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Christmas Tree Facts Infographic

Christmas Tree Facts Infographic


Christmas time is right around that corner, so why not a graphic to celebrate the origins of the Christmas tree? This graphic, created by All in One Garden & Leisure, gives a rather unique look at the tree’s beginnings and its, for lack of  better words, journey through time.

One of the interesting stats presented by the graphic is the number of households who choose to put an artificial tree up versus a real tree taken right out of the forest (or jungle if you’re celebrating Christmas in South Africa).  The pie charts in the graphic demonstrate that more people in the U.S. opt to go with a natural tree then their fellow tree buyers in the U.K. My gut reaction when I saw that stat was, “I wonder how many trees are actually grown the U.K.?  Doesn’t seem like there is nearly as much land.” And sure enough, my question was answered right below that.   As I suspected, there are more trees (many, many more trees actually) grown in  the U.S. then there are grown in Great Britain. There are 20.8 million trees grown the U.S. and 4.4 million grown in the United Kingdom. With these kind of numbers, it does make sense that there would be a higher percentage of real Christmas trees bought in the U.S.  The U.S. is more intent on destroying its forests than the U.K it would seem.  The graphic notes that each acre of land dedicated to growing Christmas trees would provide the daily oxygen required for 18 people to live.  Basically, the graphic does a good job of making you feel guilty about celebrating Christmas with a real tree.

The most popular real tree brand by the way is a humdinger of a tree dubbed the Fraser Fir. The graphic showcases a little tree time line, noting that the first Christmas tree was used in Latvia in 1515 and that the explosion of Christmas trees in America began in 1901 with the under-hyped birth of the first Christmas tree farm in New Jersey. Today 98% of Christmas trees purchased around the world are grown on tree farms. Only 2% are cut in the wild. Of those that are cut in the wild, a tree farmer either uses a saw or a trained animal with sharp teeth, such as an alligator, to slowly chomp away at the tree until it falls down.  We do have a bit of a worldwide tree waste problem, with 976,000 real Christmas trees thrown away each year–in London alone.

Some other neat facts in the graphic: using electric lights on Christmas trees was first suggested by Thomas Edison’s upstart assistant, Edward Johnson, in 1882. Alright, let’s go to the grading portion now.

Design: A+

I was knocked out my chair by the brilliance of this graphic. Perfect in every way.

Content: A

There are no shortage of interesting facts here. A superb research job.

So to recap, a stupendous job by the artist. A stupendous job by the writer. This is what an infographic was meant to be.

The Life of a Cruise Ship Infographic

The Life of a Cruise Ship Infographic

how big are cruise ships

This infographic displays facts about the world’s largest and most incredible cruise ship: The acclaimed Oasis of the Sea. This ship cost a mere 1.4 billion dollars to construct and took 1,700 hours of engineering and design work prior to the beginning of its construction.  All the work that went into this baby was worth it; it can accommodate 5,400 passengers and 2,165 crew hands.

Just don’t ask the captain of the ship to “step on it.”  The thing can only travel at a speed of 26 miles per hour, so in many ways, it’s like a big fat walrus with an engine (or three to be exact.)  Wait, did I say fat walrus?  I meant mammoth walrus.  Get a load of this: the ship has a carousel, a 350 yard park, a pool with two diving towers, a golf course, and a basketball court.  It’s basically like a little town on board.

Night times on the Oasis are filled with fun.  There’s a casino, an amphitheater with a pool, and two surf simulators.  Feel like taking a (non-permanent)  risk?  You can go the fake tattoo parlor and get any tattoo that your heart desires.  Good thing the parlor only offers fake tattoos.  There are far too many inebriated people who get tattoos on a whim in this world.  At the strike of midnight, the song “Midnight at the Oasis” by Maria Muldaur pipes through the halls. (I’m only assuming this; I have no idea if this theory is actually true.)

