Instructor: Jing Gong

Weekly Question #5 (Due Friday, October 16)

Leave your response as a comment on this post by the beginning of class on October 16, 2015. Remember, it only needs to be a couple of sentences. For these weekly questions, I’m mainly interested in your opinions, not so much particular “facts” from the class!If you sign in using your AccessNet ID and password you won’t have to fill in the name, email and captcha fields when you leave your comment.

Here is the question:

Find a graphic that does a nice job of telling a story. Post a link to the graphic and explain why you think it’s an example of a good data visualization. Make specific use of the concepts we discussed in class.

Here are some infographic sites you can take a look. But feel free to look at other websites too.

44 Responses to Weekly Question #5 (Due Friday, October 16)

  • This Infographic shows obesity in infants to preschoolers. There are a lot of valuable information on this image and gives a succinct list of the risk factors associated with obesity. For example, young ones who are obese early, are twice as likely to die before the age of 55 then slimmer peers. Moreover, the graphic gives lots of data showing different factors that comes with obesity. This picture is so meaningful because it explains a lot of crucial effects of obesity and how to prevent it as well.


    This Infographic shows obesity in infants to preschoolers. There are a lot of valuable information on this image and gives a succinct list of the risk factors associated with obesity. For example, young ones who are obese early, are twice as likely to die before the age of 55 then slimmer peers. Moreover, the graphic gives lots of data showing different factors that comes with obesity. This picture is so meaningful because it explains a lot of crucial effects of obesity and how to prevent it as well.

  • This graph tells a story on its own, the numbers or idea are presented in a simple form that is logical. It shows specifics percentages of the technology usage per student. As an example; the social interactions graph shows a comparison of the usage between Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with respect to relationship measures that do not hold bias. The usage of images and textual content help to make a clear point of the movement towards the digital lifestyle we live in. In a simplistic presentation of numbers and ideas this graphical design does a good job representing its ideas by graphical visualization. In addition, the graph separates 3 points by identifying a change of topic to support the overall big picture without confusing the reader with unneeded information. By using numbers 1-3 this labels the three supporting topics to stand on their own.
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    Which Fast Food Chain Has The Best Burger & Fries?

    This graphic compares the rates of American’s preference of Fries and Burgers for 8 main Fast Food chain. It shows obviously that more than third of people in the United States say McDonald’s have the best fries but the same cannot be said for the Big Mac which trails the competition in the popularity stakes.
    The reason why I think it’s an good data visualization is it’s easy for me to understand what it going to tell us. This graphic use Fast Food chain logos instead of typing the name of them, because people prefer to remember logos. Also, this graphic use yellow for fires and orange color for burger, it’s easy for readers to recognize the yellow bar is the rate of fries and another is for burger. And it make sense, because fries are yellow color. The whole graphic trying to use less data-ink, and it still give us lots of information.


    This shows a picture of the life spans of the different species apart of the animal kingdom ranging from the animal that has the least life expectancy to the one with the most. I believe this graphic does a good job of telling a story because it is clear, it gives meaningful comparisons between the life expectancy of each animal, and there isn’t much text, but it is easily understood without it.


    This is an example of a good data visualization. The Science Of Instagram, shows users how to enhance their photos in an assortment of ways to gain the most likes and comment (which we all know we want). Each “scientific example” shows a graph that’s easy to read and understand. Simplicity is key when it comes to data visualizations, and with the graphs and explanations of each example make this simple and easy to read.


    I think this graphic does a nice job of telling a story because it shows the correlation between global events and the price of a barrel of oil. The graphic has graphical integrity and keeps graphical complexity to a minimum. In laymen’s terms it is very easy to understand the graph and get the point of what is going on. You can use the graphic to meaningfully compare the price of oil over your choice of time period. The graphic is aesthetically pleasing, doesn’t attempt to “lie”, minimized data ink, is better than a comparable table and does have chartjunk.


    This graphic is a good display of data visualization because it tells a story, has graphical integrity, and has relatively low graphic complexity. The graphics displayed here are clear, and show a valid comparison of how mobile phone use has and will continue to transform the future of air travel. This graphic displays the travelers attitude to mobile airline services and allows the viewer to visualize the preferences of travelers and which emerging mobile services they would use throughout each stage of their travel experience.


