Info from infographics

Graphic visual representations present sometimes complex, often abundant, information quickly. You’re surrounded all the time — signs, maps, education, bookshelf assembly instructions and more.

Here’s one that purports to be the Obama presidency, by the numbers.

Follow the link to see the full, large graphic. Things that are great about it: clean design, lots of data, red meat quotes and citations.

Things to watch out for in graphics like these: sometimes the eye and the mind are at visual odds. In this graphic, does the heft of some piece of information seem more or less trivial based on the graphic the artist used? Does a graph have a fair sense of proportion? Are things quickly and easily discernible? (As with anything else) does someone have an axe to grind?

All of those supporting links at the bottom of the image help assuage that fear. Shame, though, that they are part of the image itself and not just clickable. When I want to examine this infographic’s source material I have to type in the link by hand — only a slight inconvenience in the scheme of things, but it takes a little time, attention to detail and accuracy. If you’re making a graphic make everything simple, even the source material.

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