The Triple Crown

The Triple Crown

One of the most revered titles for any thoroughbred horse to have is the Triple Crown, which only 12 horses have won since it’s inception.  To acquire the title, the Preakness Stakes, Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes must be won,. This had not been done since 1978, making this an elusive title until American Pharoah won it this year. This a great achievement, and in the spirit of celebration here is an infographic from the online wagering site MyWinners.com, including some interesting facts about the title, its history and previous winners.

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Woman Poker Stars Infographic

Woman Poker Stars Infographic

The contribution of woman to the world of poker has been a lot than we know. On International Women’s Day, a time we recognize Women’s Contribution to sports in every field and the historical inequalities women have had to face.

So now in 2013, we thought it might be interesting to look at the female make-up of PokerStars and recognize some of the big contributions some of our top female players have made to poker realm.

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Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B

The design does a good job of helping to showcase each of the women featured. The black background give the infographic a gambling vibe. I like the use of poker chips and symbols throughout the infographic.

Infographic Information: B

Each woman had a little bio about them that gave the reader some decent information. The stats were interesting but overall the information was not really that great.

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EURO 2012 Infographic

EURO 2012 Infographic

The Euro is a major sporting event that many countries look forward to every year. This year was no different with the most countries watching especially the two countries competing. This infographic share some facts about this year’s match and the teams that were playing.

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Infographic Review

Infographic Design: C

I have to point out that the first thing that I think of when I look at this infographic is not sports. For some reason the images used have no connection to a sports theme at all. I am assuming that this was intentional and while that may be the case I am still confused as to the decision to use such a unique theme. If I were scrolling and just glanced at this I would think it has something to do with flowers and not sports. If you wanted to reach those who are into sports the infographic should have reflected that this does not look like a sports infographic. With all of that being said there were some things that I did like including the different sections for each country that gave a little information and facts. The stick figure images were nice because they did have a sports feel to them. So while the theme may have been a little two different for my taste it did not take away from the information which is an important part of an infographic.

 

Infographic Information: B

Unlike the design of the infographic I felt that the information was great. I thought for someone like myself who knows nothing about the Euro, this was a good way to learn about it. The information about the teams and the different players helped to give a better understanding of the game. The “did you know?” sections were fun and interesting to read which broke up some of the same types of facts. This infographic does a great job offering both informative and different information that many may not have heard before. While the design may be hindering this infographic the information is able to carry it to the goal.

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Use Your Head Infographic

Use Your Head Infographic

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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.

Scorecard

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

Online Gaming Infographic – A Graphic, Visual History

Online Gaming Infographic – A Graphic, Visual History

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So, I have to admit I geeked out a little when I found out what this infographic was about.  I am not admitting to any large amounts of online gaming, or my vintage Atari buttons and t-shirts, or my SGI Dogfight-induced Carpal Tunnel in ’89, or anything like that, I just think it’s really interesting to learn about history.  History is important.  Right?  I guess I digress…

Online Gaming Timeline

This infographic is great-looking.  The header is just perfect, with its old-school feel, and the timeline set forth is impressive because of the sheer amount of research that went into it.  It lists the online games created since 1973 starting with Empire, the first networked multiplayer game, and ending in 2011 with the long-anticipated Duke Nukem Forever, which was so long-anticipated that it could never live up to fans expectations, and is thought largely to suck.

Online Gaming Sales

After the game information, including the year, the name of the game, the creator of the game, and a tidbit of information about each, there is a section on game sales.  It’s broken out by system, and the pie charts look like little Pac-Men.  The yellow part of the Pac-Man is the sum of the world’s sales in millions, and the red piece is America’s piece of the pie.  The grand total for the whole world in game sales is $3431.34 million dollars.  Is your mind blown yet?

The next section covers the top 10 games sales by publisher in millions – also showing the sum of America and the sum of the world.  Nintendo is the clear winner, with Sony a distant second.  The section right after that deals with the top 10 best-selling games of all time, broken into an “all games” category and an “online multiplayer only” category.  For “all games,” the big winner is Wii Sports, followed by Super Mario Brothers.  The best selling online multiplayer game?  Mario Kart, of course.

The Wrap-Up on Online Gaming

There are two more little sections – one with the total sales in units.  Check out the number.  Mind-boggling.  The last bit is a big old word cloud shaped like Pac-Man with names of games that were world-changers.  It’s fun to hunt for your favorite and see how big it is in comparison to others.

Design:  A+

The mix of classic video game graphics and the layout of the infographic work perfectly, and I honestly can’t think of any criticism for the look of the graphic.

Information:  A+

Everything you ever needed to know about online gaming, all wrapped up in a very big and fun to read infographic.

Source:  Online casino and online casino games from Silver Oak

New York Yankees Dominance in Baseball Infographic

New York Yankees Dominance in Baseball Infographic

New York Yankees Baseball Infographic

New York Yankees. The Best Team in Baseball? Yes.

As a long-suffering fan of the Baltimore Orioles, it pains me to have to review this baseball infographic. I’m the same as any non-Yankee fan, I despise the Yankees and didn’t much care for George Steinbrenner, God rest his soul, but you have to respect them and tip your baseball cap to them They have dominated a sport like few others have in any other sport, baseball or otherwise. So while I don’t care for them, there is probably more jealousy than any real reason to loathe them as completely as I do, must give them their due.

But enough of that diatribe, what about this sports infographic?

The artist has done a wonderful job inserting baseball-related objects (Bats, caps and baseballs. Oh My.) to create the graphs. I’d say almost whimsical, but the thoughtful use of bats as pie charts goes beyond and shows the artist’s imaginative qualities. And using the digital scoreboard as a bar graph really “hits a homerun”, much like the 600th of A-rod’s career, which he hit last week. ;-)

The amount of data showing the Yankees domination is staggering. No other Major League Baseball team comes close to the Yankees in any category. The number back up the title of the infographic and leave no room for doubt about which baseball team is the king of the Big Leagues. The top portion is a little hard to read and looks a bit “messy” but you have to reward the effort here and the timeline is a great supporting text to the argument of who is the best in baseball.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B+
I’d have given it an A, but the top portion is a little muddy. Great use of baseball objects as graph elements.

Content: A-
The infographic’s content makes the right calls and show that the New York Yankees have no peer in baseball. Makes me want to gag. ;-)

Infographic by: School Grants Blog

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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NCAA Basketball March Madness Infographic

NCAA Basketball March Madness Infographic

Lots of fun information about the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the craziness of March Madness in this infographic. Good to know the odds are Nine Quintillion to One on having a perfect bracket. Now I feel better about losing in my office pool every year. Has anyone ever picked all the game winners?

Top World Football Earners Infographic

Top World Football Earners Infographic

This infographic sports a very detailed and large collection of information on the top earners for world football (soccer for US fans). It showcases crisp graphics with vibrant colors that pop from a neutral gray background; and easy-to-find information make this a winner of a sports infographic.

Look closely: a very nice touch can be seen when the artist uses the iconic people graphics to build the flags. Nicely done, Ben.

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Santanna’s How to Throw a Changeup – Baseball Infographic

Santanna’s How to Throw a Changeup – Baseball Infographic

Sometimes infographics are used to teach rather than just present information in a format that is easy to “digest.” Of course, teaching you how to throw a changeup and doing it are two different things. But this infographic presents the instructions in a clear manner, with additional information on where it is best to throw the pitch.

Better infographics do more than just entertain and inform on the the focus on the pieces (how to throw a changeup), they also give a second (where best to throw the changeup) and sometimes third layer of information (how to identify the changeup if you are a batter) to engross you all the more. Batter up! This infographic is a homerun!

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