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Surviving First Dates

Surviving First Dates



Design: B-

I liked the style of graphics used, but there were way too many colors going on to suit me.  I also wasn’t a  big fan of the blurred cartoon graphics in the background.  What is the point?  I understand them not wanting to use pink for the data on the women, and the placement of the data next to a woman’s head cleared up any confusion, but I still didn’t think it was great-looking.  Overall I think it had the potential to be a really visually striking infographic but it missed the mark.

Information: A

Who knew all that stuff about first dates?  Not only do you learn what not to do on a first date (be rude to the waiter, flirt with someone else), you also get helpful information like whether or not your date might hook up with you on the first date based on the type of phone they have.  That’s pure gold, that is.

Source:  Dating Tips from welovedates.com

Dangerous Distractions:  Half of Male Drivers Eye Off Attractive Women

Dangerous Distractions: Half of Male Drivers Eye Off Attractive Women


This infographic addresses the distractions that can make driving a car a dangerous activity.

Driving Distraction Statistics

50.9% of men admitted that they can be distracted by an attractive woman while driving.  54.2% of bachelors said that they get distracted by attractive women while they’re driving.  Being in a relationship didn’t make that much difference, because 49.5% of men in committed relationships said that their driving can suffer when they spy an attractive female.  For shame.  There are four main types of distraction – physical, visual, auditory, and cognitive.


58.9% of men who earn $100,000 or more annually are distracted by pretty women.  43.4% of men who earn less than $50,000 per year are.

Other Types of Distractions

Mobile phones, GPS systems, entertainment systems and radio surfing provide the non-female related tech based distractions, while other passengers, eating, drinking and smoking provide the non-female related non-tech based distractions.

Avoid Common Forms of Distraction

Don’t eat, smoke, talk on your phone, change your clothes, read anything, do your makeup or brush your hair, daydream, look at things other than the roads (like pretty girls), paint your nails, or play with your dog or child while driving.

Back to Tech Distractions

The risk of being in a collision is 4 times higher when you’re using a mobile phone because the distraction causes reduced reaction times, an inability to maintain speed and position, more difficulty judging safe gaps and less awareness of surrounding traffic.  55% of 18-25 year old drivers admit to using their phone while they’re behind the wheel, which is considered a reckless traffic ticket violation in many places.

The Top 10 World’s Worst Drivers

Italy – 12.7%, India – 9%, China – 8.6%, Egypt – 6.8% and France at 4.2% are the top 5 with Vietnam – 3.7, Thailand – 3.5%, USA – 3.4%, Indonesia – 2.9% and Mexico at 2.2% rounding out the bottom 5.


Design: B

It’s clever to use the billboard and street sign theme to get the idea across, but the graphic style is underwhelming.

Information: B+

All good information, and drivers should take care.

Source:  allianz.com

The History of the FDIC

The History of the FDIC


This infographic is hard to read on our page, but it is chock full of interesting information.  Too bad it’s too hard to read.

Information About the FDIC

FDIC stands for Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  It was established in 1933 by the Banking Act of 1933 and then the Banking Act of 1935 gave the FDIC the authority to get financial information from all insured, state-charted banks not supervised by the Federal Reserve.  The FDIC is an independent agency of the federal government.  In 1934 their role was to insure each depositor to at least $2,500 per insured bank.  Today the number  is $250,000.  This all came about because of bank failures that followed the Great Depression.  Since its inception, the FDIC is proud that not a single penny of insured funds has been lost.

 In the Past

The first US Bank was chartered in 1791.  In 1819 the federal government required all banks to provide regular banking reports.  In 1836 federal law gave the Secretary of the Treasury the authority to collect information on state banks that were used as federal depositories.  In 1934 the FDIC opened and began to publish annual statistics on the banking industry.  Between 1935 and 954 the data and statistics were formalized and more complex studies were requested.  In 1960 the FDIC began computerization.  In 1972 reports became available to the public, and in 1993 the FDIC’s information became available online.

The Present

The FDIC today examines and supervises over 4,900 banks for “operational safety and soundness” to maintain compliance with various consumer protection laws that require banks to help meet the financial needs of consumers.  The FDIC has an insurance fund used to cover losses from bank failures.

What it Means to You

FDIC-insured institutions are growing, which means that your money could be safer, as long you deposit your money in an FDIC-insured bank.


