I am developing a passion for infographics and plan to do some work in the near future to present some research information in a simple way. If you are not familiar with infographics here is a definition from Wikipedia:
Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. With an information graphic, computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians develop and communicate concepts using a single symbol to process information.
I found infographics useful to communicate with athletes and coaches and I think such approach can help us in educating young athletes.
Recently I was made aware of two excellent ones.
The first one was developed by Insurance Quotes and it refers to data on Inactivity.
The second one was developed by the very talented Sarah Wenger and illustrates the importance of hygiene in the workplace to reduce the risks of illness.
I just came across the wonderful infographics of the Cure Together blog. Alexandra Carmichael and Daniel Reda launched CureTogether in July 2008 to help the people they knew and the millions they didn’t who live in daily chronic pain. Starting with 3 conditions, it quickly expanded as people wrote in to request that their conditions be added to this ongoing study. CureTogether is currently funded by its founders and angel investment, and has partnered with several universities and research organizations.
They provide some excellent infographics on common conditions. The graphic below shows the most effective treatments for chronic fatigue expressed by popularity and effectiveness. A really nice way to express findings. It should be said that the findings are generated by people filling in questionnaires online.
Below is the result of a questionnaire aimed at understanding the effectiveness of various common colds remedies. Here are the results:
TO generate the data above, at CureTogether, 139 people who have experienced the Common Cold have come together to share 1,079 data points about treatments they had tried and how well they worked or didn’t work.
Last but not least, David McCandless and his team have updated the snake oil infographic. And the results are of course very interesting, showing some more supplements with potential.