A Word, or Two, About Infographics (Data Visualizations Too)

March 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm Leave a comment

By Mary Ludloff

Okay, I love infographics, otherwise known as information graphics and its close cousin, data visualizations. An infographic is a graphic visual representation of data or information. A data visualization is a visual representation of data (not necessarily graphical). When done well, either can crystallize a thought or idea that might take a number of textual paragraphs to explain. In other words, a picture (graphical or otherwise) is sometimes worth a thousand words.

But be careful that the “picture” does not misrepresent the words behind it. For example, an infographic on censorship seems to indicate that the U.S. and Canada has more censorship than Russia and Australia. Of course, that all depends on your definition of censorship.


In this case, censorship also includes child pornography and illegal file sharing which is why the U.S. received its score of “some censorship.” So when you look at an infographic, it is just as important to understand the definitions driving the visual picture. Yes, you still need some words! That being said, here is a list of some of my favorite infographic and data visualization sites:

And finally, in honor of March Madness, take a look at the March Madness Bracketology winners from 1985 through 2010. Happy Hoops!

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