australians make and destroy their currency. The facts at the bottom truly are interesting and I would say are the most interesting part of the infographic
The United States won more medals than any other country in the 2012 Olympics. But where do we stand in the competition that really matters –the competition to prepare the next generation to succeed? The U.S. is slipping compared to other countries. In fact, by 2030, China will have 200 million college graduates—more than the entire U.S. workforce—and by 2020 India will be graduating four times as many college graduates as the United States.
This infographic illustrates the findings of a joint report by the Center for the Next Generation and the Center for American Progress, The Competition that Really Matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian Investments in the Next Generation Workforce. Results from the Center for the Next Generation’s accompanying public opinion survey are also featured.
Infographic Design: B
I like the design for this infographic because it has a fun young look to the design. It looks like it is written on a notebook and it almost looks like someone doodle the images. I think that is a great way to take some pretty important information and make it appeal to the younger generation who this material is for.
Infographic Information: B+
The information is great because it has clear statistics which are always fun to read. The information is listed and bulleted which makes it easier for readers to follow. I really like the information in this infogrpahic because it really makes me think about how the U.S.A could be a leader in global education if we work together as a country to fix the education system. I like the last bit of information because it is a check list of what we can do moving forward to help with the problem.
Direct Oil Investments can be an excellent alternative to the more traditional investments such as stock and bonds. This infographic will explain how these programs are structured, the unique tax benefits associated with oil investments as well as how the revenue is ultimately paid back to investors.
Infographic Design: B+
The design of this infographic is creative and uses images of pipes to help capture the feel of the information. The titles are clear and easy to distinguish from the other text. All of the images that were used were appropriate and acceptable.
Infographic Information: B
The information on this infographic is for anyone who is interested in investing in oil. There are so many types of programs and this infographic helps to break them down for readers to understand. I think the infographic does a good job of taking a very confusing subject and making it clear.
Gold has always been associated with wealth and money but now that most countries are using paper currency gold is not heard much about. This infographic suggests that demand for gold is rising.
Infographic Design: C
The Infographic looks very clean and well organized which is helpful for the reader to follow. The reasons that demand for gold is rising are numbered and bolded which will stand out to readers. The background color is a little dull and the color makes the infographic look very dated. The title is small and long which does not grab the attention of the readers. All of the graphs look the same and are hard to read. I appreciate that the infographic was well organized but the colors and theme are just too dull to overlook.
Infographic Information: B
I think the information did show reasons why gold is in demand again and the reasons that listed made sense. I believe that the graphs were meant to add to the infographic but instead I feel they make the infographic look like a lot of formal information that may turn readers off. It is always nice to make a point with a graph but if you over use them it can hurt you. I will say that the information does make sense with the title and it does give the reader a better understanding of why gold is in such demand.
This infographic starts off with a shocking fact – that the U.S. has 25% of the world’s prison population, but only 5% of the world population. That’s sort of mind-boggling, when you stop to think about it. We recently posted an infographic on innocent people who were imprisoned, and then released because DNA evidence proved their innocence. How many of that 25% of the world’s prison population is potentially innocent? What are the costs associated with keeping so many people in prison? That question and more are addressed in this infogrpahic, described by the creator as such:
“The war on drugs has helped make the U.S. the world’s largest incarcerator, but our addiction to incarceration is unfair, costs too much and doesn’t make us safer.” This leads one to believe that the creator of the infographic does not believe that drug offenders should be imprisoned, which is definitely debatable, as some consequence needs to occur to help keep drugs off the street. What are the right answers? What’s a country to do? But I digress…
Violent or Nonviolent?
One fourth of the infographic is taken up by a picture of a prison with blue and red bars. The blue bars indicate the nonviolent offenders, the red ones indicate the violent offenders. Visually, this image is not very effective, and the information that half of the inhabitants of state prisons are “locked up” for nonviolent offenses is presented in such a way that the reader sees the creator’s bias – obviously the person who compiled and presented this data feels that nonviolent offenses are, by and large, nothing people should be “locked up” for. Rather than persuading the audience, as more data might do, one is left with a feeling that all the data to come will be biased and therefore, not completely reliable.
The next section talks about spending – that by 2007, “states spent more than $44 billion on incarceration and related expenses, a 127% jump from 1987″ and then states the spend on higher education has rose only by 21%. These statistics are taken from a report by The PEW Charitable trusts, which is supposed to be a non-partisan, objective, and non-ideological organization, so it is safe to assume the numbers are right, however even the source information uses the term “behind bars” as a way to emphasize the severity of the situation. This makes even the source information seem biased, and at a glance it looks like the source document talks about the cost of prisons in the United States. While this is an important topic, one cannot help but think about all the information that is left out of the infographic. The numbers are there, but is the reader supposed to be shocked and dismayed by the number of people in prison and the cost to keep them there in that they want less incarceration? If so, what solutions does this infographic offer in regards to reducing crime and what does it do to offer an alternate solution to incarceration?
A ball and chain graphic shows the data that while the United States saw a 44% increase in population overall from 1970 to 2008, that the prison population growth rate is 700% during that same time period. We’re told that this “outpaces” crime rates, but I find this confusing. If the crime rates are not as high as the prison population growth, is the implied message that innocent people are being incarcerated? With some blocks of stick figures, we’re given some demographic information, that 1 in 106 white males 18 or older is in prison, 1 in 36 Hispanic males 18 or older is in prison, and that 1 in 15 black males 18 or older is imprisoned. At a glance, this looks terrible – that so many more black men and Hispanic men are imprisoned than white men, but the supporting data that would show the cause for incarceration is missing. Though the creator of the infographic went to the trouble of drawing a line between violent and nonviolent offenders, the demographic information does not draw in that data regarding the percentages of each demographic incarcerated for violent vs. nonviolent crimes, and though the description provided says something about the war on drugs, drugs are not explicitly mentioned anywhere in the infographic.
The graphics and typefaces are fine. Perhaps the prison graphic takes up too much space, but the colors used are appropriate and the images tell a story. The supporting data does not.
This infographic gives facts without context, which shows bias. Bias shows a certain vulnerability regarding factual accuracy, and the point of this infographic is lost. The way the information is presented, and how one piece of information is disconnected from the other does a great disservice to the message this piece was supposed to send.