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Jeffrey Heer is a familiar name for people from info-visualization community. The Prefuse visualization toolkit created by Jeffery is used and referred by almost all infographics enthusiasts. But somehow I missed out his wonderful (almost an hour long) lecture at University of Washington, Voyagers and Voyeurs: Supporting Collaborative Information Visualization.
Apart from the awesome demos of his works on interactive visualizations, in this lecture, Jeffrey also talks about how collaborative annotations and discussions can enhance the effectiveness of an info-visual. According to him, if a large enough, interesting and interactive info-visual is made available to general audience, equipped with integrated annotation and commenting tools, individuals (not only experts) can find out amazing patterns and perspectives.
From the excerpt:
Interactive visualizations leverage human visual processing and cognition to increase the scale of information with which we can effectively work. However, most visualization research to date focuses on a single-user model, overlooking the social nature of visual media. Visualizations are used not only to explore and analyze, but to communicate findings. People may disagree on how to interpret data and contribute contextual knowledge that deepens understanding. Furthermore, some data sets are so large that thorough exploration by a single person is unlikely. Jeffrey Heer from the University of California, Berkeley, presents a number of novel visualization techniques in this University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering program.
Jeff Veen from Small Batch, Inc., presented a short and sweet session over at Web2.0 Expo in San Francisco in information graphics and data visualization. During the talk, he focuses on some of the classic examples of information visualization (John Snow pump, Minard’s map, the tube map, Gapminder’s dynamic data visualizations etc.), the issue of “decorative” data versus accessible and usable data, and the emerging challenge to empower lay people to participate in visualizing and analyzing their own data.
3 Key points stood out for creating a good infographics:
- Find a story in the data
- Assign different visual cues to each dimension of the data
- Remove everything that isn’t telling the story
Found via: information aesthetics
Back in November 2008, over at Future of Web Design event at New York, Mike Kus, designer at Carsonified, gave a 15 minute talk entitled “Whatever happened to the Art in Design?”. In it he describes ways in which thinking of web design in a more artistic way will maximize the impact of your site designs.
Here’s a quick summary of his talk:
- The 50% thing: Remember the visible pixels on the screen are only 50% of your canvas
- Preparation: By knowing your subject matter well you will arm yourself with the knowledge to create well thought out and meaningful ideas
- Get Inspired: Get yourself into a headspace where you’re totally consumed by ideas for your project
- Idea, Concept, Story: It’s the idea, concept or story within your design that can take a website from a good design to a work of art
- Ditch your Mac: Get back to basics with paper and a pen
- Execution: Attention to detail is the difference between a good design and a great design
Download a PDF of Mike’s hand drawn talk summary leaflet.
This is one of the best Interactive Flash Explainers I’ve seen so far. Awesome usage of Flash to display humungous amount of information (From Neolithic and Bronze Ages till modern days) in an effective and comprehensive manner. British History Timeline by BBC.
Explore all of British history, from the Neolithic to the present day, with this easy-to-use interactive timeline. Browse hundreds of key events and discover how the past has shaped the world we live in today.
‘Take a Journey’ when the timeline has loaded to follow themes such as Slavery, Women’s Rights and Technology.
Also Read : Interactive Visual Explainers-A Simple Classification by Maish Nichani and Venkat Rajamanickam