Have you ever heard the story of why Bill Gates began donating money and time to curing diseases around the world? Would you be surprised to know he says it’s because of a graphic he saw in the New York Times? Here’s how Nicholas Kristof tells the story:
From: Nicholas Kristof Subject: the power of art
in september i traveled with bill gates to africa to look at his work fighting aids there. while setting the trip up, it emerged that his initial interest in giving pots of money to fight disease had arisen after he and melinda read a two-part series of articles i did on third world disease in January 1997. until then, their plan had been to give money mainly to get countries wired and full of computers.
bill and melinda recently reread those pieces, and said that it was the second piece in the series, about bad water and diarrhea killing millions of kids a year, that really got them thinking of public health. Great! I was really proud of this impact that my worldwide reporting and 3,500-word article had had. But then bill confessed that actually it wasn’t the article itself that had grabbed him so much — it was the graphic. It was just a two column, inside graphic, very simple, listing third world health problems and how many people they kill. but he remembered it after all those years and said that it was the single thing that got him redirected toward public health.
No graphic in human history has saved so many lives in africa and asia.
I’m sending you a copy of the story and graphic by interoffice mail. whoever did the graphic should take a bow.
You can see the graphic he’s referring to here.
As you’re working on your team’s infographic, you’ll want to spend plenty of time exploring other effective infographics and reading more on your own about effective visual and graphic design. Here are some places to get started:
- One dataset visualized 25 ways—to get you thinking about all the choices available to you as you are designing data: http://flowingdata.com/2017/01/24/one-dataset-visualized-25-ways/
- A great list of infographic design tips from Canva: https://designschool.canva.com/how-to-design-infographics/
- Creative Bloq’s list of the 100 best infographics: http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design-tips/information-graphics-1232836
- Information is Beautiful—a website full of visual data: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/
- Flowing Data—another website full of visual data and information about how to communicate well through visuals: http://flowingdata.com/
Lastly, here is the link to “The Beauty of Data Visualization” TED Talk we watched in class.