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America’s Golden Age of Radio

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During the 1930s, Americans’ main method of escape from war and poverty was radio. From thrilling mysteries to international news coverage, radio entertained and informed the American population like never before.

During the 1930s, Americans’ main method of escape from war and poverty was radio. From thrilling mysteries to international news coverage, radio entertained and informed the American population like never before.

Score from the experts at Killer Infographics

Visual Communication - 65%
Design - 85%
Content/Script - 80%
Usability - 85%

79%

Final Grade

This infographic uses a classic aesthetic hearkening back to the 1920s and 30s to set the stage for its subject of radio in that era. A hero image of an old radio aligns with the title to set viewers up with an understanding of the topic right away. While some creative use of data visualization is employed, there are a few key mistakes to look out for — such as using 2 different buildings in "Radio Ownership" because each would have disparate volumes and different roof shapes, which impacts the brain's perception of the height difference (the only metric the visual is trying to show). In another example, a donut chart is used to show a percentage decrease — a bar chart or line graph would be more appropriate to show this. And any time a quantagram is used (like in the 2.5 million people stat), the icon should be a 1-to-1 ratio to be truest to the information and most easily, instinctively understood; a number like 2.5 million is too big to show with a quantagram for that reason. However, the design is attractive and the information is interesting. We'd give this a C+ overall.

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