Best Guide to Interval Training Infographic

Best Guide to Interval Training Infographic

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This infographic isn’t kidding, this really is a complete guide to interval training. A colorful example of using graphics to help communicate information.

Infographic Review

Infographic Design: A-

You can always tell when an infographic is planned from the beginning by a designer with a end-result in mind. The colors, graphics and layout all make sense. This is the case for this infographic providing information on exercise via interval training. The illustrations are all custom and support the contextual information nearby the drawings. The colors and textures are slightly overwhelming but the convey a kinetic energy, which I believe was the point of this choice of design. Flash, high contrast colors and lots of visuals both big and small to keep the eye busy and racing around, much like interval training. This infographic is great for a visual workout!

Infographic Information: A

There is so much to take in, it feels like I am reading a very tall comic book rather than an infographic on exercise health. Topics covered include High-Intensity training, types of interval training such as the Tabata Method, the Little Method and the Turbulence Method. Detains of each are provided so  you could theoretically begin training after studying this infographic. High level information is combined nicely with details such as how long to do each method.

Competitive Eating Infographic

Competitive Eating Infographic

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OK. This may be my favorite infographic in at least the last 6 months. I may have picked bolder colors, but the information is amazing and presented in such a clever way. It talks about the practical consequences for competitive eating. What’s more fun than that? A barrel of monkeys eating a barrel of pickles, maybe. But I digress.

Joey Chestnut

In 10 minutes, Joey Chestnut ate 68 hot dogs.  That was the equivalent of 20,196 calories, which is 7 days worth of calories if you’re talking about the human body.  It’s also energy equivalent to lighting a lightbulb for 60 days straight.  It would take him 26,00 pushups to work those hot dogs off.  Joey’s segment of the infographic is capped off by a quote that tells us that in order to be a successful speed eater, you have to expand your stomach to “form an enormous flaccid sac capable of accommodating huge amounts of food.”  Yeah, we all want to do that.

Oleg Zhornitskiy

This guy ate 9 jars of mayo in 8 minutes.  That’s 2,791 grams of fat, which is more than 42 times the recommended daily allowance of fat (65 grams).  Plus, even though they don’t say it, mayo has a lot of saturated fat.  Energy-wise, Dude took in enough energy to power a Prius for 45 minutes.  Fun factoid – surprisingly, people who speed eat professionally “eventually may develop morbid obesity, profound gastroparesis, intractable nausea, and vomiting…”  No kidding.  They don’t tell us how many pushups it would take to burn off all that mayo.

Sonya Thomas

Sonya likes boiled eggs.  So much that she was able to eat 65 of them in just under 7 minutes.  If you take the average human consumption of age and multiply it by 15 weeks, that’s how many eggs she consumed.  They don’t tell us how many pushups she’d have to do, nor do they tell us what kind of machinery could be powered by that type of energy.

They end the infographic with a warning that you shouldn’t just jump into competitive eating.  You should train for it.

Design:  C

It’s hard to read white print on a light pink background.  I did really enjoy the illustrations and the style of the illustrations.  But that white lettering on the pink background – really kills the eyes.

Information:  B-

It would be an “A” if they’d told me how many pushups Oleg and Sonya would have to do, and what sort of appliance or mechanical device the energy consumed by Sonya in the form of hard boiled eggs would have powered (pencil sharpener?  passenger train?) And I need that kind of information. I’m emotionally invested.

Source:  Competitive Eating by http://www.foodservicewarehouse.com/

Killing with your iPhone – Assassin Master

Killing with your iPhone – Assassin Master

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I own and iPhone and have had one for years. I love it for all of the wonderful things it can do. My iPhone does lots of things such as makes calls, take photographs, record my messages, surf the internet, remind me of appointments and many other useful tasks. I feel as if I couldn’t sometimes live without; kind of like an addiction where you reach for it first thing in the morning and put it down on your bed side table at night, or you place it lovingly on the pillow near you and whisper to it, but I digress…

Of course one of the best things to do with your iPhone is play games and that is what this iconographic is really referring to; you can’t really kill someone with your iPhone unless you tried bludgeoning them with the round corners and that would just be really awkward…

But wait! That is exactly what this infographic is telling your to do, although they recommend you drop your iPhone from a tall building to build terminal velocity instead of a brutal strike to the head. They also state this type of iPhone attack probably won’t work.

The iPhone infographic also recommends using the wired ear buds as a garrote to throttle your unsuspecting victim. Seems risky considering the flimsy cord. A more creative method of murder is mentioned; use the iPhone too transmit a signal that only an attack dog could hear and use that to have the dog attack your victim.

