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The Design of Nothing


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Andy Kirk's talk at OpenVisConf 2014 in Boston

Andy Kirk's talk at OpenVisConf 2014 in Boston

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  • 1. The defiance of August Landmesser
  • 2. International New York Times, weekend of 22nd/23rd March 2014
  • 3. Measurements of Car Speeds in the Netherlands, by Erik Boertjes
  • 4. Zero cars Zero speed No sensor data Measurements of Car Speeds in the Netherlands, by Erik Boertjes
  • 6. NULL When ‘nothing’ becomes something
  • 7. 2014-03-20T072610Z_01_DBG270_RTRIDSP_3_MALAYSIA-AIRLINES-AUSTRALIA-10694.jpg “We are not used to no information” BBC News, 16th March 2014
  • 8. Billionaires, by Bloomberg
  • 9. Metadata of Australian prints and printmaking, interactive by Mitchell Whitelaw
  • 10. Holiday chill?, by South China Morning Post Graphics “No data was recorded between 1940 and 1946”
  • 11. State of the Polar Bear, by Periscopic “[The greying out] was a political statement to Russia to release the data they have about polar bears”
  • 12. West-Wide Economic Atlas, by Headwaters Economics “Data are sometimes withheld by the federal government to avoid the disclosure of potentially confidential information.”
  • 13. Rising Prices at the Pump, by New York Times Graphics
  • 14. Where is it Illegal to be Gay?, by BBC News Graphics
  • 15. This is one of the first questions we should ask about any dataset: What is missing? What can we learn from the gaps? Jer Thorp
  • 16. ZERO Something to represent ‘nothing’
  • 17. Mapping America, by New York Times Graphics
  • 18. NASA space station view of Mount Etna, via Rob Simmon
  • 19. Cholera Outbreak Map, by John Snow
  • 20. John Snow’s cholera map Florence Nightingale Napoleon’s march William Playfair invented the bar chart What would Tufte say? 3D Pie charts are not very good Tall infographics are everywhere… Red-green colour blindness Funny xkcd comic Outrageous maze creation algorithm Random musical interruption Heart-stopping live demo ✔
  • 21. From Pyramid to Kite, by The Economist
  • 22. “Even a lack of postings can tell the Red Cross something. If there is a social media black hole that probably means the area needs help.” ‘Hurricane Sandy’ tweet map, by Floating Sheep
  • 23. Encoding zero?
  • 25. The Uniform Distribution, by Dark Horse Analytics LENGTH
  • 26. Drinking Age Across Canada, by CBC News BASELINE ZERO FOR LENGTH
  • 27. The Uniform Distribution, by Dark Horse Analytics POSITION/AREA VS. AXIS
  • 28. Parallel Coordinates, USDA Nutrient Database POSITION/SLOPE VS. AXIS
  • 29. COLOUR SHADING Hewlett Foundation Grants Tool, by Periscopic
  • 30. Geography of a Recession, by New York Times Graphics COLOUR SHADING
  • 31. TEXTURE Gay Rights by Type, by Guardian US Graphics
  • 32. DENSITY Fukushima, by NZZ/Interactive Things
  • 33. Wind Map, by Hint FM DENSITY
  • 34. Nobody Lives Here, by Mapsbynik DOTS/POSITION
  • 35. NODE/LINK RFID Tags Track Possible Outbreak Pathways in the Hospital, by Jan Willem Tulp
  • 36. TITLE Male Presidents Female Presidents ANGLE
  • 37. The Carbon Atlas, by The Guardian Graphics AREA
  • 38. Map of the Market, by The Wall Street Journal AREA
  • 39. ANNOTATION SCOTUS Gay Marriage, by The Washington Post Graphics
  • 40. BLANK ‘Nothing’ to represent something
  • 41. The single most overlooked element in visual design is emptiness… [but] space must look deliberately used. Alex White ‘The Elements of Graphic Design’ by Alex White, pg 65
  • 42. This Page Intentionally Left Blank The primary reason is to offer internet wanderers a place of quietness and simplicity on the overcrowded World Wide Web
  • 43. Lunge Feeding, by Jonathan Corum
  • 44. Iraq’s Bloody Toll, by Simon Scarr
  • 45. TITLEThe Depth of the Problem, by The Washington Post Graphics
  • 46. Middle East: Who Backs Immediate Ceasefire?, by The Independent
  • 47. Nigeria Polio Cases Drop 50 Percent in 2013, by Voice of America
  • 48. The Glass Ceiling Persists, by Reuters Graphics | Reworking by Francis Gagnon
  • 49. Spotlight on Profitability, by Krisztina Szücs
  • 50. Nobels No Degrees, by Accurat Studio for Corriere della Sera
  • 51.
  • 52. New York Time Op-Ed, Out of Control, by Brian Stauffer
  • 53. Gun Deaths in Florida, by Reuters Graphics
  • 54. INVISIBLE A bit more thinking about ‘nothingness’
  • 55. Advert for Corre Cutia Bookstore, by Lápisraro Comunicação
  • 56. The best design is invisible; the viewer should not see your design. They should only see your content. Edward Tufte
  • 57. Wood Changes, by Luis Carli and Rafael Passarelli
  • 58. You know you’ve achieved perfection in design, not when you have nothing more to add, but when you have nothing more to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • 59. Infographic portfolio of Adolfo Arranz, SCMP
  • 60. The clearest, most precise graphic in the world communicates nothing if nobody looks at it Fernanda Viegas, Martin Wattenberg
  • 61. Changing Face of America, by NBC Nightly News
  • 62. Guidance to the user is needed most at the moment the statistics are first made public. The news media look to the statistical release to provide an objective account of the statistics. They may regard the absence of such text as indicative of partisan influence. Saying nothing is not necessarily politically neutral. Richard Alldritt, UK Statistics Authority
  • 63. intervene/ Where’s Ukraine?, via Washington Post ‘Monkey Cage’
  • 64. Pay attention to ‘nothing’ because it really is worth something
  • 65. Thank you… Contributors: Lynn Cherny, Santiago Ortiz, Kim Rees, Francis Gagnon, Tony Hurst, Jane Pong, Erik Boertjes, Carl Manaster, Nigel Hawtin, Deb Grebenc, Alan Smith The Vine army: @brunodagnino, @mapitup, @hyperion_hq, @lorgmedia, @jcukier, @andrea_paolini, @maralllo, @justadddesign, @stefpos, @giorgialupi, @alignedleft, @stinabacker, @infotrafford, @wiederkehr, @danielsouza, @chezvoila, @albertocairo, @arnicas, @ireneros And, of course, the very wise OpenVisConf committee!