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Six Design Lessons from the Bauhaus: Masters of the Persuasive Graphic

Six Design Lessons from the Bauhaus: Masters of the Persuasive Graphic | visual data |

The Bauhaus school of art and architecture in early 20th century Germany was the birthplace of a revolution in modern design. Founder Walter Gropius’ form-follows-function philosophy transformed advertising, typography, architecture, people’s living spaces, and the public’s aesthetic expectations in fundamental ways.

The Bauhaus mission — to provide affordable, artistic, utilitarian design for every class of person — was a smashing success. Today, their crisp, geometric style is reflected in successful design everywhere: from billboards to infographics. And it still serves its original purpose: to honor functionality with beauty, to please the eye and capture the mind.

So what can today’s graphic designers learn from the Bauhaus? Let’s go to school!

Lauren Moss's insight:

Graphic design concepts from the Bauhaus that inform visual communication practices: form reflects function, the valuable roles of color and typography, why design should be accessible, and the importance of collaboration...

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How to Generate Good Ideas

How to Generate Good Ideas | visual data |

This spring, we set out to answer the question “Where do good ideas come from?” in the form of a motion graphic that would serve as a companion piece for a course we developed for Columbia University’s graduate program in Information and Knowledge Strategy (Visualization of Information).

We quickly realized that perhaps we needed to reevaluate the basis of this question before we answered it. The notion that good ideas simply come to people out of the blue didn’t satisfy us because it didn’t give adequate credit to the creative enterprise of the individual or group. Good ideas aren’t simply lying around like seashells on a beach waiting for us to pick them up nor are they so random.

We determined the better question to ask was “How are good ideas generated?” Good ideas—as we suggest in this video—are the result of the focused action that takes place in our brains. What better metaphor for this focus, we thought, than a prism?

With a bit of stretching the laws of physics and a lot of imagination, we set out to craft a story about how all those bits and pieces that pass through our brains can become good ideas...

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Interaction Design for Data Visualizations

Interaction Design for Data Visualizations | visual data |
Interactive data visualizations are an exciting way to engage and inform large audiences. They enable users to focus on interesting parts and details, to customize the content and even the graphical form, and to explore large amounts of data. At their best, they facilitate a playful experience that is way more engaging than static infographics or videos.

Several ideas and concepts of interaction design for data visualizations are presented in this post, using 11 examples from the web. The overall concepts featured include:

  • The Basics: Highlighting and Details on Demand
  • Making More Data Accessible: User-driven Content Selection
  • Showing Data in Different Ways: Multiple Coordinated Visualizations
  • Showing Data in Different Ways: User-driven Visual Mapping Changes
  • Integrating Users’ Viewpoints and Opinions

Visit the complete article for numerous links, useful visuals and specific details on how to understand, implement and evaluate interactive design elements used in data visualization design.

Hans's comment, October 2, 2012 5:09 AM
Great article, I really like the idea of interactive information with details on demand. As an interaction designer I always try to balance content management and usability. Here are some interesting examples that made me consider a complete information surface vs a deep level on demand architecture.
JongWon Kim's comment, October 9, 2012 10:39 PM
really beautiful!!
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Understanding the Concept Behind Infographics

Understanding the Concept Behind Infographics | visual data |
Content has its own importance on a website however; mostly people judge an entire website over images and graphics used. So, the images used on a website should convey your basic message and purpose of the website.

If there is a complex piece of information which should be delivered to a viewer in a simpler manner, Infographics are a way to do so. Used by technical writers, statisticians and many others to simplify the process of conveying a complex message. At times, presenting too much of information in written form can confuse the viewer and also it gets time taking. So, in such cases Infographics assist in understanding...

A few elements are required for Infographics. First of all you should have a clear knowledge about the message you want to deliver. Once you are sure of that, you would require color coding, graphics, reference icons, time frames, statistics and off course references...

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