For better or worse one of the most popular trends on the Internet is to create infographics on topics (see a bunch here). Some of these graphics are stunning and really paint a nice picture, while others are, well, let’s just say others are less than helpful.
Those who follow me on Twitter know that I am in Miami right now, last night I grabbed the red eye from Seattle to Miami in hopes of seeing Will Smith — only to find out contrary to the song) he doesn’t live in Miami full-time.1 Part of my airport ritual is to purchase a physical magazine to read during take off (when digital devices are not allowed), this time was no different.
This time around I purchased Bloomberg Businessweek and it was a special ‘Year in Review’ edition that promised:
365 days, 61 Charts, 289 Pictures, 7 Essays.
I grabbed this issues because it appeared that Businessweek decided to make an entire infographic issue of a printed magazine.2 So how did they do?
I have never been more confused in trying to read a magazine3, or just trying to figure out why all the numbers and charts and lines they are showing are important. I cannot recommend this issue of Businessweek to any of my dear readers.
If you need a concrete example just look at the bottom left corner of the last picture — they are not saying that those percentages represent each half of the country — no they just put percentages randomly over the top of the country and then colored it differently to show how “equal” they are. Lame.
I had a goal once airborne to use my MacBook Air and InDesign to finish up a form for work — middle seat in coach on Alaska Airlines does not work so well for this task. I slept instead. In fact it doesn’t work at all for this task, I needed more elbow room to properly use the track pad — frustrating. More on this when I get back though.
That is not really why I am in Miami. ↩
I realize infographics have been popular since before the web. ↩
More confusing that iPad apps. ↩