Infographics of the Week #17

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As you may know by now, Inspired Magazine is a sucker for data visualization. That’s why we invited Tony Shin – a social media ninja and creative design samurai – to curate the weekly dose of infographics. If you like them as much as we do check out some of the older editions and follow Tony on Twitter and Facebook as well!

1. Every Drop Counts

With issues surrounding sustainability and the health of our environment, has collaborated with Greg Gruben in partnership with Levi’s to design this infographic that illustrates 10 ways we can stop wasting water. The daily things I do at home are something I definitely need to be more conscious of. Whether that’s washing dishes, taking showers and really, any water related task. Thinking back on it, I could cut down the use of water by at least a 1/4th of the usage. Taking a hard hitting issue, finding a way that many can relate to and doing something about it, is something that always does well.

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2. Green Marketing Exposed

Another infographic on the subject of sustainability and the environment, comes from the Marketing Degree team that has illustrated the marketing tactics of companies that say their products or services are so-called, green. This marketing tactic is called Greenwashing. They mislead consumers into saying their products are environment friendly or sustainable so consumers would purchase these products thinking they were doing the earth some good. Sadly, this is not the case. With 7 common ways that companies ‘greenwash’ consumers, highlighted below are some ways that you can avoid these traps as well.

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3. The Anatomy of an Agency

As the industry of design has grown tremendously in the past year, agencies are blowing up and eager for talent. Big Orange Slide has illustrated an infographic that highlights the make up of an agency. With designers, finance departments, copywriters, accounts services, this infographic comically shows you the make up of those types of employees and what their tendencies may be. Again, the simplicity of the graphic and its use of the typical bathroom man/woman icons, while breaking down a topic that is largely pretty heavy, is one that I can always admire. Check to see if this accurately depicts those in your work.

Big Orange Slide

4. Social Networking at Work

Most of us may hate to admit it, especially in front of our bosses. Facebooking and Tweeting at work seem to become more and more common. According to this infographic by Reed, 60% say they should ban social networks like Facebook and Twitter. An interesting note about the research: 44% of those who work in marketing go on Facebook and Twitter. Okay, I can accept that. But 43% of IT on Facebook and Twitter? I’m not sure there’s much on those networks that the IT department can learn from. However, with long hours and those days where you just can’t seem to get yourself on track, it seems more or less plausible. Check out the graphic for more stats.


5. The Digital Promise

Last week, Presiden Obama gave a speech on student loans and the added benefits to help those succeed in higher education. The digital promise partnership that he spoke about has been put into an infographic by It highlights the advancements that will help educators, entrepreneurs and technologists come together to help the students of tomorrow learn and even more so, help teachers teach. It just makes sense. As more and more children are exposed to technology — iPads, cellphones and the like — their desire to use that technology will increase. So why not leverage that technology so students will use them for educational purposes?

A double major in Economics and Management from the University of Washington, this Seattle native regularly contributes his work to several other publications. He has moved into social media and creative design in hopes to help lead and innovate the future of information with others. Follow him on twitter: @ohtinytony