Infographics

My latest graphic design interests are swirling in the world of infographics.

This term refers to visual representations of information, data or knowledge.  I think USA Today was one of the first newspapers to use these pictorial charts on a regular basis with a mass audience, which may have given these visual guides a bad rap actually. At that time there was a lot criticism of USA Today in particular for “dumbing” things down, and the simple graphics were cited as part of that.

But things have changed.

 

Flash-forward to today where infographics are sophisticated, respected and often interactive. They can capture and communicate conceptual relationships in a particular way that is often difficult in other formats.  A recent example is this map (designed in HTML5) of the London Olympics where one can click on the various venues for the games:

http://www.cashstore.com/olympics/

In recent years, infographics have expanded exponentially and they have gained much respect. Infographics are used where complex information needs to be explained quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing and education.

These designs can serve to convey complicated information about our culture, economics, social trends, complicated politics and more to our very visual world.  Complex ideas, comparisons and timelines can be better communicated and represented through a well-designed image.

Here are a few examples:

For more information, check out these links for tips and advice on designing these infographics as well as great examples of the variety in this genre of design.  Enjoy!

Tips on Infographic Design
Examples of Stunning Data Visualization

Beautiful Infographics

Philly Painting

 

For those interested in Philadelphia’s streetscape renaissance, this is an exciting time. Currently, Mural Arts is sponsoring their largest project yet: Philly Painting. Aimed at rejuvenating a long stretch of Germantown Ave in North Philly and spearheaded by the internationally renowned Dutch artists Haas & Hahn this endeavor hopes to lend to the community both aesthetically and economically. The project is tentatively scheduled for completion in September 2012.

For more details on this exciting ongoing project check out this article from philly.com.

Students in the Professional Institute for Educators will get to experience the mural making process first hand when ArtsWeek: The University of the Arts begins Monday, August 6. Those participating in the new Studio Techniques in Mural Making course will be exposed to the range of mediums, techniques and processes involved in creating a successful, collaborative mural.

The Olympic Logo

With the London Summer Olympics just around the corner (9 more days!), it seems only fitting to look at the iconic Olympic Ring logo – as well as the highs and lows of the individual logos over the years.

What do you think of the London logo and the abstract 2012?

Looking back, here are some that I think are more successful:

 

 

Check out more here.

The iconic (quite classic and elegant!) ring logo itself received press this past weekend in the New York Times Magazine.

My favorite part of the article was the mention of this amusing little blog–one year of finding the olympic logo each day.

Here are a few I enjoyed: