Rise of the infographics

We've entered the age of the infographic. Visual representations of data aren't new, but as the Visual Web has evolved, infographics - short for information graphics and interchangeable with the slightly more clumsy edugraphics - have gained new appeal. They're the graphic equivalent of a tweet or a Vine, offering quick, succinct content that's easy to share.

There are many sites that curate and post infographics, including visual.ly, Alltop, and Infographic List. Most of the infographics you'll find are designed not just to educate, but to entertain. With picture-based charts there's never been an easier way to learn about men's formal wear, or famous hoaxes that fooled the world.

To close out your workweek, here are a handful of infographics made to inform and amaze.

Filed under: Infographics, Viral, Visual Web

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