Lastly they devise a plan to conduct a lightning strike using the iPhones aerial antenna, but this won’t work with the iPhone 4. So only those who won’t shell out for a new iPhone are vulnerable to this type of attack.

The pitch is for the iPhone App AssassinMaster which can be found for the iPhone and Android phones. A “harmless” app that only visualizes you killing someone. Good fun to be sure.

The copy is very playful and written in a light-hearted manner. Not too long, not to short, just the right length to tell the story and get you to play along. The salesmanship of the piece isn’t heavy-handed and they give you some smirks along the way.

The obvious comic-book stylings are well done and serve the tone of the infographic very well. Colors are bright and effective and support the comic influence wonderfully. The assassin instructor is nicely illustrated, but overused. I would have liked to have seen some different facial expressions. They use the same illustration every time, just reversed in places. The other illustrations are silhouetted outlines and recognizable. But I did like the graphic style of the dog very much and felt it added a fun visual pop!

The kill-shot at the end was a little over the top, but I am squeamish at the sight of blood, so I’m probably in the minority thinking it was overdone. But it falls in line with the rest of the infographic’s tone and design and that is all you can ask for.

Good supporting infographic for a iPhone app that had quality design and sharp writing dead in its sights!

Design: A-

I love comics so I am biased, but a nice job on following the graphic theme. Points off for only one face on the “general.”

Information: A

This infographic really didn’t provide information so much as entertainment. Cleverly written with a soft sell for an iPhone app at the end.

Submitted by http://www.assassinmaster.com/

 

Stardoll 100 Million Teens Infographic

Stardoll 100 Million Teens Infographic

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Doing infographic reviews is never dull, but sometimes I am a little more challenged than usual. Such was the case when asked to do a review for an infographic about Stardoll.com, the world’s largest online fashion and games community for girls! I didn’t add the exclamation point, that is their tagline on their site. So my challenge is that I’m an adult male without a daughter young enough to be a part of this online community, so I have very little in common with the information in this infographic. But then again I don’t have a lot in common with surrealist artist Salvador Dali’s artwork either, but I sat through an art auction and watched in horror as my wife bought a woodcut print for $365 named Purgatory 15 – Envy. Email me if you are interested in buying it, but I digress…

Infographics have really taken off, which is one of the reasons I started this site, and their uses have been focused on the marketing game which works especially well for internet marketing. No printing costs and fast distribution across the web make the infographic a great vehicle. And what better way to market a site aimed at young girls? After all, Stardoll is the largest online community for girls who love fashion, making friends, shopping, decorating and being creative! Again, their words, not mine. ;-) But this infographic’s info supports that boast and follows the site’s look and feel very well.

Bright purples and happy, sparkling starbursts provide a striking background for this charming infographic targeted to their younger female audience. Only problem is there isn’t a lot of information here and it focuses solely on Stardoll’s site growth. A few facts about Stardoll would have been welcome. Provide us some information about the site’s functionality. Why is it so popular? If you are going to use this infographic to tout your site’s growth, give us a few reasons why it has grown so popular. Seems like a marketing opportunity slipped passed when this was being written. The stats provided are very basic and the graphics are simple as well. Some quality fashion illustrations are included to support the items sold in the “starplaza” but other than that, even the graphics are sparse.

This could have been a fun graphic, but instead it feels rushed, both lite on information and design. Even my review is lite, because there just isn’t that much to review. Maybe when they reach 200 million another more detailed infographic will follow.

This infographic left me in a purple haze, when i wanted to be in the purple rain.

Design: C+

Love the fact that the infographic followed the site’s design lead but wasn’t wow’ed by anything that was done.

Information: C

Too few facts and nothing about the site, or company itself. If you are promoting how popular it is, tell us why.

Stardoll Infographic provided by Stardoll, please visit for more information.

The Evolution of the Librarian

The Evolution of the Librarian

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I can’t help but notice the irony of writing about the keepers of printed books, librarians, within a digital format.  I wonder how long before we view librarians much like blacksmiths or even a buggy whip manufacturers? Out of place in a world that has evolved passed them. While I doubt the job of librarian will ever truly go away, it certainly will change and be a more limited field of opportunity in the future, but I digress…

This infographic, and I use that term loosely as this is barely information in graphic form, displays 10 stages in the “evolution” of the librarian. It starts out with Ben Franklin, founder of the Library Company of Philadelphia, the United States’ first lending library. It states that Ben Franklin was a librarian there as well. The following stages of development continue, mentioning other important figures in the librarian history such as Thomas Jefferson, who helped found the Library of Congress; Melvil Dewey who introduced the Dewey Decimal system; Andrew Carnegie who funded the first public library; and the Katherine Sharp named the Chief Librarian of the Illinois State Library at the University of Illinois.

