Tag: fast food

Fork It Over – Restaurant Spending

Fork It Over – Restaurant Spending

Restaurant spending is up overall and fast food is growing faster than your waistline.  Using the tines of a fork to represent the graph of spending is brilliant and the subtle gray logos of the restaurants involved at the bottom of the food infographic is a nice touch.

Image posted by digital_monkey

The Buzz vs The Bulge

The Buzz vs The Bulge

This infographic outlines the calorie count of soda, coffee and some fast food items. The equivalents in terms of exercise to burn the calories are also included. This is a strength of the infographic, the ability to mesh multiple data streams in to once cohesive image. Yummy.

Infographic posted by mkandlez

High Street Shops – Rise and Fall Infographic

High Street Shops – Rise and Fall Infographic


Britain’s High Street may have been hit by the recession, however this information-heavy infographic throws up some surprising tidbits on my fellow countrymen’s shopping habits. Before I get into the nitty gritty, I’ll confess I’m a Brit, though I now live in the US. I was born and raised ‘Oop Northe, but exported myself to the lager-drinking ‘Sarf and raised some Essex boys and girls. With that off my chest, I can throw my mud without fear of the cries of rampant, regional prejudice.

Initial Reaction

I didn’t like it.

Pastel shades turn me off: you are supposed to be portraying information in a concise and attention grabbing fashion, so why use sickly shadow coloring? Be like the SAS (British Special Forces), whose motto is “He Who Dares Wins”, but this piece scored high on the wimp-o-meter with poor attention-grabbing power.

The interaction between the data bars for 2008 and 2010 underlined my initial lack of confidence. Indeed, I thought it looked suspiciously like a first, faded draft of a truncated London Underground tube map sans station names.

Information Reaction

When I started to look deeper into the information portrayed, I felt myself getting hooked. This kind of thing always does with me. My favorite part of the piece was the regional hotspots which, despite the pastel shading, clearly presented the information.

London has more restaurants than the rest of the country and of course, fine dining requires fine clothing, so London’s High Streets also boast more clothing stores. That makes sense to me.

The North-South divide is made clear with the number of fat people directly correlated with the concentration of takeaways (fast food for my American cousins), in the North of the country. Alas, as a Brit in the US, this only made me yearn for chips, mushy peas, pudding and gravy…twice!

One surprise for me was that the Welsh have such a higher concentration of pubs on their High Streets than the rest of the country, even London. This may have something to do with the state of Welsh rugby and the need to drown sorrows, but one glaring sign of whiteness was around London itself. Something didn’t ring true for me.  According to this infographic, London has the lowest concentration of the country.  Now I may be wrong on this, but I seriously must question the data on that, though if true, it is a shame this wasn’t highlighted and drawn out more.

Another surprise for me was that the hairy Scots have a higher incidence of hairdressers. I expect this can be explained by the need for all that Celtic hairiness creating demand.  However, it is usually the English who are viewed as more, shall we say ‘effeminate’, by our northern coiffured neighbors. This may also be explained by the parlous state of Scottish rugby at the moment, with husbands and boyfriends losing huge bets with wives and girlfriends. Long may that continue.

Design: C-

A lack of boldness, sickly colors and the London Underground-style comparative chart just turned me off. What saved this from an F were the 6 regional hotspot maps of the country.

Information: A+

Loved the information with the regional hot spot maps. Could have drawn out some of the big points a little more, but in a way this was a good thing because it made me curious. In other words, it gave me just enough to leave me wanting more.

via:  simplybusiness.co.uk/knowledge from simplybusiness.co.uk


Money in the Food Industry and Tipping Infographic

Money in the Food Industry and Tipping Infographic


Here we have a rather intriguing concept for an infographic, and one I am surprised we have not seen before. With about $556 billion in fast food, casual dining, and traditional restaurant food sales last year, it’s safe to say that America loves its food, and, as this graphic demonstrates, it also loves its tipping. This graphic is loaded with interesting economic bits, including exactly how much a company like McDonald’s makes from a single cow. The average cow costs $600, and the average price of a quarter pounder is $3.75. With a math formula of $3.45 times 450 (the number of estimated quarter pounders from each cow), that equals $1552.5. Not a bad return on the cow–a profit of $952.

The graphic also points out the darker side of the economics. McDonalds sells 75 hamburgers to health-conscious people every second, but fast food workers only make between $6.80 and $7.50 an hour. Being a fast food worker is actually the lowest paid median job in the U.S. This portion of the graphic then transitions into the fact that these fast food workers do not get tips, and to the best of my knowledge, they are not allowed to accept them if a custodian offers one.

Despite the harsh reality that these underpaid fast food workers do not receive tips of any kind, other American workers do receive plenty of tips, and in some cases, more tips than they know what do with. Americans gave 16 billion in tips last year, with the average tip rate clocking in at 17.50%.

Be careful about traveling outside of the U.S. and applying its same core tipping principles though. In Japan, tipping someone is highly inappropriate and can land you on a Japanese citizen’s “idiot list” faster than you can say “Bonsai!” Tipping in Singapore can end up getting you thrown in jail (no surprise there), and tipping in Australia can win you a nice punch in the face. Interesting note about Australia–it’s illegal to tip in casinos. That’s quite a contrast to America, where it’s customary to tip the waiter every time you order a drink at a casino. It seems Australian casinos aren’t as hell bent on taking your money as ours are.

Now, let’s delve into the grading segment.

Design: C+

This graphic’s design is OK–it doesn’t attempt to reinvent the wheel, so I suppose the design here is as good as it goes. It lacks original graphics, as all of them have been taken from stock sources. Normally, that doesn’t bother me, but it does here for two reasons: 1.) There was  real opportunity here to do something unique and 2.) I have been told that my infographic teaching license might be revoked if I kept handing out “A’s.”

Content: A-

Some nice facts throughout this graphic, if they are in fact, well, facts.  The cow statistics show some good research, even if there is a bit of a poetic license involved in the final conclusion that 1 cow equals exactly $1552.  As for the portion on celebrity tipping, I would classify it as hearsay and wouldn’t necessarily present it as facts in an infographic, but the creator of this graphic technically does not say that anything about these celebrities is a set-in-stone fact, so I suppose the creator keeps themselevs in the clear there. (You do have to be careful. Ms. Lohan is known to sue.)  Overall, a solid graphic. It makes me hungry and puts me in the mood to drive and dine.

Infographic submitted by Denise & Lee and Discount Vouchers.