Re: _"Infographics_â_A_Special_Mode_of_Technical_Commun ication"

Subject: Re: _"Infographics_â_A_Special_Mode_of_Technical_Commun ication"
From: Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: David Artman <david -at- davidartman -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:43:05 -0400

You can hardly do better than Tufte for highlighting good examples of
infographics:

http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0002w4&topic_id=1&topic=

In essence, an infographic is meant to be an information-dense visual
representation of data that presents without distorting or obscuring the
information you are trying to convey.

Perhaps the all-time classic representation is Minard's graphical depiction
of Napoleon's invasion of Russia, showing the size of the Grand Army in
relation to the army's movements (location and distance traveled over a
period of time) and temperature.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Minard.png

Regards,

Lin


On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM, David Artman <david -at- davidartman -dot- com> wrote:

> > From: Erika Yanovich <[1]ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com>
> > Can't think of an application in manuals, but I'm not very creative
> at the moment (pre-coffee).
>
> I was thinking something similar would be a great way to express
> options in a complex system and how they interact... but that could be
> more like a Venn diagram or flowchart than an 'infographic' as depicted
> in that article.
>
>
>
> Also, are Ikea manuals infographics?
>
>
>
> Heck... what IS an infographic? Is it like art--you know it if you see
> it, but it's hard to define comprehensively without over-generalizing?
>
> References
>
> 1. mailto:ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com
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