Yes, I know that NONE of the infographics above is a scientifically “good” comparison tool. Too noisy, too flashy, not clean… but every now and then you DO need to cater to your audience. Engagement is the first step in the comprehension funnel, and in this particular example, yep, I’m trying to capture the eyeballs of an audience that likes this sort of thing. The style of #4 is a decent compromise in this case. Know your audience.
Rob takes us through an interesting journey. I don’t think I’d want to use that style too often, but to be fair, Rob talks about that in the snippet I clipped.