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Communication Through the Ages Timeline

Communication Through the Ages Timeline

Communication and the means to communicate has changed much over the last few years, not to mention the last few centuries. This timeline showcases the high points (and low points) of our journey to communicate.

Infographic Review

Infographic Design: C

I tried not to look down upon this timeline, because even a timeline can be an infographic, but in the end the design and layout are average and average is a C. Not bad, not great, just average. The infographic designer settled for a simply color scheme of brown, white and red (pink) and did deviate. So the palette is stable and doesn’t offend. The text is a bit hard to read even at the larger size (click the image). Reversed type needs to be larger than normal black on white to help with legibility. The infographic icons are from the same family and work well together. They aren’t extremely interesting but the graphics used convey the timeline date and communication tool very well. So the infographic design doesn’t hurt the piece but it could have “communicated” so much more.

Infographic Information: B+

With 20 events covered in this communication timeline I felt adequate coverage was given. Ever highlight in our history of communication and sharing was touch upon, starting with cave paintings in 30,000 BC to the invention of paper in 105 AD and then moving quickly ahead to Morse Code in 1835 and the the big news of the television in 1927 and then the biggest break though of all, the Internet in 1994 and then a fizzle at the end with Twitter. Lots of points to look at and consider are provided and that makes this infographic/timeline worth the time.

Communication infographic submitted by  MOO Printing

Reasons for Buying a Condominium Infographic

Reasons for Buying a Condominium Infographic

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This infographic is appealing.  Like cake or candy.  The pictures are so pretty you almost want to eat them.  Or make little computer people to live in them while you decide what they eat and who they interact with.  But I digress…

Courtesy of a Winnipeg real estate agent, we are given seven reasons for buying a condominium.  Though the agent is located in Winnipeg, the advice is applicable in the US, and the reasons presented are good.  The infographic gives enough information without giving too much, and the graphics are top-notch.  Here are the reasons for buying a condominium, according to them.

Cost

Condominiums are great for first-time homebuyers because they are usually less expensive, and they are supposedly a way to avoid the bidding wars associated with buying a single family home.  They don’t really tell you how a condo differs from a free-standing house in terms of the negotiation, but one can assume that it’s because condominiums are often new, with a set price, and they are often priced to sell.

Lifestyle

They bring up a relevant point, and that is with a detached home you often have a yard to worry about, while in a condominium you don’t.  This works great if you travel often, if you don’t like doing yard work (a topic addressed later), or if you don’t want people to know your home is empty while you’re away.  Which brings us to…

Security

Condominiums often offer security cameras, secure entrances, and other things like hired security personnel that you don’t get in a detached home, unless you want to pay a lot of money.  These added security features are part of the condominium living experience, and are something to think about if you travel, live alone, or own expensive things.

Community

Because many condo communities offer common rooms, fitness centers, or swimming pools, there are places for the residents to congregate, making it easier to get to know the people who live around you.  Some condominium communities even schedule activities for their residents, so you have the opportunity to become friends with people in your community who share similarities in lifestyle, likely, and who are your neighbors.

Lower Operating Costs

There are things you most likely won’t have to pay when you live in a condominium.  One can be building insurance.  It’s wise to insure your possession, but the cost of insuring the actual structure falls into the hands of the managing company, and is part of the purchase price or dues.  In some communities, you also will not have to pay heat, water, or other utilities because they are built into the fees you pay.  So instead of paying lots of bills, you pay one, and because you’re sharing the utility bills with others, your overall operating costs are lower.

Home Ownership

You’ll be living apartment-style, condo-style, or townhouse-style with all the conveniences these types of dwellings offer, but you’ll still be a homeowner, so you will reap the benefits associated with owning your own home.  In addition to any tax breaks you get (in the US), you also can treat the condo just like it’s a house.  You can design it however you want within the confines of the space, you can rent it out to someone else, you can borrow against it and take out a second mortgage…all the same things you can do with a detached home, except for adding on to the space.

