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Howard Hughes – Infographic or Timeline?

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More and more it seems the infographic is being watered-down (some would say dumbed-down) until it is little more than a few simple pictures with some insipid facts or boring stats that no one would ever care about unless they had to write a report for their high school class.

Case in point. This infographic would be great as a start for research on the life and times of the eccentric and wealthy Howard Hughes. It IS a timeline of the life of Howard Hughes, but does that make it an infographic? I’m not making a judgment here, just asking the question. What should an infographic provide? Graphics and information, of course, but is their a degree of difficulty involved or some level of graphic prowess that is also needed? Or is it all a matter of relativity. If you think it’s an infographic and a timeline or possibly neither or something else altogether (a cheap marketing ploy), doesn’t that make it your choice and your perspective?

Well, whatever you decide, it is an interesting topic and if you did want to know more about Mr. Howard Hughes, take 60 seconds and skim though this infographic or timeline or whatever you would like to call it. Jane Russell certainly looks nice. ;-)

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by GDS Digital

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3 Comments on “Howard Hughes – Infographic or Timeline?”

  1. 1 JT said at 6:56 pm on May 1st, 2010:

    I guess it depends on how you define what an infographic is. I think a timeline is a type of information graphic, and this can loosely be called a timeline in that it does chronicle Hughes’ life with dates and important events.

    I’d like to see it organized around an actual timeline (some kind of graphic element that visually shows Hughes’ lifespan) or at least a little more design emphasis on the important dates, but that’s just my opinion of what a timeline should be and my personal preference.

  2. 2 JT said at 6:58 pm on May 1st, 2010:

    On another note, is it just me or is that a really unfortunate logo choice in the upper right corner of the graphic for Business Management? BM? I think I’d have opted for something a little less…ummm…”moving.”

  3. 3 Graphics said at 10:44 am on May 3rd, 2010:

    Oh, well said. It was the number two thing wrong with this piece. ;-)