It finally ends with the year 2010, mentioning that most librarian positions require a Masters’ in LIS – too bad the infographic doesn’t explain what LIS stands for. This is the weakest piece of information and the least interesting, and it feels like it was a struggle to come up with 10 interesting facts and this last one was just filler. The other information at least has historic value and interest.

The graphics are a mix bag of media, photography, illustrations and computer graphics. The styles are different and the infographic has a piecemeal feel to it. The artist tries to tie everything together with a parchment design and sepia-toned color scheme. This kind of holds it together, but as a creative infographic this design falls short and looks as if it was created to house some quickly found facts in a even more quickly designed graphic and then put out for mass consumption. I think our librarians would have expected better.

Design: D+

Really there is no cohesive design and it is a collage of images and graphics that don’t really belong together.

Information: C+

The facts provided are of mild interest and provide some history to the respected field of the librarian, but not all the facts are equally interesting.

Via: Master-Degree-Online.com

Self Employment in the United States vs United Kingdom

Self Employment in the United States vs United Kingdom

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Ah, the American dream and apparently the United Kingdom dream – being your own boss. Self employment sounds glamorous. Think about is: no one to tell you want to do, long vacations, deciding your own hours, sleep in, leave early, etc. But the realities (and I know from current personal experience) are very different, but I digress…

And while the idea of being self employed is attractive and the reality is hard work, you may wonder if being self employed in the United States vs the UK is very different.

According to this infographic,  the differences are not major but there is a trend that points toward a more successful career in the United States. More Americans work for themselves and with good reasons such as United States citizens make more money being self employed and UK workers put in more hours. Seems like a good reason to start a business in the US vs the UK. Oh, you pay more taxes in the UK as well. Hmmmm, you may want to consider moving to the US if you are about to start a business in the UK.

The infographic artist has provided 10 nifty fact about self employment in the US and across the pond in the UK. The different facts are of small interest but I felt some even more statistics would have helped, such as what types of self employed jobs are being held. And what about success and failure rates in both countries? Is it easier or harder to start a business in the United State? The content is sparse as stated above with only 10 facts being shown and more would have helped.

The containing design is limited to boxes of gradient colors, which seems to be chosen at random. Pinks, blues yellows, grays and black with no uniformity. The boxes of color sit atop one another with no central or unifying theme, other than the font with nothing graphically connecting or overlapping in between the boxes. The rectangles could be reordered or placed side by side with no negative or positive effect. Which is great if you are playing with blocks, but this is supposed to be a thoughtful design piece.

I felt the facts and designs in each box was self-contained and have been in a slide show about self employment with each fact contained within a single slide. Maybe that was the thought all along. The font choice is nice and is easy to read. The fonts is fun and unassuming so it goes well with the light fare of content. The graphics are high quality images that look great at their large size, but they don’t add any personality to the infographic. Stock images appear to be the source. The illustrations are simple shapes and are mostly maps,with a human object used to show a worker. Nothing exciting and nothing horrible, but opportunities for a better design certainly existed.

Design: C-

I don’t mind simple design when done with the idea of simplicity in mind. But here I felt the simplicity was based on speed. As in I have to get a infographic done quickly. the large amounts of “white space” don’t make sense either. It is used in some boxed but not others.

Information: C-

All of the facts are easy to come by and not all that fascinating. Many other interesting facts were not included and would have helped this piece. Much like the quick feel of the design, the information in this infographic didn’t feel well researched.

source: Being Self Employed in the UK vs USA

 

Identify your Annoying Facebook Friends from High School Infographic

Identify your Annoying Facebook Friends from High School Infographic

Facebook Friend Types Infographic

I’m going to make a very safe assumption that everyone reading this has not only heard of Facebook, but actually uses Facebook. I can also make a probably assumption when I write, you are an active member of the Facebook community, yes? Well, even if you don’t use Facebook, you are probably familiar with how your Mom, or Brother or friends use the privacy-bashing, exhibitionist software tool, but I digress…

The real question this infographic answers is how do you categorize the friends you may have on Facebook and this graphic goes a bit further and classifies your high school classmates. I think you can safely use this as a guide whether you are still in high school or looking to attend your 50th reunion.

