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Shocking CO2 Emissions Infographic

Shocking CO2 Emissions Infographic

China’s population is significantly larger than that of the United States.  Now, you might think, based on this, that it would emit substantially more carbon dioxide than the U.S., but does it?  Well, even though China has 1,338,410,002 inhabitants compared to our 309,636,137 inhabitants, it only emits about 400,00 more tonnes of CO2 than the U.S., as the below infographic supplied by Fly.co.uk demonstrates.  Americans are quite the consumption hogs, aren’t they.

The infographic below puts many carbon dioxide emission horrors on full display.  Did you know, for instance, that Westminister & the Bank of England consume enough energy to pump out 21,356 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.  That’s the same amount of carbon dioxide that would be emitted if a car could drive to the moon and back 188 times (90 million miles).  Now, here’s a stat you probably won’t believe.  If everyone in the United States became a vegetarian for seven days, we would save about 700 megatons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is the equivalent to taking all the cars off the road in the U.S.  So, put down that hamburger! We’ve got 700 megatons of greenhouse gas to eliminate.


Biggest Threats To Our Ocean’s Wildlife

Biggest Threats To Our Ocean’s Wildlife

When it comes to something as important as our oceans of our world, you would expect an infographic to provide solid design and useful information and statistics to support saving the oceans and that is just what this environmental infographic delivers.

Infographic Scorecard

Infographic Design: B

Mention the ocean and I think you expect a few design elements to be present: fish, waves and the color blue. This infographic hits the mark on all three and in a way that isn’t overbearing or trite. The red and blue color styling work well and the use of graphic waves is subtle but sitll a powerful image used to break up information effectively. Fonts are used sparingly and expect for some color hues that are too close visually the infographic is easy to read and not stuffed with too much information or overused graphics. The graphics are probably clip art but clip art that is of similar design and feel. Silhouetting the fish and sea-life keeps everything neutral and makes the design of this infographic really float!

Infographic Information: B

Topics covered in this ocean infographic range from threats to our oceans, to declining fish populations to the destruction of the coral reef. A wide variety of subjects with interesting facts about man’s interference with ocean health give a good glimpse into the precious balance in our oceans. As with any good infographic, this tip-of-the-iceburg-type information makes you want to know more. How can we remedy the decline of the tuna population? What can be done to prevent further destruction of the coral reefs? These are questions this environmentally friendly infographic poses. A good design and a good message make this infographic what great catch you should keep!

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Uncle Bob’s Moving Guide

Uncle Bob’s Moving Guide

Move Ville

Who is Doing the Moving in America?

Uncle Bob throws us some statistics, so I’m just going to list them for you here:

The average American moves 11.7 times in their lifetime.  I don’t know how you move .7 times, but I digress.

Women will stay at a residence for about 5.6 years, while men only stick around for 4.9 years.  Men and women tend to stay in the same country.

Relocation is supposedly the third most stressful life event you can have.  It disrupts your routine, culture shock, and does other bad things to your head.

People in their 20’s move more than people of other ages, and more than 15% of all movers move out of state.  College?  Job transfers?

Renters move more often than homeowners.  Of course.

Helpful Moving Tips

Purchase good moving materials

Number and label each box to keep track of what is where.

Pack each box completely, and use paper to fill up gaps.

Be clever.  Move clothes and linens in drawers, and wrap up knick knacks and pack them inside your pots and pans.  Use space wisely.

Thoroughly clean your appliances.

Where Do People Go?

Palm Coast, Florida.  Warm, fun, etc.

St. George, Utah.  Good weather.

Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada.  Vegas, Baby.

Cape Coral, Florida.  See above.

Raleigh, NC.  The Triangle.  Woot.


Design:  A

It’s pretty.  What can I say?

Information:  A

Who knew all that stuff about moving?


Just who is doing all the moving in America? This infographic offer readers
tips on how to move more efficiently and which locations are seeing the
highest increase in population over the past decade. Uncle Bob’s Self
Storage offers valuable add-on services such as Dri-guard, a
state-of-the-art dehumidification system. Patrons can also take advantage of
Uncle Bob’s rental trucks  and a national Customer Care Center that features a fully integrated sales and
reservation system for storage units.