Design: C

Pretty blue, but kind of boring.  I did like in the “past” part where they put the dates on pennies.  Clever.  The rest of the graphics are uninspiring.

Information: B

A great informative infographic, if you have no idea what the FDIC is.

Source: FDIC history from Nationwide Bank

Appliances – The Vicious Cycle

Appliances – The Vicious Cycle

Vicious Cycle

Most people have been in a shaky financial boat for some time now.  It’s hard to get a loan to buy a house, a car, or even to get a credit card.  What if your refrigerator, stove, or other essential appliance craps out on you and you need a new one?  You don’t have the available cash, your credit cards are maxed out, you can’t get approved for a new credit card, and the Appliance Fairy isn’t knocking at your door.  Do you spend a dollar on a lottery ticket and hope for the best, or do you do what many people are being coerced into doing and rent to own your new appliance?

That’s wha t this infographic is about.  And though it’s from the UK and the money numbers are in £ instead of $, you get the idea that for the price you end up paying for that appliance, you could have bought two or three of the same.

Inflated Prices

A high price for a washing machine (in the UK) is £470.  If you pay to rent to own, you end up paying £1250.


The APR on a rent to own appliance can be as much as 49.9%.  That’s compared to 4-6% for a school loan, 10% on a property loan, etc.

Saving vs. Rent to Own

If you save the equivalent of £5 per week for 50 weeks, you can buy a new washing machine, TV, refrigerator, or “cooker.”  If you go the rent to own route it could take you as many as 150 weeks to pay it off.  Think smart and cut back on the lattes.  You can buy your new appliance outright in no time.


Design:  B

It’s OK, but not stunning.  The colors are sort of annoying, but the graphics and text are clean.

Information:  A

Pretty cut and dry, really, but gets the point across.

Source:  Appliances Online

Dating Facts to Understand the Dating Scene

Dating Facts to Understand the Dating Scene

State of Dating

This infographic goes over the ins and outs of dating, from the “boy meets girl” stage into the date itself.  The dating world is a mystery to almost anyone, even people who are seasoned daters.  Anything that can demystify the process and lead to some more happily-ever-afters is good in my book.  Let’s take a look at the infographic itself.

How Guys and Girls Meet

It would seem that the internet has a big role in the dating scene.  In 2009 more than twice as many meetings happened because of online dating rather than in clubs or via social networking.  Today, 20% of single people have dated or are dating someone they met on an online dating site.

Is There Chemistry?

30% of single people think that it only takes 15 minutes to establish whether there is chemistry or not.  12% of daters will leave a date within 30 minutes if they sense no chemistry.  Only 52% will be upfront and admit it if they are not interested in the other person.  That means 48% will not be honest.  That’s sad.  24% will be “evasive” about future availability if they feel like the first date doesn’t “work.”

Who Pays?

12% of females think it’s the guy’s responsibility to pay on the first date.  37% of guys agree.

What Do Guys Want to Hear?

According to this infographic, guys like humor that is sarcastic, then juvenile, then geeky, then raw.  According to the picture, guys like to be touched on the head(?), told their geekiness is cute, and they like to be comlpimented on their physique.  This is not explicitly explained – but there’s a picture.  I interpreted it.

What Are The Chances of a Long Term Relationship?

35% of one night stands turn into long term relationships.  54% of guys and 44% of girls have experienced love at first site.  42% of couples consist of at least one person who didn’t find the other person attractive, but became friends and then fell in love.

Who Has Sex on the First Date?

6.5% of single people freely admit that they’ve had sex on the first date plenty of times.  Frequently.  80% of singles say they disapprove of sex on the first date.  Somehow, Facebook information is under this heading, and we’re told that 89% of people friend each other on Facebook before the relationship becomes exclusive, whle 11% of singles between the ages of 35-44 wait to friend each other until the relationship becomes exclusive.

What Does “I Love You” Mean?

For 31% it means “I want you in my life.”  For 30% it means “I care about you.”  For 19% it means “I want to be in a committed relationship with you.”  For 14% it means “I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”

What Topics Should I Avoid on a Date?

Past relationships, activities outside the relationship, controversial topics, topics related to relationship norms or standards, and the classic “where is this relationship headed?” topic are all off-limits.


Design:  C

The graphics are fuzzy, and I don’t approve of yellow print on a white background.  It’s too hard to read.  I think snappier graphics would have gotten the point across just as well as the weird little pie charts, the colors could have been better, and everything could have been clearer.

