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Visual Explanations and Information Graphics

“Infographics are traditionally viewed as visual elements such as charts, maps, or diagrams that aid comprehension of a given text-based content. However, visual representation of information can be more than just the manner in which we are able to record what has been discovered by other means. They have the potential to become the process by which we can discern new meaning and discover new knowledge.” (acrStudioVisual Organization and Information Design) – courtesy of venkatrajamanickam

InfoGraphics Seminar Handout PDF Logo

“I prepared this document as a handout to my October 2005 seminars on Infographic Design to the Visual Communications students at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and the Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.” (Venkatesh Rajamanickam: venkatra at gmail dot com)

Apple’s Tipping Point: Macs For The Masses

“The graphic illustrates extreme patience and foresight from Apple to bring users to the platform by innovating increasingly towards the mass market over time without sacrificing the middle or high-end markets. In the end, the iPod continues to be the vehicle that drives Apple’s ultimate goal: Switching. In many cases the biggest hesitation to switch was price. With the Mac mini this concern is now moot. We could very well be witnessing the early fruits of a five to ten year business strategy from Apple that has been in the works since the first iPod. If it works — Apple will go down in history as a company that patiently built its brand equity through high-quality products and design — and then, when the time was right and audience the largest, brought their superior computing experience to the masses.” (Paul Nixon – Nixlog)

Stick Figure Warning Signs

“For the longest time, whenever I saw one of those ‘don’t stick your head into the rotating blade’ warning signs with an illustration of a stick-figure person doing exactly that, I’ve wanted to make a web gallery of them. (…) they’re a visual form of anticryptography, the science of conveying information without assuming any prior knowledge.” – (Toren K. Smith) – courtesy of antenna

New pages from Beautiful Evidence: Causal arrows and linking lines—Feynman diagrams, epidemiological diagrams

“Here is a draft of what might well be the 4 concluding pages to the chapter in ‘Beautiful Evidence’ on causal arrows and linking lines. A few other parts of the chapter were posted earlier (on the Barr art chart, on evolutionary trees and cladistic diagrams). After this new material is reviewed by Kindly Contributors, then perhaps the full 16-page chapter will at last be ready to post.” (Edward Tufte) – courtesy of xblog

A subway map of cancer pathways

“Cancer arises from the stepwise accumulation of genetic changes that confer upon an incipient neoplastic cell the properties of unlimited, self-sufficient growth and resistance to normal homeostatic regulatory mechanisms. Advances in human genetics and molecular and cellular biology have identified a collection of cell phenotypes — the main destinations in the subway map — that are required for malignant transformation. Specific molecular pathways (subway lines) are responsible for programming these behaviours.” (William C. Hahn and Robert A. Weinberg – Nature)

Understanding visual communication

“They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. Indeed, some pictures are better at conveying some things than words. Still, not all pictures are created equal, and the power of visual communication is sometimes misunderstood, if not misused. Pictures are no panacea; some words may well convey concepts better than a thousand pictures, too.” (Jean-luc Doumont – STC Belgium)