Greetings and welcome to the second part of this multi-part edition on the culinary arts. In this missive I’ll focus on infographics dealing with kitchen knives.
Culinary Arts – Cutlery
Making the Cut: Your Guide to Essential Kitchen Knives (below right) covers the basics sorts of cutlery every kitchen should possess. The graphic deals with basic definitions of the parts of a knife, then moves on to list basic knife types and the sorts of things one should cut with each of them. All in all, a fairly thorough, graphically straightforward treatment of the subject.
Let’s contrast this with Dice, Chop, Slice: A Guide to Knives (left). Both deal with identical topics, namely kitchen knives. As well, both provide nearly identical information – though DCS includes a knife maintenance section that caps the graphic off nicely. This second example, however, uses slight more text than does Making the Cut. Visually, I find this latter example more readable, the monochromatic treatment provides a greater contrast between visuals, text, and background. The use of pastel turquoise [sic] in Making the Cut I find blends into the grey back-ground reducing legibility. I think both offerings receive passing marks and offer and excellent blend of graphics and text (but if I had to choose which one to mount on a kitchen wall I would choose Dice, Chop, Slice).
Now, let’s look at a two final, and in my opinion inferior, offerings on the subject of kitchen knives. First Sharpen Up Your Knive Knowledge (below right). This third graphic I think of as the poor sister of the three. It certainly offers significantly less information than the two previous examples, restricting its scope to knife types and the function of individual exemplars. While the graphic does include one of my favourite blades (the mezzeluna – great for fine mincing), it also lumps knives into categories not by function but by size – a less than useful sorting technique for the culinary cohort unless your biggest concern is not cutting but storage.
Second, #KnowYourKnives (left) is fairly similar to the previous graphic making use, as it does, of a very similar colour palette. Whilst fairly compre-hensive in the types of knives covered, #KnowYourKnives is far too reliant on text to convey most of its information. Indeed, so much information is delivered via text that the artist clearly runs out of room in the design, forcing the artist to use lines to match the text with its corresponding graphic element… oops!
til next time… peace and love