Unit 1 Reading
a. Introduction: Infographics and Visualization xiv-xxi
- I find the way the brain process through life to be endlessly fascinating. The way we can connect with others and have a bond strong enough that it allows us to understand without words, to know what someone else is saying without having to say a word is an interesting facet of human behavior that can boggle the mind. Creating an informational piece and getting viewers to see and understand it is an important and challenging task.
- The thing I want to take away from this section is the inspiration I get from Figure 3. The graph line that is displayed is colored separately for each year between 1981 and 2010. This is a subtle but visually interesting way to make it clear to the viewer what year they are looking at and allows for better understanding of what is going on in the info graphic.
b. Chapter 1: Why Visualize: From Information to Wisdom pg 6-23
- I have looked at multiple bland graphs throughout my life, and I have been frustrated plenty of times by them. Looking at them and understanding what exactly they are saying can be difficult if it is just a single line that meanders around the graph. I appreciate the idea of compositing multiple graphs to form a hierarchy and increase the chances of the viewer understanding what they are looking at as well as being able to compare graphs because of this.
- What I want to take away from this section is the concept of how humans understand information. Going forward, I need to remember that people translate information that they understand into symbols that are organized within their minds. Striving to make that process easier will help my info graphics to be more successful in the future.
c. Profile 2: Juan Velasco and Fernando Baptista (National Geographic Magazine) pg 230-249
Summary: At National Geographic they spend a lot of time on their info graphics compared to the average info graphic creators, a couple weeks more. They also sketch like mad. The developers of the info graphics travel to the places that they are displaying in their info graphics (if it’s about a place at least) and accurately sketch out the design based off what they see and what experts suggest to them.
Take away: Accuracy of information. National Geographic talks to experts and looks at a lot of different information in order to build accurate descriptions of the information they display, which I hope to do as well.