Information graphics or info-graphics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly.It is just a language with everything to be discovered, and we won’t discover new awesomeness without failing.
The future of information visualization is being shaped by projects that fail in many senses and that are being criticized.Our culture is becoming extremely obsessed in converting every source of information in a source of data. With more and more people and companies producing data-visualization, reality is being mapped by its representations!
‘Info-graphics’ are a trend. It may eventually fade away, though I don’t see it happening over the next 5 years. Presenting a new way of presenting info-graphics by using real objects pertaining to the topic.
The graphic by itself doesn’t tell us much. Photographer Johnny Christmas who created this image says: “Global Pharmacy shows, on average, the amount of pills consumed a year for a male living in the UK. His life expectancy is 77 and he will take as many pills in the last ten years of his life, as he does in the first sixty-six.”
Although I think the feeling that this graphic provokes seems a tad too dramatic for it’s topic, it certainly is a very creative way to express a resume. Vu-Tuan-Dang Tran, the designer, wanted his CV (resume) to come from inside of him and decided to write it on his flesh and bones.
# Zipper Flies
Designer Sarah Illenberger created a stunning series of info-graphics based on the results of a sex survey from a German magazine. The question at the top translated from German says: “How many people have you slept with?” Now the zipper-flies make sense, even though they don’t help to visualize the information as accurately as a graph can. So, it is not the visual precision of the information that makes this graphic striking, but the choice of symbolism that corresponds with the story the graphic is telling us.
This project by Danish designer Peter Ørntoft has won the gold in the ‘Information is Beautiful’ awards. About Interest no. 4Ørntoft says: “Interest no. 4 is refugees and immigrants. The focus of the interest deals with whether or not the Danes think its ethical to wear religious symbols in public professions.
This image is aesthetically pleasing and although maybe less striking than 100 Years of World Cuisine, it gets the point across.
Speaks for itself, right?
The creators only scraped data together from boards in Turkey; after doing further research they concluded that these circle diagrams would look very different per region. Would there be more color preference correlations possible? For example, our top pick for kitchen floors?
Maybe this is not fully a real life info-graphic, but I certainly think it is most effective as is. I can already hear that painful screeching sound of nails on a black board, and the disturbed annoyed emotion that comes with it. An illustration would have been less effective.
This pie chart is constructed out of all different kinds of paper, it expresses the breakdown of paper production in the US in the year 2000 accordingly. It is quite a surprise to me that packaging is only 5%. I’m curious to see if that percentage is higher now and if we use less plastic and more paper for packaging.