Icons, small multiples, and color can convey a deep dive of information at a glance. They can also hide info in plain view.
Final segment of the Women in Numbers infographic review. I’d like to reiterate this review is the result of an attempt to defend infographics, not an attempt to attack them. This review is not meant to illustrate how lame Fast Company is. I don’t think Fast Company is lame.
There are either two or three parts to this section in the lower right — there are two sets of icons and a group of circles with numbers inside them. The circles seem to be related to the icons with flags above them — there are 20 icons and one of the numbers is 20 — but it is not clear that the circles are related to either set of icons. Upon further inspection, it seems that the circles are related to the icons above them, but not the icons to the left of them.
But let’s get to the bigger problems and solutions.