There are many ways of conveying information on a blog; text and images being the two most widely used. Many infographics combine both these elements to provide a visual way of presenting text information.
OK. Here is my effort. It’s an interactive graphic, so do play with it a little.
Well, this seemed like a good idea at 10 pm last night – but what a wrangle it turned into! Having spent hours setting this thing up, I found that there was no facility to teak it to look just the way that I wanted. It would not be my choice to display the data label three times! Nor would I choose in this case to show the weightings, as they have no real meaning in this context. As for the colours – I had several attempts to theme the graphic to go with the blog but it kept on reverting to the original default every time that I made a change an din the end I gave up the struggle.
(By the way, the graphic seems to be troublesome to load. If you cannot see it, please try refreshing your browser.)
I admit to having felt less than inspired and so I turned to what I know…
It should not be difficult to represent that in the context of a knitter’s needs, now would it? It took ages and many rewrites and I am still not certain that it is correct.
I originally thought that I could make a single hierarchy. I probably could. But I liked the nifty interactive infographic, so I made three hierarchies. It wasn’t working out, and so a fourth emerged – and that scuppered my fun with the titles. I also believed that it could be a general hierarchy of needs, but unlike Maslow I failed to convince myself that all knitters are equal. I settled for representing my needs and desires.
It was actually an interesting exercise. I have long known how challenging it is to carefully analyse, weight and differentiate between a group of needs and wants. Many people cannot grasp the difference between a want and a need at all – that’s not my big problem. Ordering them is my challenge.
I think that I got the graphic right and was reasonably honest in my weightings. Material needs come first. Let us be clear now, no yarn = no knitting, so yarn is the fundamental.
Or is it?
Are the Creative needs more basic – the desire and enthusiasm to knit come before the yarn purchase? Perhaps because I come from the perspective of a stash owner, I chose to do it this way. Anyway, the needs are at the bottom and the desires/fancies/trimmings a re at the top. Let’s face it, I could knit for some need, rather than from a desire or a creative impulse. I might be needing to clothe my children. Maybe I have this the correct way around after all.
Yarn, to me, is fundamental. A pattern stash is nice but more often that not mine leads only to a desire to look to my inner Monkee for creativity or elsewhere for inspiration, so the blank apex of the triangle takes us to the next hierarchies of non-material and creative needs. Just look where Ravelry ended up! I originally regarded Ravelry as icing on the cake but that is not at all honest – it is nowadays an essential. It feeds into everything else – a source of creative inspiration, pattern choice, yarn information and a place to develop my skills and find new techniques. Also interesting is that I placed a circle of real knitting friends before the larger circle of blogging knitters. The bloggers are a wonderful resource but there’s nothing like having somebody at your side to show you how that stitch works… I also placed reading blogs as more fundamental than writing them – but that’s because I am at heart an information-gatherer rather than a natural disseminator.
The final hierarchy is well, a little joke – but nonetheless real and you will recognise it.