    I think this infographic was really nice for serveral reasons. One, I believe that all the data ink used in the graphic was clear and concise for the reader to understand when “telling a story”. Two, the graphic was really brief in explaining multiple ways of falling asleep on a plan whether that pictures or words. Three, I believe that it was visually pleasing because it looked like the data ink was used in all the right places and I could easily read the data.


    This is a good graph because it is not deceptive and it is easy to understand. It has a clear point and shows some graphics to understand but it doesn’t have too many, which can make it confusing and over whelming.

  • I found an interesting infographic about how best to use knives when cooking. Here’s the link:

    I think this is a great graph because it tells a story. Readers can easily read through the graph and understand the underlying process it represents (namely, properly using knives while cooking). The graph is also not overly complex. It heavily relies on images to educate the reader, and it efficiently uses “ink.” The darkest sections of the infographic highlight essential parts of it, such as transitions and important names.

  • Infographic:

    I believe like this infographic because I believe it distinctively captures the information needed to be relayed for topic of designing a logo. When designing a logo, an individual may look for specific categories (i.e. uniqueness, simplicity, consistency, etc.), and this infographic depicts such analysis.

    For example, famous brands like Apple, Google, or Nike, have a separate level of uniqueness and have essentially become “eternally relevant”. Anyone in the world can look at this logo and recognize it.

    This data in the form of graphics helps a reader imagine a perfect logo without actually having to go through numbers or statistics.


    This info graphic tells a story that could otherwise be complex, but simplifies it with colorful pictures that easier guide the viewer to the conclusion. The use of smiley faces to represent something good minimizes the graphical complexity that could otherwise happen when describing how different chemicals affect the human brain. The use of the good and the bad images provides integrity and keeps the viewer interested without feeling overwhelmed by confusing facts and less user friendly images. You can understand what the image is about without the words, because it shows images of coffee and beer being poured on a brain and images showing how the receptors in the brain are accepting it. The side by side of the beer and coffee also creates an easy to see comparison of how the two stimulants differ.


    This info graphic provides an in-depth break down of how to sell and market products to consumers. It provides standalone images that perfectly convey the creator’s desired message. Having graphics tied into information serve to keep us engaged in the topic and read the author’s message all the way to the end.


    This is a good graphic for a few reasons. For one, it is well organized into clear sections. Second, it combines meaningful quantitative data with visuals that clearly relate to the data. Third, the sections of the info-graphic moves in logical order that takes the viewer through a scripted argument concerning its main message.


    I think that this infographic showing the similarities and differences in life 100 years ago is a good example of data visualization because it clearly shows different categories of information in a clear and presentable way while not overcluttering the graphic with unneeded information or irrelevant statistics. i also find the content of this graphic very interesting.


    I believe this is a good data visualization graphic. I believe this because positive values are highlighted in green. For example the word snappy is highlighted green, proving that it is the main positive focal point in the article. Also, positive numbers and percentages are bold, which draws the readers attention.


    I think this infographic is a good example of data visualization because the chart tells a story, has a meaningful comparison, and is very clear. The story is about coffee and beer and what good uses for them are. Throughout the graphic, there is a side by side comparison with pictures and concise explanations about coffee and beer. The story of what to use them for is very clear and also weighs into the ways you should not use them. The summary at the end brings it all together and the reader understands the point of the graphic being used. Overall, the graphic is interesting to me because I enjoy consuming both and now have learned better ways to use them to my advantage from a simple, clear graphic!


    I think that this a good data visualization because it effectively tells a story. It also has minimal lie factor. The sizes of all the pictures for each product are the same and we can easily tell the product-price ratio of each country’s product relative to the US.

  • i think this this is a good example of data visualization because user can clearly read information from this data by understanding the meaning of different colors.

  • So i chose this graph,
    i chose this to be a good visual graph because it includes a key as well as a basic format that is easily understood at first glance. I was able to interpret the graph within a few seconds which shows me that it not only displays its info to the reader easily but it also allows you to understand the reason for the graph. It gives exact data that is shown next to animal depicted. Overall this graph is a easy read that anyone can understand once you have viewed the key labeled above.


    I think that this is a good example of an easy to follow graphic that also tells a story by allowing a fairly complex topic be explained to ordinary people by using various graphics. The different charts are organized, colorful, diverse and do not include redundant or unnecessary information.


    Above is the link for the graphic that demonstrates the amount of sugar in our daily drinks.

