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Information Design

Jeffrey – Is this a relevant topic? Be sure to present comparative data and remain neutral. Is this actually a human rights issue? What about ear piercing? Is this the same principal? Overall, there are arguments you will have to consider.

Antonio – really pay attention to tone. Be sure that if YOU want to remain neutral that the PIECE stays neutral.

Secily – Method of “layout before design” is a very good approach. Be sure that critical information is on the page at the same time so that comparisons can be made. Ask questions and then answer them and lead the reader through the information.

Unit 9 Reading:

Information Design

“This Chart is a Lonely Hunter”

I think this was a great article to close out the readings with. It has definitely reverberated the point that infographics are becoming more and more valuable to people as more and more information about everything is emerging.

I can say at the end of this quarter that I have fallen in love with infographics. I think I am the type of person that learns through visual representation and I’ve learned the importance of infographics in today’s ‘data saturated’ times or as Reif Larson calls it “total noise.”

There was a ‘bit’ ini the article about designers being the new priests of information that i thought was ensightful. It rings true that people are becomming dependant on visual representations of data. However, are they getting the whole picture? It is going to be a big responsibility of a designer to accurately depict this data. Will there be a “Ethics of Infographics” in the future? (ah, this is covered later…)

Later, there is a section following the infographic about the McCain/Obama election, that I personally, need to remember. “infographics are at their best when they help you visualize one particularly illuminating trend that could not be told in any other way. The most successful infographics operate with elegance and restraint, and it is this restraint—this withholding of other information so that you can see a point clearly—that forces you to ask the big questions.” -I tend to want to encorperate ALL the information…But, as this quote points out, it simply should illustrate a point.

In all, It was a lengthy article with several profound points. I have bookmarked it and researched some of the designers that it highlight. And lastly I’m taking away from it, again, the importance of telling a story with an infographic. Or perhaps, creating a story out of seemingly arbitrary sets of data.

Nicholas Felton holding his Annual Report of his Life.

This is a powerpoint slide covering a topic that I would deem worhty of more attention. And reitterates the point made with the Boeing Slide from the article. And I encounter this SO MUCH at my federal job where information is critical, it can save lives, and save money… etc. But the delivery of information is severely lacking.





Unit 8 Reading

Information Design

Chapter 9 focused a lot on interface and user experience:

Visability – an object should look like the fuction it performs

Feedback – for every action, users should percieve a reaction

Constraints – design for clear limits in usability

Consistency – Place like elements in the same position across multiple pages

Structuring interactive and Animated Infographics: First, present the most important figures or the most relevant points. Then, allow readers to dig into the information, explore, and come up with their own stories.

There were several points made in this chapter that were really relevant to the infographic that I’ve been creating for P2 on Labor and Education of Men and Women. I didn’t know that I had been creating a LINEAR infographic. But the points each rely on each other to tell the whole story.

Kinds of Interaction:

Instruction – user tells the infographic to do something

Conversation – Allows the user to have a conversation with the interface. Rare

Manipulation – allows the user to change the structure and appearance to acheive certain goals.

Exploration – a view into a set environment

Before, I didn’t know that a video-game-feeling design could be classified as an infographic. I see now that it can. It seems like a very complex way to inform a user but coan be really effective when describing an environment.



I really enjoyed this Q&A hans seemed really politically correct and I admire that. He sees the world as facts and not as a lump sums of groupings. He wants to educate people through appealing infographics and not gigantic databases.

And I like his way of working together with the other people involved with the information to produce the best possible infographic solution: The statistician, the engineer, and the designer. I encounter this problem all the time at my current job where vital information is lost or simply misinterpreted because no one is communicating. There are only the tasks, collecter and presenter. It seems like his model has worked really well for him.



Project 3 Preliminary Proposal

Information Design

For Project 3 of Integrated Information Design I’m going to create an infographic that fulfills the Research Based Design criteria in Portfolio 2.

The subject will be an opposing view of male circumcision. It is a topic that is gaining more and more media attention as time goes on and it’s also a global human rights issue. In developed countries it’s been deemed unnecessary, however in developing nations it is still thought of as medically helpful in the prevention of HIV and other STD transmission.

My reasoning behind doing this is to dispel myths about male circumcision and its so-called benefits world-wide.

I’ll probably pull information such as:

condom usage by nation

popular cultural beliefs about sex

Fastest growing HIV+ demographic by nation

Infant deaths related to circumcision.

Countries that practice female circumcision.


I’m not sure if id like to do this interactively…The words interactive and circumcision together make me cringe. But there is potential for a brochure, or a booklet, or poster.

I’ve chosen Intact America as my client. I was going to choose the World Health Organization as my client, but it seems like the only information that they would publish is in favor of circumcision. So….the other options were independent publications like Huffington Post or organizations like Intact America.


Unit 7 Reading

Information Design

Chapter 8 largely made me want to move to Brazil! It seems like the graphic design and journalism industry are booming there. Chapter 8 also seemed to reiterate the importance of collecting appealing, important, and accurate data and telling a story. I liked the first line of The Changing Face of Brazil’s Population, “Sometimes it is not the story that leads you to search for a particular kind of data. Sometimes it is the data that leads you to a story.” It reads incredibly true that when you’re looking at a data set you may be able to discover something profound that you weren’t exactly looking for. Personally, where I work this sort of thing happens often. And when it does we’re able to tell a different story or address a different problem.

The chapter went on a lot about Brazil and its fluctuating economy and population which felt a little off topic but eventually pointed out how infographics can be used to illustrate the profundity of these topics. The examples of info graphics used were quite beautiful to look at AND easy to extract the information from.

And the last little bit about color and font choices was insightful. If theres one recurring message about design regarding infographics, it’s to choose just one or two fonts and just two or three colors!

This infographic about Hillary Clinton is a good example of color and font usage. Even though there isn’t an abundance of raw data being presented the message is easy to digest.

I’m really digging this infographic. It’s colorful and really inviting, while extremely informative and I think there’s a really great balance between graphs and illustrative and typographical choices. The only thing I would have changed is the colors chosen, they seem a little too cheery for a topic like poverty.




Unit 6 Reading

Information Design

There are two pathways that information follows to be perceived:

1. Bottom – up processing: in which the impulses are carried from the retina to the brain.


2. Top – down processing: in which memories are retreived from the brain and brought to visual processing areas.

Information is stored in what is called iconic memory, a short-term storage for visual information. Iconic memory is used for keeping a coherent picture of the world. Because our short term momories have very limited storage capacities it is not advisable, in the case of infographics, to use more than four or five colors or pictograms to represent information on maps or charts.

Then Cairo tells us that short-term memory and long-term memory are like a hard drive and RAM on a computer. Long-term memory being like a hard drive and our short-term memory being like our RAM. And object recognition comes from both working at the same time; visualizing (bottom-up) and then loading from memory (top-down).


Visual object recognition theory is based on:

Features, like in a face

Components, like structural descriptions

and configuration-based, how the components are spacially arranged and how they relate to one another

The study, “Speed of perception as a function of mode of presentation” showed that people were able to identify abstract depiction most efficiently, because the brain has to sort through less details to get the important information.

The eyes see an image, the mind interprets data, and together they can comprehend.