Edward Tufte

45 Years Ago, NASA Launched An Infographic For Aliens Into Space

How do you explain life on Earth without using human language? With graphic design, of course.<p>In 1972, a journalist named Eric Burgess was touring an aerospace company with a group of fellow science correspondents when he had an unprecedented thought. The group had just gotten a glimpse of the</i> …

Information Design

Teaching Visual Literacy Through Photography

This exhibition features photographs and photobooks made by students of Aperture’s 2016/17 visual literacy program, <b>Aperture On Sight</b>. Over the course …

Information Architecture

A Step-by-Step Guide to Advanced Data Visualization in Excel 2010

As a reader of this blog, you probably know I use Microsoft Excel for a lot of my data visualization needs. Excel is easy to use, everyone has it, …

Data Visualization

Web Design Weekly #277 - Web Design Weekly

Headlines<p>Headless Chrome is shipping in Chrome 59. It’s a way to run the Chrome browser in a headless environment. Essentially, running Chrome …

Web Design

The 15-Minute Media Literacy Lesson Plan

As I was concluding my workshop presentation at a recent South Carolina School Librarians annual conference, a media specialist raised her hand to …

Information Architecture

Design and Conquer

As information professionals, we collect a ton of data. Information visualization can help us leverage that data to provide relevant content to our …

Data Visualization

Cool, With an Accent

...I meant to mention yesterday that the "Girl in Red" autochrome from 1913 is a good example of "cool with a warm accent," which is one of maybe a …

Information Architecture

Margin of error: How the Surface tops the iPad

In baseball, it doesn’t matter if you win by 14 runs or just one. A win is a win. Technology, however, is not exactly the same.Writing for CNBC, Todd …

Microsoft

10 Books Performance Coaches Should Read This Year

While many people say that “readers are leaders,” sometimes important books slip through the cracks because the best information isn’t supported …

Coaching

Syllabus bites: Visual literacy - Advertisements

View these spoof advertisement examples then search the web for more.<p>Analyse how the composers have manipulated the images, words, captions and …

Australian Universities

10 key lessons I learned from reading 40 books last year

In 2016, I discovered the library by our new home. It's been amazing! I've been able to avoid buying books while being able to read them.<p>Finding the library coincided with a lot of travel across the world. Throw on top of that a lot of time assisting startups, VestedWorld's world-changing …

Simon & Schuster

How Industrial Light & Magic built a better Kong for Skull Island

When a giant gorilla isn’t a gorilla<p>Throughout the history of cinema, few monsters have remained as iconic as King Kong. Originally debuting in a 1933 film, the massive primate has been re-created multiple times using a variety of visual effects techniques: the painstaking stop-motion animation of …

Information Design

Understanding Race and History Through Photography

Sarah Lewis’s career path started long before she became an assistant professor of art history and African-American studies at Harvard, or held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern.<p>It began in 1926 with a simple question her grandfather Shadrach Emmanuel Lee asked in …

Photojournalism

Make Law More Accessable: Good Typography is Critical

An Interview with Alexandra Devendra<p><i>Can the legal system be more understandable for non-lawyers? Can legal documents be more legible? We talk with</i> …

Typography

Tiny Yorkie brings joy to 101-year-old Tufte Manor resident ...

"Do you want to go for a ride?" Yon asks.<p>The Yorkie, Bella, cocks her head, never taking her dark brown eyes off the elderly woman.<p>Yon is 101. Bella …

Information Architecture

Visualizing Node-Link Graphs

<i>An essay on how to make graphs of collaboration easier to understand. Topics include creating a visual graph language as well as utilizing the third</i> …

Data Visualization

ASCII art map of the World: the polar azimuthal equidistant projection

Sorry for the title. It sounds so smart, I could not resist… I would not know its meaning without the corresponding article in Wikipedia.<p>In my …

Information Design

Design for Fingers, Touch, and People, Part 1

Trust Data, Not Your Gut<p>We all fall prey to our biases when analyzing our observations—unless we’re very, very careful not to do so.<p>You almost …

Information Design

Announcing Winners of the 2016 UX Magazine Awards!

February 17, 2017Academic Program<b>Award description:</b><br>For as vast and influential as experience design has become, there are too few academic programs …

Information Design

Master the art of presenting: tell a story, keep it brief

Don’t assume an audience will listen, convince them that they must – and have the confidence to lead with your strongest point<p>Poor communication can be disastrous – literally. According to accident investigators it helped lead to the disintegration of the Space Shuttle Colombia as it re-entered the …

Storytelling

Redesigning Mass.gov

<b>ADMISSION: FREE</b><p>DESIGN TEAM:<p><b>Harlan Weber<br>Director of Design & