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I’m a huge believer that people can process information more quickly and more deeply when it is presented as a visual narrative. 80% of the brain is dedicated to visual processing….
One of the best examples of this is Gapminder -a data visualization tool used to highlight statistics about our world to promote the UN Millenium Development goals.
Contextualizing abstract data in this manner allows for an increased understanding of the World, possibly leading to insights and more informed decisions.
If you can get people to play with the information and see the impact, you can unlock even greater understanding:
Designers Jochen Winker and Stefan Kuzaj work with the visualization of data, and have been developing innovative models for absorbing complex information. Their latest work (you can see above) features methods for making information interactive, requiring users to engage with devices in order to fully unlock the value of the information at hand.
Some great examples:
- If there’s anything good that has come out of the financial crisis it’s the slew of high-quality graphics to help us understand what’s going on. Some visualizations attempt to explain it all while others focus on affected business. Others concentrate on how we have been affected. Some show those who are responsible. After you examine these 27 visualizations and infographics, no doubt you’ll have a pretty good idea about what’s going on.
- GOOD recently asked its readers to create an infographic that shows both the devastation of the recent Haiti earthquake along with aid efforts thus far
- the entire collection of GOOD’s infographics can be found here
- 7 Visualization Groups On Flickr
- Infographics & Data Visualisation (slideshare presentation)
- Jeffrey Veen – Designing our way through data
- We hear all about a rich web of data, but what can we learn from these trends to actually apply to our designs?
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