13 thoughts on “Image:

  1. This is a really cool poster. It’s very clever in the way all the names and categories are linked together in the web. A lot of time was spent planning the layout and researching all the data. Graphically, the big title and logo right in the middle is very distracting. The designer should have placed that information somewhere around the margins. The circles with the classifications could have been bigger if that logo wasn’t there, freeing up more space. It would have made it possible to show more of a hierarchy in the information. The various rappers names should be more pronounced. The poster is about rap names, but the names are all so small and getting lost in the poster. Maybe put them in bold.

    • Good call, Issa. That big title and logo at center are pieces of branding that distract massively from the function of this graphic. There is no sense, at a glance, of the graphic’s purpose or subject matter, which is a real disservice to the careful research and otherwise-thoughtful layout.

      And yes, the rappers, who are the focus here, get short shrift. Finding a way to highlight them more would be helpful in foregrounding the real content.

  2. The graphic is visually pleasing yet confusing at the same time. The usage of color to categorize each greater topic makes it easier to distinguish each group, especially when the author is trying to include so much information and words all in one visual. For someone who is merely skimming this image, it is confusing and hard to read or get the most information out of the image. Though I would also argue that this is a very useful piece of infographic if the audience is interested in the information and would like to spend more time to carefully read and understand the information.

  3. This is an interesting infographic because it can be confusing and organized all the same time, depending on the perspective of the audience. The categorization of each topic by color helps distinguish the different groups and the size of the circles presents its importance. From the perspective of someone who is not interested or has no knowledge of the information portrayed, this image is confusing as the information is all scattered apart with no visual path to follow. From the perspective of someone who has a bit of knowledge on this information, it acts as a very organizing way to categorize and label each artist’s name. The information becomes clear that the categorizing of the many artist names is placed in a very organized manner. Something that I became unclear was about the distance between some categories, there are some relatively close to there color groups yet others become tangled with other color groups.

    • Good note about visual path, Eugenia. This graphic doesn’t have a clear path; it’s worth thinking about the forum and medium for its delivery. It would be a failure as a presentation slide, for example, but as a handout or poster that could be studied, that sort of immersive experience could be fun and appropriate.

  4. This graphic is extremely eye-catching; the colors are aesthetically pleasing and the format is interesting. However, the information is difficult to read on a screen. The center, made to look like the center of a record, stands out the most because it’s solid black and the largest. The larger circles (nodes) that contain categories stand out the next most. After that however, there is very little visual hierarchy between the smaller circles (sub categories). The graphic uses color well (each color represents a different category). It’s difficult to compare to the other graphics in this blog post because it is the only network map.

  5. While I agree that the center title makes the whole piece more difficult to read, I like it there. The graphic itself is one that is supposed to take a while to read and figure out. I appreciated the intricacy of lines that went through the record and to the other side. The record helped to break up what would have otherwise been an over stimulating colorful web.

    However, the graphic was inconsistent with its font size for each hierarchy and that felt like an oversight. ‘Animal, vegetable, mineral’ for example, was a classification that should have been the same size fonts as the other of it’s kind.

    • I appreciate the dissent, Rebecca–you’re right, a whole page of the same scale isn’t appropriate here. I think I would just like that central element to more clearly communicate the content of the chart in an immediate way.

      You’re right about the font sizes.

  6. Rewarding, thoughtful, playful, and engrossing. The viewer can understand the premise immediately, and then spend more time getting lost in the various threads and connections. The colors and sizes of the nodes and connectors signal categories and hierarchies, but their free-form arrangement demands non-linear exploration and digestion. This strikes me as perfectly appropriate for a graphic concerning rap–a genre that has both dismissive critics and fiercely literary acolytes. The author is playing with the refined and the rough, elevating rap names to a “grand” (implying great, exhaustive, even regal) “taxonomy” (usually refers to scientific or quasi-scientific classification), yet also representing the connections in a surprisingly organic and fluid way.

    • Excellent comments, Abigail. Great to be so thoughtful about the appropriateness of representation to the subject matter, not just in terms of communication, but in terms of its gestalt.

  7. This graphic is very clear because it uses colors, sizes and lines to elaborate the relationships and the hierarchy at the same time. It’s like when you have huge volumes of data, it’s a good way to organize them. It shows the topic in the central of the graphic and leads you to look at those bigger words and to follow lines to find more details. I especially love the color, which is colorful but not too complicated because it arrange the color very well.

  8. This graphic is very interesting. I like how it is captivating. It is a great way to use color – having white plain background; making the colors pop out even more. It is good to use a bubble diagram to show connection to each other. The size arrangement of the circles and the words show great hierarchy.

    What I really don’t like about it is that the information is so scattered. I feel like I’m in a maze. It took me a while to go into the whole thing because of the lines and where is is headed. Another, the title was a bit weak. This create confusion for me, thinking which has more importance – the graphic title or the ownership of the graphic. The designer could have made the ‘Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names’ much more bigger and bolder than the identity of the company/designer.

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