Now, to show the complete superfluousness of infographics, I have expressed the same information in another format, namely plain text (Internet MIME type: text/plain) encoded in ASCII.
Here it is:
The iPad has been out a year.
Analysts thought it would sell 3.3 million units. It sold 14.8 million.
Oppenheimer & Co. predicts tablet shipments will grow from 15.1 million in 2011 to 115 million in 2014.
Apple has 90% of the market share.
Five simple sentences that almost anybody could understand. The wc utility on my computer tells me it is 245 bytes.
These 245 bytes of English text/plain transmits exactly the same amount of information as the 200,939 byte JPEG image and does so without making me want to kick someone in the dick.
V amusing. I suspect the seemingly far greater willingness of ppl to spread infographics means they’re here to stay tho.
Hate list: 1. hyperrealistic paintings 2. things that are not food made out of food 3. infographics
To be fair, that’s a really bad infographic. Compare that to this poster that Edward Tufte cites as the best statistical graph ever.
The amount of information contained in that map is pretty impressive. So here’s my deal for you: you take infographics off your hate list and I’ll stop saying I don’t listen to rap.
Hyperrealistic paintings are pretty annoying, though.