Do you to like to eat and drink?  If so, I think you’ll find the selection on this ship quite satisfying.  There are 20 restaurants and 37 bars.  Spend enough time on this ship, and you may resolve that there’s no reason to leave.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: A-

The design is above-average.  It has a nice “under-the-sea” sort of feel. Many elements were juxtaposed nicely. I would have awarded an “A” instead of an “A-” but I’m a tough grader, and in order for me to hand out an “A,” I have to be blown away by the art.

Content: A

The creator was able to jam enough facts in this graphic to fill a small paper about The Oasis and cruising in general. Details like how many different egg styles are served on the ship were a nice touch.  Well-done!

Graphic supplied by Iglucruise

Fascinating Facts of Online Bingo

Fascinating Facts of Online Bingo

bingo infographic

You might think the phrase “fascinating facts of online bingo” is an oxymoron, but the reality is that online bingo is actually extremely fascinating. Ok. Maybe not. But at least its more interesting than online games of rock, paper, and scissors (cue laugh track).

I have to admit, I had no idea what a cash cow online bingo was until I saw this infographic, and with good reason. I live in the U.S., so I don’t know anyone who actively plays online bingo. If I lived in the U.K., the story would evidently be different since the vast majority of online bingo monies come from Great Britain. That surprised me.  But I certainly wasn’t surprised that most online bingo players are between the ages of 35-45. I can’t imagine in a world of Mafia Wars and Farmville that most people between the ages of say, 16 and 34, would spend much time playing online bingo. No, they would probably find playing online bingo about as interesting as reading old postcards.  So, given that most people who enjoy online bingo are between the ages of 35 and 45, why did the artist of this infographic choose to depict three teenage girls embracing?  Wouldn’t it have been more appropriate to draw three woman in their late 30’s?  That’s question-begging, and unfortunately for the artist, it’s going to cause them to lose points in the rating scorecard segment of this post.  So, without further ado, let’s dive into it.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: C+

The design of this infographic is solid, but, as Randy Jackson would say during an episode of an unnamed show (which has now jumped the shark), I’m not “bouncing out of my seat.”  The design is fairly by the numbers.  No real gambles by artist, and in turn, no giant reward.  The artist made a safe bet and received a standard return.

Content: C-

I suppose in some ways the creator of this graphic was somewhat constricted.  How many different statistical angles can you really approach online bingo from, anyway?  I think they did well given what they had to work with.  Frequency of play, average age of the players, and what gender predominates the game all seem like the kind of information one would be interested in if he wanted a statistical analysis of online bingo.  But what about some crazy facts?  Like how many people across the world lose sleep as a result of online bingo.  That would have spruced this infographic up and probably caused it to enter “A” territory on our grading chart.

Because the writer chose not to take those creative liberties, a grade of B+ seems quite appropriate. I personally won’t be printing this graphic and hanging it on my wall, but perhaps a true online bingo fan would have a different opinion.

Graphic supplied by Top-10-bingo.co.uk/

Facts About Facebook Infographic

Facts About Facebook Infographic

Hard to go wrong with an infographic when you follow a few basic rules. Make it interesting and/or topical, keep the graphics simple & easy to “read” and keep the text to a minimum. Well, the words aren’t really kept to a minimum, but they are are placed in the Facebook infographic with surgical precision. Just enough so your can read quicky, almost just scanning, and still pick up the intent of the information. The topic could hardly be more well-known as Facebook has taken over the Internet in a quick and methodical manner, as the last bit of data shows. The blue is similar to the Facebook site and the orange is a good contrasting color to use.

Only a few issues, there is a typo in the fifth word, “didnt”, which needs an apostrophe. Usually I focus on the graphics, but when the typo is in the header it has to be mentioned. And my other gripe is the quality of the graphics. The paypal plunger is rudimentary, the stacks of money are photographs while everything else is line drawings and overall they really looked mish-mashed into this graphic.

I believe the research was on target but more time and attention to detail should have been used. But in today’s Internet world it seems infographics are a dime a dozen and the quality is getting to be less and less. It is much more about quantity today. I really would have liked to see this with a more coherent design and illustration combination.

Facebook Facts Infographic

Thanks to our friends at Online MBA for this infographic.