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The Most Influential People Infographic

The Most Influential People Infographic

The United States has come a long way from cooking over fires and riding horse and buggies but have you ever thought about who helped get us to where we are today. This infographic takes a look at some of the most influential people who have helped to shape our everyday lives.


Infographic Review

Infographic Design:  A

I really like the design of this infographic. There is a patriotic feel and a vintage look to the infographic that I appreciate. The information is easy to follow throughout the infographic and the images are easy to identify. I like that the dates are in big bold type emphasizing when these men and women changed our lives. I really enjoyed the design of this infographic especially the antique looking colors and fonts that were used.

Infographic Information: B+

The information is good as well with a good number of facts and stats that give readers more than they might already know. I mean we have all heard of the Popsicle but we might not have known who invented it. I think this infographic is a fun way to remind people of the men and women of our history who have helped to give us some of the things we use every day.

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Treating Hearing Loss with Stem Cells

Treating Hearing Loss with Stem Cells

Stem Cell Hearing Loss

This infographic informs us that the Cord Blood Registry and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston have partnered to form a trial that will infuse children with hearing loss with their own cord blood stem cells to try to treat the hearing problem.

Causes of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be caused by chemical exposure, infections like the measles and meningitis, and by head injuries.

Impact of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can impact a child’s learning abilities, their social development, and their speech and language acquisition.

How it Works

There are thousands of children in the United States with acquired hearing loss.  The damage occurs inside the Cochlea, where damaged cells in the inner ear cause the hearing loss.  An infusion of the cord blood stem cells into the Cochlea could repair the damaged cells and improve hearing.  That is what the trial is testing.


Design:  A+

This is a beautifully designed, easy-to-understand infographic.

Information:  B

More information, like the amount of children participating in the trial, etc. would be nice to know.

Source:  Hearing Loss Stem Cell Treatment Infographic

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.



The American Debt Crisis Infographic

The American Debt Crisis Infographic


The American Debt Crisis Infographic

This infographic addresses something that impacts all of us in the U.S. – the debt crisis.  The infographic was very informative – with some staggering numbers that makes one wish to either bury one’s head in the sand, or to start some sort of massive, worldwide bake sale.  Let’s get on with the data.


The United States currently owes $14.5 trillion and it’s rising daily.  I guess some people see the word “trillion” and it might as well be “bazillion” or “katrillion”  Unless one is a Douglas Adams fan, and in that case “Trillion” reminds them of something else, only maybe spelled differently.  Either way, it is a very large number that sort of boggles the mind so the graphic breaks it down by if you borrowed a dollar per second how long it would take you to borrow $1 trillion.  Then, just multiply that by 14.5 and you get a rough idea of how much money this country owes.  It’s as much as all the other governments in the world put together.

Whom Do We Owe?

In a word, everybody.  Check out the picture for a breakdown.

Can We Fix it?

The infographic talks about how much each employee in the country would need to make in order to pay off the national debt.  It doesn’t look like it’s happening any time soon.  The average household makes about $46,000, while each employee would need to make $90,000.  And what does that mean, anyway?  I guess taxes.

One confusing thing is that, at the bottom, there is this picture of Africa and we’re told that $14.5 billion dollars would feed East Africa for 4,000 years.  Since the national debt is $14.5 trillion, did they mean trillion, or billion?  We get the idea either way, but I think a little clarification would have been good there.  Maybe it’s just me being nitpicky.

Design:  B-

It’s ugly, but so is the debt crisis. I don’t like the colors used, or the layout of the thing.

Information:  A

F, actually, to the information itself, but an A to the folks who compiled the data.


Source:  Prozac Birth Defects

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

The Evolution of the Librarian

The Evolution of the Librarian


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


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


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

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

Howard Hughes – Infographic or Timeline?

Howard Hughes – Infographic or Timeline?

More and more it seems the infographic is being watered-down (some would say dumbed-down) until it is little more than a few simple pictures with some insipid facts or boring stats that no one would ever care about unless they had to write a report for their high school class.

Case in point. This infographic would be great as a start for research on the life and times of the eccentric and wealthy Howard Hughes. It IS a timeline of the life of Howard Hughes, but does that make it an infographic? I’m not making a judgment here, just asking the question. What should an infographic provide? Graphics and information, of course, but is their a degree of difficulty involved or some level of graphic prowess that is also needed? Or is it all a matter of relativity. If you think it’s an infographic and a timeline or possibly neither or something else altogether (a cheap marketing ploy), doesn’t that make it your choice and your perspective?

Well, whatever you decide, it is an interesting topic and if you did want to know more about Mr. Howard Hughes, take 60 seconds and skim though this infographic or timeline or whatever you would like to call it. Jane Russell certainly looks nice. ;-)

click image for full size infographic

by GDS Digital

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