Learn more about the value of data visualisation. Tableau's Jock Mackinlay explains why data is inert and worthless without the twin practices of visualisation and storytelling.
This is a quick piece that makes some valuable points. Frankly, I'm not a hard-core data head. Yet I love looking at spreadsheets, bar charts, line charts and other visual displays of data in order to make meaning of the material and spot trends.
There is a whole science to displaying data in meaningful ways (see Edward Tufte's work) that we don't need to go into here. But what I like about this article is that it points to the fact that all the data in the world is meaninglessuntil you can tell the story about what it is saying and what itmeans.
Storytelling and data go hand-in-hand.
Truly, those of us in the field of business storytelling need to build our data skills. And data-geeks need to develop their storytelling skills. Sounds like a match made in heaven!
Here's another aspect of storytelling that this article alludes to: yes, we all know it takes time to share a story and in this fast-paced world, it is not uncommon to hear "But who has the time?! Just give me the data to share. We've got to get moving!" Ahhhhh -- huge mistake! Taking the time to share a story in the beginning makes projects go much more quickly.
That sounds counter-intuitive, but I experience this phenomenon again and again.
Read the article for additional points on how the marriage of data and storytelling make for better decision making. They are worth remembering.
New York Times Hey 'Starry Night,' Say 'Cheese!' New York Times ARE you thinking of seeing the big fall art exhibitions, including the Magritte show at the Museum of Modern Art or the Balthus show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art?
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Fascinating perpective on capturing an iconic image.
Infographics are visual representations of information, or “data viz” as the cool kids call it these days.
Here's a great article on how to create infographics, or tell a story using 'data viz.'
Translating data into a story is tough work and this article gives us some fabulous tips on how to do it.
Not a graphic designer? Don't worry -- as a business person the more you know about how to create a great data viz story, the better you can tell a graphic designer or graphic scriber what you want.
Another reason I like this article is because it actually mentions the need to create a storyline for your visual, and know before had what the key message is you are trying to deliver.
The storytelling points the article leaves out are the storytelling devices of metaphor, analogy, contrast, and sensory material that are critical to a story's and an infographic's success. These pieces are implied in the article, but need more direct discussion about.
Use this article as a great guide. And if you want more detail, go dig into "Visualize This" by Nathan Yau (although it can be pretty technical).
There are many benefits to keeping a personal or business journal. Pictures will add to, and amplify, those benefits dramatically. Here are ten reasons why keeping a visual journal works so well for me.
Photographer and bookseller Melissa Catanese has been editing the vast photography collection of Peter J. Cohen, a celebrated trove of more than 20,000 vernacular and found anonymous photographs from the early to mid-twentieth century. Gathered from flea markets, dealers and Ebay, these prints have been acquired, exhibited and included in a range of major museum publications. In organizing the archive into a series of thematic catalogues, she has pursued an alternate reading of the collection, drifting away from simple typology into something more personal, intuitive and openly poetic.
Like YouTube, Facebook, or blogging platforms, it’s almost hard to believe there was an Internet without Kickstarter, which may be the greatest testament to its success.
In 2009, the site generated about $23 million for its projects--an impressive figure by all accounts--but in 2012, Kickstarter pulled in roughly 10 times that, leapfrogging the grant budget of the National Endowment for the Arts. You can find all those facts and many more in this masterful infographic created for Fast Company by Catalogtree...
Every year during the month of March, The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes installs hundreds of pieces of student artwork in businesses throughout Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties to celebrate National Youth Art Month.
In the past few years, GIF-based art has exploded worldwide—and Canada is no exception. Here, a Montrealer details his view of the medium.
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Are GIFs a serious art form? As maker James Kerr weighs in on the work and his competitors, one of his pieces is screening at the Tate Museum. This is a great article, with links to some to the frontrunners in the field, and definitions of some of the new standards. Definitely worth a read!
Today’s post continues to explore the phenomenon of “going viral.” A big thank you to Clay Lipsky, Sabine Pearlman, Ben Marcin, Haley Morris Cafiero and Julia Kozerski for their contributions and stories.
Editor's Note: While not directly correlated to knowledge sharing, GIFs do contribute to the "smart web" by creating a new way to communicate ideas, add dimensions to conversation, and provide irony and other editorial flavor.
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I reflect on these things as I do on a fire in a fireplace. They seem to resonate best on G+ and Tumblr.
Photography can’t represent everything, or many things, or perhaps even any one thing. It is profoundly emotional and relational, but that leaves a lot of thinking unaccounted for. If you want to know what it is like to work through a long set of...
Raghu Rai is a New Delhi based photographer born in 1942 in a small village called Jhang, which is now part of Pakistan. Rai started photographing in 1965 at the age of 23. In 1971, Henri Cartier Bresson was very impressed after he saw an exhibition of Rai’s work at Gallery Delpire, in Paris. Rai joined the illustrious Magnum Agency in 1977 as a first Indian photographer.
It indicates many things in our lives, from the ripeness of a banana, to how someone is feeling, to which subway line we should be on.
Not everyone sees colors the same way, and colors have drastically different meanings in different cultures, but one thing we all have in common: color is important. These visualizations all show us different things about colors.
Visit the original article for over a dozen infographics and links related to color psychology, trends and various uses and applications.
Did you know that 10% of all of the photographs made in the entire history of photography were taken last year? More than ever before, thanks in part to cell phone technology, the world is engaged with photography and communicating through pictures.