Ha ha the swine flu
Bloody hell what a fuss. But great media fodder
These examples were from Monday for Tuesday editions
Sorry - these are the only examples I have
The Guardian produced their classic map with data-driven circles
I must admit that I wanted to do something similar
Indeed I had some 'magic' working, but a senior editor had his doubts
And in a way I slightly agree
If we are all looking at the spread of the disease, then the 'circular method of present the spread is misleading' he said
Great as the Guardian graphic is, does it indicate that the 'suspected' circle has directly contaminated the countries that it covers?
I had not wanted to take this into consideration, because as an example of such, and as the production looks so wonderful, the editor had a major point - that this technique is flawed in this example
I guess, the fall out is, that it is OK to produce the circular data graphics as data graphics, but to overlay over a map can confuse things somewhat
Certainly over a map of the world, which covers millions of miles
It would most certainly work over a localised area map
We at the Telegraph tried too cover to much, I think
The information over the map, which was updated overnight, maybe became a little on the side of 'where do I look first'
Overall I think the desire was fine, we managed to incorporate a timeline of the swine flu, and hint at possible causes. Which added that element 'unintended learning'
My winner was the first infographic, which shows, in a headline manner, which companies were 'winner and losers' from the Mexican disaster