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”
and a similar VIDEO: BBC: POPULATION 7 BILLION (a must see!) If it doesn’t work, then see it on YouTube HERE
Google Street View Stop-Motion
Address Is Approximate from The Theory on Vimeo.
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:
DataArt – BBC Blurring the boundaries between art and information
3 Trends That Will Define the Future of Infographics
Quora answers: What are the Best Blogs about Data?
BBC Dimensions- How Big Really? (this is so cool!)
Information is Beautiful
DID YOU KNOW...Many people are creating inforgraphics to use as CVs/Resumes? A company called http://vizualize.me/ helps. This is an example from a friend: http://vizualize.me/cscolari#
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”)
Social Media Stats Viz
Students and Social Media (a good one for you!)
Hardest Places to Survive on Earth
What words does CHINA censor?
Mapping Internet Names with TOKYO subway
What’s in a surname? (INTERACTIVE)
TasteBuds (by David McCandless)
Designer Toolkit (what are the most prized products?)
MUSIC VID: “Numbers in Action” by Wiley (infographic-inspired)
Big Data: Digital Deluge
Google vs. Facebook – on Security and Privacy
How Texting is Changing the World
Interpretation of Death in Different Cultures
Infographic about Tumblr
Just how Connected are College Students? (surprising!)
VIDEO: We are the 99%
1 YEAR of Infogrpaphics
TONS of Interesting Infographics as tweeted by @russelstarr
Students Through the Ages
Visual Storytelling (about the book, with examples)
Vive le Tweet! A map of Twitter’s languages
What are the Hardest Languages to Learn?
Where are you Guilty of Text Messaging?
Understanding Shakespeare with Visualization
INTERACTIVE: Choosing a College
Various “State of the World” infographics from Myriad
INTERACTIVE: U.S.A. Happiness factors
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
30 Top Infographics for Designers
GOOD infographics ( a bunch of them, posted by the site GOOD)
FastCompany- Infographic of the Day
55 Social Media Infographics
Science and Health-related Data Viz
Language, Arts, Entertainment Data Viz
History/Politics.Econ Data Viz
Hot Body Language
“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
Oil’d from Chris Harmon on Vimeo.
CREATING YOUR OWN INFOGRAPHIC – RESOURCES
iCharts – create interactive charts for free
MANYEYES (by IBM) – one of the most popular
TIPS in designing effective Infographics
Designer’s Inside Scoop on Data Viz
TIPS, TRICKS, RESOURCES for making your own
10 TIPS for Designing Infographics
How to make a Good Infographic
Google Public Data Explorer
Mrs. Burvall’s DIIGO list re: Infographics (about 23 links now)
Main TYPES of Infographics
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.