Story 1: Bankers Call for Wider Measures to Stem Crisis
In a New York Times article, by Jack Ewing, it was stated that “through emergency lending to commercial banks or large purchases of government bonds, central banks in the United States, Europe, and other developed countries have more than doubled the money that they have at risk in the last decade; the sum equals about 30 percent of global economic output, or $18 trillion.”
For this article, I was confused as to how the information was flowing and what the purpose of the article was. I started thinking about ways in which the information could be grouped together to better separate ideas and solutions.
I believe an instructive graphic would work best for the article, in both print and online formats. The top of the infographic would feature the first quote I mentioned, highlighting the problem of the world banking systems.
The middle section of the infographic would feature the steps to improving world banking system relations and prevention of future debts. The first step would focus on the banks, making sure they are solid and not putting weights on sovereigns. The banks should be “able to support real economic activity.”
Arrows would be placed in between the steps, with the final step being “a Pan-European financial market and a Pan-European central bank require a Pan-European banking system.”
The last section of the instructive infographic would include the statement “at its root the European crisis is a potential harbinger, a virulent and advanced convergence of the problem to be expected elsewhere if policy fails to break the vicious cycles generated by global weaknesses.”
Story 2: Heart Device Might be Useless for Women
An ABC News article by Peggy Peck in 2009 discussed the issue with heart devices being unnecessarily implanted in women. These devices, as Peck stated, are “implantable cardioverter defibrillators or ICDs, used to prevent sudden cardiac death in patients with advanced heart failure. The purpose of ICDs is to regulate the pumping of blood, a process damaged by heart attacks or heart disease in both men and women.
As I was reading this story, I did not think that an infographic could be created to retell the story or focus on one main point within it. By the end, however, I realized that I would have understood the story much better if one was embedded to use as a reference of information.
I think a data visualization graphic could work best for this story, as many bits of information were heavily research based and included statistics. I would focus on the disparity of studies highlighting women with heart issues rather than men. These studies are obviously needed, since so many women have be unnecessarily implanted with ICDs.
The top of my infographic would layout the definition of an ICD and what it is used for. The middle would contain various men and women figures filled, based on percentages, of statistical information, such as “8.6 of every 1,000 women who meet criteria for ICD for primary prevention of sudden cardiac death receive a device within a year of diagnosis versus 32.3 of every 1,000 men with the same diagnosis,” as Peck mentioned.
The last section of the infographic would have various ratio visualizations of information such as “one would need to treat 40 women with ICDs to save a single life, versus treating 12 men with ICDs to save a life.”
This type of infographic could be used for both print and online purposes, but it would be more interesting for hovering statistics to appear in the online format.