Information Graphics

Why You Are Still Alive.

In a clean, simple and concise way, the video below explains why you are still alive and able to read this.  I haven’t really thought about how my immune system works since college biology, and I’m glad someone took the time to create this animated infographic to explain it. I relearned something, and got a nice visual treat as well. Really nice design and animation work here. Oh and the 8 bit game audio track is a definite plus.

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Lets Go To Lithuania.

I’ve never been to Lithuania but now that I’ve seen the worlds longest infographic from design studio Zazu I kind of want to go. The infographic is illustrated with line art that tells you how to get there. some general facts and info on things like population, currency exchange traditional food, and some of their iconic sights to visit. I love the look of this image. There is a certain late 1960’s early 1970’s feel to it with an updated appeal. It has a nice blend between hand drawn, and obviously computer generated, and I’m OK with that. I’m kind of over the sketchy chalkboard art look that has been burning up the design world for the last few years.

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The State of Graphic Design.

Making a living as a graphic designer is a tricky business. The ground keeps shifting, people want more for less, the competition is greater now than ever, and you need to be able to do more things. Graphic Design is becoming a hybrid industry where you need to be able to do multiple things, and do them well. The info graphic below was produced at the end of 2013 with data from 2012. Even though the data is a year old, the facts shown hit home. The information presented was gathered by smartpress.com from a group of industry professionals and shows everything from, how to learn the field to salaries, tools, and self promotion. The saddest thing shown here; in 2011 the average salary for a graphic designer in the USA was just $44,000 a year. Pretty pathetic when you think about the skills required to do the job well.

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The Conversation Prism, How Social Networks are Used.

The infographic below is part of an ongoing study in the digital ethnography of social media. The information comes from Brian Solis, and was brought to visualization by JESS3. This is the fourth rendition of the chart and it will continue to evolve as social media and the web change. What’s great about this is it shows the dominant and emerging social networks and organizes them by daily use. If you are the lest bit curious about how and why your social networks are being used, this is worth a look.

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Frankendesign, A Day In Life of a Graphic Designer.

If you work in the design industry you’ll understand this infographic completely. If you don’t, well you might not. Nice illustration and design from the good people at Designbureau of Amerika. Behold A Day In Life of a Graphic Designer.

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Toky an Infographic Annual Report.

Over the course of my career I have designed a number of annual reports. At one time it was actually a very lucrative portion of my freelance work. One of the things I always liked about doing them, was creating the theme or story that pulled the brand together in a visually compelling way for share holders. One thing I never liked was the section that included all of the numbers, SEC filings, and other data that probably just got a light glance by most.

So, as companies continue to embrace more forms visual story telling, design, and information graphics it makes perfect sense that someone would create an all digital anual report in the form of, well, an infographic. St. Louis based Toky has done just that and they have done it really well. It’s no surprise, they are a branding, and design firm.

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The National Debt. An Infographic.

I’m not much of a political guy. I try not to post about politics here, and really hate discussing them with people. It just seems that folks that are really into politics are  radical zealots about what they believe. When it comes to moderation, and seeing the other persons point of view about political issues people just seem blind.

With that said, one thing is certain. You can’t argue with numbers. The infographic below shows the cold hard numbers about America’s current debt crisis. I don’t care if Bill Clinton cheated on Hillary, at least under his plan we would have had a surplus by now.