Infographic: Our State Fair


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This infographic comes to us from the folks at Social Grocery who had this to say:

Forget spring, summer, fall, or winter, our favorite season is FAIR SEASON. State fairs have been long running traditions in many states across the country, the oldest one dating back to 1841 in New York.

This infographic shows the history of the state fair, a month by month breakdown of state fairs across the country and specific dates for state fairs in 2011. We also included some of our favorite fair foods and the calorie, carb, and fat breakdown, as well as how long it would take to burn the calories! (we prefer not to think about that part, though!)

I really like this infographic, the layout, graphics, and colors all work really well and there is minimal use of text. The information also held my attention throughout and I enjoyed looking at all aspects of this.

Overall I give this infographic an B because it has great data visualization and really tells a story about state fairs. To start off, the map showing what months different state fairs take place in across the U.S. is a great visual way to present the information. The section about fair food is also really interesting and visually appealing. I particularly like the graph at the bottom that shows how far you would need to walk to burn off each type of fair food, the use of shoes creates good data visualization.

As I already mentioned, this infographic uses text very minimally and almost only for the purpose of labelling things, so readers do not have to navigate through large blocks of text to get the information. I really don’t have any big suggestions that would improve this, the overall flow is nice and the colors and graphics fit the theme.


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