Archive for the ‘Infographics’ Category
Look here. These images ore generated based on city maps and the location where people took pictures. More intensely colored areas show places where more pictures have been taken. Also, there’s a lot of hidden information in the data; for example, these orange-blue infographics highlight the areas where tourist have taken pictures (orange) and where probably people that live in the city have done so (blue). Nice, right?
Need a better explanation? Look here too.
Information Visualization, or simply said graphical representations, of relevant data have (if made correctly) the ability to capture the essence and pattern of the data. This is rather important and applicable in many field, and I am particularly interested in comparing various countries and their attributes in multiple fields, especially in the globalized world of today.
To help me, NewsWeek recently published this interactive infographic that helps capture various traits of the countries of the world. I’ve been looking over it for hours now, and I am still finding some interesting patterns. 🙂
It’s interesting to investigate how much or how little InfoVis requires, or even relies on interaction techniques. Of course, the answer would be that nowadays, in the modern approach towards information visualization, interaction becomes a clearly integrated part of the representation. But that’s not the case for more basic, usually non-task specific representations. Also, having three dimensions and time as a fourth doesn’t mean you have to use all of them, all the time. Most InfoVis methods are set in 2D to avoid some 3D specific problems, but also to overcome the “more is more” mentality of the 90s. In the same way, adding interaction, that can in many cases be interpreted as time or discrete time (of course, this isn’t always the case), can have about the same type of counter-arguments like the 2D vs. 3D battle.
Obviously, InfoVis is also interaction (software or even hardware), but I think it’s good to consider, or to emphasize, the fact that it’s origins are in the printed media and that as such, a visualization that doesn’t require a specific interaction scheme can be more rewarding to the users.