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Back in July, Seth Godin posted his"three laws of great graphs" for PowerPoint presentations. I may not agree with Seth's laws, but I thought it worth sharing for discussion.
1. One Story: While I don't agree for all infographics, I do agree with this specifically for giving PowerPoint presentation. Steve Jobs is a master at this, or the master is whoever makes his keynote presentations.
2. No Bar Charts: I don't disagree that there are some horrible bar charts out there, but I don't think they should be eliminated altogether. They have their place, and since they are the default chart in PowerPoint they often get used when another type of chart would be more appropriate.
3. Motion: I'll cautiously agree with this one. Animation in PowerPoint is often distracting, but can be used as Seth describes. Don't get caught up in slide transitions, but use animation to highlight the point you are trying to convey to your audience.
Jaime Arvizu, a student at the Vancouver Film School, sent me a link to this infographic video that he and his team mates (Tyler Lemermeyer and Leo Aguiar) created for their Motion Design class. You can find a high resolution version at Jaime's blog.
Thanks for sending this in Jaime, I love it!
In my email yesterday I received a note announcing the release of Processing 1.0. It's very exciting to see this project release to the world. There have been many beta versions leading up to this release (162 versions in fact), but for those interested in creating your own infographics this is big news. What is Processing, you ask?
Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and interactions. It is used by students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain.Some of the infographics I have highlighted here on Cool Infographics have been created with the earlier versions of Processing, and I'm hoping for more to come.
Processing is free to download and available for GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.
The games have always brought of this world together in peace, leaving behind any racial or cultural boundaries. The Olympic games create a time when the world can be smaller and united as a human race, rather than separate nations. With the summer games in Beijing, China, and the upcoming games in Vancouver, Canada, the Olympic games will continue to be a time of friendly competition.
Thanks Grace. I love how this project turned out.
By popular request I have uploaded the full PDF version here.
Graphics by Roberto Rovira, RLA, with assistance from landscape designer Kelly Woodward. Roberto is Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at Florida International University (www.fiu.edu/~soa) and Senior Landscape Architect consultant for ArquitectonicaGEO (www.arquitectonicageo.com), a Miami-based landscape and planning firm. He led GEO's design team and developed the concepts for 'Hudson Square Prints Green!', a proposal for a 30-block New York City district on Manhattan's West Side, adjacent to the Hudson River.
Here's a classic from 1823! It a hand drawn infographic titled "Comparative Heights of the Principal Mountains and Lengths of the Principal Rivers of The World" by WR Gardner. The high resolution image is on Flickr, but the post about the image is on bibliodyssey.blogspot.com.
This one makes a great poster! Thanks Roi for sharing in the comments.
New Death and Taxes infographic for 2009! Interactive viewer let's you zoom in to see all of the details.
"Death and Taxes:2009" is a representational poster of the federal discretionary budget; the amount of money that is spent at the discretion of your elected representatives in Congress. Basically, your federal income taxes. The data is from the President's budget request for 2009. It will be debated, amended, and approved by Congress by October 1st to begin the fiscal year.The Death and Taxes poster from 2007 was my initial post on Cool Infographics, so I'm very excited to see this update. Now the 2009 version is available to purchase as a poster here.
The poster provides a uniquely revealing look at our national priorities, that fluctuate yearly, according to the wishes of the President, the power of Congress, and the will of the people. If you pay taxes, then you have paid for a small part of everything in the poster.
So VizThink Europe was this last weekend, and I came across this infographic ad in Fast Company magazine. The next VizThink in the U.S. is coming up quickly. February 22-25 in San Jose, CA.
Again, my friends at VizThink have created a discount code that I can offer to the readers of Cool Infographics! Use the code BCRK01 to get $100 off of the standard registration price!
Special thanks to Ryan and the gang at VizThink!
$100 Off regular admission
DISCOUNT CODE: BCRK01
Watercube, is a new book by Ethel Baraona Pohl. The book is about the National Aquatics Centre built in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics, and has some cool infographics inside. Some of the graphics were contributed by architect César Reyes Nájera. A review of the book can be found here on www.v2com.biz
WATERCUBE: The Book is a complete monographic publication about the National Swimming Center for the Beijing Olympics 2008. With an exhaustive description about the Watercube we present a detailed study of the project. The book makes an holistic approach to the project that starts with a brief description of urban and social changes that China has been experienced in the last decade. These facts have encouraged the construction boom that made possible these kind of projects occur in cities like Beijing.
This page is one of the years of the timeline leading up to the construction of the Watercube.
Here you can buy Watercube, by Ethel Baraona Pohl, on Amazon.com.
Special thanks to Ethel for sharing the images from her book, and allowing me to post them on Cool Infographics!