Unit 9 Reading

In This Chart Is a Lonely Hunter: The Narrative Eros of the Infographic Larsen discusses infographics and the development of visualizations with supporting theories from designers/inventors. Allan Pavio has a dual-coding theory,  Douglas Nelson explains the pictorial-superiority effect, James Gleick describes how the first invention of the semaphore, telegraph, telephone, and the first digital computer all posed a dilemma for ease of data delivery. Claude Shannon invented “the bit” in the 1950s to describe the most basic unit of information. Edward Tufte was considered to be “the Godfather of information design” by many in 1983 for publishing The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Since this time much has changed in the field of data visualization especially with web-based data sets. The reading also explores multiple examples of successful visual story-telling and visualization, my favorite being “Rising and Receding” by Nicholas Felton.

Profile 8: Truth and Beauty Operator Cairo introduces Mortiz Stefaner, an interface designer who works on data visualization, information aethetics and user design. He’s a designer known for displaying dual  natures within his projects as they are informative and precise but also enjoyable to the eyes and brain. Stefaner mentions how having a background in cognitive science has greatly influenced his work. He explains that by learning about methodology, formal systems, formal knowledge representation, data mining statistics and language he has learned how the human language works. Leaning how the human language works is a key role for understanding visualization and informational graphics because they are a separate language itself. His advice for students getting started in visualization is to be able to work with data directly and also recommends getting used to producing 10 to 20 different solutions to each challenge by using a sketching process.

Links related to reading:

This first image relates to the blog reading because it falls under what the author talks about having a sense of visual appeal but still representing a meaningful and understandable form of data visualization.



This second image is an example of a detailed sketch in relation to data visualization. This relates to the reading regarding Mortiz Stefaner and his advice to design students about having sketches as a part of your design process to gain a better grasp of what will work for you from the beginning.




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