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I wouldn't think so. Again, harking back to Minard's graphic, there's very
little text actually involved beyond a brief description of what the black
and grey lines represent (number of troops and direction of travel) plus a
listing of information sources. Other than that, it's mostly numbers.
In classic techwr-l fashion, the answer is, "it depends". :D
On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM, David Artman <david -at- davidartman -dot- com>
> Thanks, Lin--sufficient definition, certainly. By that definition, I've
> used them most of my career (especially network/port diagrams). But do
> you think an image stops being an infographic if there are no sentence
> structures (e.g., a photo with several textual callouts, some of which
> might be option lists for components: definitely data, but nothing like
> the common 'stat-stack' or the body-movement graphics for gun carry and
> figure skating at the link)?
> Aside: Seems like one would definitely would want to save/deliver them
> as SVG instead of a raster-graphic format, for scalability on different
> devices and for translation or machine reading.
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: _"Infographics_aEUR"_A_Special_Mode_of_Technical_C ommun
> From: Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
> Date: Thu, July 24, 2014 3:43 pm
> To: David Artman <david -at- davidartman -dot- com>
> Cc: Erika Yanovich <ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com>, "Cardimon, Craig"
> <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com"
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> You can hardly do better than Tufte for highlighting good examples of
> In essence, an infographic is meant to be an information-dense visual
> representation of data that presents without distorting or obscuring
> the information you are trying to convey.
> Perhaps the all-time classic representation is Minard's graphical
> depiction of Napoleon's invasion of Russia, showing the size of the
> Grand Army in relation to the army's movements (location and distance
> traveled over a period of time) and temperature.
> On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM, David Artman
> <david -at- davidartman -dot- com> wrote:
> > From: Erika Yanovich <ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com>
> > Can't think of an application in manuals, but I'm not very
> at the moment (pre-coffee).
> I was thinking something similar would be a great way to express
> options in a complex system and how they interact... but that
> could be
> more like a Venn diagram or flowchart than an 'infographic' as
> in that article.
> Also, are Ikea manuals infographics?
> Heck... what IS an infographic? Is it like art--you know it if
> you see
> it, but it's hard to define comprehensively without
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