Entries in design (414)
Over on Think>Map>Draw, Michael DiTullo, the Design Director for Converse, shared his thoughts about design and sketched this parallel design process between the intended design process and the actual design process.
Sketch image: 2008 copyrighted Michael DiTullo and released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.
A few readers have written emails to me asking about what software to use to create infographics. My needs are pretty simple for my day job, so I only have a handful of tools that I use loaded onto my MacBook. But the graphics I create are fairly simple, and don’t use massive amounts of data.
Yes, I included MS Office in the list because there are some really cool things you can do with Excel and PowerPoint. I’ll post some examples in the future.
What software do you use?
Post about your favorite software in the comments and share your “must have” software with everyone here.
Greetings from the Blogipeligo!
A fun infographic from xkcd.com that uses a map image to communicate the relative sizes of the different types of online communities. I was impressed that I at least recognized most of them, and actually participate in some of them.
Will all of the hype around the launch of the iPhone 3G, I wanted to share a simple infographic showing the circuitboard from inside one of the new phones. It clearly identifies each major component and also adds what that compnent does inside the phone. The graphic really adds a significant amount of depth to the article.
The full article is from TechOnline.
One of the projects from Information Esthetics, the Map of Scientific Paradigms by Kevin Boyack, Dick Klavans and W. Bradford Paley shows how scientific papers in different fields are connected through their citations.
As to what the image depicts, it was constructed by sorting roughly 800,000 scientific papers into 776 different scientific paradigms (shown as red and blue circular nodes) based on how often the papers were cited together by authors of other papers. Links (curved lines) were made between the paradigms that shared common members, then treated as rubber bands, holding similar paradigms closer to one another when a physical simulation forced them all apart: thus the layout derives directly from the data. Larger paradigms have more papers. Labels list common words unique to each paradigm.
Thanks for sending in the link Alwyn!
For the 4th of July, I wanted to post a new link to the U.S. flag as an infographic, but it looks like the "Meet The World" brazilian website that I posted about in February 2008 is down right now. I still have the image, and its from the flag series by artist Icaro Doria.
Icaro Doria is Brazilian, 25 and has been working for the magazine Grande Reportagem, in Lisbon, Portugal, for the last 3 years. He is part of the team (with Luis Silva Dias, João Roque, Andrea Vallenti and João Roque) that produced the flags campaign which has been circulating the Earth in chain letters via e-mail.
Three different ways to view the grocery store from Wired Magazine Infoporn January 2008 (16.01) by Dan Marsiglio. Cost per Calorie, Calories by Weight and Sugar by Weight.
If you're trying to cut back on the sugar in your diet, stay away from the cereal aisle!
From the January 2008 (16.01)Wired Magazine; Artifacts from the Future, by Chris Baker. This future automobile HUD has some really cool features like a DUI driver identified ahead, in-car video chat, live GPS map with directions and a coupon for the Starbucks at the next exit. He's doing 90MPH, eating an energy bar and he's in the slow lane! For California, there definitely aren't enough cars on the road!
Looks a lot like a bunch of widgets on the desktop of your PC. It definitely seems too cluttered, but I think it was necessary to fit it on a narrow magazine page. I love that it seems to use a multiple-blink interface. Check out the calendar appointment in the top left: "...blink 3 times to reschedule."
If only this future were closer. I'm a real fan of car HUD interfaces. It's one of those promised technologies that still haven't become reality.