“I tractor tractors.”
What grasp of pictographs.
I feel like logic must have been out to lunch when they came up with this one.
You guys, this video is TEN YEARS OLD and STILL AWESOME. I first saw it in 2002. My friends and I used to quote this INCESSANTLY back in high school to the point where our social group actually imposed a moratorium on mentioning or showing it.
TEN YEARS OLD.
I am officially Ancient On The Internet.
(Well, have a nap - ZEN FIRE ZE MISSILES!)
Can’t help reblogging this. Because… come on. Excellence.
(Source: nathankemp, via purplehairedwonder)
My cousin’s child
In my arms
I point. “Look, soft—“
Rests against mine
Tiny neck cranes
To see— then
It is gone.
We are silent,
In tiny lungs
And my own.
I love infographics, but I love this even more.
- Lack of clarity. Infographics should ease and speed the consumption of information. If you take something you can express in 25 words and turn it into 1000 x 3000 pixels of eye-watering garbage, it’s not an infographic. It’s a waste of paper.
- Lack of data. Infographics used to communicate data. Like this. Now, apparently, I can turn a fax machine manual into a poster and get it posted to 55 different infographics directories. Retch.
- Low information density. An infographic is more effective than words describing the same subject. Otherwise it’s art. Which is cool and all. But it’s not an infographic.
- Lack of flow. An infographic should lead me from introduction to conclusion, somehow. It should help me solve or understand a problem. If it doesn’t, it’s a graphic, minus the info. This Visually piece is a great example of infographic flow.
- Flatland (read Edward Tufte’s work for the full description). It’s a two-dimensional drawing that describes two dimensions of data. Look at this chart showing Napoleon’s army as the Russian winter destroys it. How many different dimensions are there? I counted at least four.
- Chartjunk (again, read Tufte): Extra crap that doesn’t help me understand the data.
- Yeck. It’s as visually appealing as a spit wad.
- You stole your data. Infographics cite their sources. If you didn’t cite, it’s a stash, not an infographic.
- It’s pointless. Just go read Mark Mapstone’s post. You’ll see what he means.
- Terrible writing. ‘Graphic’ doesn’t mean ‘you have permission to write drivel.’ The writing has to be extraordinary. It can’t be awful.
- Someone who can’t even use Excel told a room full of people, “Let’s create an infographic!” and everyone nodded sagely. You might get lucky, I guess, and still create something worthwhile. It’s more likely, though, that the result will have all of the above problems.
QR codes in action at the Chicago Field Museum. I thought this was particularly well done.
Alas, I do not have a smart phone, so I couldn’t check the link. But the presentation gets full points.