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Mobile Gaming Gaining Popularity Infographic

Mobile Gaming Gaining Popularity Infographic

jackpot infographic

Being the proud owner of a iPhone 4 I understand the lure of mobile gaming all to well. This infographic does a solid job of presenting a wide range of information from number of companies developing mobile gaming applications to various characteristics of the mobile gamers. I was more than a little surprised to see that female mobile gamers outnumber the male mobile gamers. I guess us men need the big screen to fully pump up our testosterone to levels high enough to enjoy the gaming experience.

While the graphics are simple, using mostly muted colors and familiar geometric shapes, the vast amount of information almost dictates this type of minimalistic and ordered design. Graphics and words play well together, neither one dominating the other. The choice am modern font was a no-brainer and serves the design well. In fact, the entire infographic has the feel of being read on a mobile device. This is probably my perception and not the intent of the designer but it helps the piece feel more connected with its content.

And with this post, I begin my new rating scorecard.

Design: B-
Solid design, thoughtful use of colors, shapes and space.

Content: B-
Interesting, while not overwhelming.

source: http://jackpotcity.com/

Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World Infographic

Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World Infographic

Spoken languages Infographic

Most Widely Spoken Languages in the World

When first viewing this infographic you can easily mistake it for a busy subway map. I’m sure that was the intent and it works well. It reminds me when I was using the mass transit system in both Washington D.C. and New York City. And those are two of the most multi-cultural destinations in the United States and it was the norm to hear multiple languages being spoken in the cities and in the subways.

This subway map style is a great communication device, in my estimation, for the showing the many languages this infographic represents.


submitted by http://www.pstranslation.co.uk

Trusting Beards Infographic

Trusting Beards Infographic

Beards Infographic

Beards and facial hair certainly get a bad rap from time to time or should I say from fashion decade to fashion decade. Sometimes the mustache is in, sometimes it is out.What about the goatee? In fashion of not. The beard can be impressive or oppressive. Too much hair on the face can be shaggy, but Shaggy only had a tuft on his chin. Is that beatnik or cool or are they the same. Soul patch or Fu Manchu? What is your preference? The debate over beards and facial hair is a hairy one to be sure, but this handy dandy infographic on beards will help you make the wise choice.

If you are a man, what type of beard do you grow? What do you want your beard to say about your personality. And now you will know how to react when you see someone sporting a beard. No more getting to know someone, now a quick, snap judgment can be made as long as you carry this helpful infographic around.

In all seriousness, you need to click this infographic and view it at a larger size. The comedy is well groomed and trimmed up just right.

Graphics go great with the witty commentary. A fun infographic with no purpose other than to entertain.

Source: PixelSpread.com

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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

A Humorous Look at Infographics

A Humorous Look at Infographics

Funny Infographic

Infographics have been hit by satire

By offering up clearly presented information, infographics have the power to not only engage onlookers but effectively communicate knowledge in a concise way.

A picture is worth a thousand words right? But what about a picture AND a thousand words? Whoa. You may just have an infographic on your hands.

From airline safety manuals to complex data visualizations, I have always been fascinated by infographics. A well done infographic has the power to capture one’s acute attention span and convey information that would have taken longer to simply read (oh no, not reading!). However, for every brilliantly thought out and well executed mashup of art and data, there now seems to be an influx of mundane and formulaic counterparts infesting the very internet that we hold so near and dear.

Here we have an infographic that explores commonalities between the seemingly vast expanse of contrived infographics that appear to have spawned in mass over the past year. If you’re an infographic purest, view at your own risk.

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FIFA World Cup Infographic

FIFA World Cup Infographic

2010 FIFA World Cup Infographic

With the Football (or is it Futbol?) World Cup underway, the fever has set in big time and everyone seems to feeding off it. The folks at FusionCharts.com picked up stats from previous world cups and put together an infographic using their stunning charts.

While a lot of the statistics shown in the infographic are common info (done pretty neatly though), it brings to light some interesting numbers as well. For starters, the fact that the world cup winners have been from only 2 continents, South America and Europe, both at 9 apiece. Also, the figures for Goals For and Against by the winners clearly brings out the attacking nature Brazilian football has had throughout history. The infographic also brings out the highest scoring games at the World Cup till now. The home team as always is the most supported one, with South Africa having around 1.25 million fans who will be cheering for their team in the stadium. Spain and Brazil start as the overwhelming favorites as expected.

