The term infographic (information graphic) refers to a graphic visual representation of information, data, or knowledge that is intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.
One’s “knee-jerk” reaction might be that infographics are a relatively new phenomenon, but in fact they’ve been around for a long time. In 1626, for example, infographics appeared in the form of illustrations demonstrating the Sun’s rotation patterns in Rosa Ursina sive Sol by Christoph Scheiner.
Personally, I’m a very visually oriented person, so I really like this mechanism for information delivery. For example, I was just browsing through an infographic titled “The New Industrial Revolution,” which was created by the guys and gals at Coverity, whose development testing platform automatically checks software source code for defects that could lead to product crashes, unexpected behavior, security breaches, or catastrophic failures.
From this infographic I’ve learned things like the fact that there is an ongoing explosion with regards to the number of lines of software core that are being written. For example, a typical pacemaker contains 80,000 lines of code, an F-22 Raptor requires 1.7 million lines of code, a Boeing 787 Dreamliner boasts 6.5 million lines of code (just for the avionics and onboard support systems), while a Chevy Volt consumes 10 million lines of code!
Also of interest is the fact that software application developers currently average more than $92,000 per year, and that there is predicted to be a 28 percent increase in application development jobs by 2020. At the same time, software systems developers currently average more than $100,000 per year, and there is predicted to be a 32 percent increase in these jobs by 2020. As the infographic wryly notes: “2013 is a good time to be a software developer.”