Infographics and Statistics“A picture is worth a thousand words”Mr. Zoltan Nagy – Statistics Division, Department of Economic and Social affairs, United NationsUnited Nations Regional Workshop on Data Dissemination and CommunicationRio de Janeiro, Brazil, 5 - 7 June 2013
Why Infographics?Short attention spanInformation overloadEasy to understandVisual retention is better thereading retentionImages are more appealingPeople love to share “nice” finds onthe Internet
Slide 51644 - Michael van LangrenMost likely the first visual representation ofstatistical data.12 determinations of the longitude fromToledo to Rome.
Slide 61765 - Joseph PriestleyThe first timeline
Slide 71800’s - William Playfair The ”father” of business graphics
1958 – Florence NightingaleSlide 8Polar area diagram
1858 – Charles Joseph Minard Combination of maps and piecharts
1869 – Charles Joseph Minard Presentation of multiple variables on a 2Dchart.
Slide 111967 – Jacques Bertin ”Semiology of Graphics” – theoreticalfoundation of data visualization
How to use Infographics?To advocate an issueTo show the status of an indicatorTo illustrate trendsTo compare indicatorsTo demonstrate correlations