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Randy Krum infographic designerRandy Krum

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Data Visualization, Infographic Design, Visual Thinking, Product Development and Marketing professional fascinated by good infographics.  Always looking for better ways to get the point across.

 

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Thursday
May212009

What is Wolfram|Alpha?

I'm not sure I understand what Wolfram|Alpha is yet, but so far it's pretty impressive.  Developed by Stephen Wolfram and his team, it claims to be a "computational knowledge engine".  The input box looks like a search engine, but it is definitely NOT a search engine.


When you type in a question, it attempts to show you all of the relevant data it can find.  It is actually calculating and charting this information real-time in order to present it to you.  Because its built on top of the Mathematica Engine, it can also handle math problems.


I think this will be an important tool for many designers of infographics, because you can get some of your raw data directly from Wolfram|Alpha.  As they add more data into the system over time, this will become one of your best resources for information.  They have a pretty extensive page of examples by category that is a great place to start.  Also watch the short video by Stephen Wolfram showing what the system can do.

Tuesday
May192009

The Evolution of the Modern Skateboard


From The Odeus Skate Blog comes this timeline infographic showing the history of skateboard design.  I got my first skateboard in the 70's, so it already had the kicktail, but it was still really narrow.

 

Friday
May152009

Sushi Etiquette

 


This is from Food & Wine magazine (Sep 2005), and I’ve kept the hardcopy of this issue for the last four years because of this illustration.  I came across this magazine again today, so I thought I would share.  Apparently I eat sushi completely incorrectly, so I refer back occasionally to remind myself how to eat properly. (I love mixing the wasabi into my soy sauce!)

 

Here’s the link to the original “Sushi In America” feature from the magazine.  You can find these and many other illustrations from Peter Arkle on his website.

 


Mmmm, fatty tuna is one of the best!

 

Thursday
May072009

Quub.com Infographic Demo Video


Introduction to quub from quub.com on Vimeo.

Quub.com is an interesting service that facilitates updating your status often to create "ambient communication".  This is a form of micro-presence, that helps you keep your status up to date, which keeps it relevant to your followers.  Quub.com created three infographic videos to help explain their service.

Currently the service in in Beta, but there are still many slots available if you want to join the Beta program.  You can use their service with many different social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Plaxo, LinkedIN, MySpace, Hi5, Tumblr, Plurk, etc.

Even though the ambient model has established itself as a popular form of communication, it requires you to continuously update your status in order to work effectively. This is a problem. Coming up with new status updates requires time, effort and creativity. Additionally, you are forced to consider a number of complex factors before updating. Is your update appropriate? What should you type in? Who is your audience? Does anyone care? Is your message even relevant?  Because of this, many people neglect to update their status and it's value decreases. Without consistent updates, the ambient model falters.
Found the link Information Aesthetics and on Twitter!

Tuesday
May052009

Effing Hail, The isometric infographic game!


"Effing Hail" is a cool web game you play in your browser from Intuition Games!  The isometric animation is very reminiscent of the Royskopp video for "Remind Me".  You control the wind to hold the hail in the air so it continues to grow in size before releasing it to crush the objects below.

Found on Information Aesthetics and a bunch of Tweets on Twitter!

Monday
Apr272009

The AlloSphere: Step inside your visual data!

Awesome sphere that you step into and become completely immersed in visual data!  I can't wait for one of these to be available for the public to experience.  Great TEDTalks video.

JoAnn Kuchera-Morin demos the AlloSphere, a new way to see, hear and interpret scientific data. Dive into the brain, feel electron spin, hear the music of the elements ... and detect previously unseen patterns that could lead to new discoveries.

Friday
Apr242009

The History of Beer infographic


The History of Beer was published on Manolith.com.  I like the twist on a timeline infographic.  First, it's vertical instead of horizontal.  Then, it's actually four timelines in one highlighting different events in Science, Religion, Literature and Facts using the four colored tracks.

Design and layout by 600 Series Design, illustrations by Dan Zettwoch.

Check out some of the original sketches and story on Dan's blog.

Tuesday
Apr212009

Circles: Visualisation Volume 2

From Chris Watson (visualthinkmap.ning.com), comes Volume 2 of the online magazine "Visualisation" featuring many different infographics from around the world.  They all use circles as the focus of their images, and Chris has done a fantastic job putting these together.  Included are some interviews with the infographic authors and high-res version of the images.

Great work Chris!

Monday
Apr132009

A Century of Driving in America


From Good Magazine,  an infographic resembling a board game but in reality is a timeline.  Credits list Coleen Corcoran and Joe Prichard.

Thanks Alwyn for sending in the link!

Tuesday
Apr072009

Can design save the newspaper? (Jacek Utko)

Short TED Talk by Jacek Utko that explores how design can not only improve newspapers, but also your product or brand.

Jacek Utko is an extraordinary Polish newspaper designer whose redesigns for papers in Eastern Europe not only win awards, but increase circulation by up to 100%. Can good design save the newspaper? It just might.