There’s Even an Infographic for Fantasy Book Cover Art
It seems like the infographic craze has hit even the most niche of markets: the fantasy book one. OK, so OrbitBooks has been doing the survey for a couple of years now, but it’s funny nonetheless.
According to the graph, fantasy book covers are experiencing a sea change. The top three clichés—swords, ‘glowy magic’, and castles—are in severe decline, dropping as much as 50% for how often ‘castles’ get feature on covers. Dragons, however, are still flying high.
Unicorns also get no love from fantasy book designers this year; none of the mythical horned creatures make the cover pages.
Sure, the survey is a just-for-laughs gag, but what is it with all the data visualizing, charts and infographics nowadays?
Looking at it from a wider perspective, the fascination with pure data and statistics must come root from the 21st century’s surge in archived information—there are just so many numbers floating around the web about everything (or nothing in particular).
Artists have become known for using data as their medium, and there are numerous blogs and websites devoted to the form. Still, if properly executed, an infographic can be a beautiful way of presenting information; and who’s to say data visualization isn’t an artform?
And well, in case you were thinking of it, the craze has already gone meta: here’s an infographic about…infographics.
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