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Books vs Digital Readers Review Infographic

Books vs Digital Readers Review Infographic


In today’s modern world it seems the written word within a paper book is doomed especially with the coming of the digital reader (nook, e-reader, kindle) and the convenience of carrying an entire library in your pocket. This infographic weight the cons and merits of the age-old book versus the new digital reader.

Infographic Review

Infographic Design: D

I am very disappointed in this submission. So much could have been done to play off the idea of the written word vs. the digital text. Instead we get a pedestrian color palette with images that don’t really add much other than some size measurements the “designer” needed to include. A condensed font was used make readability a nightmare when there was plenty of room to allow for a wider typeface to be sued. The white space is overwhelming and the graphics seems to be floating in space. without any real connection to the content. This infographic makes me want to choose cave paintings over reading its poorly designed contents.

Infographic Information: C+

The information included on books vs digital readers in this infographic is statistical viable. The sales numbers are interesting, and hopefully accurate. It is bood to se that paper books still hold a sizable lead (at least to me, and I own a kindle too) and look to be a safe bet for years to come. It is nice that the research shows multiple types of info such as size comparisons, sales information and demographics of ownership.

Image Source:MastersinEducation.org

STD Statistics Infographic

STD Statistics Infographic

STD statistics

Thankfully this is one subject I personally know very little about; at least from my own experience. Being married for 22 years, for all its downfalls, will give you a better sense of security knowing you probably don’t have any sexually transmitted diseases. Although part of the reason for that is that you are only having sex with one person (your spouse, I would hope), but if you are married then you probably aren’t having that much sex in any case, but I digress…

If you are sexually active or thinking about becoming sexually active then this infographic about STDs should give you a scare. In fact, it should give you pause to consider celibacy, but knowing our current culture of sex and using sex to sell everything, I have little hope for that. So read the STD statistics and consider the dangers you are about to get in bed with, both figuratively and literally.

The sexually transmitted diseases statistics and data that are provided are interesting and diverse. For instance, I know to stay the hell out of Mississippi if I’m interested in sowing my seed or getting a loose reputation. Chlamydia rates are the highest in that state and overall higher in the South than the rest of the United States. Want to make your sexual claim with less risk? Head to New Hampshire where Chlamydia is less likely to stake a claim in your southern regions.

Want to travel abroad (no pun intended), be even more careful, HIV cases in Eastern Europe are growing at a faster rate (3X) than in the rest of Europe. Must be the water.

Feeling safe because you can have your Gonorrhea treated? Not so fast my promiscuous friend. Gonorrhea is building a drug resistance according to the infographic’s data.

Other depressing facts are pointed out such as the rate for contracting HIV is 8 times higher for women than men in Africa and even more disturbing is the fact that 5.6 million South Africans are living with HIV in 2009.

While all of the STD statistics are sobering, the most eye-popping is the fact that over 1 million people are infected with an STD every day. Holy Chastity Belts! That’s a lot of diseases being transmitted sexually.

Luckily we have this well-designed infographic to help us digest this horrible information. A orange and turquoise color palette work well together and the images, while not extremely unique, accent the infographic design nicely. The typefaces are mixed well, using a sans serif and slab serif for easy readability. If anything is wrong it might be the playful nature of the design. Such a sensitive and serious topic as sexually transmitted diseases may deserve a less “colorful” design. A small complaint though for a design job that is above most infographics I review.

Design: B

Thoughtful process to the design and careful choices with color and imagery make this a winner.

Information: A

Nice collection of statistics about a subject we would probably like to hear about less: STDs.

STD infographic provided by STD Testing.

Differences between Type I & Type II Diabetes

Differences between Type I & Type II Diabetes


I don’t think enough people realize how prevalent and how serious diabetes is in our country. Treatment has come a long way for those with Type I and that is great, but Type II is a form of diabetes that really doesn’t need to be a epidemic if we (United States) could consume less and exercise a bit more. I mean, aren’t there enough horrible viruses, diseases and illnesses trying to kill us without us doing it to ourselves with a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle helping us to an early grave? But I digress…

Diabetes, a Serious Disease, but not a Serious Infographic

I know it can be hard to create an infographic about a disease, but the fact that you are trying to educate about something as important as Diabetes should give the designer some extra passion to put out the best effort they can. I am not sure this diabetes infographic had a true designer behind the scenes. The graphics are all gray colored and very simple line drawings or basic shapes. The snail drawing is actually the most interesting while the juvenile stick figure just seems lazy. The purple and green colors don’t really convey the seriousness of the infographics and look like something a wallpaper designer would choose. I’m getting conflicting messages from teh design and the information.

Diabetes Type(faces)

The intermixing of typefaces is odd and the use of an italicized Bodoni typeface doesn’t fit with the information. We are talking about life-altering and potentially deadly diseases. Using a typeface that speaks more towards entertainment seems an ill fit here.

The Difference Between Type I Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes

The information is easy to read, as there isn’t much, but the high points are covered and if you ever needed to know which type of diabetes someone has, this would explain it fairly quickly. But it ends there and I was hoping this infographic would go a bit further to educate on how easy or difficult it would be to prevent type II diabetes. And the big “YES – NO” text seems too oversimplified to get such a large amount of infographic space.

I would have liked some more information about each disease and the space certainly would have allowed it. The facts are nice but more details would have been sweeter.

