pbs’s “off the book” has brought us another fun feature detailing the history of data vizualization. as the capacity of data collection increases it has become more and more important to have effective ways to make sense of the information and make it meaningful and ultimately actionable.
Posts Tagged ‘infographics’
for fonts, form is the difference between legibility and chicken scratch, but for christian boer a graphic designer with dyslexia the function of form has a greater importance. he has created a typeface called dyslexie to combat the brain’s tendency to flip and rotate letters. scientific american explores the font and it’s designer’s process in this article including the challenges dyslexics face and boer’s thesis that led to the creation of the font.
not really, just using it well to make our government more accessible, revolutionizing the fireside chat concept. the white house offers a blog, mobile app, live streaming, and podcasts. some of the more notable interactive features include the federal taxpayer receipt which shows you how your money has been spent; and the ability to start and participate in petitions. the newest feature is an audio series being biden, a narrated blog giving citizens personal insight into the vice presidency.
for infographics to be successful they must distill complex facts into manageable and meaningful visuals that tell a specific story. maral porkazemi has created a six-piece series of infographics that do just that, which is made all the more impressive that she was able to access facts at all. her subject: the iraninan internet. the notoriously isolated country provides very little information and statistics to it’s own citizens, and further censors and or manipulates any information accessed by the outside world. with such a sprawling subject as the internet, which in and of itself is difficult to visualize, these beautiful circuits of statistics depict in detail how iranians are harnessing the power of the internet and social media to access uncensored information.
in 1977 the eames’s studio produced an educational documentary illustrating scale by the power of 10. this visual adventure harnesses the power of television, applying the media in a format that is still relevant today. not only did this short film stimulate curiosity for science, it has now inspired a new generation of short films for the powers project, with 40 artists interpreting the original film for the modern era.
here is a sneak peak at david lobser’s contribution to the project, which will hopefully be complete in 2013 and available on the powers project site. so stay tuned…
once the results of voting have settled in, and the media finds something else to talk about, the election process seems to always be reviewed under a microscope. inevitably, an abundance of opportunities for design to improve the voting experience become apparent. watch todd oldham critique the ballots in brief and identify possible improvements. how would you like to see design improve the election practices?
election day is upon us. not only has there been campaigning for and by candidates, but there is also a bi-partisan drive to register voters. you have probably been inundated with election registration ads, including pleas from the first lady, various parties and their surrogates, as well as organized campaigns like rock the vote, and get out the vote. another creative campaign, called know your potus by superfad, utilizes humor to stimulate your patriotic duty to participate… so, vote.
pinterest is the place for collectors of pretty things. so it seems entirely natural that graphic design has made itself at home on this social media phenom. more specifically, you can commonly find a graphically attractive resume nestled throughout the design boards. is pinterest becoming a new employment source? are employers paying attention to the cv’s interspersed with final products? here are a few examples of pinned resumes:
if you are thinking about using pinterest professionally, here are some observations and tips that may be handy:
1 // many of these documents either link back to a behance page or a personal website, this allows interested parties direct access to more information.
2 // having a pin button on your personal site will encourage people to directly pin from your site.
3 // if you are the initial pinner, make sure your pins and boards are meaningfully labeled or described, and make sure all applicable links are functioning.
the olympics have truly arrived into the 21st century, and no, it’s not because queen elizabeth made her opening ceremony entrance by “parachute.” there is an abundance of websites and social media surrounding the games that let fans track the games and have their say. here are a few sites with olympic fever:
with the future of the united states postal service in a precarious state, at best, what will become of the stamp? stamp design has been an outlet for honoring national heroes and commemorating events and pop-culture. what will happen to this miniature art form for the masses if the usps closes?
while the post office is hanging on for dear life, new stamps are still being created, and here are a few examples of what’s at stake: