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Dr. Who’s Journey Through Time Infographic

Dr. Who’s Journey Through Time Infographic

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I’ve never watched a Dr. Who episode, but my understanding is that it’s like the British version of Star Trek.  Very popular but also very geeky. At least that’s what members of the Twittersphere say about it.  So, when someone informed me that they were submitting a Dr. Who infographic, I was naturally excited at the prospect of reviewing a truly intriguing graphic. Here at the infographic showcase, we generally come across three types of infographics: Blah graphics on blah topics.; extremely high quality graphics on over-done topics (read: the environment); and super-interesting graphics on super-interesting topics. I was really hoping this graphic was going to fall into category C. Unfortunately, the graphic has many  issues which we’ll discuss more in the grading portion.

The purpose of this graphic is to show all the traveling journeys by The Doctor’s 11 guises, from all series (1963 – 2010.) The creator did not include every single journey because the data set could only feature storylines where the time travel period could be verified. If you are big fan of this show, I can easily understand why this graphic would not only interest you, but perhaps be your dream come true–if it was wasn’t jarring to look at, that is. Now feels like a good time to transition to the grading portion.

Design: D+

We don’t dole out D’s and F’s very often, but it’s clearly justified here because there are several problems.  First, the color scheme makes the graphic nearly impossible to read. It probably deserves a “D” based on that alone, but its problems don’t end there. I’m not a fan of the way this graphic was arranged, and it also lacks an explanation in terms of what it actually means. Sometimes the bars are small slivers; sometimes they shoot straight across years.  What’s the difference? I do not know, and no explanation is provided.

Content: C-

We are used to seeing graphics with outlandish or uncommon facts about situations. Sadly, none of those are present in this graphic.  It merely shows the places that Dr. Who has visited with no additional commentary.  While I applaud the graphic’s creator for collating this information (it must have been time-consuming), I simultaneously condemn him for not injecting any neat facts about the series.

We’ve said it before, and it seems we need to keep saying it.  If you are submitting a graphic to the infographic showcase, bring your “A” game or prepare to feel the wrath of our old and crotchety reviewers.  Ok, they’re not actually old, but they are easily irritated.

Graphic supplied by Informationisbeautiful.net

How Much Do We Really Recycle: Infographic

How Much Do We Really Recycle: Infographic

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As this infographic confirms, we are, for lack of a better phrase, a “throw away” culture. That is, we do ridiculous things like dispose of seven and a half times our body weight each year. As expected, the above infographic makes a compelling case for recycling. It’s filled with tidbits that make you throw your hands up and say, “recycling is best!” That’s assuming you were on the fence of course. Most people know recycling is best; they just don’t do it out of laziness.

Some things about recycling you probably did not know but likely are not surprised by:
–Glass can be recycled over and over without ever losing its purity
–70% less energy is used to manufacture recycled paper
–The energy conserved from recycling one bottle can power a light bulb for one hour
–One recycled can of aluminum contains enough energy to power a Sony TV for three hours

Yes, there can be no argument. A world where more people recycle is the kind of world that most people should want to live in. I do have some issues with the “facts” presented at the bottom of the article though. The graphic claims that certain objects would take several thousand (or in some cases, several million) years to decompose. A Styrofoam cup, for instance, supposedly would not decompose until the year 7,500,000,000 A.D. Really? I have a hard time believing this. If you threw a Styrofoam cup in the woods, you’re telling me it would really take over a billion years for it to erode? I doubt that. What would happen in reality is that maggots and ants would eventually get on it, and it would begin to break down. When you combine the effects of animals with other elements of nature, such as rain and acid rain, the abstract theory that it would take billions of years for the cup to break down becomes even more implausible.

My basic philosophy is this: I’m all for recycling, but don’t try to scare me with inane claims about how long it takes for objects to decompose in a non-controlled, natural environment.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B

The design meshes several elements well, and the bottom of the graphic is very aesthetically pleasing due to its use of objects.  Certain elements of the graphic are patchy though.  The “Total Individual Lifetime Disposal” circle is not necessarily easy to understand at first glance. It bogs down a bit. That portion of the graphic could have been handled better.

Content: B+

The content is well-presented, and for the most part, in an easy-to-understand way.  I would have awarded a higher grade, but as I explained earlier, I’m not buying the creator’s argument that it would take thousands and thousands of years for plastic jugs and glass bottles to decompose.  The Styrofoam cup theory makes even less sense when you factor in the temperature changes of the planet.  Think about how hot the planet will be in 7 billion years.

Overall, this graphic is very well-done but has some room for improvement.

This graphic was provided by the fine folks at recycle.co.uk

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