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Most Interesting Things Moved By Atlas Movers Infographic

Most Interesting Things Moved By Atlas Movers Infographic

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This simple infographic talks about the strangest things moved by Atlas Van Operators. Some of them are strange indeed. They are mostly big things. I think about all the times I have moved, and if I had actually had the foresight to hire movers instead of being convinced that I could move myself, the strange things they would have moved without knowing it, because up until recently all of my strange items were small enough to put in boxes.  I suppose the large bagpipe and flute crest I bought at a rummage sale wouldn’t make these guys bat an eye, or would my globe that opens into a bar.  Everybody has one of those nowadays.  I wonder if they keep CDs in it like I do.  Anyway, I digress…

The infographic tells us that in 2010 Atlas participated in over 100,000 moves in the US and Canada.  That’s a lot of moves.  Normally in one of these posts we break the write-up into sections because today’s infographics are super-complicated, with lots of different types of information, and you have to break up what you write about because otherwise you’d be jumping from subject to subject and it would get crazy.  This infographic is different.  It has a nice blue background shaped like America, and little shadowy Atlas Van Operators moving all sorts of crazy stuff.  Here is the list, numbered like they numbered it, for easy reading.

1. Roy Rogers Freight Train
2. Dinosaur Exhibit
3. Helicopter
4. Stuffed Bear (I’m assuming a real bear, now deceased, and stuffed by a taxidermist)
5. Mini Submarine
6. Phone Booth (why?)
7. 1,000 lb Coffee Roaster (speechless)
8. Suit of Armor (that guy, clearly, was new when he answered this question.  Who hasn’t moved a suit of armor?)
9. Antique Gas Pump (cue the American Pickers)
10. 8 ft. Wooden Camel (like you do)
11. Ice Cream Truck (couldn’t someone have driven it?)
12. Tree Roots
13. Animatronic King Kong
14. Antique Asian Crown
15. Apollo Space Capsule

Design:  C

This is straightforward, clean, and fun to look at.

Information:  C

It is what it is.  It might be nice to see a little explanation about WHY the items were moved, but that would destroy the simplicity of the design.

Source:  Atlas Van Lines

Infographic Facts about Struggling Countries around the World

Infographic Facts about Struggling Countries around the World

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This dazzling infographic (from a design standpoint, certainly not from a content standpoint as its more depressing than it is dazzling) displays stats about the most struggling countries across the planet, and rather morbid ones.

Among the disturbing stats is the fact that there is a 1 in 6 chance someone around the world will die due to lack of water. This one is extremely disheartening as well: only 4% of the world’s oceanic water has NOT been damaged by human activity in some way. The population of the world living in severly “water-stressed” environments is 2/5. The ratio of Harvard University’s annual budget is equal to the entire GDP of Rwanda.

But there are some encouraging stats as well, such as the fact that a 4rth grade class raised 35,000 to free the slaves in Sudan last year (they free them by buying them and then setting them free immediatley upon purchase). The total World Bank aid to African nations exceeded 2 billion 1986. (Not sure why that stat is over 20 years old, but that’s more of  a topic for the grading segment). Speaking of which…time for the grading segment.

Design: A-

Thes design is very well done.  They didn’t just plop a bunch of stock graphics down on the page and call it a day. Everything seems to be drawn from scratch, which won them many points.

Content: B+

Some interesting stats, especially at the bottom when it gets into pie charts and the like. But I wasn’t knocked out of my boots.

Overall, a fairly strong graphic.

Graphic provided by Vision Service Adventures.

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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History of Japanese Bloodtyping Infographic

History of Japanese Bloodtyping Infographic

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When this was submitted by a reader I wasn’t sure what to think. I had never  heard of bloodtyping. Blood types? Yes.

Leave it to the Japanese to come up with something as weird and commercial as this. If you want to know more about bloodtyping, take a gander over here. The basic idea is that your blood type dictates many things about you: your personality, your likes, your strengths and weaknesses and so on. Whether you believe this is true or not (I, personally do not. It sound like astrology and horoscoping to me which I also believe is a fantasy.) is not the point. How does this serve its audience as an infographic?

The red color was an obvious and good choice, the color of blood, of course. But the designer chose the better path, rather than dominating the image with red and splatters to resemble a horror poster, they have chosen a very clinical approach that works quite well. The non-descript people with their red accessories is well placed in this infographic. The graphics all match in terms of their design and the hint of the japanese culture with the blossoms at the top and throughout the infographic really gives it a nice touch.

The blue color contrasts nicely with the red color and the use of white text really hits home the clinical feel I mentioned earlier. Each section is easily identified, the content is presented cleanly with obvious breaks and the typeface has its own personality yet isn’t distracting for the reader. A good choice of color, design elements and shapes makes this infographic worth the blood, sweat and tears.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B
Clean, fun graphics with excellent color choices.

Content: B
Fascinating insight and interesting stats about a new fad. The Japanese are always doing something interesting and weird. ;-)

Howard Hughes – Infographic or Timeline?

Howard Hughes – Infographic or Timeline?

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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