Week 8: Content, Expression and Visualisation

Looking back on the previous posts it seems I’ve done a significant amount of working through the theories for a better understanding, but this week I want to bring in a stylistic range of Visualisations I’ve found that illustrate the different aspects of transitioning from print to digital and the key media technologies involved in the public sphere. After-all, pictures are more info-taining than large blocks of words, so here come the visuals…

To kick-off we have this Venn Diagram that perfectly illustrates the intersecting design and content considerations for any given visualisation project. (Click for high resolution)


The next style is this text based visualisation that looks at a number of statistics between Books vs. Ebooks, which is easy to grasp, packed full of facts and lists a side by side comparison, but is cluttered and requires a fair amount of reading.


While I’ve commented on the role of marketing/advertising in previous posts, this handy interactive visualisation with graph/tables makes visible the shady Marketing Trackers on a number of popular websites concerned with digital self-publishing.


To the world of micro-blogging now with this video as a mind-map style spatial visualisation of the most Influential People on Twitter looks incredible and contains information on name, category, influence and activity including the first tweet made.


The interactive aggregator website Newsmap is a real-time visualization of Google News that fills the available screen space, were size denotes the importance of specific headlines, color distinguishes news categories, and brightness the story novelty.


And finally 3D visualisations, particularly globe constructs, are becoming more popular and powerful as technology and software develops, bridging the gap between data and art. Check out this video from digital media artist Aaron Koblin about different visualisations.

There are countless more Examples, design forms and data sets to look at here, Infographics Like These combine visualisations and statistics quite well, while this is the best Collection of Visualisations I could find anywhere on the internet.

Information is Beautiful…

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