IMDb vs. Metacritic

Information Design

2020


IMDb vs METACRITIC is an infographics project exploring the taste difference between film critics and typical moviegoers. I designed three infographics providing three distinct perspectives.

ROLE:
Solo Graphic Designer

AERA:
Information Design

TYPE:
New York University
Tisch School of the Arts

SPECIAL THANKS:
Katherine Dillon

Perspective No.1

The first perspective is to compare IMDb and Metacritic’s rankings. I choose IMDb scores to represent public reception for its popularity and Metascore to represent critics’ reception for its reliable algorithm and reputation. The chart is broken down into four parts by two lines, a horizontal one and a vertical one setting the boundary of Metascore top 250 and IMDb top 250.

Perspective No.2

The second perspective is to show the lists of directors with three or more films in IMDb and Metascore top 250. Each circle stands for one film. The upper right corner gives an overview of all top 250 films from which we can tell that Metascore features a wider variety of directors.

Perspective No.3

The third perspective uses the parallel set to show the connection between the following variables: director’s nationality, IMDb range, Metacritic range, and Oscars for IMDb top 250 films. The chart tells a complicated story. One cannot tell a movie’s Oscar record based on its IMDb or Metascore range.