I saw this “infographic” as few days ago and saved it as a draft in my blog. The source of this graphic was a Newsweek article entitled “Two Numbers: It Pays (A Little More) to Flip Burgers Down Under”. The article itself was fairly interesting, but this “infographic” is terrible. Basically, this image consists of two numbers, and then some graphical components that have nothing to do with those numbers. The size of the people isn’t related to the numbers, nor is the number of people. So then I thought, well the number of people must represent the number of countries represented. There is one person on the left corresponding to one country (USA). But there are 8 people on the left, and that average consists of ten countries. So this makes no sense either. And the only other bit of information that we get from the group of people on the right is that three of the top ten countries based on minimum wage are Australia, France, and Ireland (I think those are the correct flags?) The image and graphical components of this do nothing to aid in understanding of the numbers, and I this have to give it a failing grade as an infographic. You might as well just put this data in a table, and stick an unrelated image next to it and call it an infographic.
You can’t just throw numbers on an image and call it an infographic. See my “infographic” below.