I’m going to make a very safe assumption that everyone reading this has not only heard of Facebook, but actually uses Facebook. I can also make a probably assumption when I write, you are an active member of the Facebook community, yes? Well, even if you don’t use Facebook, you are probably familiar with how your Mom, or Brother or friends use the privacy-bashing, exhibitionist software tool, but I digress…
The real question this infographic answers is how do you categorize the friends you may have on Facebook and this graphic goes a bit further and classifies your high school classmates. I think you can safely use this as a guide whether you are still in high school or looking to attend your 50th reunion.
The design is very limited, but takes on many of the characteristics of the site is it mocking. I think the blue used by Facebook has been renamed Facebook Blue, or at least it should be. The blue in question has lost its identity to Facebook. But I digress…the choice of colors are smart as is the typeface (at least for the subheads), another homage to Facebook. The problem begins with writing body copy with this typeface. It isn’t an easy to read font choice and it gets even harder when you use ALL CAPS. I assume this choice to use all caps was too help readability on the internet where small type sizes are hard to read. A better choice than all caps would have been another font with a tall x-height which would make readability much better. Okay, before the design Nazis spring upon me, the body coyp is using small caps, which is even worse, in my opinion for readability.
I’m a big fan of simple illustrations. I love artistic masterpieces and realism as much as anyone, but humor often lends itself to simple drawings such as those used here. Simple shapes, flat colors and white backgrounds enhance each image with quick recognition of the characters profile type, especially meshed with the blue subhead to the right. I would have appreciated some more expressive expressions on the faces as most seem to have a smile and happy countenance.
The content, which is the dominant factor in this funny infographic, really soars. I didn’t LOL (laugh out loud for those of you without a Facebook account) but I did smile a few times and chuckled under my breath, and while I am required to read the entire infographic, I didn’t mind doing so and enjoyed it. My favorites were The Overaccomplished (who you watch with jealousy), The Dreamer (with status updates about his latest gig at Bingo night) and my favorite person to dislike on Facebook and Twitter the TMI Guy (talking about the gas he produces and the girl he claims to have seduced). Not everyone is a winner, you can skip The Girl You Never Talked To, but the rest were worth the time to read.
While the word infographic is getter muddier and muddier; is this really an infographic or a comic, at least we have something to entertain us until it is time to update our Facebook status.
There isn’t much design: box with simple figure and text to the right. But there doesn’t need to be much design. The strength is supposed to be the textual content. People are done okay, but more expression could have made this a much stronger piece.
The content was amusing and the jokes landed most of the time, even if they were a soft landing. Only one was a “swing and a miss” so you can’t criticize but so much. An infographic that makes you laugh is a rarity so congratulations to ClassFinders.com for accomplishing that.
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