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Enough With the Infographics Already!

When Infographics first started coming out they were informative, few and far between. The early Infographics were something special. They took time and great care to create. But now…they are everywhere. I am not saying some of them aren’t good quality, but we don’t need an Infographic on every subject imaginable.

Seriously. Nowadays it seems like they are everywhere you look on the net.

Infographics Are a Crutch for a Lazy Writer.

Being a tech writer, I notice it’s used as a crutch for writers just to get an article up. The writer only needs to compose a paragraph, then embed a huge obnoxiously long Infographic. What happened to real research and journalism? Anyone can write four sentences and post a huge Infographic! I want real writing. Research and in-depth coverage. Also, chances are, the writer isn’t even creating the Infographic. They’re loosely traded around the Internet — stolen. With no credit given to the original creator of it. Pinterest comes to mind.

I wish when writing a How To article I could just throw up an Infographic. It would sure make things easier… But no, I carefully go through every step of the article I’m writing. I take careful screenshots that clearly shows the steps in each article. I carefully and intelligently explain the steps. I do research, I test everything on multiple operating systems, PCs and / or devices.

The way sites display them differ as well. I don’t want to click-through three views just to get a readable size.

Here’s an example of how worthless the majority of the Infographics really are. I created this using the site Visual.ly — it took 2 minutes to create.

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Incredibly interesting and informative huh!? There will be a test later.

6 Responses to Enough With the Infographics Already!

  1. Bob Eckert April 21, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    “No, I carefully go through every step of the article I’m writing. I take careful screenshots that clearly shows the step in each article. I carefully and intelligently explain the steps. I do research, I test everything on multiple operating systems, PCs and / or devices.”

    But Brian, no kidding, that’s why we love you! Our whole journalistic world is becoming like
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, everything is pictures or television, no text. Books aren’t
    burned to the degree in that story or the subsequent film (the film is superb, check it out
    and see how much that world of Oskar Werner and Julie Christie resembles our own
    at least in the “developed” world.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060390/

    We DO appreciate you Brian and we should say so more often.

  2. Steve Krause April 21, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Great first “Unplugged” groovyPost Brian!

    When it comes to Infographics, it’s getting so bad now that I’m getting 2-3 emails a day from different sites telling me about an AWESOME graphic its created and asks me to blog about it on gPost…. Um… yeah….

  3. Mike Rothman April 21, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Brian… I so agree with you. Enough already with the things. Pure space fillers.

  4. Brian Burgess April 22, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    @Bob Eckert: I have not seen Fahrenheit 451 – Thanks for the recommendation.

    Wow Steve! I am not as fortunate to get them in my email everyday like you haha.

    • Steve Krause April 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

      LOL — Lucky for you I can just forward them over! Problem solved!

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