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Tuesday
Nov022010

Client Infographic: The Empowered E-Patient

 

The Empowered E-Patient is a recent project InfoNewt (my company) did for the Path of the Blue Eye Project.  The statistics are compelling, and certainly support that e-patients are now mainstream.

In 2000, the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that 25% of Americans searched online for health information.  Today, 61% rely on the Web for medical and health content.  Americans’ growing reliance on Dr. Google and Nurse Yahoo! has led to profound changes in how health organizations and providers relate to and communicate with consumers.

Notably, this infographic provides information on e-patient social media communications from a Project-produced research report, “Communicating with the Empowered E-Patient.”  This report is available free of charge to individuals making regular contributions to the Project’s knowledge community, Living the Path.  Learn more about how to access this report here.

 

One of the challenges was defining not only what is an e-patient, but also what is the correct term to refer to these people looking up medical information online.  We ended up using Google to determine which terms are used most commonly, and the title ‘e-patient” was clearly the term used most often.

Thanks to Fard and the team at Enspektos.com.  There’s much more information available at the Path of the Blue Eye Project.

Monday
Nov012010

World Series Infographic Comparison

 

What makes an infographic, an infographic?  

It’s commonly understood that infographics visualize data.  But the question is: at what point data becomes information is where the grey area begins. The following two submissions from CoolInfographics.com readers allow a clearer comparison between interesting presentation of information vs. infographic.  As a Dallas-area resident, I couldn’t be happier to present two visualizations about the World Series between the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants.  Go Rangers!

 

Lillian Smith of VerticalBrands.com created the first in our series: 2010 World Series By Numbers (above).  A look at the home cities of the two teams dueling it out in the 2010 World Series, the San Francisco Giants and the Texas Rangers from Dallas.

In the spirit of the World Series, MyCheapApartments.com has decided to take a closer look at the two bustling metropolises that this year’s championship contenders call home.

Posted on mycheapapartments.com, this one does a better job of visualizing data.  The cities are located on visuals of the states, some housing statistics are in bar charts and even the mascot visuals add to the comparison.  There are certainly other statistics included that could also have been visualized, but are only included as text (Show me the map of San Francisco inside the map of Dallas for size comparison).  I do like that most of the comparisons are side-by-side for the cities, so the reader can understand the comparisons quickly.

 

 

On the other hand is a blog post from the folks at Sterling Satellite: 14 Things You Didn’t Know about the World Series.

 

My opinion is that this one doesn’t actually qualify as an infographic, because there isn’t any data being visualized.  It’s a list of interesting facts presented in a graphic format, but many of the statistics included would have been better understand if they had been visualized (i.e. graph the comparison of advertisement costs).

The World Series is one of the premier events in all of sports, and it is steeped in fascinating facts and figures that will amaze anyone.  Here are the 14 things you didn’t know about the World Series (as if you need anything to make you more excited):

 

What do you think?

 

Thanks for submitting these.  And… Go Rangers!

Monday
Nov012010

The Infographic Pumpkin, one last Halloween infographic

 

One final Halloween infographic this year is the Infographic Pumpkin from InfographicWorld.com.  

Whats better than a pumpkin carving? A pumpkin carved with Lasers, that’s what. Having carved pumpkins most of my life, and getting heavily into it in 2008 with my Obama pumpkins. I decided to combine my love of information and pumpkin carving to create the first infographic pumpkin. Long story short, doing it with stencils and by hand was a good waste of three 40lb pumpkins, a dozen hours and a few exacto knife war wounds. As luck would have it though, the very day i was about to throw in the towel I stumbled upon a Microsoft employee who carves pumpkins with lasers. Being that lasers are just about the most awesome thing in the world, i couldn’t pass up seeing if something could be arranged.

11 days, a few setbacks and a trip to the Microsoft campus to deliver a pumpkin and the fruit(that’s right, pumpkin is a fruit) of our labor was complete:
(click to enlarge)

What a fun project.  Great job Justin!

