In looking for infographics to critique, I largely misunderstood that we were meant to find data visualizations in relation to incarceration. And so, in looking for my examples, I found 2 infographics, unrelated to incarceration and imprisonment. Still, one does pertain to what we are discussing. This will be the first one I will be discussing:
This infographic largely follows the rules it sets out for “responsible infographicking.” It uses a 3 color palette with contrast (blue, orange, and purple), it uses a similar type style and proportions (all text is sans-serif and similar ideas have similar font size), there is an easy-to-follow, logical flow, negative space is used to create balance, and it cites its sources. The only point I can see where the infographic falls short is in regards to Rule Four: Keep text clean and legible. While largely for the most part the information is easy to read, there are a few moments where the smaller (and less saturated) text gets lost in the background. The text drifts into a blur and becomes difficult to read. The areas I am talking about in particular are the information following the percentage statistics in the “Did You Know?” section, the descriptors in the “8 Common Types of Infographics” sections, and the information in regards to the second set of percentage statistics following the “Searches for ‘Infographic'” section. All these moments have something in common: the text is small, light, and greatly desaturated in comparison to the surrounding text and colors.