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Hearing Loss Statistics Infographic | Hearing Loss Facts

Hearing Loss Statistics Infographic | Hearing Loss Facts

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Here we have a graphic that brilliantly displays the effects of hearing loss and how to cope with it. The graphic points out that the four main ways people lose their ears are through listening to loud music, spending too much time in an industrial work place with power drills and the like, being exposed to the sounds of a racetrack, and being exposed to the sounds of guns firing for long periods of time. So, how do you know if your ears are being damaged? Well, if someone is standing three feet away from you, but you cannot hear the words coming out of their mouth, then odds are that you are probably in a situation where the noise level is dangerous.

And if you are in a situation like this, you should probably extricate yourself immediately because, as the graphic reveals, once your inner ear hair cells are gone, they don’t come back. We have 15,000 hair cells, but they can deteriorate rapidly if people consistently place themselves in situations where hazardous noise is present. Over 50 million Americans suffer from a disease called Tinnitus, which is a non-stop ringing in the ears that results from prolonged exposure to loud sounds.

The right bar of the graphic discusses how to protect your ears. Earplugs and earmuffs are the most common solutions. Let’s get to the grading segment now.

Design: A

This graphic is a feast for the eyes. Great use of colors and an interesting artistic choice to put an ear in the center of the graphic and have the facts about decimal levels spring from that centerpiece.

Content: A

Useful Hearing Loss facts abound.  The content is also well-organized and flows well while providing many statistics about Hearing Loss.

Infographic Design by Big Oak for The Ear Plug Superstore & Audilio.com

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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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Is Cannabis Treated Unfairly Infographic

Is Cannabis Treated Unfairly Infographic

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Yes, that debate again. The one about a substance called…marijuana. Just how much does marijuana hurt society, lead to widespread panic, cause the erosion of brain cells etc. etc.? It’s a debate that never gets old, as long as cannabis remains illegal in most jurisdictions. This infographic puts a unique spin on the issue by examining it from a “fairness standpoint” in regards to how it’s classified as a drug.

According to the graphic, a 2007 UK study suggested that the way we classify drugs is currently flawed because alcohol is mare dangerous than cannabis based on both the U.S. and U.K. drug scales, yet alcohol is legal while cannabis is not. There also seems to be a disproportionate number of cannabis-related arrests compared to other drug related arrests. A 2008 drug arrest pie chart shows that marijuana arrests carry quite a bit of the load. In fact, they carry half the load. 50% of drug arrests were cannabis related.

Now, you’ll probably find this to be unusual: There were zero deaths from marijuana last year. By contrast, there were 435,000 deaths from tobacco and 85,000 from alcohol. I did not know that, if I may dig up Johnny Carson’s corpse for a moment and channel him. I really would have guessed that there would have been at least one death from cannabis last year since it’s, you know, illegal and all. But I guess not. Now, let’s delve into the grading segment. Caution: serious issues ahead.


Design: D+

The design of this infographic fails on many fronts. In a word, it’s boring, and I’m being kind. It also has no flow.  The one bright spot is that the images aren’t stock ones pulled from somewhere: the art does seem to be original. But what good is original art when it’s plain and uninteresting?

Content: C-

The problems here are many-layered as well. Let’s talk about a specific detail.  The information regarding the annual rate of death is vague.  I assume it was from last year, but I do not know, and the graphic does not tell me.  Off hand, I reject it as being false, but again, I have no way of knowing for sure if the information is accurate or not because I do not know what year it is referring to, nor do I know what the exact source of the information is.  The graphic cites 5 different places as the source for that statistic without mentioning a specific URL where I can find it. I think anyone reading this graphic would expect such a bold stat like that to be backed up by something more concrete.

Overall, this graphic leaves much to be desired and allowing us to review it was a risk on the part of creator. I have a feeling that if Simon Cowell was asked to review it, he would call it “dreadful.”

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