Grace Dobush at HOW Interactive Design is on a campaign to stop the madness. In her post, Quit it With All the Infographics Already, she points out several good reasons to think before inking an infographic, including:
- Most infographics aren’t accessible for the visually impaired.
- Most infographics aren’t search-engine optimized.
- Those super-long infographics are practically useless on a mobile device.
- Of all online infographics, 89% contain statistics of dubious veracity. (Err, percentage is madeup, which is sort of her point.)
- Many infographics are just plain bad.
We get a lot of e-mails about infographics to link to, but we tend not to do them if they’re not super-short and super-clear. And the really long ones we’ll crop and link. It’s because they can be visual overload. Simplify. Don’t confuse.