Re: _"Infographics_â_A_Special_Mode_of_Technical_C ommun ication"

Subject: Re: _"Infographics_â_A_Special_Mode_of_Technical_C ommun ication"
From: Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: David Artman <david -at- davidartman -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:04:16 -0400

I wouldn't think so. Again, harking back to Minard's graphic, there's very
little text actually involved beyond a brief description of what the black
and grey lines represent (number of troops and direction of travel) plus a
listing of information sources. Other than that, it's mostly numbers.

In classic techwr-l fashion, the answer is, "it depends". :D


On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM, David Artman <david -at- davidartman -dot- com>
wrote:

> Thanks, Lin--sufficient definition, certainly. By that definition, I've
> used them most of my career (especially network/port diagrams). But do
> you think an image stops being an infographic if there are no sentence
> structures (e.g., a photo with several textual callouts, some of which
> might be option lists for components: definitely data, but nothing like
> the common 'stat-stack' or the body-movement graphics for gun carry and
> figure skating at the link)?
>
>
>
> Aside: Seems like one would definitely would want to save/deliver them
> as SVG instead of a raster-graphic format, for scalability on different
> devices and for translation or machine reading.
>
>
>
> David
>
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: _"Infographics_aEUR"_A_Special_Mode_of_Technical_C ommun
> ication"
> From: Lin Sims <[1]ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>
> Date: Thu, July 24, 2014 3:43 pm
> To: David Artman <[2]david -at- davidartman -dot- com>
> Cc: Erika Yanovich <[3]ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com>, "Cardimon, Craig"
> <[4]ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>, "[5]techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com"
> <[6]techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> You can hardly do better than Tufte for highlighting good examples of
> infographics:
> [7]http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0002w4&to
> pic_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.
> [8]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Minard.png
> Regards,
> Lin
> On Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 1:02 PM, David Artman
> <[9]david -at- davidartman -dot- com> wrote:
>
> > From: Erika Yanovich <[1][10]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:ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com
> 2. mailto:david -at- davidartman -dot- com
> 3. mailto:ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com
> 4. mailto:ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com
> 5. mailto:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> 6. mailto:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> 7.
> http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0002w4&topic_id=1&topic=
> 8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Minard.png
> 9. mailto:david -at- davidartman -dot- com
> 10. mailto:ERIKA_y -at- rad -dot- com
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