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Smashing Magazine has a long, example-packed article misleading graphs and figures, wonderfully titled “Imagine a Pie Chart Stomping on an Infographic Forerver.” Some of the best egregious constructions included multiple offenses, such as the above chart: At first glance you can probably recognize that the background graphic is so busy it tends to obscure the data itself. Worse, the data actually describes changes in crime rates over time. Is Houston more or less violent than New York? You might think the figure is telling you, but it’s just fooling you.
[via Smashing Magazine]
xkcd posts the results of their massive (222,500 user session) color survey. The survey asked for some basic demographic info (gender, whether they were color blind, monitor temp if known, etc.) then showed users colors one swatch at a time and asked them to name the color. The results are shown in aggregate above and broken down by gender (people act like clichés of their gender, apparently) and by spelling ability (a mind is a terrible thing to waste). It’s a long report but worth reading.
The Rock That Font weblog analyzes fonts used on (you guessed it) rock album covers. Here’s a small snip from what they had to say about Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot:
Like the sonic qualities of the music itself, the design was left of of center for a quasi-country act (though Wilco had a track record of arresting images since their first studio album, A.M.). A gorgeously minimal piece of design, the cover featured a photograph of Chicago’s Marina City buildings. The complex was supposed to be a “city within a city,” kind of a one-stop shop for living, playing and working — a perfect compliment for an album as diverse as Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. The typography is similarly perfect: the modern classic ITC Avant Garde Gothic, designed by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase (a font based on Lubalin’s design for Avant Garde Magazine).