No Yardwork

Cutting grass?  Forget it.  Shoveling snow?  Not your problem.  Cleaning gutters, fixing walkways, trimming hedges, and all that comes with the outdoor maintenance of a home is all taken care of.  All you have to do is live there.

Design:  A

The graphics say what the text doesn’t, so they compliment each other very well, and the entire infographic is appealing and fun to look at.  All the typeface choices are good, the color scheme is pleasing, and I can’t find anything wrong with the design, except for that Realtors like to put their faces on everything.  Although, he looks like a trustworthy guy, so I suppose that adds to this infographic’s charm.

Information:  A-

The information is straightforward, but not overly enlightening.   These are common-sense facts that are laid out and provided in an attractive way.

VIA Bo Kauffmann at Winnepegg Home Finder

Moblie Marketing & Tagging Infographic

Moblie Marketing & Tagging Infographic

Mobile Marketing and Advertising Landscape Infographic

From the infographic: “People are spending more time on their mobile phones than ever before. As marketers we have to understand these new types of consumers… Technologies like mobile tagging can help us understand the mobile consumer and deliver relevant messages.”

This mobile marketing infographic does a good job at disseminating the information into easy to read bits (USA Today) and uses bright colors against a neutral gray background to help those colors pop even more. While the infographic is a bit longer and thinner than I would like, you have to give full credit for utilizing that thin space very productively. Easy to read text and large numbers make a quick can possible, without having to read every word. You want more information, slow down and look again. In a hurry? A quick scan tells you how plentiful mobile devices are – 4 billion – and how many ways people use their smartphones to socialize (twitter, facebook, youtube, etc.). Basic people objects are used skillfully and a touch of humor has been added without distracting from the data on mobile marketing. A particularly nice touch is using the “f” in facebook to act as a graph, filling it 1/3 full to show the facebook mobile user base.

The content is fun and the data is believable. I don’t think any of the numbers surprise anyone, in fact the very content is probably considered obvious by anyone using a mobile phone, about 4 billion of us. But that is par for the course for most infographics – data you most likely know, but aren’t sure about. The data does do something I like especially and that is comparing mobile devices to other forms of entertainment, after all the mobile device is primarily and entertainment device and a secondarily a communication tool nowadays. One number did surprise me…1/2 of all local searches are performed on a mobile device. I wonder if movie listings were removed from that figure, would the numbers drop drastically? Most SEO companies would find this information about local mobile searches very interesting, I would imagine, as would local businesses.

Design: B

The graphic design reminds me of top 40 music, which I like, in that it doesn’t provide anything cutting edge but it has a beat you can dance to. I enjoyed the color scheme and the graphics. Everything meshed well, both colors and graphics) and was designed with a cohesive mindset and that is saying a lot in today’s everyone-is-a-designer-world.

Content B –

Data and facts in this infographic were easy to digest and in line with what I expected for the most part. Very few “Oh, wow?” moments but the topic is fairly popular and well-covered in today’s media. Still, the research appears sound and went further than I suspected so a good effort all around.

The  Most Common U.S. Grasses

The Most Common U.S. Grasses

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Ever wondered what the most common type of grass in the United States is? Thankfully, this infographic, submitted by http://www.grass-types.com, is ripe and ready to provide an answer to this question. There are, as it turns out, really only 12 grasses that predominate the U.S. landscape. We here at the Showcase have decided to present them to you in a song to the tune of “We didn’t start the Fire.” Here goes:

Bent, Bermuda, Buffalo. Rake them with a garden hoe. Bahia, Fescue, Pasplum, Zoysia grass and Rye. St. Augustine, Centipede. Care for them; they’re no ragweed. Carpet grass, Kentucky Blue and we ran out of song! We didn’t start the grass war…”

Our little gimmicky songs on this blog have seen better days, methinks. Anyway, moving on. Like Sportscenter, the graphic has a brief, but important, “Did you Know?” segment. It asks, “did you know that 20% of the Earth’s vegetation is grass?” My answer: no, I did not. And frankly, that fact that it’s so little scares me. Should it?

