Infographics and Data Visualisation
Introduction to our new project, visualing Data and infographics. Infographics basically mean what they mean, they are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilising graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. Our task would be in the coming weeks will be to create an infographic on a certain model of information.
Paul gave us a couple of people who design infographics to look at.
Nicholas Felton is an infographic designer. He is the author of Personal Annual Reports that weave measurements into a tapestry of graphs, maps and statistics to reflect the year’s activities. He is the co-founder of Daytum.com, and was a member of the product design team at Facebook.
He has a really interesting website.
David McCandless is a British data-journalist, writer and information designer. Below is the covers for his “Information is Beautiful.” Taking infographics and data-visualisation to the next level, this rich 256-page book visualises captivating and intriguing patterns and connections across art, science, health and pop.
Coming to the end of the lecture, Paul told us that we can show or hide certain data, exaggerate it or choose not to. Which left me thinking, would I exaggerate or even hide information when making the infographic? I personally feel like keeping the data faithful to the topic would be best instead of exaggerating it.