Infographics: Visualizing the Story! (Links Updated)
Infographics are a way to make information more easily accessible to the human eye by transforming it into a visual chart, map or image. I have found three examples of exemplary infographics – on Mexico of course!
My first example has relevance in the recent “pandemic” situation that apparently originated in Mexico. This map of the Swine Flu tracks cases of confirmed and reported cases of the flu on the North American continent. What would take a very long and boring text to describe – namely the impact and spreading of the flu over the continent – is made understood easily by the visualization on the map. (NYT Swine Flu updates)
In this story on a Mexican Oil Company the infographic uses bars in order to visualize the descrease in sales and revenue. I nicer idea might have been to move away from the classical “turn-data-into-bars”-structure by providing a more visual component. This could either be done with oil barrels (although that might be to cliché already) or by otherwise visualizing the oil, as this infographic does with drugs (Story Link). However, this is merely to increase visual pleasure and not necessarily information. It might make the data more accesible though.
My last example is an infographic of bullfighting. The combination of graphics and symbols shows the process of a bullfight in its various stages. Even if somebody does not speak Spanish and has never witnessed a bullfight, this graphic will make it clear how a fight is executed. (Selection of Infographics by Calderón)
A collection of infographics about Mexico made in the US cannot possibly go without some data on immigration. Unable to find a good infographic that would track the relation between “home town” and “goal town” is among imigrants, I found this very striking visualization of the relations of border crossings and economics between the US and Mexico. It is the simlicity that makes it such a strong visual tool. (Original Article)
Kathy suggested I add the links for the original stories/sources of where I got the infographics. I added the links in brackets