Infographic: Top House Plan Styles by State


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This infographic was submitted to us by House Plans, who wrote this brief description:

We took a look at the most sought-after architectural styles in each state and discovered that the Craftsman home plan is not only popular across all age groups, but it remains a top choice from one end of the country to the other. This infographic highlights what we found and explores the origins of the nation’s top home design styles.

This is a pretty interesting set of data. Before reviewing, I’m not sure I would have even though it possible to show the most popular style of home in a particular state! The breakdown of style preference by age group is also intriguing, though it clearly shows that Craftsman Home Plans are the most popular across all age groups and most states.

The problem I’m having is in the lack of cohesive design. For starters, the pattern key for Median Age in the map makes it nearly impossible to differentiate between 37.5 – 39.9 and < 35. There are many more patterns that could have been used--stars, stripes, checkerboard, hearts, etc.--so the repetition of circular dots across three of the metrics is perplexing. Also, the background patterns on the three sections of the infographic change drastically and don't seem to relate to each other, or really to the topics of the subsections (with the exception of the Timeline of Architectural Styles, as graph paper insinuates blueprints). The introduction of blocks of text in the timeline is a little overwhelming. Notice that there aren't really that many words per style--fewer than 100--but the vertical layout of a typical infographic makes a small amount of text look significant. In all I'd give this infographic a C--it has good data and a unique topic, but it's difficult to interpret the first set of data, the design needs to come together and the text could use a little truncating.

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