Another graph indicates the “thirstiest” kinds of grass. No matter how many gallons of water it “drinks,” Carpet grass is always thirsty. Another graph compares the growing height of the grasses, and it turns out that rye grass grows higher than any of the others. Based on the data from the graph, it appears that rye grass is actually a winner by a longshot.

If you cut your own grass, you’ll be interested in this stat. Buffalo grass has the highest height on average. Now, here’s something you probably didn’t know. One type of Bamboo has been found growing 100 feet tall. It must have been fun to cut that, assuming someone had to. Frankly, if grass is that high, I would just leave it alone. The graphic also touches on the economic angle of these grasses. Paspalum grass is high class indeed, states the graphic. It costs $45 a pound, making it the most expensive grass in America.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B+

The color scheme leaves a bit to be desired. Sure, it does need to be green, I suppose, but the shade of green used wasn’t very potent. I think a darker, brighter shade of green would have a given the graphic the kind of punch it needs in order to be at the “A” level.

Content: B+

Without a doubt, this graphic serves to increase your love and interest in grass, if it wasn’t already well-established. The bits about which grass types are the most expensive, the most tolerant to temperature changes etc. hold your attention. At no point while I was reading the graphic did I say, “I’m bored now.”

Inofgraphic Showcase gives this graphic two giant green thumbs up for a job well-done!

Identity Theft Facts and Figures

Identity Theft Facts and Figures

Identity-theft-infographic

This gorgeous graphic, provided by blog.kgbpeople.com should give you a reason to be worried about identity theft if you weren’t already. If you thought that the advent of services like Lifelock have reduced identity theft in the U.S. over the past several years, I advise you to think again. According to this eye-opening graphic, identity theft has been on the rise since 2003. In 2003, a “mere” 10.1 million people found themselves the victims of identity theft. That number had been steadily decreasing until 2008 rolled around, when it began to balloon again. In 2009, 11.1 million people were the victim of identity theft.

Here’s are some stats sure to rattle your bones a bit. One in ten American consumers is the victim of identity theft, and 1.6 million households have had their bank accounts/and or debit cards stolen. The average taken from each identity theft victim amounts to $4,841. And the out-of-pocket cost to recover this money? $851 to $1,378. Now, here’s a tidbit sure to surprise you. About 50% of people learn their identities are stolen three months after the day of the crime. In horrid cases, 15% of victims didn’t learn that their identities had been compromised for four or more years. Here’s a scary piece of information to chew on: 70% of Americans have trouble removing negative information stemming from the theft of their credit reports.

The following stats also caught me by surprise:
–25.9 million Americans carry identity theft insurance (I thought it was less, and I also now wonder how many of them also pay companies like Lifelock to protect them).
–43% of people who have their identity stolen know the person who stole it. I find that stat rather telling.

Grading Scorecard

Design: A

The top portion of the graphic has a sort of “Andy Warhol thing” going on which I found appealing. A brown, light blue, aqua color scheme permeates through the graphic and gives it a unique, artsy feel.

Content: A-

There is no shortage of facts here, and to be more precise, there is no shortage of disturbing facts. If the purpose of this graphic is to make you worry a little about identity theft, I would say the graphic accomplishes that feat rather well. Overall, a superb graphic. In some ways, this graphic actually serves a public service. The makers deserve high praise for the time and effort spent to create this graphic.

Cosmetic Surgery Infographic

Cosmetic Surgery Infographic

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You may remember the plastic surgery infographic we ran a few months ago that detailed the most popular types of plastic surgery in the United Kingdom. Well, today, we have a graphic that examines surgery from a rather different perspective–and a fresh one. Just how much do celebrities influence people’s decisions to go under the knife, and which celebrities are people influenced the most by?

