Animals

Infographic: Are We in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction?

Are We in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction? by Bill Marsh, Sunday Review Graphics Editor, New York Times

Bill Marsh’s black-and-red image depicts species at risk of extinction, based on data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature. When it comes to designing infographics, Marsh says there’s a dance between visual appeal and clarity of information. For example, he chose a big cat to represent all mammals because, “right away [they] convey that we’re talking about a certain type of animal, and big cats in particular are threatened.” To signify threatened flowering plants, he chose a maple leaf, because not all flowering species have the typical floral bloom. “We didn’t want to give people the wrong impression by literally selecting a flower image,” he says.
Are We in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction

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  1. An important infographic. My suggestion would be to show the extinctions round the outside encroaching to the center, rather than the other way around. As it is, the eye/brain imagines that there are plenty more creatures OUT of the frame, as the expansion is assumed to continue.

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