Infographics Assignment

Exercise #1

Story 1: New York Times Article “Bankers Call for Wider Measures to Stem Crisis”

The graphics potential for this story can be portrayed in a variety of different ways. The story looks into protecting money deposits from their clientele in order to assure money is kept safe. I think that one really cool graphic that they could do could be a how-to infographic where they walk through the different steps that could lead to solving the euro-zone money crisis. Clearly the band systems in this region are in a crisis that can not easily be solved. I think this story definitely needs graphics because it is one huge chunk of text. I found myself reading through and loosing focus because of the amount of text that was included. I think another cool graphic that they could use to tell the story in a visual manner would be to include a graphic that explains the situation. It could be something that showed perhaps the number of banks that are being affected, and the amount of debt that it is causing.

Here is an example storyboard sketch of how I think it could look in both of the scenarios listed above:

#1 Problem Solution Graphic

This graphic shows the potential of a solution in solidifying banks to promote economic activity.



I think that by using this graphic you could either create two separate ones to tell the story completely, or you could use just one to compliment the story and make it not just one huge long block of text. I think in using these methods you could eliminate loosing consumer attention. It would show the problem, and pherhaps a solution to a growing problem that could effect many more countries; including the United States. Its all about economic activity.

Story #2: ABC News Article, “Heart Devices Might be Useless for Women

There are several different areas that you could go to in order to tell the story of heart device usage in response to heart attach situations. There are numerous amounts of statistics in the story from ABC. I think that one potential infographic could look into all of the different statistics that are listed. I feel like statistics say more when they are visualized. Perhaps there could be a section where it talks about statistics among men, then there could be a section that talks about women, and another that talks about the annual amount that is spent on these devices. The type of infographic would be a descriptive one that would allow the story to be told and complimented by. Perhaps it would tell the compliment the story in order to show the ineffectiveness among women who end up needing the heart monitoring device. The graphics potential of the story, can be displayed in a numerous amountOf different scenarios. Another potential graphic that can be used would be to show that there is still research that could be done in this specific area. Both scenarios seem to be a more descriptive approach to telling the story.

Here is an example of what this could look like in an infographic format:


By using the above infographic, not only would it show that in a lot of cases that Women heart monitors are not as effective as mens. You would also show, that the cost of having these devices could potentially outweigh the benefits of having one. Yum for graphic would not only tell the story, but would also complement it in a way that it would not just be a long block of text. In the above graphic you first see how effective the heart monitors are for men, Then you see how effective they are for women, And finally you see the statistics of the cost and effect this for both sexes.


Exercise #2


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In the above infographic we see bankruptcy defined and represented by “sinking ships”. Not only is this extremely ironic, but it is a good representation of making data more appealing than just having it in a block of text. The type of infographic this is is data visualization. The navigational structure of this structure is east to navigate because it is something that you see the amounts by how big the ships are, and you see the y-axis of the graphic having years when the bankruptcy’s occurred.  I think the strengths of this graphic are the visual appeal it has. It does not look boring and the color scheme they used is appealing to the eye. I think some of the weaknesses it has are it does seem a bit scattered with boats making it difficult to compare some of the smaller ones in size.

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Above we see an instructive infographic That talks about the first aid kit essentials. The infographic shows the different tools that can be used to first aid situation and gives a brief description of what all of them do. The navigational structure of the simple graphic it’s easy-to-follow because all of the items lead back up into the big picture of the first aid kit. Some of the strengths of the simple graphic is that it is easy to follow it does have everything you need to create first aid kit. Some of the weaknesses of the simple graphic are the color scheme and the others to add section because they do not necessarily have graphics next to them and the descriptions are shorter.

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In the above info graphic we see a narrative that talks about the gender pay gap in UK organizations. The infographic tells the story of the issue in a visual manner. The navigational structure is easy-to-follow because it is one that we use when we read because we read from left to right. Overall the simple graphic tells a story. Some of the strengths of the simple graphic include the color scheme they chose and the images that are behind the text. Another strength is that there is just enough information tell the story rather than overloading the reader with lots of text. Though there are strengths there also weaknesses. One of the major weaknesses that I see when I look at this is that it is just a bunch of squares.They could have spaced out the information more to make it more visually appealing and already is.


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