Are you a visual person? I certainly am. My friend Elaine over at Mortgage Free in Three is a bit of a genius when it comes to designing Mind Maps. Companies pay her a lot of money to read business books and evaluate them in a diagrammatic map. When I was studying in my masters year, I used mind maps to condense large amounts of coursework that I had to memorise for exams. The colours work together as a visual stimulus and I seem to be able to recall what each branch and point is highlighting much better than plain text.
Similar to revising for exams in this unconventional way, I often get bored with the standard text layout of some blogs. Those who fail to structure their writing into paragraphs and reasonable sentences lose my interest quickly. I always think the girls over at Money After Graduation do a superb job of breaking up their posts into different sections with colours, headings and pictures. It makes it much more friendly on the eye. I think I try to read things so freaking fast that I skim read and miss bits unless there is a
BOLD COLOURED HEADING
to break up the writing!
Why I Like Infographics
Infographics tell a story – similar to how a blog post does – but a story that you can read in any order. You can skim it down the left and up the right and miss out the middle bit altogether; and you will still take in some useful information. And because infographics are ususally very colourful and have pretty pictures I guess they interest me more than 800 words of text!
Instead of writing about the shift in attitudes of today’s home buyers – you can be visually stimulated instead…
In designing the above infographic, ComRes interviewed 2,275 prospective homebuyers in Britain on behalf of Barratt Homes, investigating the demographics and buying habits of people looking to buy a new home in the UK. Amongst other interesting facts, the Barratt infographic illustrates that raising a deposit for a new home has become less of a concern for potential homeowners, while it is becoming more and more difficult to find the right property. I must admit I also love how broadband speed is undeniably a Huge Factor in deciding where to purchase a home. I’m just gutted that my street is the cut-off for an exchange that has been upgraded to fiber… we are still running ADSL! Some of my readers from across the pond will find it hard to believe that we are not fully cabled!!
Time to be honest.. what were the key factors that you would consider / have considered when buying a home? Is broadband speed or a home cinema important? Does a walk-in-wardrobe seal the deal?! Discuss..