Infographics are perhaps the new storytelling medium. They can take a lot of information and put it in a form that is fun and easily understood. Studying and experimenting with infographics is a perfect start to our new unit on SENSE PERCEPTION. Although we have 5 senses, a great deal of what we “know” comes from what we “see”.
“We now live in a world where information is potentially unlimited. Information is cheap, but meaning is expensive. Where is the meaning? Only human beings can tell you where it is. We’re extracting meaning from our minds and our own lives.”- George Dyson
“The purpose of Visualization…is INSIGHT…NOT pictures” – Ben Schneiderman at U. of Maryland
Why do Infographics Matter? – “your message is only as good as your ability to share it”…one designer comments that “TRANSPARENCY is the NEW BLACK”…it’s all about the open data
by Column Five Media
TOK -related ARTICLE: “When Data Struts Its Stuff – Read about the implications, benefits, and risks
Is “SEEING really BELIEVING”? Why do humans gravitate toward the visual and pictoral? Why is a “picture worth a thousand words”? Neurologists define this phenomenon as the “PICTORAL SUPERIORITY EFFECT”, claiming that our brains are actually hard-wired to remember things that are presented as or with images much more than mere text or speech. But we have to be war of “DATA-WASHING”, or the “selective and manipulated framing of information aimed at steering your understanding of it in a specific direction”. We need “GRAPHICS LITERACY”.
For the video “CHART WARS” please see this Brainpickings post: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2010/01/15/alex-lundry-chart-wars/
Read this Wikipedia entry on the MISUSE OF STATS, which includes discarding unfaorable data, loaded questions, biased samples, overgeneralization, misreporting error, false causality, proof of the null hypothesis.
We will begin with a video series: “Journalism in the Age of Data“, put out by Stanford University, which has an excellent media program.
http://datajournalism.stanford.edu/ (a collection of 8 short videos)
“Data Visualization is here to stay…so we better all get on board’
Here’s an INFOGRAPHIC ABOUT INFOGRAPHICS to give you some background. It says the steps are:
1. IDEATION– what is an idea that will “blow up”?
2. IDEA SELECTION – finding that diamond in the rough
3. RESEARCH – getting the facts (legit and interesting!)
4. CONCEPTUAL VISUALIZATION – what will the art/design be like?
5. DRAFT/ REVISIONS/ PRODUCTION
Finally, here’s the LIVEBINDER with everything you’d ever need to know about Infographics
Here is his TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen.html
He claims statistics is “the sexiest subject around”
Google Street View Stop-Motion
In this 5 minute TED talk, a “creative technologist” demonstrates CYMATICS, process for making soundwaves visible.
In this 6 minute TED talk, we are exposed to the “ALLOSPHERE” – a new way to see, hear, and interpret scientific data.
David McCandless is a leader in data visualization, and in his TED talk he suggests it is the best way to navigate the “information glut”
How can data visualization aid those in the medical field? In this TED talk, Swedish expert Anders Ynnerman describes virtual autopsies and all kinds of goodies!
Prepare to be wow’d! Alexander Tsiaras uses art and technology to visualize the unseen human.
RELATED BLOGS AND SITES:
GREAT EXAMPLES OF DATA VIZ/ INFOGRAPHICS
llllllll Above – an interesting combo of kinetic typography and infographics, set to film llllllllllllllll
“Visual Storytelling: A New Language for Data Overload” (has amazing examples)
Visual.ly (prob the most cool site- with examples in “Explore”)
Students and Social Media (a good one for you!)
TasteBuds (by David McCandless)
MUSIC VID: “Numbers in Action” by Wiley (infographic-inspired)
U.S. Mood Throughout the Day inferred from Twitter (WITH VIDEO)….and to find out how they did that, check this article on TWITTEROLOGY, the new social science
GOOD infographics ( a bunch of them, posted by the site GOOD)
“Faces of the Dead” (made for our fallen heroes)
Using Vuvox and Photography (with a trusty Sharpie), Nichole created an amazing infographic on Revolutions throughout History
CREATING YOUR OWN INFOGRAPHIC – RESOURCES
Mrs. Burvall’s DIIGO list re: Infographics (about 23 links now)
WHAT WILL WE BE DOING?
1. Analyzing and Evaluating Infographics (and the Knowledge Issues related to data viz)
2. Remixing/Transforming Existing Inforgraphics
3. Creating original examples of Data Viz
Get inspired by watching THIS VIDEO about a famous graphic designer at work.