As infographics go, this is a functional explanation about the Type I and Type II Diabetes differences but it really doesn’t go much further than that and I think it should.

Design: D+

Poor choices in typefaces, confusing color palette and poor use of space all make this a rough draft rather than a finished piece.

Information: C+

It does its job and not much more. Diabetes is a bigger issue in America than we realize and this infographic could have done so much more to help get that across.

Diabetes Infographic submitted by Achieve Clinical, a medical research facility that runs clinical trials on a wide range of diseases (including Diabetes) at their facilities in Birmingham, AL.

Royal Wedding Facts & Statistics

Royal Wedding Facts & Statistics


My wife, who is not English, was fascinated by the Royal Wedding between William and Kate. Her fascination moved her to record some 15 hours of shows in order to watch cover coverage from the United States as well as Britain. In addition, she recorded many other pre-shows building to the blessed event that would dominate the thoughts of all little girls everywhere, even if they were in their forties, but I digress…

This infographic is provided by DatingSites.org, which provides reviews of dating sites. What a coincidence, since I will be providing a review of their Royal Wedding infographic. The infographic hits the high points of any wedding, be it Royal or common. It gives facts about the wedding dress worn by Kate and some other notable royalty. Kate had the shortest wedding dress, while Princess Diana had the longest wedding dress train at 25 feet.

The wedding cake was also researched and compared with wedding cakes from Charles and Diana’s wedding and Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s wedding in 1840. Victoria’s cake weighed in at 300 pounds, while Queen Elizabeth’s cake was massive at 500 pounds and stood nine-feet tall. That’s a lot of cake!

Did you wonder why you didn’t get your wedding invitation to the Royal Wedding? The infographic will put your mind at ease. Only 1900 people were invited to the service held at Westminster Abbey, so a lot of disappointed people were just like you, out of luck and watching the wedding on television. Other facts about the wedding included, profit from the souvenirs, information about the wedding ring and of course the price tag on the whole affair. Hard to believe, but Charles and Diana’s wedding was almost twice the price. William and Kate’s wedding was about $60 million while Diana’s father didn’t have to pay a dime of the $110 million for her storybook wedding. Kate’s wedding dress, which was much more conservative came in at a whopping $400K and Diana’s wedding dress was a steal at $45k.

So much for the fun facts and statistics about the Royal wedding, what about the graphic design in the infographic? I like it very much. The header text is a heavy slab serif font that makes it easy to read and the body copy is a very clean sans serif typeface that works well on the dark background. The illustrations are well done and playful. A uniform theme was achieved and the drawings worked well with the information and the color palette. Simple illustrations that add a splash of color and even when using white it worked. Not so subtle, but still a success, was the use of Britain’s colors and the Union Jack flag.

If you were sour on not getting an invite to the Royal Wedding, being invited to see the infographic about the wedding should have you shedding tears of joy!

Design: A-

Great choice of colors, illustration and fonts. Nice touch using Britain’s colors.

Information: A

Just showing facts about the most recent Royal Wedding would have been the easy solution, but comparing past weddings made this special.

What to be a Nurse? Infographic

What to be a Nurse? Infographic

This infographic hits close to home. No, I’m not a nurse and I don’t play one on TV, but I wife is a nurse, both in the operating room and in the office so I have seen what the field of nursing can bring to someone’s life. It brings a great sense of fulfillment, but can also bring high stress and a lot of anxiety. It is a tough job and you can burn out if you aren’t careful. Other than teachers, I can’t think of many jobs where people are as underpaid as nurses, but I digress…

“Hello Nurse” takes a graphic look at what it’s like to be a nurse and what it takes to become one. It starts out at the top of the infographic with a very clever idea, a decision flow chart which asks questions to help you make your choice about about possible becoming a nurse. Of course it’s simplistic, it is an infographic after all but I respect the idea and with the space they have, the designer did a nice job fitting in a lot of questions that many people considering nursing would probably want answers to.

More helpful information about where nurses work (mostly hospitals and doctor’s offices), where potential growth is in the field of nursing, what type of tasks nurses perform and my favorite, where are nurses happiest in their chosen lie of work, are all found in this infographic on nursing. Nurses are happiest, surprisingly so, educating other nurses, not dealing with patients, but that is a close second.

And women still dominate the profession of nursing: there are 19 women for every one male nurse. Sounds like a great career to meet women with similar interests to me.

I’m not sure about the color palette, or lack of a color palette. The designer has chosen a primarily black and white theme, which is odd considering this is a visual medium and information usually does better when colors are used. Color helps keep interest and can act as a guide. Using only shades of gray doesn’t call anything out and gives it a “government flavor,” which isn’t a good thing. The only color exists at the top and the color images used are a bit confusing. Nurse can’t prescribe medicine for the most part, rarely give shots and don’t doctors and bank tellers give out lollipops? The choice of typeface is excellent. A condensed font that allows for good readability. The font also takes of up less space to allow a natural amount of white space for the eye to follow the decision flow chart.

The information is healthy and robust, but the graphic design could use a few days in the design hospital.

Design: C+

I felt the black and white palette was cop-out rather than a smart design choice. I did really like the decision flow chart, great idea.

Information: A-

All the really important “black and white” facts for initial consideration for being a nurse. Helpful questions and answers were all relevant to this decision.