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 also have to be careful and critically evaluate infographics
“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 wary 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 unfavorable 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.
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”, plus, he says, “Information is Beautiful!”
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:
My personal favourite is Re.VU…check out this example for Obama
GREAT EXAMPLES OF DATA VIZ/ INFOGRAPHICS
Above – an interesting combo of kinetic typography and infographics, set to film
“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)
CREATING YOUR OWN INFOGRAPHIC – RESOURCES
Mrs. Burvall’s DIIGO list re: Infographics (about 23 links now)
Now that we’ve explored the science, history, and future of Infographics, it is time for some real-world investigation and application. Keep in mind that this is about how we CREATE KNOWLEDGE by MAKING SENSE of DATA and INFORMATION through SENSE PERCEPTION (in this case, visuals, or sight, and text, or language).
Infographic creation goes back to Early Man (click here for more)
Step 1: Peruse WIRED MAGAZINE for a real-life example of a non-interactive, print-based infographic OR check out any of the resources above that feature digital infographics
Step 2: REMIX the exisiting Infographic. You will transform it and give it new life by taking the data available and changing up how it is presented. Be adventurous, and use the tools in the links provided below.
TOOLS I recommend:
Step 3: D.I.Y. Infographic. You will be telling an original story with data and visuals/text. If you choose to do this by hand, you’ll need to scan or take a photo of it for your blog.
It involves BRAINSTORMING, IDEA SELECTION, CURATING DATA (research and editing), and CONCEPTUAL VISUALIZATION
***Be sure to work on something that interests you. You might even want to tie it to another project such as CAS, EE, or something you are doing in another DP course. Or, it might be something to do with a hobby or other interest you have. OR you might want to create your own resume- type infographic like the ones found HERE
SOURCES TO HELP:
Livebinder on Infographics (the tab called “Creating Infographics”)
Get inspired by watching THIS VIDEO about a famous graphic designer at work.
BUT WAIT..THERE’s MORE!
Top 2011 Infographics (very cool) My personal fav is this flow chart on the History of Science Fiction
Here are 2011 Infographics that are Still Relevant Today. One of my favorites is the Apple Tree:
This website offers a look into the sketching phases and ideation of a data viz team. I like the one called “Arrested Development”, about the #OccupyWallStreet Tweets and arrests
If you click HERE their process is explained in detail