The storytelling power of infographics has hit hardtop with a new, customizable stencil set from artist Golan Levin. The sprayable, laser-cut setup allows users the combine thought-provoking text and an accompanying pie chart.
What they may lack as far as the intricacy and richness of computer-generated infographics, these stencils more than make up for it with the immediacy and intensity of graffiti art.
Did you know a political conservative is more likely to prefer McDonald’s french fries than his liberal counterpart? He’s also more likely to qualify Chinese takeout as “exotic ethnic food.”
On the other hand, self-identified left-leaners are more likely to drink wine with meals at home (conservatives go for juice or milk), and they’re also more likely than conservatives to enjoy beer drinking.
Prevention and price transparency could both be improved in the US. Stopping a health problem early can save thousands down the road. Also, according to this infographic, “knowing where our money is going would make everything cheaper.” Opening people’s eyes to bogus processing fees and excess spending.
The rise of infographics: Lessons from the Social Media Weekend
If you couldn’t attend, here’s the top takeaways from the panelists:
- Max Shron, OkCupid: “Our eyes are good at taking information in, better than any other way. We take information and put it in a form that fits in one eye-span. Infographics take information and make it decidable.”
- Shane Snow, Visual.ly: “Visualization is a great storytelling medium and is also strong in driving digital traffic. The wonderful thing is that there are a million ways to tell a story with visualizations.”
- Russ Marshalek, Flavorpill: “At its base, an infographic is a visual representation of some form of information, that may not necessarily be visual. It helps you understand the data better. They’re not viral by nature.”
- Matt Owens, Athletics: “In this time, there is a trend to make data cool and sexy and good to use. In what we do on a daily basis, what we do on the web, it is all about the hang time. Is it the joke of the moment that you need to jump on.”
SINCE January 2009 The Economist has been banned or censored in 12 of the 190-odd countries in which it is sold, with news-stand (as opposed to subscription) copies particularly at risk. India has censored 31 issues and at first glance might look like the worst culprit. However its censorship consists of stamping “Illegal” on maps of Kashmir because it disputes the borders shown. China is more proscriptive. Distributors destroy copies or remove articles that contain contentious political content, and maps of Taiwan are usually blacked out. In Sri Lanka both news-stand and subscription copies with coverage of the country may be confiscated at customs. They are then released a couple of weeks later (sometimes sooner if the story is also reported by another news outlet). In Malaysia the information ministry blacks out some stories that it judges may offend Muslims, among other things. And in Libya, four consecutive editions were confiscated in late August/early September 2009, the first of which featured a piece critical of Muammar Qaddafi.