We’ve devoted many of the posts on this blog to infographics that we love. Beautiful, glorious swoops of colour and structure that visualise data in a picture-perfect medium.
But in the shadows, out there on the internet, and indeed in everyday life, lurk the bad boys of the infographic world. Unclear. Illegible. Awful. It’s enough to make you open up Photoshop and set about creating one yourself.
We found this first one over at boingboing.net. The perpetrator? Ikea.
Plaudits must go to Ikea for their infographically-styled attempt to inform shoppers when’s best to shop, but perhaps they’d best stick to selling forests of wooden furniture at wallet-friendly prices. Pie charts are the black sheep of the infographic family, especially when not even in 3-D. Ikea is a temple to affordable, inspirational design – couldn’t they have extended this to their infographics too?
A prize to anyone who can guess what this actually means?
Vizworld found this monster infographic – a supposed look at mobile media around the world. I wouldn’t know. I can’t even look at it. Pie charts have multiplied into circular hell. There’s tiny text. Apart from the title, there’s nothing clear about it.
Has anyone else seen any truly hideous infographics out there? Let us know here or on Twitter @Infographics D