Safe Road to Santa’s Workshop – Road Sign Safety

Safe Road to Santa’s Workshop – Road Sign Safety

Safe Road to Santas Workshop

No matter what time of year, it’s important to follow road signs and obey traffic laws.  Especially in the holiday season, when so many more people are on the road shopping for gifts and traveling to see family, road hazards are dangerous and a real threat to your happy holiday season.  This infographic brings to light ten road signs that should receive your special attention.  Be diligent out there!

Deer Xing Signs

Pay attention to this one, especially with the deer population rising.  Over 100 people die every year because of deer/auto collisions, of which there are 500,000 annually.

Stop Signs

12% of all traffic fatalities are pedestrian deaths.  If you’re driving, pay attention to stop signs.  If you’re walking, watch out for cars that don’t stop for stop signs.

Don’t Drink and Drive Signs

With holiday parties and whatnot, more and more people take a chance and get behind the wheel after too much wine, eggnog, or other libation.  In 2009, December saw over 2,000 fatal car accidents.  Guess how many of those were alcohol-related?

Share the Road Signs

Every year, 51,000 cyclists are injured by cars.  Just as much as a motorist needs to be mindful to share the road with cyclists, so do cyclists need to be careful of cars who don’t, in fact, want to share the road.

Stop for Pedestrian Signs

Just to reiterate the problem with pedestrian accidents – know that over 4,000 pedestrians are killed every year.

Buckle Up and Drive Carefully Signs

Every year 35,000 people die in a car crash.  Half of them would live if they’d only wear their seat belts.

Snowmobile Signs

While these aren’t seen all over the country, when they do appear, take heed.  Snowmobile accidents kill 200 people and injure 14,000 people every year.

No Texting While Driving

If that terrible television commercial that aired in 2010 wasn’t enough, maybe the information that over 5,000 people die every year because they are distracted while driving will keep your eyes off the smartphone and on the road.

Fire Hydrant Signs

Know where your water source is.  25,000 chimney fires happen every year in the U.S., and that causes over 30 deaths.

Speed Limit Signs

The speed limit is there for a reason.  An increase from 55 MPH to 65 MPH raises the accident fatality rate by 22%.  No matter what the road conditions may be, follow the speed limit to the tee.


Design:  B+

The graphics are OK, and the text is clear and easy to read.

Information:  B+

Some really good information, but I think better statistics could have backed up the stop sign segment of the infographic.  Pedestrian deaths are addressed twice, and other accidents and fatalities can happen as a failure to stop.  Plus, the Drinking and Driving information does not explain explicitly how many deaths per year occur as a result of alcohol, something that should be spelled out because it is such a problem.  Another way to make the information pack more of a whollop would be to include the cost of each infraction.  Not only can you die, if you survive you REALLY have to pay.

Source:  Road to Santa’s Workshop from Road Traffic Signs


Fear of Starting Businesses in the UK Infographic

Fear of Starting Businesses in the UK Infographic

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This infographic is pretty cut and dry.  It tells us that only one quarter of the U.K.’s working population believes there are good start-up opportunities where they live.  Of that one quarter of the working population, 1 in 3 are afraid of starting their own business.  So that makes it so that two thirds of one quarter of the U.K. working population that are brave enough to start their own business.

If 1% started their own business, and that business made a £1000 profit, the U.K. economy would receive a boost of £33 million.  5% would create a boost of £163 million.  If all 100% did it, it would create a boost of £3.25 billion.

That’s all it says, but that’s pretty powerful.


Design:  B+

It’s clean, it’s easy to read, and it’s straightforward.

Information:  A

While it’s a very little bit of information, it’s good information, and it’s succinctly stated.

Source:  New UK business from Business Link.

Men Vs. Women – Who is More at Risk for Disease?  Infographic

Men Vs. Women – Who is More at Risk for Disease? Infographic


It’s a war of the sexes…to the death. Literally. This infographic covers which sex is more prone for certain types of disease.  It starts off by telling us that a man’s average life expectancy is 75 years old, while a woman’s is 80 years old.  So, it looks like the women are winning so far…

Causes of Death

This is visually interesting – there is a man symbol on one side, a woman symbol on the other, and in between there is a list of the top 11 leading causes of death.  There are corresponding numbers to tell you where each cause of death ranks on a scale of 1-10 for men and women.  For example, heart disease ranks number one for both men and women, while suicide ranks number 8 for men and not in the top 10 at all for women.  Cancer is the number two leading cause of death for both men and women, while unintentional injuries is #3 for men, #6 for women.  Cerebrovascular diseases rank #3 for women, and #4 for men, while chronic lower respiratory diseases ranks #4 for women, #5 for men.  I think you get the picture.



