Some sample screenshots from the “Inconvenient Truth” DVD. I, along with some others I work with, am such a sucker for good infographics. Although the best consistent use seems to have be commissioned by the major daily newspapers in the US, the reigning champion is still Mr. Tufte.
“Many information graphics are specialised forms of depiction that represent their content in sophisticated and often abstract ways. In order to interpret the meaning of these graphics appropriately, the viewer requires a suitable level of graphicacy. In many cases, the required graphicacy involves comprehension skills that are learned rather than innate. At a fundamental level, the skills of decoding individual graphic signs and symbols must be acquired before sense can be made of an information graphic as a whole. However, knowledge of the conventions for distributing and arranging these individual components is also necessary for the building of understanding.”