Beautiful process of infographics

The best infographics are clear, easy to digest, and eye-catching. But the process of distilling data into a neat little chart, bar graph, or venn diagram usually requires pages and pages of messy preparatory sketches, which are rarely seen by the public.

Article from Codesign

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Early sketches of an app for cancer survivors, which tracks emotional variance. “A greater number of platforms and media outlets means it is incumbent on designers, who a decade ago would never have thought of themselves as ‘information architects,’ to become makers of some form of information visualization.

© KARIN SOUKUP, 2011

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An infographic of nearly 1,000 Nobel Laureates over 111 years, developed to explore the phenomenon of geniuses and brain drain. “Drawing plays an important role in the production and communication of knowledge,” Accurat’s Giorgia Lupi says. “Her team approaches problems in the way that journalists would, rather than as data analysts, understanding in which contexts they must interpret their data,” Heller writes.

© GIORGIA LUPI FOR ACCURAT, 2012

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A 3-D musical score that follows the sinking of the Andrea Gail, a fishing boat that sank during the Halloween Nor’easter of 1991. Designer Natalie Miebach’s work explores the role aesthetics play in “the translation and understanding of science information.”

© NATHALIE MIEBACH, 2011

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An infographic depicting movie viewing over a year, by Tim Hucklesby. “If I start on paper, I worry far less about how I’m going to make the finished piece and aim for something a bit more ambitious as a result,” Hucklesby says.

© TIM HUCKLESBY

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Nigel Holmes’s infographic for the newspaper USA Today, based on the US Department of Agriculture’s introduction of a new food pyramid. “As graphics editor for Time magazine, [Nigel] Holmes arguably launched the data-visualization movement,” Heller writes.

© NIGEL HOLMES, 2005
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