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Have you ever heard of the “Whit Van Man?” I’ll be honest, I never did until this infographic was sent my way. Apparently I’m missing some highly important cultural reference, but thanks to the wonderful world of infographics I am now slightly more informed about UK stereotypes, which will improve my first ever trip to England that I plan on making one day when I’m hankering for some authentic Bangers and Mash.
According to Wikipedia (which is always 100% accurate and honest right?), the White Van Man is:
“a usually pejorative stereotype used in the United Kingdom to describe drivers of light commercial vehicles such as the Ford Transit. Such vehicles are commonly painted white in order to facilitate easy sign-writing on the panelled sides. The stereotype represents the drivers of such vehicles as having poor driving skills and / or an aggressive and inconsiderate manner. The stereotypical “white van man” is often self-employed or the owner of a small business such as builder, carpenter, or plumber.”
So now that you’re caught up on the whole topic, let’s talk about the infographic. First of all, it has some interesting stats, especially considering the information from Wikipedia which makes the White Van Man sound pretty rude. All in all, the design is OK, but it flows too much like a list that explain everything in writing and just adds images as a compliment, rather than using the images to explain each stat. It also doesn’t have a clear conclusion. Other than that, it’s not too bad and has some fun information worth sharing.0