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Infographic and Reflection

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We decided to to make our infographic about the effects of caffeine. We wanted to do something about coffee, we decided to focus our infographic around the effects of caffeine itself, as neither of us really knew what it did aside from keeping people awake. We decided to split our infographic down the middle, with positive effects on one side of a human body and all of the negative effects on the other side. This helped make it  more organized.  We tried to arrange the information around the human body to provide a balance, so there wasn’t too much clutter in anyone one area.

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This worked out fairly well; since caffeine is a stimulant, most of it’s effects are in the central nervous system. So, we were able to put two large bubbles with general effects caffeine has on the central nervous system on either side , this further helps to divide the inforgraphic. Then we added in other information around the human’s torso. However since caffeine primarily acts on the nervous system, it has very few effects that act on other area’s of the body. This left us with some empty space. To solve this, we placed additional facts in the blank space inside of the circular coffee stains.

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We put one additional fact on each side of the infographic to maintain balance. These facts also align with the positive versus negative divide that we established. Conveniently, these extra effects can’t rally be targeted to a specific body area, so this way we could still include them. On the positive side, we noted caffeine’s link to lower suicide rates, and on the negative side we noted that a lethal dose of caffeine would take approximately 100 cups of coffee. The fact that it would take so much coffee to die of a caffeine overdose also helps to reinforce our argument since it shows how safe caffeine is.

 

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We put a happy guy on the positive side, and a crazy lady on the negative side. We used different colors to display the information on the different sides. On the positive side we primarily used blue since it’s associated with being calm, and on the negative side we used red since it’s much more aggressive. We also used neutral colors, and put text in contrasting colors so it was easy to read.

America runs on coffee?

Infographics by Stephen Catapano, via Behancehttp://www.pinterest.com/infographicmad/beverages-infographics/

I found this infographic on Pinterest, however when I researched where the data came from I found multiple branches of sources. The first “fact” I was concerned with in this image was the 48 million styrofoam cups used daily. I grew up in New York City where there is a coffee cart every half a block. I bought coffee every day at many various locations and I was only ever handed paper cups. Even when buying drinks from a deli or Dunkin Donuts I usually am given plastic, not styrofoam. After researching the amount of styrofoam cups used by Americans, the average was about 1 billion per year. When you use this number to find cups per day it comes out to approximately 3 million per day. 3 million per day is significantly less than the 48 million daily number on the infographic. Next, I found a website that specifically looks at coffee statistics. This website states that the average price of a cup of coffee is actually $1.38. Surprisingly, on the website Statistic Brain I found almost all of the data exactly the same as on the infographic. Noticeably, the data was sometimes reversed to show larger percentages on the graphic. For example, on Statistic Brain it states that 35% drink their coffee black. The opposite of this would be those who add cream or sugar (the 65% on the infographic). Larger percentages and  statistics makes the infographic seem more interesting to read and seems to stand out more when it comes to the facts and figures of coffee drinking.  Almost all of their remaining data points match precisely with what was posted on Statistic Brain.

After following through 4 other sources from Statistic Brain to Live Science Magazine eventually to a study published in  the Archives of Internal Medicine, did I find the original source of the data. the study was actually performed in 2011. I think that the data found in the infographic posted, while interesting, is misleading because of its outmoded facts. This really emphasizes how we should always question the information that we are given and check the relevance of the data.