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A little information graphic I did for the LBAF community. We asked two questions about how community members felt about the state budget - mainly to test out the idea that even though people may feel hard done by, they may feel that the budget measures are necessary (like they did under the Howard/Costello budget in 1996).

Well, they don’t. They don’t see it’s a good budget for the nation AND they will also be worse off…

(yeah, I know, small sample size…but with most of the coverage I’ve seen, it seems pretty consistent)

One interesting point that was picked up by a member of the community is that all those who are “for” the budget measures, were quite vague in their reasoning (we have a budget emergency / we gotta bring down the deficit / can’t live on borrowed money etc), but those against had very specific concerns. One great comment from a person who was for the budget measures was; “we have to make the cuts. It’s not a bloody island holiday resort”. That’s funny, as I’m not sure a low income earner, or a single parent would equate their life today as being like sitting on a pool chair, sipping a margarita… 


During the budget the Australian Treasurer said it is not the end of the age of entitlement, but th ebeginning of the age of opportunity.

The Crawford School of Public Policy analysed how we will all be in 2017 after the new budget comes fully into effect. (Apparently these sorts of scenarios have appeared in budget papers over the last ten years, but they were not included in the latest one)

They clearly show that the most vulnerable members of our community will be left much worse off, while high income earners will virtually not feel any of the pain.

The government has consistently said we all need to carry a fair share of the load to lessen the “debt crisis” (which many argue is a concocted fiction).  It appears that the load is not evenly distributed at all.

Data sourced from the guardian

Doctoral student Michelle Borkin of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences recently asked herself just that. To find an answer, she and several collaborators collected more than 2,000 informative images from a range of publications and websites for what became the “largest scale visualization study to date.” The idea was to see which images were memorable in an intrinsic, automatic way that Borkin describes as “pre-attentive.”

The Secrets Of A Memorable Infographic | Co.Design | business design

This story talks about a study that tells us that information graphics with images are more memorable than those without images…


And of course FastCodesign has picked up on this and implies the “secret” of a successful information graphic is one we can remember seeing before. Which is not my definition of a successful information graphic. What about being able to impart information or have that information stick? Or provide a way to explore information?

But no - according to FastCodesign success or “stick” is defined if people can recall seeing imagery before.  

It feels to me this study would have the same result for **any** graphic - let alone an information graphic.

The study does nothing though to test how well the information is recalled by participants. Thanks FastCoDesign for making more people feel that all you need to do with information graphics is add some cute pictures and you are onto a winner.

So much of what local journalists collect day-to-day is structured information: the type of information that can be sliced-and-diced, in an automated fashion, by computers. Yet the information gets distilled into a big blob of text — a newspaper story — that has no chance of being repurposed.

Adrian Holovaty (2006)

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Famous Novels’ First Sentences, Mapped [Infographic]

Sentence diagrams never looked this good

By Colin Lecher 

Maybe you spent a week in school making these, but the ones in your class almost definitely didn’t look as good. The folks at Pop Chart Lab, which now has an oeuvre of infographics depicting everything from classic games to beer, took a literary turn with their latest chart. A Diagrammatical Dissertation on Opening Lines of Notable Novels (itself one hell of a tongue-twister) is a series of simple Reed-Kellogg sentence diagrams, but there’s something special about placing them all next to each other. The start of Don Quixote looks especially circuitous next to the deceivingly simple “124 was spiteful” of Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Plus, “A screaming comes across the sky,” from Gravity’s Rainbow, is appropriately askew in this format. (More information here)


I did this today for Life Begins at Fifty. We did a small survey with community members on satisfaction and happiness. The sample size was quite small, so I wasn’t really able to do any descriptive or comparative statistics.  I could look at the sample at a total level, or at an individual level.

I decided to create “happiness shapes” using simple star graphs to illustrate the satisfaction scores. It was interesting to see the different shapes, and how life satisfaction is not just based on one dimension, but multiple ways of examining and considering your life.   It was interesting to see how people have high scores for most things, but life regrets may be lowering their satisfaction score; or they appear to have achieved goals and have great life conditions, but are missing a general sense of satisfaction .  Anyhow, if you’d like to read the rest of the post I did to accompany this you can find it here.

I ran some very basic stuff in tableau when I first pulled the data and established that you could only really look at the result at a total level. I then did some mucking around in R with heat maps and star charts. The star charts interested me, only because I started to see some interesting patterns at an individual level. I then tidied all the graphs in illustrator, and layout in InDesign. What do you think?

(I also did the logo for LBAF which I am quite proud of!)


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I’m often asked about the differences between data visualizations and infographics based on quantitative data. As I explained in the first pages of The Functional Art, I don’t see many, as both crafts are based largely on the same design principles. Perhaps, I’d argue that an infographic is a visual display intended to make a point, whereas a data visualization is a tool to interactively explore data.

The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization: Infographics to explain, data visualizations to explore (via dadatavis)

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