These were all the rage when I was graphics editor at the West Australian in the early 90s. They’ve slipped in popularity,
I suspect, because the newspaper industry has finally realised it can’t compete with the web on a visual level and that readers want to read stories and not just look at images with words attached.
Harold Evans, newspaper guru of the 60s and former editor of the London Sunday Times, once called infographics “shortcuts to understanding”. Used well, they are an excellent device, used too often they become wearisome.
After years of stress producing “megagraphics” to impossible deadlines for a graphics-obsessed editor, the brilliant and
formidable Paul Murray, I was glad to return to design.
Surprisingly few examples remain of my work, but they hold up well to modern scrutiny.