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Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus [video]

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus from Patrick Clair on Vimeo.

 

Stuxnet: Anatomy of a Computer Virus is a video that claims to be a “motion infographic.”  Created by Patrick Clair, it explores some of the information that has emerged as people have been dissecting the Stuxnet computer virus.

An infographic dissecting the nature and ramifications of Stuxnet, the first weapon made entirely out of code.

I really like the idea of motion infographics, but I disagree that moving text and animation make this an infographic.  There is a lot of information, but there aren’t any data visualizations.  There were a couple of animations that looked like data visualizations, but they’re vague and don’t convey any data to the viewer.

I really like the video, the topic of weaponized software is fascinating and the Security Now podcast #291 has a really good explanation of what has been publicly learned about the virus.

Question for everyone reading: “Does informative = infographic?”

Direction and Motion Graphics: Patrick Clair patrickclair.com
Written by: Scott Mitchell

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Reader Comments (3)

I'd say it's more kinetic typography than an animated infographic, although the lines are probably very blurry at this point. Look up Jonathan Coulton's "Shop Vac" video for an example of well done kinetic typography.
June 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKevin
Don´t get locked in questions like that...that´s one of the issues that commonly make design worry about technical problems more than the conceptual stages of production (wich I think it´s wavee more important than the first one).

Both are technicism that wont´t lead anywere...wich is important at the end is if the way you display information is clearly enough for the viewer in order to get the information straight...

Good video btw!
June 23, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbarbatrön
I really like the idea of motion infographics, but I disagree that moving text and animation make this an infographic.
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