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I’m not sure how it slipped off the radar, but I haven’t posted a link to the Feltron Annual Report 2009 here on the blog yet. Nicholas Feltron has done infographics for Time, CNN, Wired, New York Times, Fast Company and more, but probably his most popular infographics are his annual reports. The print version of the Feltron Annual Report 2009 is available for pre-order for $30 from the Feltron Store.
Mike Aruz interviewed Nicholas Feltron when the 2009 Annual Report was released on mikearauz.com
The reason this came up today is that Nicholas is going to be the host of Live DesignCast: Nicholas Felton, A Master Class on Information Design. This is an online class from PRINT Magazine on April 29, 2010 at 4pm EST. The class costs $69 and is one hour long.
Our current information age has produced an inevitable crush of complicated data to sort through. Thankfully, there is a rising group of designers who present all this data in a way that we can understand and use. And for the last several years, no one has done it better than Nicholas Felton.
In this Master Class, Felton explains how detailed data leads to better stories, offers a few guidelines for displaying complicated data sets, and challenges you to use all five senses through the process.
In this Master Class DesignCast, you’ll learn:
• How to visualize large data sets
• How to go from an initial question to gathering, comparison, and display
• How to use sensors, whether hardware or software, to gather data
• How data helps satisfy curiosity, provides insight, and entertains
• How better data leads to better stories
The first panel is devoted to social influences, industry leaders, and shifts in fashionable silhouettes. The second panel discusses historical milestones, significant fabrics used, and the bra fitting procedure.
The assignment was to choose any sequence, cycle, or evolution and represent it graphically. The information was to be presented in two separate panels that were related but could also function independently of one another.
Thanks to Matt for the link!
If you’ve already splashed out on the huge flat-screen tv, a state-of-art Blu-Ray player, and a satellite dish with a monthly subscription that brings with it hundreds of channels, then it probably seems like it’s a small price to pay for HDMI cables. But, this is exactly the mentality that gets people to pay for this habitually over-priced bit of technological excess. The truth, as our infographic points out, is that there is absolutely no difference between the cheapest and most expensive HDMI cables, at least over shorter runs. If you’re wiring an entire house, you may find these cables to be worth it.
To understand why you shouldn’t pay extra, you need to understand the difference between analog and digital. With analog cables, the signal degrades, with digital cables such as HDMI, it either works or it doesn’t. The signal doesn’t degrade any more than your JPEGs degrade when you put them on a thumb drive.
Chris Watson, from Visual Think Map, started a new network on Ning called “What’s In MyBag” for anyone to share photos of all the stuff they carry in their briefcase or bag. It’s a fun, visual project that can share a lot of information within only one photo.
Join and share your own photo!
New infographic, Ever Gotten A Date Online?, from OnlineSchools.org examining some of the data behind online dating. As Mashable points out, one of the most surprising statistics is that the online dating industry is larger than the porn industry.
From Jennifer Van Grove at Mashable: Per the graphic — which pulls data from a number of sources, including Reuters and The Washington Post — online dating is worth more than one billion dollars per year, with the mobile phone dating market worth $550 million.
From CreditKarma.com, apparently, the email provider you use can imply certain things about your personal financial position to the world.
You may have kept your AOL account since receiving a free disc in the 90’s, signed up for Yahoo! in college, got a Gmail invite, or moved to Comcast when you finally installed broadband, but what does it say about you? When categorized by email provider, the credit score and debt averages of users begins to tell a story. Do Gmail users take on larger mortgages? Do Yahoo! users have lower credit card limits? Credit Karma takes a closer look at how users of the most popular email providers stack up.
Found on FlowingData
Presenting My Digital Life 2.0! I’ve significantly updated the My Digital Life infographic I designed last year. In addition to including many more gadgets and accessories in the graphic, I changed the connection lines to indicate either a constant or occasional connection. The line arrows also indicate the direction of information flow (sometimes one-way, sometimes both ways). You can see the high-resolution images on Flickr by clicking on the images.
The infographic highlights many of the decisions a consumer has to make with each new gadget they buy.
- What kind of batteries should I use?
- How much and what kind of memory will I need?
- How do I connect to my existing gadgets and computers?
- How will it work in my car?
- Do I have an available connection?
- Where can I add a new gadget (like a new hard drive)?
For the purpose of Product Development and Marketing, this is a fantastic way to map out the experiences a consumer faces and how new products will fit into their life. For example, if you were at a company designing a new consumer electronic gadget how would your product fit into your target consumer’s life? What decisions would they have to make about your product? Is it easy for them to understand if your new product will work with their existing setup?
Even if you’re only a headphone manufacturer, it’s incredibly important to understand the whole consumer experience.
You’ll notice that the map began to form natural groupings that I call experience zones. Here’s a modified version that highlights six specific areas of experience: video, audio, phone, photos, computing and mobile. From an average consumer perspective, I know I’m missing two potential additional areas: Gaming and Reading. I don’t own a gaming console (Xbox or Wii) and I don’t own an e-reader (Amazon Kindle or Sony Reader).
Since I’m a technology geek, I already understand how all of these connections work…in my head. I’m the one who set them up and I use them every day. However, imagine your parents or grandparents trying to understand all of these connections, and that doesn’t include the software communication between many of these gadgets.
I’ve added a few new types of connections, and included the different line types in the legend. I also took a few liberties with the connection types. “Snap Together” indicates any type of physical connection, like the Ear Jams snapping onto my Apple Earbuds and also the iPhone snapping into the car mount. I left the camera memory cards as USB connections without getting into any more detail of the inner connections in the cameras. The legend is not truly necessary because in true Tufte form, I included the connection icons in each of the connection lines, but I decided to leave the legend in to identify any icons that people aren’t familiar with.
The biggest challenge in designing the infographic, was arranging everything so that none of the lines crossed. To make this happen, I ultimately had to skip a couple connections. I have used the Etymotics earbuds with the MacBook occasionally, but that connection line would have been horribly ugly, crossing the entire graphic.