Information:  B

While the information is helpful, it’s a big vague, and I would have liked to know the test group the numbers came out of.  No sources are listed, so I don’t know where they got their information.

Source:  Check out the profile calendar and media kit to learn more.

Technology and Medicine Infographic

Technology and Medicine Infographic


This extremely attractive infographic address how technology has changed the medical industry.  It starts off by stating “medical technology is the application of devices, procedures, and knowledge for diagnosing and treating disease for the purpose of maintaining, promoting, and restoring wellness while improving the quality of life.”  On the left of the entire infographic is a timeline of technological advances in the medical industry, starting with the invention of the stethoscope in 1816 and ending with the production of the first commercial hybrid PET/MRI scanner in 2008.  Check out the entire timeline for the whole scoop.

US Med Tech Companies By Segment

A pie chart shows us that a great many medical technology companies are focused on therapeutic devices, while the next biggest segment belongs to non-imaging diagnostics.  The next largest segment is dedicated to research and other equipment, and the next segment (second to the smallest) is dedicated to imaging.  The smallest segment is designated as “Other.”  In the therapeutic devices category, the largest piece of that piece of the pie goes to cardiovascular and vascular developments, and the smallest to urology/pelvic with many other therapeutic devices in between.

3 Ways Medical Technology Has Improved Treatment Processes

1. Faster Diagnosis

2. Less Invasive Treatments

3. Shorter Hospital Stays

Survival Rate

It is noted that the survival curve has flattened because of lower mortality and has become increasingly vertical with older people because of the technological advances.  A graph shows the percentage of people who lived until a certain age between 1900 and 1902, when only about 10% of people lived past the age of 85, and 2002, when almost 30% of people lived past the age of 85.  Based on this graph, most people live to age 55 or older, and around 50% of people live to at least age 80.

Advances in Medical Technology

Some of the advances mentioned are wireless heart monitors, skin cell guns, the STEM microscope, Nexagon healing gel, Berkeley Bionics’ eLEGS, and the iPhone Blood Pressure Monitor.  A description of each of these advances is included on the infographic.

Advancements in Health Record Technology and More

Sprint has something called M2M healthcare initiative that provides GPS tracking for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and offers faster access to more unified personal data like heath records and test results.  Now there is also a “know before you go” option for hospital emergency rooms.  Some hospitals place their wait times on billboards, make them available on their website, and even offer the wait time via text.  Some hospitals participate in a service called InQuick ER where a patient can pay a $9.99 fee and hold a place in the ER online.

Helpful Healthcare Apps

Some of the apps listed are My Medical, which allows you to store medical histories for you and your whole family, BP Buddy, that helps you track your blood pressure levels, Glucose Buddy, which helps you manage diabetes, and iTriage, that is a diagnostic tool.  Also listed is the Ovulation Calendar – guess what that does?  Also, the Mediquations Medical Calculator brings 231 medical calculations and scoring tools right to your mobile device.


Design:  A

Like I mentioned before, this is a very attractive infographic.  It manages to get a lot of information across in a way that does not confuse you or frustrate you, and the colors used are easy on the eyes.

Information:  A

The information given is complete and well-researched.

Source:  SmallCellLungCancer.net

Use Your Head Infographic

Use Your Head Infographic


Helmets are essential for almost any kind of winter sport, as this infographic shows.

Why is Skiing or Snowboarding without a Helmet Dangerous?

For one, you can hit a tree.  That’s how most skiing head injuries occur.  Even intermediate skiers hit 30-43 km/h on a well-groomed slope.  If you hit an object at that speed you can get a concussion, many bruises, or even die.

Essential Travel Survey Results

37% of holiday travelers and sportspeople did not wear a helmet.  People ages 18 and younger comprise the largest group of helmet users.  Only 42% of people over the age of 60 use a helmet.  65.8% skiers and snowboarders have experienced head injuries on the slope, while two thirds of the people people who have been injured on the slopes who were wearing a helmet believe that the helmet saved them from a more serious injury. So why don’t people wear helmets?

73% have never worn one, while 29% say they are uncomfortable.  24% believe that helmets reduce their vision, and 29% think that they are not at risk for head injury.  26% think they are careful enough to not need a helmet, and 23% think that helmets are too hard to pack.  12% dislike the look of a helmet, and 5% believe that helmets are too expensive.

