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April 9, 2007 12:19 PM   Subscribe

"To determine whether a diagram is good or bad, one needs to determine for what context it was designed for." PingMag (1, 2) interviews Andrew Vande Moere of infosthetics . A quick, informative read which includes pretty pictures of some MeFi faves.
posted by oneirodynia (11 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
Ping rocks, always.

I love this Iran typography and calligraphy they posted a while ago.
posted by amberglow at 12:24 PM on April 9, 2007


Man, I'm loving that infosthetics blog.
posted by cortex at 12:28 PM on April 9, 2007


Ooooh pretty.

Now if someone had some tools to let me do this stuff on my own data, that would be really good. Or are these elitist graphic designers going to keep all the tools for themselves?
posted by blahblahblah at 12:41 PM on April 9, 2007


"[O]ne needs to determine for what context it was designed for."

One also needs to pay some attention to grammar when expressing ideas.
posted by sindark at 12:57 PM on April 9, 2007


Oh wow, oneirodynia, you linked two of my all time internet faves, PingMag with its broad range of interests and infosthetics with its marvellous, often breathtakingly delightful, data visualisation. Yes, visual poetry. They are both awesome sites. Beautiful science can be exquisite.
posted by nickyskye at 12:58 PM on April 9, 2007


"One" is originally from Belgium, sindark.
posted by oneirodynia at 1:21 PM on April 9, 2007


blahblahblah:
Now if someone had some tools to let me do this stuff on my own data, that would be really good. Or are these elitist graphic designers going to keep all the tools for themselves?

You might want to check out Many Eyes, or download History Flow for yourself.


And that's my shameless self-link for the day. :)
posted by xthlc at 2:12 PM on April 9, 2007


Infosthetics is good stuff. Junk Charts is also worth looking into. The charts aren't as flashy, but it's usually more instructive, for those interesting in assembling their own charts. (Go into the archives, as for some reason the author only keeps two posts on the front page.)
posted by Lirp at 3:58 PM on April 9, 2007


Man, I'm loving that infosthetics blog.
ditto.
posted by juv3nal at 4:59 PM on April 9, 2007


nice! i like this too:
posted by crawfishpopsicle at 8:40 AM on April 10, 2007


That's a good one, crawfishpopsicle. The US is frequently in a state of bloat, it seems.

nickyskye, they're two of my favorites as well. Other people's creativity just blows me away sometimes. It's particularly nice when a 2-D visualisation delivers information in such a visceral way that it bridges the gap between literal information and incorporeal concepts. Cabspotting always makes me feel like I've been inserted into the San Francisco Yellow Cab Matrix.
posted by oneirodynia at 11:18 AM on April 10, 2007


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