Entries in design (417)
These are images from the Eureka Tower in Melbourne, Australia. Emery Studio (look at the "Placemaking" link) had the opportunity to use both the horizontal and vertical surfaces to design some anamorphic signage in the parking deck. When viewed from the correct direction as you're driving, the words appear legible and lead you in the correct direction. Viewed from another angle, the words appear as abstract lines and colors.
Thanks Ethyl for sending the link on Twitter! Images are from the Kosmograd blog.
Ben Fry is the author of Visualizing Data, and describes the ZipCode project in his book. Each dot on the map is one zip code, and as you type a zip code, it highlights all of the dots that share that portion of the zip code. You can turn on the "zoom" feature that zooms farther into the map for each digit you add.
This is built with the open source Processing tool that was recently released to the world as version 1.0.
Here are all of the zip codes that start with "6"
Thanks Steve for sending the link!
Here's a link to Ben's book on Amazon:
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.