Chapter 9: Information Graphics

EX. 1

Story One


print: I think it would be good to have a chart/diagram that illustrates the amount of money at risk, and how it the monetary risk has grown over time.

It would also be cool to have a map with pin points for the central banks that are having issues in developed countries.

online: I would also have that said map for the online version, however, make the pins click-able, so that when they are clicked they provide more information about the location and amount of money that is at risk for that location specifically.

There could also be a narrative to explain the economic process of banks and emergency lending, and how that affects the economy.

Story Two


print: Similarly, there would need to be diagrams show casing the statistics and numbers of not only the actual rate of women/men helped by the device, but the women to men ratio for the trials themselves. This will allow the information be more easily understood.

web: I would use the same diagrams listed above, except that they would be in a slideshow format, where you click from one to another.

A narrative to explain why gender difference is needed in studies, and how it negatively impacted the trials of this particular heart device.

Also, it would be really neat to have a simulation both male and female hearts, and have the hearts start to have failure, and be able to click through the process of how an ICD would help a man’s heart, more so than it would a women’s.

Ex. 2:

Search for Graphic


 This one from web MD (click here) instructs a person on the most effective types of exercise. It is instructive, and has a slideshow to click through. It could of been even better had it showcased a gif that instructed you though the particular exercise as well.


These are among the easiest to come by, although some are really long and not made for web content (example). This being said, it is fairly easy to come across short, fun ones to watch examples [1] , [2].

I think the shorter ones obviously take the cake, and generally the shorter the better. The one about the human brain I found preferable, because it had a more pleasant voice to listen to. The graphics among them all are relatively equal in aesthetics.


This is a fun concept to play with, because items are so click-able. Example [1]

I think this particular one is cool because it’s very informational, and shows some things that you might not other wise see.

Journalistic Game

Immediately when I consider journalistic games, I think of the quizzes that give you an answer dependent upon what you choose.

Such a zombie survival quiz or one of cosmos many lifestyle quizzes.

I think that both kinds have their merit, while both are mostly based of assumptions (and are not necessarily factual). However, it is easy to make, can relate easily to an article, and people love taking them.

Data visualization: 

For this I used a website that shows various rankings by city in Virginia (from schools to crime), and you can click on whichever cities you want to learn more about. It also lets you see which areas of cities are safest as well.

The downside to the site is to see the actual numbers/statistics, you have to pay for subscription.