Superhero Infographics – when you’re not quite sure whether to kill someone… or not

Infographics can capture complex sets of data, presenting visually-based explanations of processes, trends and conceptual frameworks. But they can also be used to illustrate aesthetically-pleasing decision-making models. Such as whether to kill someone if you’re coming from the perspective of an individual like homicidal superhero Frank Castle – AKA The Punisher. (For those of you unfamiliar with the skull-daubed vigilante, writer Steven Grant describes him thusly: Heidegger, who took Kierkegaard’s philosophy further, comes even closer to describing the Punisher: ‘Since we can never hope to understand why we’re here, if there’s even anything to understand, the individual should choose a goal and pursue it wholeheartedly, despite the certainty of death and the meaninglessness of action.’)

This branching decision-tree, (click here for a larger version with full details), although designed with a subversive bias towards one particular outcome, provides an easy-on-the-eye route-map through multiple, interrelated decision points. The knock-on effects of a given judgement are immediately obvious, with the ‘circuit board’ layout allowing an easy ‘retracing of the steps’ to explore alternative avenues (should you change your mind – although, let’s face it, in Castle’s case that’s a little unlikely).

Conveying the different options (and associated consequences) in text format would inevitably be much duller, and less useable. Complexity is often more describable and emotionally proximate – and thus more manageable – when a bird’s eye view is provided.

Although in this case, the dice would definitely appear to be loaded.