The web has exploded with infographics in the last few years. Their ability to split up complex data sets into engaging, easily-digested narratives is custom-fit for the way people consume information on the web. Their sprawling layouts naturally slide into a newsfeed or pin board, making them easy for the socially affluent among us to share.
Infographics themselves are as old as civilization — neigh — older than civilization. Some of the earliest examples of infographics can be found in cave paintings dating back to the Neolithic age where they were used to illustrate stories. That’s right; infographics were invented for cavemen’s “story time.” Little cave-babies probably huddled around the cave-equivalent of Justin Timberlake to hear their favorite tales before resting their heads on their little rock-pillows and hoping not to be eaten.
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