Head Injury Statistics

Across Europe and North America, the head injury rate for winter sports is 10-15%.  Men are 2.2 times more likely to suffer a head injury than women.  The concussion rate for 2002 to 2008 for helmet wearers is 2.3% and 5.8% for non helmet wearers.

A Scottish survey in 2005 showed the different parts of the body that are injured in skiing and snowboarding.  In skiing, 13.7% of injuries happen to the head, 5.4% to the wrist, 9.1% to the shoulder, 7.6% to the legs, and 33.2% to the knee.  For snowboarding, 14.3% of injuries happen to the head, 24.9% to the wrist, 13.1% to the shoulder, 11.8% to the knee, 5.9% to the ankle, and 4.6% to the back.

Famous Skiing Deaths

Sonny Bono died in Lake Tahoe in 1998 after hitting a tree.  Natasha Richardson was skiing in Canada in 2009 when she sustained a head injury that later killed her.  German politician Dieter Althaus collided with a woman on the slopes.  She died from her injuries.  She wasn’t wearing a helmet.  Althaus, who was wearing a helmet, was later charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Sizing a Helmet

To figure out your helmet size, wrap a measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows.  Take note of where the tape overlaps.  52 to 55.5 cm means you need a small helmet.  55.5 to 59 cm means you need a medium helmet.  59 to 62.5 cm means you need a large helmet.  Keep in mind that helmet sizes vary according to when they were made and their brand.  So, make sure you try it on, and make sure it’s rated by a reputable agency.  The infographic shows the logos of the companies that are reputable, but they don’t extrapolate and tell you which companies they are.  If you aren’t familiar, you might not now.


Design:  A-

The purple and gold colors are nice on the white background.  The graphics are a little cheesy, but overall effective.

Information:  A

While an explanation of the right rating companies would be helpful, the rest of the information makes up for that loss.

Source:  http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk

Anatomy of a Doctor Infographic

Anatomy of a Doctor Infographic


This infographic, in a nutshell, tells you that it takes your whole life to become a doctor – but in a good way.  It shows the development of the brain, salaries of doctors compared to other professions, gender roles, stress, reward, and the top 20 countries by the number of doctors they have.  Along the left side, there is a timeline of ages, telling you at what age you complete certain stages you go through to become a doctor.  We’ll split the review and overview into the first sections we mentioned, and then explain the timeline.

Left Brain vs. Right Brain

The left brain helps a doctor make decisions, including suggestions for treatment, diagnoses, and problem solving, as well as remembering codes and drug information.  The left brain helps a doctor stay on schedule, understand medical charts and test results, and give patients advice about preventative healthcare, diet, and hygiene.

The right brain helps the doctor with bedside manner, allowing him or her to be personable and charismatic.  It also helps the doctor with coping skills, since he or she will deal with death, illness, and injuries.  The right brain equips the doctor with emergency handling skills, helps the doctor recognize human anatomy, deal with a chaotic working environment, and allows the doctor to feel empathy for his or her patient.

Salary vs. Jobs in the U.S.A.

This graph shows the salary and amount of jobs for certain professions in the year 2008.  In that year, there were 661,400 physicians and surgeons, with a median salary of $186,044.  Conversely, there were 1,700,000 professors with a median salary of $58,830.  Several other occupations are listed.

Gender Roles

Colon and Rectal surgery is a growing field for female doctors because surgeries can be scheduled in advance, allowing for flexible scheduling and a work/life balance.  In 2007, 31% of colon and rectal surgeons were females under the age of 35.  12% were females between the ages of 45 and 54, and 3% were females between the ages of 55-64, making females of any age 45% of colon and rectal surgeons.  Today, 40% of doctors are women, and it is estimated that within 8 years, female doctors will outnumber male doctors.


43% of physicians and surgeons work more than 50 hours per week.  17% of doctors leave medicine in the middle of their careers.  36% of surgeons feel they have no family time, yet 51% would want their children to follow in their footsteps, career-wise.  Must be the money.


Helping people can be the greatest reward.  High-paying job aside, doctors are able to help people in ways that other people can’t, by healing.  They can remove tumors, fix organs, and help people recover from grave injuries and illnesses.

Top 20 Countries by Number of Physicians

China has the most physicians at over 1.8 million.  The U.S. comes in next with 730,801 physicians.  The order then goes to India, then to Russia, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, Ukraine, Spain, U.K., Pakistan, Turkey, Argentina, Philippines, Poland, and Korea.

