information overload

New York City- To Much Information

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There are many examples of information overload seen in New York City’s Times Square. When I visited the overwhelming environment created by bright lights and towering skyscrapers the advertisements would attempt to slither there way into any free space. The dense populated area leads to information ineffectiveness due to the maximum capacity of various signs. In particular, street signs are merged on top of each other so tightly a viewer has to sort through multiple channels to determine which direction they are going. Below is a link to cluttered street signs in NY.

Quantitative Issues

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I found this poster on one of the walls in the hallway, and to me, it's information overload. The poster is all in the same font, and it's too overwhelming for me to actually want to read and find out what the poster is advertising. The font that's used is also difficult to read and very unappealing.

Cosmopolitan: Info Overload

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This map printed in Cosmo (March 2013) intends to tell which type of boy lives where based on surveys of 40,000 men in the U.S. Here we have what Katz calls "too little information" which unfortunately "takes up space and wastes energy."

There is so much information in that an entire page is used up with tons of text and a whole map of the U.S... yet, it's meaningless because there are no numbers.