Women are more prone to osteoporosis than men.  Men have a 1 in 4 chance, while women have a 2 in 4 chance.


While cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death for both genders, men are more at risk than women.  Women have a 2 in 6 chance of developing cancer during their lifetime, while for men it’s a 3 in 6 chance.  As for types of cancer, one woman will have lung cancer for every two and a half men who have it.  In 2007, 88,329 men died of lung cancer while 70,354 women did.  Leukemia, colon cancer, rectum cancer, pancreatic cancer, and liver cancer are all slightly more common for men – one and a half men for every one woman.  Bladder cancer occurs in three times the amount of men as women, and lip and throat cancer will affect one woman for every five men who have it.

Autoimmune Disease

Women are more prone to autoimmune disease – 8% of the U.S. population has an autoimmune disease, and 78% of them are women.

Cardiovascular Disease

Women are more prone to cardiovascular disease as well.  Women are 21% more likely to die within a year of their first heart attack.  For every one woman who has cancer, two women have some sort of cardiovascular disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease

Of the 5.4 million people living with Alzheimer’s in the United States, 3.4 of them are women.  The disease presents itself in different ways depending on gender, however.  In men, they will be aggressive, socially inappropriate, and wander (insert man joke here) while women will be depressed, have delusions, be emotionally unstable, might be prone to hoarding or reclusive behavior, will refuse help, and may be socially inappropriate (insert woman joke here).

Design:  B+

The use of color is good,, and the data, though complex, was presented in a visually pleasing, easy-to-understand way.

Information:  A

While I’m always looking for more information, I realize there is only so much you can pack into one infographic.  If these facts are correct, there is a lot of good information given here.  Depressing, but good.



Diabetes Around the World Infographic

Diabetes Around the World Infographic


This infographic talks about the impact of diabetes all over the world.  A while back, we did a review of an infographic about the differences between Type I & Type II Diabetes and we sorta got the smack down in a comment, partially because of the infographic itself, but also because of our review.  So, this time, we’re just going to talk about the infographic…

Global Population

In the US, 8.3% of the population has diabetes, which comes out to about 25.8 million people.  Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of the death in the United States, according to this graph.  It also tells us that 285 million people in the world have diabetes, making it the 5th leading cause of death worldwide.  We’re also given information about the countries with the largest number of people with diabetes (China is #1), and the countries with the highest prevalence of adult diabetes.  Nauru is 30% diabetic.

Types of Diabetes

This breaks up into two main categories – Type I and Type II diabetes, with information about each.  90% are Type II, which develops slowly and usually occurs after 40 years of age.  It also tells us that Type I is not preventable – nobody really knows what causes it.  There is a little breakout section on gestational diabetes, which develops during pregnancy.

Diabetes Treatment

This is a little breakdown of the types of treatment for diabetes, and the percentage of use for each.  58% of sufferers treat their diabetes with oral medication, while others use insulin, insulin and oral medication combined, and some use no medication at all.  There is also a comparison of the cost of diabetes treatment for Type I vs. Type II.

Is Diabetes Prejudiced?

They title this section this way because it shows the breakdown of diabetes in regards to race, and to age.  They break down the risk of contracting Type II diabetes, compared to white people, for African-Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, and Asian-Americans.  It also shows that there are many more people over the age of 65 with diabetes than people under the age of 65.

The infographic ends with the information that November 14th is World Diabetes Day.

Design:  A-

The typeface is very easy to read, the information is well thought-out and nicely presented, and the style is attractive.

Information:  A

It is good to know these things, especially if we can adjust our diets and lifestyles to help prevent Type II diabetes.

Source: Actos Lawsuit

Human Growth Hormone – An Anti-Aging Miracle?

Human Growth Hormone – An Anti-Aging Miracle?


This infographic is about human growth hormone.  I found myself quite interested in it, because I have no idea uses HGH has, and I was excited to learn something new.  You learn a lot by looking at infographics.  The internet is a wealth of information, if you know how to separate the wheat from the chaff.  Not to say that this is chaff.  I am still learning about it.  But I digress…

What is HGH?

