Is this video about regenerative braking a data visualization? Is it an infographic? Does it matter?

While the discussion rages about whether infographics have ‘jumped the shark,’ the conversation about just what is an infographic, and what is data visualization is unfolding on answer’s network Quora, and skillfully synthesized by Alex Williams of ReadWriteWeb.

The terms infographic and data visualization are used so interchangeably  that the meaning has become muddied, or even lost. But as storytellers look for engaging, new ways to tell stories, and as our lives generate ever more data, the infographic, er…data visualization, will continue to grow in prominence as a part of the storyteller’s toolkit.


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