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Lucy Osborne

We’re always harping on about how useful infographics are and how much attention people pay to them. So, I thought it only right to put our assumptions to the test by asking if you if you agree…

I did a survey (of 55 people: a cross section of ages ranging from 17 – 72, men and women, who were from a variety of economic backgrounds) on how people react to infographics, by asking three simple questions. I then attempted to use this information to create my own infographic.

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By Francesca Holloway

The Guardian has produced a infographic that promises to make the popular uprisings and revolutions sweeping the Middle East easier to follow.

The timeline begins on December 17, when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in Tunisia, and runs up to today.

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By Catherine Wylie

The recent tsunami in Japan and the protest which took over London last Saturday have both produced pages and pages of copy. On top of that there has been hundreds of videos, live blogs and live tweets. But, for me, it was the photographs which proved to be the most powerful, and not surprisingly, the place to see the best variety was on  Mail Online.

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By Lucy Osborne

Predictions that online newspapers and magazines will phase out the printed press are worrying enough for us hacks, but could we also face a future where graphs, charts and tables replace the written word?

According to an article by Clare Dwyer Hogg in The Independent last month, this is where we’re heading. Some business magazines have already taken this leap, dispensing of text entirely. At the end of last year, financial glossy, Bloomberg Businessweek published a special “review of the year”  issue, using only infographics to describe the events of the financial year (289 pictures and 61 charts, to be precise).

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By Lucy Osborne

“Time to get your Monday morning mind blown,” writes Josh Halliday on the Guardian‘s Digital Content Blog. Indeed, here’s an infographic that will get your mind ticking ahead of tomorrow morning if you’ve had a sleepy weekend.

Projections indicate that around 35% more digital information exists today than the capacity that exists to store it.

The latest Wikibon infographic (below) shows that the estimated amount of “data in the digital universe” this year – 1.2 zettabytes (1.3 trillion gigabytes) – is equal to 75m fully-loaded 16GB iPads, which is enough to cover the Wembley pitch.

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By Catherine Wylie

The below graphic is from www.informationisbeautiful.net and was reproduced on The Guardian website. While one of my friends described it as “pretty brilliant and succinct”, I found myself having to spend a little time studying it to fully figure out what it conveyed. However, after not too long, I did grasp it and on this occasion I’d definitely say I’d rather look at this graphic than read any accompanying story.

Very taxing? 'Information is Beautiful' and the Guardian don't think so

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By Catherine Wylie

I’m sceptical as to how effective this graphic is. I’d personally have preferred a short paragraph outlining the main findings of the data gathered, mainly because there isn’t really any significant trend in the graphic. The majority of the country falls within two brackets, and there are only three instances of an area being coloured black, ie. the highest bracket.

I would imagine that a lot of work went in to gathering all the relevant data in order to make this graphic, but I don’t think it can stand alone without accompanying tables and a story.

However, I’ll let you have the final say. Take a look and tell us what you think.

Medicated England, taken from The Guardian

 

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