It’s safe to say that the planet has an addiction to plastic surgery–I mean, there were only 17 million procedures last year. This graphic first presents a comparison of the total number of procedures performed in each country.  The U.S. leads the way with 3.03 million in 2009, but Brazil is knocking down its door, with 2.4 million. Then the graphic points out that 90% of the operations were undergone by women. The most popular procedure? You guessed it. Breast augmentation surgery.

Now, here’s where this graphic gets interesting. Really interesting. In 2009, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery carried out a study of the most requested celebrity traits by patients in order to determine just how much our society has influenced people’s personal tastes. The study asked people what celebrity lips, nose, legs etc. they would prefer to have as their own. The results were predictable in some areas and surprising in others. Tina Turner, for instance, had the most desired celebrity legs despite being 71 years old.  It is now time for everybody’s favorite segment. The grading segment. Hold onto your nose. We wouldn’t want it falling off during the ride.

Design: B+

The design here is solid. I couldn’t find any problems with it. The color scheme is desirable, and it holds your attention all the way through. Given the set of data the creators had to work with, I’d say they handled the material very well.

Content: A

The creators took the intriguing results of polls and presented them in intriguing ways. It would have been easy for someone to take the lazy approach and just republish the information in standard charts (or sub-standard charts if you’ve seen the graphics we’ve had to put up with lately here). But they went the extra mile and created captivating graphics and charts to ensure that the interesting data they had to work with remained interesting.

So, has this graphic implanted any seeds in your mind? Will you break down and get plastic surgery anytime soon?

This graphic has been graciously provided by Mya.co.uk.

Airbus A380 Extraordinary Facts Infographic

Airbus A380 Extraordinary Facts Infographic

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Here is an Airbus A360 infographic that will send you reeling through the air like an out-of-control plane. Let’s open this analysis with the following question. Think American-based airline companies are good? B-b-baby, you ain’t seen nothing yet. American airline companies ain’t got nothing on Singapore. Why? Because of a little plane called the Airbus A380. Of course, this plane isn’t actually little at all. It’s the largest plane in the world. It can carry a monstrous 450 passengers.

The graphic notes a series of interesting facts about the plane, such as the fact that Sydney Airport Authorities spent $128 million to upgrade its infrastructure in order to accommodate the jumbo jet, which included the widening or runways, the building of special air bridges, and the reinforcement of underground tunnels. Alright, let’s get down and dirty with some nitty-gritty facts about the plane. The plane is 72.7 meters long (which is the size of two blue wales), and it is 24.1 meters high (which is equal to five giraffes). Qantas is adding 20 A380s to its fleet at a total cost of $6.7 billion. That is a whopping number. Just how whopping. Well, it’s three times the GDP of Greenland, which is equal to 13 ritzy Sydney Opera Houses. It has an 80 meter wingspan (equal to 35 wedge-tail eagles), and the thing weighs 580 tonnes, which is equivalent to 165 elephants, meaning that even the Incredible Hulk would probably have trouble lifting the plane. I imagine even he has a maximum capacity.

Oh, and how much cargo room is there in the plane? Enough for 3,000 suitcases, so if you fly on this baby, you don’t have to pack light. It is now time for the grading portion.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B+

Pretty decent graphic, from a design standpoint. I am not that impressed with the color scheme. Seems pretty plain. Beyond that, the images were captivating.

Content: A-

A great research job here. The creators went out of their way to find intriguing facts. Showing, for instance, that the amount of paint required for the craft was equal to the amount of paint Michelangelo would need if he painted the Sistine Chapel 97 times over took some real research.

I applaud the Flight Centre for providing such a stupendous graphic.

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Bed Bugs Facts Infographic

Bed Bugs Facts Infographic

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If everything you ever wanted to know about bed bugs could be encapsulated by one graphic, it would probably be this one.  Bed bugs are making a comeback in 2010, as recent infestations have been reported across the country.  We tend to hate these pests without really getting to know them, and that’s not entirely fair.  They have little families and love their children just as much as the next species. This graphic is loaded with essential facts about the critters so that we can understand their psychology a bit more.