They start out by telling you what HGH is – a group of amino acids that increase the level of growth hormone found in the pituitary gland.  They go on to say that there is a connection between the human growth hormone and again.  They tell us, in a little side bit, that the pituitary gland produces IGF-1, or growth hormone 1.  Good to know, but I am still not clear on what HGH does in regards to aging.


They tell you that HUH declines significantly with age – from age 20 to age 60 it falls 80%.  Then they talk about “users” of HGH, but they don’t go into WHAT it is used for and HOW it is used, only WHO uses it.  Do they mean “using” in their pituitary gland produces it naturally, or that they take more of it as a supplement?  I guess they mean taking it in, since they discuss prescriptions.  They say that most HGH prescriptions go to people over the age of 20, and that the majority of users are between ages 40 and 60.


They start out this section talking about the affects of HGH deficiency, how it negatively impacts vital organ function and that HGH supplementation increase quality of life and makes the user feel younger.  They break it into sections, talking about HGH to help those with stunted growth reach a taller adult height, and how HGH is commonly used on children with below-average height.  They talk about athletes who use HGH, saying that they perform better, and that in conjunction with testosterone, HGH dramatically increases performance.  They talk about HGH for older people, and how it can increase muscle mass and decrease fat.  They claim “this shift in body composition is the same as turning back the clock 10 to 20 years.”

Cost and Forms

There are many different ways of administering HGH, including injection, oral spray, nasal spray, and pills, and that of the $622 million spent on HGH in 2004, injection is the most expensive form to receive HGH.  The least expensive is the oral spray.  I wonder what that tastes like.

Other Uses and the FDA

The infographic also states that HGH deficiency can be a factor in depression, and that some of the 16% of the US population affected by depression could benefit from this type of treatment.  So far, only the expensive injection is FDA-approved, and usually only to very short children, though that’s interesting considering the earlier information that most uses are over the age of 20.  Are doctors prescribing something that is not FDA-approved, or are users getting HGH from a non-medical source?  The infographic does not address that.

Design:  B+

It’s very clever that they made the background green like a leaf – it brings to mind nature, health, and wellness.  I do think the section where they showed a bunch of stick figures and greened out the ones that represented the 16% of depressed Americans was a filler sections, but oh well.

Information:  B?

I don’t know.  Is this stuff safe to use?  I didn’t know about all the different forms of HGH, or the statistics on who takes it, or how much it costs, or the benefits, but the source information comes from non-government sites, so I wonder what I would find if I searched a government site to find out more.  But, that aside, the information provided was well-executed.

Source:  HGH and Human growth hormone

Combating Mass Incarceration Infographic

Combating Mass Incarceration Infographic


This infographic starts off with a shocking fact – that the U.S. has 25% of the world’s prison population, but only 5% of the world population.  That’s sort of mind-boggling, when you stop to think about it.  We recently posted an infographic on innocent people who were imprisoned, and then released because DNA evidence proved their innocence.  How many of that 25% of the world’s prison population is potentially innocent?  What are the costs associated with keeping so many people in prison?  That question and more are addressed in this infogrpahic, described by the creator as such:

“The war on drugs has helped make the U.S. the world’s largest incarcerator, but our addiction to incarceration is unfair, costs too much and doesn’t make us safer.”  This leads one to believe that the creator of the infographic does not believe that drug offenders should be imprisoned, which is definitely debatable, as some consequence needs to occur to help keep drugs off the street.  What are the right answers?  What’s a country to do?  But I digress…

Violent or Nonviolent?

One fourth of the infographic is taken up by a picture of a prison with blue and red bars.  The blue bars indicate the nonviolent offenders, the red ones indicate the violent offenders.  Visually, this image is not very effective, and the information that half of the inhabitants of state prisons are “locked up” for nonviolent offenses is presented in such a way that the reader sees the creator’s bias – obviously the person who compiled and presented this data feels that nonviolent offenses are, by and large, nothing people should be “locked up” for.  Rather than persuading the audience, as more data might do, one is left with a feeling that all the data to come will be biased and therefore, not completely reliable.

