For this week’s blog, I stumbled across a nifty infographic by National Geographic about what types of diets people around the world have and how they have changed over time. It’s extremely interactive and very well-designed.
The point of this interactive infographic is to allow readers to compare lots of information quickly and easily in a way that makes visual sense. The user can view the breakdown of each food group specifically by simply hovering over the section, which highlights the same food group on the per country breakdown in the sidebar. The user can also view changes throughout time by pressing the play button at the bottom of the screen. This site uses jQuery to control the interactivity of the site. Without jQuery interactivity, this infographic would have to be expanded to incorporate all the information separately and would much for difficult for the reader to comprehend. This piece of data journalism is made much better because it is presented in an interactive medium.