Even the brainiest text-readin’ high-brows of us cannot resist the allure of a picture or two. No matter where we go, our eyes instantly wander on their own, processing the inherent and possible messages of an image long before those of headlines, bylines, subtitles, and body copy. That’s just the way we are. We’re children.
There are two things I aspire to share with my readers. One is sharing alternative perspectives to challenge the day-to-day presumptions we so easily jump to, so hopefully we can be more fair to others, and ourselves. The other is sharing how to articulate many of the ideas and opinions we might have in our guts but may not know how to put into words when dealing with those we disagree with. My interest in these two things, however successful or unsuccessful I am at contributing to them, is why infographics, “visual representations of information, data, or knowledge”, have always appealed to me1, because they are inherently articulations of alternative perspectives2.
Of course, I could just be a sucker for pictures like the rest of humanity.
Whatever the case, I do want to take a moment point everyone here, who hasn’t yet heard, towards a new blog called Chinfographics, started by Mårten Strassburg and David Wang. I’m sure their name, and the author name they post under, should be read as something like “China Info/graphics”, but I keep reading it phonetically as “chin-foe/graphics”. I recommend people follow my lead so you won’t mistype their URL in the future. When spoken, stress the “foe”.
So far, they’ve only released two infographics: part 1 and part 2 (both previewed here) of a three-part series on China population. However, here’s hoping they’ll keep it up and have many more interesting ways of looking at China-related statistical data in the future.