“Teach the Boys & Girls nothing but Facts.
Charles Dickens opening lines to Hard Times.
In 2014 Infographics were everywhere.
They appeared to herald a paradigm shift to design led, fact-based web content.
However, the skill and time required means they may become passing fad.
So let’s appreciate them with this early, slightly primitive example. From 2013, for the Office of National Statistics, it shows children per household is actually going down.
A Reliable Source
The ONS is a great free resource. Available to everyone to record what is actually going on in the UK. It also shows 9 out of 10 families with 3 or more children are working.
And finally, the average number of children in lone parent households is not 11, but 1.59, compared to 1.8 children for married couples. The ONS infographic could have also showed that the number of teenage pregnancies fell to it’s lowest level since 1969!
Facts Don’t Sell Papers
Of course, facts aren’t as emotive as opinion. Finding real facts takes effort, so few do. This makes it easy to demonize vulnerable groups such as the unemployed or disabled. So, where is most of the welfare budget being spent?