We were reading Edward Tufte’s Envisioning Information, and this just seemed to jump off the page. What could be a better way of conveying the massive amount of information embodied in the composition of a machine component on a sheet of paper?
“IBM Series III Copier/Duplicator, Adjustment Parts Manual, 1976. Drawn by Gary E. Graham”
Kudos to the graphics department at the New York Times for capturing the essence of a significant community issue in so informative and attractive a presentation. It works well as a a stand-alone, and in its Web location it is interactive with the core story and other informational resources. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/arts/design/nyu2031-universitys-plans-for-greenwich-village.html
The glorious era of ISOTYPE graphic representation has been re-launched by CityMaps, in the form of a new map presentation wherein there are streets and transit systems, but no buildings. Rather, the names and logos of retail establishments are presented in all their isotypical glory. And, in keeping with the technology du jour, a click on a name or logo generates a link to a customized window with both interactivity, social networking powers, and of course deals.
This is available both online and in an iPhone version, showing that interactive InfoGraphics are right at the forefront of challenges to the dominance of Google Maps in the Geo Wars. It’s currently configured for New York, Austin, and San Francisco – a spread which hopefully will allow for lots of creative bulk trademark deals.
How better to see what is happening in the near future than to have an elegant infographic presentation just a click away … or nicely framed over the desk. This beautiful “map-calendar” also readily illustrates the youth of the field, as evidenced by the small number of gatherings, at least in comparison to many other areas of interest and practice.
Spaceba to infographer.ru, of Moscow (and Singapore and Hamburg) for making it available.
Eric Fischer has utilized Twitter data and created a new way to look at cities. Here is New York, based on 10,000 points and 30,000 vectors. He’s done other cities too. Food for thought?
Story from Mashable
Didn’t we just hear that there are now six billion smart phone and tablet users in the world? Or was that something else?
At any rate, the substantial population that does dabble in mobile now has a great new tool, created as the first of many presentations from Novim. Crank up your device and check out this Just Science app to get a spectacular view of global temperatures from 1800.
One more element in the rapidly growing flood of interactive, Web-based data viz and infographic tools. Bring it on.
The global community is well served by a robust and exciting “process” that at once combines data visualization, info-graphic generation, and expansive linkages to worlds of information and communication modalities … all in real time: Gapminder World, a product of Sweden’s Gapminder Foundation. It’s a teaching tool, an elegant search engine, and a synthesizer of a staggering amount of analysis on the world as enabled by its numerous databases.
Scope: It’s really too much to describe in a paragraph or two. Go there.
Process: Look at their mini-users manual as an example.
Future: Let the Labs speak to the point.
To fulfill our aim, we at Gapminder are currently working on:
- Keeping our tools’ statistical content up-to-date and making time series freely available in Gapminder World and Gapminder Countries.
- Producing videos, Flash presentations and PDF charts showing major global development trends with animated statistics in colorful graphics.
All with the intention of being a “fact tank” that promotes a fact based world view.
Elefint Designs (http://elefintdesigns.com, https://twitter.com/#!/elefint) is a very classy outfit that has a simple purpose:
“Design and marketing for people and organizations doing good things in the world.
“We create websites, logos, promotional campaigns, print materials, and more, for non-profits, social entrepreneurs, environmental organizations, and socially responsible corporations. ‘We want to help you achieve your social mission with clear communication and great design.’”
A fantastic theme, which they’ve been addressing for several years.
And the story gets better. Last month they launched a new project, dedicated solely to the provision of infographics and data visualizations. It’s a super effort, and deserves a close look: http://infogra.ph.
Yesterday we began to use that awesome IPad app Zite, which is at once an elegant and powerful aggregator of blogs and presentations from the Web. The product is laid out in magazine style according to the topic categories you select. A most addicting way to have your information culled and packaged.
Interestingly, one of the first screens generated in the Information Graphics category laid out five infographics, four new and one a pre-WWII classic. Here’s the issue: each and every one was exciting, artistic, colorful, and a strong candidate for framing for the office wall.
But, each was lacking in readily accessible information. The old-school image didn’t have much to convey, and the new ones ensured that the data and relationships were quite lost in a sea of colors, fonts, connections, and drama. Where are the user manuals?
This seems to be the style of the age, at least if one looks at the deluge of models of “infographic of the day” appearing on the Web. Or are we just (not) seeing things?
“Poster Parade – Painting by Numbers 6 January – 18 March 2012
“A new poster display showing artistic, historical versions of data visualisation will open at London Transport Museum on Friday 6 January 2012.
“Often thought of as a 21st century phenomenon, data visualisation – the presentation of information abstracted into a visual form – has been in use since the 2nd century when Egyptian people used tables to organise astronomical information. It was not until the 1920s that the importance and power of data visualisation for examining and making sense of data and information became more widely used.
“Most of the posters in the display date back to the 1930s or earlier and were designed to promote the benefits of travelling by London transport or as propaganda to tell the public about the excellence of the public transport services being provided.
“The display of 20 posters includes work by Hans Schleger, Misha Black & David Langdon, Theyre Lee-Elliott, and James Fitton.”
Other images are found at the Visualising Data Web Site. http://visualisingdata.com/
We just read and re-read and re-re-read the Mashable interview with Jesse Thomas of Jess3. It absolutely offers up the portal into the world of information graphics and data visualization. Read it.
to the universe of creative communication tools. You are viewing the early life of a Web site celebrating the exciting and significant field of Information Graphics (IG), wherein data and related word- and number-based information are “visualized” and re-cast in a graphic form.
This site will both cover IG, and introduce the visitor to the work of alpenGRAPHIK as it melds photography and graphic design in the service of organizations that seek to better understand their internal knowledge bases, and to convey this to their constituents and the general public in a vibrant and effective manner.
All comments and inputs are welcome.