Unit 8 Reading

In The Rise of Interactive Graphics by Cairo he discusses the production of interactive visualizations and motion graphics over a period of time. The early lessons of interaction design is not only limited to the digital world. There are several factors to consider as guidelines for designing successful infographics: visibility, feedback, constraints, consistency. Then he talks about structuring interactive and animated infographics using several techniques for navigation and browsing information graphics: Scroll and pan, zoom, open and close, sort and rearrange, and search and filter. Lastly this chapter introduces the different kinds of interactions and breaks them down to: instruction, conversation, manipulation, and exploration and how we can plan for these different types of infographics.

In profile 7: Quantitative Humanism Cairo introduces Hans Rosling who is a professor of International Health at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. He is the head of Gapminder which produces software that helps visualize publicly available data and has a goal to raise awareness of world health issues using statistics and animations. He tells us that Gapminder consists of three types of people, the statistician, the engineer and the designer and when they are all working together they compile better results. They have an advantage because they speak different languages and come from different cultures which in the end brings a better variation to the table.

Image in relation to reading:

This image relates to the reading because it is a Gapminder mapping of The Wealth and Health of Nations in 2012.


Example of Excellent Data Visualization:

I really liked this data visualization, it’s interactive on the link provided below and has a similar aspect to our reading about the gapminder mapping.




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