    I’m going to prove this graphic is decent in three principles:

    Principle 1: Telling a story

    This chart focuses on a popular issue: health, more specifically, it focuses on an issue that everyone is concerned: how much sugar is in our drinks? This is not a boring topic.
    The graphic is quite clear: it’s using pictures for comparison instead of using abundant information, which gives the audience or readers the most basic understanding.

    Principle 2: Graphical integrity

    It’s quite difficult to compute the lie factor, but base on my judgment the lie factor is almost equal to one. The effect size is almost the same.

    Principle 3: Graphical simplicity

    Key concepts are clear, although it doesn’t have a table, the graphic makes perfect sense by ordering them nicely. There are not too many different colors proportionally, and no redundant data.


    This infograph depicts a very detailed story for the reader. The graphic has different statistics as well as visuals that can be used to depict a story for the reader. The charts also have graphical integrity so the sizing of the people on both sides of the chart are equal in size. The charts are also not complex for people to understand and easily show the information necessary for a reader to see the differences between the two time periods. While there may be an excess in data ink due to the background being a distraction, I also feel that it enhances the feel for the graphic.

  • The graphic did a nice job of telling a story educating consumers the amount of sugar in favorite drinks. The graphic did a compare and contrast of how much sugar in one favorite drink to the amount of sugar in mini donuts or biscuits. The stacking of the donuts and biscuits next to the drink is a good job of getting the message to consumers.


    I found that this graph on the Psychology of Twitter does a great job of telling a story. The graph minimized graphical content by keeping their data simple with pie charts, graphical shapes, few words and percentages. I also thought the statistics were very interesting because they talked about an app that most of us use everyday!

    I chose this article because it is like a scheme in a sense. It starts out with an Entity for example the book bag then tells you what you need in there. There are also other entities such as things to do before and during the flight. Under those entities there are all the attributes or activities that are listed. It all branches out from each other like a schema diagram into a set of instructions.


    really easy to understand. 1st page is history and summary what is Aloe Vera.

    2nd page is the benefits of Aloe Vera, it shows a picture of benefits and related picture. For example, Aloe reduces eye irritation and shows a picture of eye.

    Last page is a fun fact and the side effect of usage.

  • An infograph of the worst 13 states to commit a burglary does a good job of depicting a story. This is a good example of data visualization because the graphs are clear on their own. One graph depicts maximum prison sentence by the 13 states that are considered to be the worst states to commit a burglary crime in. For example, if you commit a burglary crime, you could be sentenced to life in prison. In addition, other graphs depicts that 92% of homeowners in these states have shoot first gun laws and maximum fines in those states. Furthermore, another graph depicts burglary rates in these states. The story concludes that even though harsh punishments and fines are put into effect, some burglars are still breaking in homes. However, some states of decreased burglary rates because of these punishments and fines. This infograph also minimizes graphical complexity. It doesn’t have any chart junk. All of the information provided is essential in conveying the story and visuals provide additional insight.

  • Infographic Link:

    “How we can stop trucking accidents” is effective data visualization as it abides by Tufte’s three principles. First, the graphic tells a story. Through the use of clear visuals, the graphic shows the root causes of trucking accidents with statistics on what percentage of accidents result from a specific cause, the potential for reduction in accidents, and specific steps to ensure accident reduction. The graphic yields insight beyond the text, as people who analyze the graphic can become aware of behaviors that cause trucking accidents and be able to avoid these behaviors to lower their risk for motor vehicle accidents. Second, there is graphical integrity as the statistics and infographic are published by a law firm, making it highly unlikely a firm with legal expertise would knowingly create fraudulent statistics for their arguments. Third, the infographic maintains a relatively simplistic and aesthetically pleasing appearance that makes the purpose of the infographic more memorable and statistics easier to relate to the overall purpose.

  • Graphic:

    I think this graphic does a nice job of telling a story, because it contains a timeline with a series of styles about the evolution of lingerie, accompanied by captions to describe the styles and large pictures of the styles to catch the audience’s attention. This is a good example of data visualization, because the graphic tells a story, specifically, the graphics enable meaningful comparisons between the different styles of lingerie. Overall, Tufte’s fundamental principle of showing the data is done successfully.


    I think this is a good example of data visualization because it tell us a perfect story about what does the government actually do with their/our funds on a yearly basis.

