Wednesday, August 27, 2014

More about plagiarism in visualization and infographics

In the past few years I've written quite a lot about the boundary between plagiarism and inspiration in infographics and visualization (read 1, 2, 3, 4.) Last night, someone sent me this visualization. It's eerily similar to this NYTimes oldie, isn't it? Good topic for a class discussion: Is this plagiarism, inspiration, or simply the fact that there are certain stories that can only be told through specific graphic forms? In this case I'm inclined to say that it's a blatant copy, but I'd like to read your opinions.

Screenshots of the new graphic vs. the NYT's one, below.

UPDATE: The Retale people have just added a footnote to their graphic: “Inspired by: How Different Groups Spend Their Day, 2009. New York Times.”


  1. Yes, I agree. It is very, very likely that the design has been photocopied. In my opinion though this would not have been that bad, if only there was an explicit recognition of this somewhere on the page.

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