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presenting and exploring
the two sides of information graphics and visualization
www.thefunctionalart.com
TWITTER: @albert...
In the past, information
graphics were about
presenting highly edited
summaries of data.
In many cases, they
summarized to...
Today, an opposite trend is gaining momentum: because data is
increasingly available and easy to access, designers seem to...
My first reaction:This is very cool!
My first reaction:This is very cool!
On a second thought: So what?
The amount of data is so overwhelming that, once you quench the
curiosity of seeing your own neighborhood, other possible
...
We are forcing readers to become their own reporters and editors:
they have to look into the data, explore it, and then ex...
Presentation and exploration are complementary
We must embrace complexity but we also have to give readers
clues to understand that complexity
The Visual Information-Seeking Mantra
Ben Shneiderman (1996)
“Overview first, zoom and filter, then details-on-demand”
http://revistaepoca.globo.com/diagrama/noticia/2011/10/diagrama-298-anos-de-falacao.html
alberto.cairo@gmail.com
Twitter: @albertocairo
www.thefunctionalart.com
www.visualopolis.com
thank you
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  1. 1. presenting and exploring the two sides of information graphics and visualization www.thefunctionalart.com TWITTER: @albertocairo
  2. 2. In the past, information graphics were about presenting highly edited summaries of data. In many cases, they summarized too much and didn’t allow readers to dig into the complexity of the original sets of data. This style is still in good shape today.
  3. 3. Today, an opposite trend is gaining momentum: because data is increasingly available and easy to access, designers seem to think that just throwing numbers at readers is enough http://www.chrisharrison.net Cross-references in the Bible
  4. 4. My first reaction:This is very cool!
  5. 5. My first reaction:This is very cool! On a second thought: So what?
  6. 6. The amount of data is so overwhelming that, once you quench the curiosity of seeing your own neighborhood, other possible comparisons and stories are difficult to get My first reaction:This is very cool! On a second thought: So what?
  7. 7. We are forcing readers to become their own reporters and editors: they have to look into the data, explore it, and then extract conclusions. We must help with that My first reaction:This is very cool! On a second thought: So what?
  8. 8. Presentation and exploration are complementary
  9. 9. We must embrace complexity but we also have to give readers clues to understand that complexity
  10. 10. The Visual Information-Seeking Mantra Ben Shneiderman (1996) “Overview first, zoom and filter, then details-on-demand”
  11. 11. http://revistaepoca.globo.com/diagrama/noticia/2011/10/diagrama-298-anos-de-falacao.html
  12. 12. alberto.cairo@gmail.com Twitter: @albertocairo www.thefunctionalart.com www.visualopolis.com thank you

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