    Once you take a look at this data scheme you quickly learn that data is everywhere and SQL queries look to me like they were used to solve these equations. It would be hard to compute these type of numbers without having the right OLP system. We know that numbers can be manipulated, but knowing where our tax dollars are going matters more to anyone and this is a perfect example/story of just what the government spends our monies on throughout the years…


    I thought this was a great info graphic. I liked how this graphic told a story. For example, the graphic was separated by different categories like facts and figures, news, sports, etc. Then in each category the data from each time period was put next to each other to show how different our country is in a 100 year period. The graphic was easy to read and understand for readers so they can understand the information. That’s why I think this info graphic is the best one.


    This graphic I discovered is a good example of data visualization because it clearly tells us a story of how workplace exercise lifts productivity. The pictures and facts enable meaningful comparisons of productivity with exercise versus without. The insight depicted in this graphic is the potential to significantly lift your productivity and mood during the workday with exercise.


    Simple, concise statistics such as those exhibited in this particular infographic are invaluable when consumers want information quickly and rapidly comprehensible. The contrast of the colors; the concise percentages; the goofy cartoon characters; the easy-to-understand, wholly capitalized words all work to attract the field of vision of passers-by. Personally speaking, this simplistic scheme would easily stick out in my mind if I was presented with the poster/advertisement’s subject matter in the near future. I could easily see a simple scheme like this being used to lure, say, consumers away from a competitor; if I were working in a marketing position, I would definitely use a scheme like this to reach a broader base of consumers.

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    I believe that this data visualization is a good example at telling you how fast the internet speed is world wide. How much mbps is being produced at different counties and how much it costs in order to gain access to such speed.


    This graphic does a good job of showing which presidential candidates have the most effective endorsements. It is an effective graphic, because it makes a point in a way that is easy to follow.

  • This is a good graph that tells a story because as the years increase the life expectancy of different animals accumulates as the years continue. It perfectly describes the life cycle of animals from different groups such as aquatic, in different colors so the reader can accurately depict the different animals and their life spans. I think its a good example of data visualization because it is easy to read, understand and identify the age expectancy of different animals.


    I feel that the above graphic tells a good story because it does a great job explaining why companies logos either work and stay strong with their customers or fade away over time. Essentially, the graphic explains concepts from class such as how a logo must have graphical integrity and remain simple in order to keep a user or customer interested. A logo proves successful because as we stated in class, a graphic should hold an insight beyond its being. A successful logo must hold some type of meaning towards its users and this graphic greatly explains how other graphics can do the same.


    The above graphic showing the best strategy to play black jack is a good example of data visualization. The graph does a good job of representing all of tuftes principles, specifically the second and third. The second principle states that the chart should have graphical integrity. This chart does not deceive the reader or mislead them in any way. It presents the data in the most logical and clear way possible, having different letters and colors to differentiate the advised move. The chart also represents Tufte’s third principle stating that a graph should minimize graphical complexity. The graph is very readable and easy to follow. It is well designed to be user friendly and readable at a quick glance while playing a game of black jack.


    I felt that the graphics on the chart used a clear message to tell the story, and convey a message beyond simply the text. The chart also minimizes graphical complexity through its use of key concepts in a clear and non distracting manner.

  • The graphic I choose displays information about knowing which image format to use. The first point I want to mention is the fact that the data is clear and easy to read. There is nothing “extra” that is added that would render the data more confusing. There is also data integrity present because the information does not seem to be inflated or blown out or proportion.

    Here is a link to the graphic:


    I saw this video in my science gen ed class. I noticed the terrific use of graphics, which did a really good job of detailing the increase in animal distinction over the history of the earth. It was east to understand the problem of extinct caused by humans because the graphics quantified the ideas.


    I think this is a good graph because it break downs the components of creamy dressing and vinaigrette. It is also not two busy where it would be hard to flow it.

  • I think the below data visualization is pretty cool because it takes a lot of information and gives it a simple view. There isn’t much complexity in terms of the different teams and how they size up against one another.
    From the graph, you can see there are many more National teams


    The infographic I found was on drinking coke. I thought it was a good infographic because it tells a story, it really doesn’t have many graphics but meaningful information that correlates with the story, and the infographic isn’t complex. It explains the side effects of coke and how it isn’t the best beverage to drink. The infographic takes more about the cons because it’s to inform people on what happens after drink coke.


    – I think this picture does a great job telling the story that is the 10 ten salaries at Google. It breaks down each Position by lowest to highest salary along with giving enough data to allow the user to figure out the median of each salary. The data is being shown through Pie charts, concise wording and allows a user to view a large chunk of information in seconds.

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