The average psychology of a bed bug is this: eat and drink blood like there’s no tomorrow, because, baby, there isn’t! Bed bugs only have about 10 months to live, so believe you me, they are going to try and make the most of their lives.

Now, let’s examine some of the bed bugs facts presented in the graphic shall we.  A female bed bug lays a whopping 200-500 eggs in her lifetime.  Given these numbers, it’s no wonder there are so many bed bugs in existence. Compared to other blood-eating critters however, a bed bug is a small potato. The damned things only eat .0055 milliliters of blood per bite. The common household horsefly eats 0.5 milliliters by contrast.   So while a bed bug might be an annoying pest, it doesn’t strike the fear of man into people like the treacherous horsefly.

As you probably know, the bed bug is making its presence known across the country in recent months. What cities are experiencing their wrath more than others? According to the graphic, Denver, New York, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, and the three major cities of Ohio are getting hit the hardest. If you’re on the west coast, you’re a lucky dog it seems.  Alright, time for the grading portion.

Design: B

Nothing too new or innovative here.  The color scheme is kind of boring to be frank.  Black, gray, and brown dominate the graphic–not exactly ideal colors if you’re tying to catch people’s attention, especially the way they’re presented here. The charts are average, both in design and concept.

Content: B

The content is somewhat deep, so that’s an area that the graphic handled well. Comparing how much blood bed bugs consume per bite to other insects is an interesting segment.  The fact that the infographic incorrectly labels a tick as an insect though (it’s an arachnid, not an insect) caused me to lower their later grade from B+ to B.

So, overall, I would call this graphic pretty good, but not outstanding.

Submitted by NJ.com.

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

Google By the Numbers Infographic

Google By the Numbers Infographic

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Just how massive is Google (in real terms) you ask? More specifically, how many pages are in its index?  That is the question this aesthetically pleasing infographic attempts to answer. Even though the precise number of pages in Google’s index is a closely-guarded secret, this graphic relies on math to make an educated guess at the exact number.  And that number is..(drumroll please) 40 billion.

That’s quite a lot of pages if I do say so. Google is 1,600 times the size of what it was when it began.  According to the graphic, if you were some insane loon who felt the need to display all of Google’s indexed sites on a single monitor, the screen would have to be 6 million miles from corner to corner.  So, get cracking.  It should only take you about 150 years to build such a monitor.

The graphic covers many other aspects of Google besides its index, such as gmail, youtube (which it acquired in 2006), the business side of Google, and other “stuff” (ie. random facts).  Among the fascinating tidbits, gmail’s current storage allowance is equivalent to 1.74 billion full audio CDs. Another intriguing piece of info: because there are 1.5 billion images in Google, you would need 112 million floppy disks if you wanted to store them all.  Now, here’s where its gets scary (but the good kind of scary).  Google hopes to  index about 100 petabytes of information in the near future, which is equal to half of all printed material in human history.

Now, let’s delve into the grading segment.

Design: A-

This graphic’s design is fast and furious. Barely gasping for breath, the graphic sucks you in and never lets go.  A nice color scheme coupled with compelling images and charts makes this creation extremely well-done.

Content: B+

The content side contains many unique facts–not run of the mill items either.  Interesting tidbits that make you stop and say, “whoa, that’s amazing” flow throughout. There is one mark against this graphic from a content perspective, hampering it from breaking the B+ barrier.  The creator must learn the difference between revenue and profit.  The youtube portion presents a chart that says, “No revenue.”  What they actually mean to say is “No profit,” considering the graphic just discussed that youtube does in fact generate revenue, but only from 14% of its 1 billion videos each day.

Overall, I was impressed by this work. One policy that Google must change though: they ought to allow cats on site, not just dogs.  It’s an  interesting policy decision because usually it’s the other way around.

Graphic courtesy of computerschool.org

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