The Timeline

When you’re a child, you wean, and maybe start playing doctor.  Once you’re in school, you start dreaming of someday becoming a doctor.  You study biology, chemistry, physics, math, and English and you try to excel at all of the subjects.    While you’re in college, you take classes and study for the MCAT.  Then you go on to medical school, around age 23, and spend 4 years there “living off Top Ramen and wondering if it’s still worth it.”  At around 27 years old, you start your 3-8 of residency training and internships, and around age 35 you become a “real doctor.”


Design:  A

It’s clean, the colors are nice, and the typeface is easy to read.  The graphics are easy to understand, and it’s overall a very good-looking infographic.

Information:  A-

I would have liked to have seen more recent data than 2008, but it’s not always available.  I would have also liked some statistics regarding the “reward” section as it seems a little subjective.  Maybe a little graph that shows what a sample number of doctors rate as their favorite thing about their job, or something.

Source:  Anatomy of a Doctor Infographic by rn to msn

Financial Aid Roadmap Infographic

Financial Aid Roadmap Infographic


Ah Financial Aid. At first, it seems like a gift from above. Then, you realize you have to pay it all back.  This handy infographic gives you plenty of advice on navigating the scary waters of paying for a college education.

Types of Financial Aid

The infographic shows us 9 different types of financial aid.  Savings, jobs, work study, grants, federal scholarships, institutional scholarships, federal loans, and private loans.  Those last two – those are the ones you have to pay back.

Timing – Childhood Through High School

Basically, as a parent, you should start saving for college as soon as your child is born.  It can cost as much as $100K per child for a college education, so the sooner you start saving, the less money you have to borrow.  These people advise that by the time the child is a freshman in high school, he or she should start working, and by their sophomore year he or she should start working with their guidance counselor to discuss scholarships and things like that.  Also, by June of sophomore year, the student should start researching schools.

By Junior year, the child should start applying for scholarships, and the parents should start helping the child prepare for those applications by helping get portfolios and letters of recommendation.  By the summer before Senior year, parents should start researching and applying for general scholarships.

In the Senior year, parents should request a FAFSA PIN and fill out the FAFSA worksheet, if they will be needing federal aid.  The student should apply for any institutional grants when they apply for specific colleges, and the government will determine Pell grant eligibility once the FAFSA form is filed.

After High School

You have to renew FAFSA every year, and if the child has a scholarship he or she will have to maintain a certain GPA to keep it.  The whole time the child is in college, parent and child should be saving and planning for repayment of loans, as they can be due as early as three months after graduation.

Is it Worth It?

A graph show you the amount of effort needed and the chance of success in getting loans based on how much aid you need.  Generally it’s better to get a federal loan than a private one, and hopefully there is enough scholarship money out there to make it so you don’t have to borrow too much.


Design:  B

It’s a little hard to read, the last graph is a little hard to understand, and the colors are jarring.

Information:  A

It’s tough to figure out the right thing to do when it comes to finding money for college, and this is very helpful.

Source:  Private Student Loans

UK Business Infographic

UK Business Infographic

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This infographic looks at UK business.  The design is understated, and the information communicated is simple, if you can wrap your head around it.

The heading says “If 27% of small UK businesses created just 1 job” but then jump to a section where they give us a little bit of data before  they finish that sentence.

A sample of small UK businesses was asked if they planned to hire anybody in the next year, and 73% of them said no.  That leaves us with the 27% from the header, so we know where that bit of data came from.

Apparently, there are 1,178,745 small businesses in the UK, so if 27% of those small businesses hired just one person, that would result in the creation of 318,261 new jobs.

The UK is at a 17 year high of 2.62 million people.  If those 318,261 jobs were created, it would reduce the UK unemployment rate to 2.3 million.

A graph shows you the unemployment trend from 2000 to 2011, with a projection into 2012, based on the information that 27% of small business plan to hire at least one person in the next year.

If all this comes to pass, 198,139 fewer people would claim a weekly Jobseeker’s Allowance, which would result in a £10.5 million savings for the UK government.


Design:  B-

I like the minimalist design, but believe the lettering could be larger without losing the impact of the data.  I also disagree with the color choices.

Information:  A-

The information is presented in an interesting way, and it is good information to know.

Source:  Simply Business