I would have like to see some more themed graphics included and less time spent on graphical bars in the graphs. The World Cup offers so many design ideas with the soccer ball, field shape, goal netting and crowd ethnicity, I think a design opportunity was lost here. Still, good numbers, good fun and a quick look at how big the FIFA World Cup games really are.

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Planet of the Apes Infographic

Planet of the Apes Infographic

Another infographic masquerading as a timeline, but I’m okay with that because this image dose a great job explaining the oft confusing time travel issues of the Planet of the Apes movie. And since it isn’t a factual timeline, I’m giving it some latitude.

The first thing you will notice is that for a infographic it is heavy on the info and light on the graphic. In fact, the only graphic on this is a montage of a few memorable characters from the Planet of the Apes movie and its sequels. A red link directs you through the more pivotal moments and years of the story line and the legend at the bottom instructs you on the color coding, shapes and symbols.

I am a bit curious about the background choices. I assume it was meant to appear old and rustic much like a map. Not sure that works especially when it makes the content that much more difficult to read. The typeface choice could have been better as this typeface is hard to read and use of the italics doesn’t help matters.

Admittedly this infographic will have limited appeal, fans of the POTA movies and a few highly intelligent chimps looking for a takeover strategy, but it does cover the information it promises and if you decide to have a Planet of the Apes movie marathon, it would be helpful to have this infographic as a cheat sheet.

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Planet of the Apes Infographic

Thanks to Phil Laver at http://philiplaver.tumblr.com for this fun and creative submission.

Facts About Facebook Infographic

Facts About Facebook Infographic

Hard to go wrong with an infographic when you follow a few basic rules. Make it interesting and/or topical, keep the graphics simple & easy to “read” and keep the text to a minimum. Well, the words aren’t really kept to a minimum, but they are are placed in the Facebook infographic with surgical precision. Just enough so your can read quicky, almost just scanning, and still pick up the intent of the information. The topic could hardly be more well-known as Facebook has taken over the Internet in a quick and methodical manner, as the last bit of data shows. The blue is similar to the Facebook site and the orange is a good contrasting color to use.

Only a few issues, there is a typo in the fifth word, “didnt”, which needs an apostrophe. Usually I focus on the graphics, but when the typo is in the header it has to be mentioned. And my other gripe is the quality of the graphics. The paypal plunger is rudimentary, the stacks of money are photographs while everything else is line drawings and overall they really looked mish-mashed into this graphic.

I believe the research was on target but more time and attention to detail should have been used. But in today’s Internet world it seems infographics are a dime a dozen and the quality is getting to be less and less. It is much more about quantity today. I really would have liked to see this with a more coherent design and illustration combination.

Facebook Facts Infographic

Thanks to our friends at Online MBA for this infographic.

How Much Energy Does A Google Search Cost Infographic

How Much Energy Does A Google Search Cost Infographic

The data is far more interesting than the graphics in this infographic and that is usually the opposite when considering any infographic. In fact the on-off buttons are a bit confusing considering the focus is on a Google search and not turning on a computer, but the idea is there, so it is at least tangent to the concept of energy use, especially by a computer.

The other images seems to be pulled from various clip art which really gives the piece a lack of cohesion. It very much feels as if it was cobbled together much like Frankenstein’s monster, so while the information is fascinating the actual imagery hurts the infographic’s overall punch.

I love the data and I will certainly think about this every time a do a search. Well, okay, not every time…

From the infographic, paraphrased: As the world’s largest search engine, Google processes an estimated 13 billion searches every month. This electricity consumption translates directly into carbon emissions. Here is the amount of energy uses in a a Google search translated into other forms of energy usage.

google-search-energy-infographic

Source: Well Home
Google Data: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/powering-google-search.html

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Top 10 Pets Infographic

Top 10 Pets Infographic

Here is a organized statistical look at the 10 most popular pets in the United States, and the estimated price range of each. Rank is based on an estimated percent of households owning each animal, not on animal population. (Cats outnumber dogs, but since cat owners often have two cats or more, cat households remain in second place.

I wish this pet infographic had some color, but that may be just because I’m used to seeing so much (too much?) color in most of the infographics I critique. But it does relate a lot of information very efficiently and makes it quick to grasp and, at least to me, was something of interest. I own a fish and dog and have owned cats, ferrets and turtles. So pets are of interest to me. So, while this won’t win any design awards, it does its job without any fanfare and imparts a little trivia into our lives without assaulting your visual senses.

Top 10 Pets Infographic

source: http://christineparkdesign.com