The design is very limited, but takes on many of the characteristics of the site is it mocking. I think the blue used by Facebook has been renamed Facebook Blue, or at least it should be. The blue in question has lost its identity to Facebook. But I digress…the choice of colors are smart as is the typeface (at least for the subheads), another homage to Facebook. The problem begins with writing body copy with this typeface. It isn’t an easy to read font choice and it gets even harder when you use ALL CAPS. I assume this choice to use all caps was too help readability on the internet where small type sizes are hard to read. A better choice than all caps would have been another font with a tall x-height which would make readability much better. Okay, before the design Nazis spring upon me, the body coyp is using small caps, which is even worse, in my opinion for readability.

I’m a big fan of simple illustrations. I love artistic masterpieces and realism as much as anyone, but humor often lends itself to simple drawings such as those used here.  Simple shapes, flat colors and white backgrounds enhance each image with quick recognition of the characters profile type, especially meshed with the blue subhead to the right. I would have appreciated some more expressive expressions on the faces as most seem to have a smile and happy countenance.

The content, which is the dominant factor in this funny infographic, really soars. I didn’t LOL (laugh out loud for those of you without a Facebook account) but I did smile a few times and chuckled under my breath, and while I am required to read the entire infographic, I didn’t mind doing so and enjoyed it. My favorites were The Overaccomplished (who you watch with jealousy), The Dreamer (with status updates about his latest gig at Bingo night) and my favorite person to dislike on Facebook and Twitter the TMI Guy (talking about the gas he produces and the girl he claims to have seduced). Not everyone is a winner, you can skip The Girl You Never Talked To, but the rest were worth the time to read.

While the word infographic is getter muddier and muddier; is this really an infographic or a comic, at least we have something to entertain us until it is time to update our Facebook status.

Design: C+

There isn’t much design: box with simple figure and text to the right. But there doesn’t need to be much design. The strength is supposed to be the textual content. People are done okay, but more expression could have made this a much stronger piece.

Content: B+

The content was amusing and the jokes landed most of the time, even if they were a soft landing. Only one was a “swing and a miss” so you can’t criticize but so much. An infographic that makes you laugh is a rarity so congratulations to ClassFinders.com for accomplishing that.

Facebook Types submitted for review by ClassFinders.com – Submit your infographic for a review.

Corn Eating Personality Test

Corn Eating Personality Test

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Okay, this isn’t technically an infographic, but it is hilarious. So bear with me as I give you a laugh. The illustration style is rudimentary and the color choices are suspect, but the content is A+. So if you ever want to test your date, I suggest cooking up some corn on the cob and asking her to take this simple corn on the cob eating personality test. You’ll know everything you need to before the last kernel is gone.

via Pleated Jeans

 

Asian Longhorned Beetle Killing New York City Trees (Infographic)

Asian Longhorned Beetle Killing New York City Trees (Infographic)

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Asian Longhorned Beetle Killing New York City Trees

What a novel concept, an infographic that actually gives information that is crucial and possibly life-changing…at least to some trees. While not a true infographic in the most strict and classical sense of the word, it does graphically display the area where the Asian Longhorned Beetle is having a devastating affect on the trees in New York.

The content is interesting, especially if you are  a resident of New York, and provided in an easy to read format. The problem is broken down and then a solution, also easily seen, is given. How handy.

The graphics are well done, if not spectacular, mixing photography with computer graphics. A illustration of the insect is included, but an actual photo would be nice for identification.

This is a great way to get out a public service message and the care in design is evident.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B
Graphics are handled well, but a missed opportunity took the grade down for not showing a photo of the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

Content: A-
What more could you want? Just the facts. Here’s the problem. Here’s the solution. Fix it!

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How To Get Rid of a Tattoo Infographic

How To Get Rid of a Tattoo Infographic

Infographic Showing Tattoo Removal

How to get rid of a tattoo? In this day and age that is a question asked more and more with tattooing being at an all-time high in popularity.

This infographic shows how to get rid of a tattoo quite nicely and with a nod to one of my favorite art styles, Art Nouveau. It looks as if an actual photograph was used of a woman and then stylized to resemble an illustration or computer graphic. In any case, it is done very well and is certainly eye-catching. Sex sells and this infographic does that with cheeky success, showing us just enough of the lower back and her lower back tattoo to garner the visual interest that all infographics crave. But this graphic isn’t all style, there is plenty of substance too. The procedure for removing tattoos is labeled and illustrated on the right using multiple tattoo removal methods.

This tattoo infographic goes a step further and give interesting statistics on how many people regret getting a tattoo, what types of tattoos are most popular (butterfly, tribal, star, flower, etc.) and what ages. Finally it wraps it up with some medical conclusions and advice about whether to get  tattoo or not. A lot of information is contained in a very organized fashion with just enough graphics to keep it um…interesting.

This is one infographic that, unlike the tattoo of my ex, I won’t want removed.

source: http://www.reflectionscenter.com