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April 1, 2012

Foolish Infographics (April Fool’s edition)

I’m always on the lookout for good infographics. As a “visual learner” and follower of trends in information design, I’m both delighted and bemused by the daily flood of data visualization on the Internet. Often I’m more enamored with the execution than with the content itself, so when I come across a silly “mock” infographic, the joke’s on me.

Here are some of my favorites:

Infographic: Mr T Pie Chart

Mr T Pie Chart via ScienceDump


Ben Greenman’s Charts About Graphs and Graphs About Charts

This series on McSweeney’s is funny and spot-on. My top picks:

Infographic from McSweeney's

Graph #1 by Ben Greenman


Infographic from McSweeney's

Graph #16 by Ben Greenman



Infographic from McSweeney's

Graph #8: Special East Coast Hurricane Edition

For more funny examples, check out:

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Ben Greenman’s Graphs About Charts and Charts About Graphs

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January 26, 2011

The Power of Cartoons: TED Talk on Feminism, Humor and World Peace


Click here to watch: Liza Donnelly: Drawing upon humor for change | TED Talk

How cool is this?

New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly shares a portfolio of her wise and funny cartoons about modern life—and talks about how humor can empower women to change the rules.

Her latest project supports the United Nations initiative Cartooning For Peace. The exhibit “The Folly, Fun and Flexibility of Women” showcases cartoons by artists from around the world.

Women as change agents

“Visual humor has the ability to reach the viewer quickly and succinctly, speaking not only to the intellect, but also to the heart. Rather than reify, laughter has the power to break down stereotypes and unchallenged beliefs.”

“We can change this thing… one laugh at a time.”

Click here to see a gallery of Liza’s cartoons. Her latest book, When Do They Serve the Wine?, is available on


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