Beauty of Information Design

BEAUTY OF INFORMATION DESIGN

Nicholas Felton spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. He is the author of several Personal Annual Reports that collate countless measurements into a rich assortment of graphs and maps reflecting the year’s activities. He is the co-founder of Daytum.com, a site for counting and communicating daily data, and frequent designer of information graphics for numerous corporations and publications. His work has been profiled in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Wired and Creative Review.

Christien Meindertsma has spent three years researching all the products made from a single pig. Amongst some of the more unexpected results were: Ammunition, medicine, photo paper, heart valves, brakes, chewing gum, porcelain, cosmetics, cigarettes, conditioner and even bio diesel.

Meindertsma makes the subject more approachable by reducing everything to the scale of one animal. After it’s death, Pig number 05049 was shipped in parts throughout the world. Some products remain close to their original form and function while others diverge dramatically. In an almost surgical way a pig is dissected in the pages of the book – resulting in a startling photo book where all the products are shown at their true scale

http://www.christienmeindertsma.com/index.php?/books/pig-05049/


Visualising Energy Usage

This poster displays the power usage of a household, taken from an energy meter over several days, repeatedly plotted over a 24-hour cycle. By presenting this normally dry data in a form that illuminates and exaggerates, it allows stories to be both told and imagined, and energy usage patterns to be better understood.

Was that spike at 3am a one-off nighttime cup of tea… and can boiling the kettle just once really use so much power? That consistent peak must be dinnertime. Is that wave in the graph, visible at night, the fridge on its cycle, running all day every day?

http://ciid.dk/education/portfolio/idp09/students/mayo-nissen/

BRUSHING TEETH POSTER

http://www.visualizing.org/visualizations/brushing-teeth-poster

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