Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Visual Data

Infographic about Infographics by Ivan Cash.
I have a serious love affair with infographics and with the idea of transforming data in a visual way. 
Some time ago I did a survey to support a school project, and was so excited about the final presentation because of all the beautiful data that I had acquired and the way it was put out in graphics with colours schemes matching the final product. *so proud… at the time
That being said sites like Information is Beautiful by author and designer David McCandless and Cool Infographics by Randy Krum completely make my day, every day. They're a great source of inspiration for designers and data lovers, but also a great source of knowledge. 
Now, visualization of data is not a modern thing, in the 18th century William Playfair was already throwing pie charts and bar charts around like it was no man's land. Before that Christoph Scheiner was using infographics to convey his ideas about the Sun's rotation patterns. 

Statistical Chart by William Playfair
What's really amazing is the way that data treatment as evolved and changed thanks to technology and interaction design. The way all of this is finding its way to the everyday technology user and stop being just a tool for marketers and companies is even cooler. People are becoming more aware and active participants in supplying new data (like in Open Paths), designers are creating partnerships with scientists and institutions trying to go the extra mile in creating virtual experiences for users and attempt to make sense of it all, define trends, figure out what people are doing, what they want and need and how to honor that outcome in the best possible way.

So if you want inspiration about this subject, here are a couple of things that will get you fired up!

TED Talk with Jer Thorp | Now this is a complete game changer on the subject. The way this guy works is brilliant and inspiring and will get your mind blown in 17.30 minutes.

Joel Katz | He's the author of "
Designing Information: Human factors and common sense in information design"
It works almost like a textbook with Do's and Don'ts and you can check more about his work here

This article about David Byrne's book The Best of American Infographics 2013 on Brain Pickings.

Neo Mam Studios did this interactive site with 13 Reason's Why Your Brain Craves Infographics.

Wind Map | a beautiful visualization of the wind current in the USA.

Internet Map | Interact with this "galaxy" of sites and overall views of those websites in each country in the world.
Andrew Vande Moere's Information Aesthetics.

Isabel Meirelles's book | Design for Information


  1. Great article! Check this out. Florence Nightingale's Statistical Diagrams.


  2. Thank you so much for the info! I'm gonna check it out! =)