The Cost

The next section talks about spending – that by 2007, “states spent more than $44 billion on incarceration and related expenses, a 127% jump from 1987” and then states the spend on higher education has rose only by 21%.  These statistics are taken from a report by The PEW Charitable trusts, which is supposed to be a non-partisan, objective, and non-ideological organization, so it is safe to assume the numbers are right, however even the source information uses the term “behind bars” as a way to emphasize the severity of the situation.  This makes even the source information seem biased, and at a glance it looks like the source document talks about the cost of prisons in the United States.  While this is an important topic, one cannot help but think about all the information that is left out of the infographic.  The numbers are there, but is the reader supposed to be shocked and dismayed by the number of people in prison and the cost to keep them there in that they want less incarceration?  If so, what solutions does this infographic offer in regards to reducing crime and what does it do to offer an alternate solution to incarceration?

Some Statistics

A ball and chain graphic shows the data that while the United States saw a 44% increase in population overall from 1970 to 2008, that the prison population growth rate is 700% during that same time period.  We’re told that this “outpaces” crime rates, but I find this confusing.  If the crime rates are not as high as the prison population growth, is the implied message that innocent people are being incarcerated?  With some blocks of stick figures, we’re given some demographic information, that 1 in 106 white males 18 or older is in prison, 1 in 36 Hispanic males 18 or older is in prison, and that 1 in 15 black males 18 or older is imprisoned.  At a glance, this looks terrible – that so many more black men and Hispanic men are imprisoned than white men, but the supporting data that would show the cause for incarceration is missing.  Though the creator of the infographic went to the trouble of drawing a line between violent and nonviolent offenders, the demographic information does not draw in that data regarding the percentages of each demographic incarcerated for violent vs. nonviolent crimes, and though the description provided says something about the war on drugs, drugs are not explicitly mentioned anywhere in the infographic.

Design:  B

The graphics and typefaces are fine.  Perhaps the prison graphic takes up too much space, but the colors used are appropriate and the images tell a story.  The supporting data does not.

Information:  D

This infographic gives facts without context, which shows bias.  Bias shows a certain vulnerability regarding factual accuracy, and the point of this infographic is lost.  The way the information is presented, and how one piece of information is disconnected from the other does a great disservice to the message this piece was supposed to send.

VIA:  mass incarceration

Cyber Crime: An Epidemic Plaguing the Nation

Cyber Crime: An Epidemic Plaguing the Nation


This infographic, created by kgbpeople.com tells the sordid tale of cyber crime. Sure, you’ve received the occasional scam email every now and then (well, to be more accurate, you  probably receive one everyday), but have you ever stopped to think about just how many of the things are sent daily. It may come as no surprise to you that a mammoth 75 million scam emails are sent every single day, with 2,000 new victims created per day. Yes, believe it or not, there are people who actually mail money to Nigeria everyday in the hope that they’ll get a chest of gold out of an ancient Goonies-type cave or some other made-up location with hidden treasure that’s just waiting to be unearthed by a Nigerian prince and his American business partner (read: person ignorant enough to believe in anything).

The somewhat sad part of cyber crime is that 25% of all cases remain unsolved. Here’s another stat that will send shockwaves deep into your cyber-crime plagued soul. 73% of Americans have experienced some form of cyber crime. You know what that means: if you’re an American and you’re reading this, you’ve probably already been a victim. Now, let’s dig into some stats about the profiles of the hackers perpetrating these crimes. 66% are American, 10.5% are British, and 7.5% are Nigerian. Now, at first blush, you might be inclined to generalize based on those numbers that the percentage of people in Nigeria who hack and scam is inordinately high. But, when you consider that Nigeria has a population of 154 million compared to Britian’s 61 million, you realize that it’s not inordinately high at all and that there are actually more hackers per capita in the U.K. then there are in Nigeria.

I happened to catch the 1992 film Sneakers over the weekend, and what really grabbed my attention was how far we’ve come as a “hacking culture” since the early 90’s, which was really the birth of modern day hacking. Alright, it’s time for the grading portion. Good luck hacking your way out of this one.

Design: A-

This design is above-average at worst and superlative at best. A nice hodgepodge of charts, graphs, and unique illustrations combine to make this graphic a top tier one.

Content: A-

There are many useful facts here within. I would rate this graphic extremely highly from a content perspective, mainly because the realities it reveals about cyber crime are enough to cause many sleepless nights.

We here at the showcase applaud this graphic’s makers for a job well-done. (Our whole staff is now standing around a table and clapping.)