Sunday
Oct312010

The Halloween Report [infographic]

 

Overall, I like this one but The Halloween Report is a mixed bag.  Heavy on the illustration, The Halloween Report includes elements like the historical timeline, some pumpkin facts and an analysis of candy corn.  

I really like the 21 moons with jack-o-lantern faces, and the pumkpin comparison to the BMW Mini makes a good reference.  I like the idea of the candy corn ingredients, but the slices don’t accurately represent the proportions.

I don’t understand the 7x8 visual grid of pumpkins.  How does that mean 1.1 billion pounds?  The comparison to space shuttles is tough too, because most people don’t have a good feel for how much a space shuttle weighs.  I would have continued the BMW Mini comparison and shown how many Minis it takes to weigh 1.1 billion pounds.

Designed by Johnee Bee for ClassesAndCareers.com.

Thanks to Aubrey for sending in the link!

Saturday
Oct302010

America’s Most Haunted Hotels infographic

I really like Snoozing With Ghosts & Ghouls: A guide to America’s most haunted hotels from TravelPost.com.  It’s light on visualizing data, but I like both the content and the easy-to-read graphic.  The locations are the only thing actually visualized, but they could also have done visuals for the Guest Ratings.

Thanks to Ambika for sending in the link!

Friday
Oct292010

Halloween Home Improvements [infographic]

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Halloween Home Improvements gives you 18 inexpensive ideas to improve your outside house decorations for Halloween, and make your house the most memorable in your neighborhood.

Looking to scary up your home? Well, here are some ideas for Halloween home improvements that will make your house a boo-tiful abode (see what I did there with boo-tiful? That kind of instinct for wordplay can’t be taught …).

From BuildDirect.com.

Friday
Oct292010

The Scariest Halloween Party [infographic]

 

From Fixr.com, The Scariest Halloween Party: Get You Home Ready brings you a whole bunch of ideas to improve your Halloween party.

Friday
Oct292010

Top Jobs for Critical Thinking

While I was on the ThinkWatson.com site last week, I also found the Top Jobs for Critical Thinking.  I like how the design of this one turned out.  Using readily available salary data, they made the data relevant to their site in a very appealing infographic way.

Thursday
Oct282010

Google(graphic): Is Google a Monopoly?

Scores.org brings us Is Google a Monopoly? designed by Jess Bachman.

Google has a dominate market share of a very important gateway; internet search.  Can they stay impartial when they have their own products to pitch?  Whether or not they are a monopoly is up to the government and the best way to predict the future is to look to the past.  Examining these four historical monopolies, and their outcomes, should give us a better sense of Google’s fate.

 

Wednesday
Oct272010

Client Infographic: The Visual History of Halloween

The Visual History of Halloween infographic poster

 

Parties, Costumes, Food, Ghosts, Vampires, Witches, Jack-O-Lanterns…oh my!  Halloween is one of the world’s favorite holidays, and The Visual History of Halloween brings all of the diverse history and influences together at last.  Estimated as a $6.9 Billion industry today, Halloween is actually the combination of at least six different festivals and celebrations from hundreds (even thousands) of years ago.  Click HERE to see the high-resolution version.

InfoNewt (my company) designed this one mainly focused on the historical foundation of Halloween.  I’m sure a completely separate timeline could be made just covering the last 100 years of commercializing Halloween, but I tried to stay away from most of that with this one.

This was actually a very fun project, and a perfect topic for an infographic because the information available is so diverse and scattered.  Of course, when you talk about history going back this far, there is also disagreement on what really happened.  So, I plotted the most commonly accepted events and dates I could find.  I had to pull from a handful of different sites to get all of the pieces to fit together.

 

 

Ghosts, werewolves and witches have a long history.  It’s not until much more recent times that many of the other monsters we relate to Halloween appear.  Count Dracula, vampires, Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, The Mummy, Jason and all of the horror movie villains appear in the last 300 years.

 

 

My time to complete this project was short, but I believe I captured the most critical events in history.  Wouldn’t this make a great poster?

A big thanks to Erick and the team at FrightCatalog.com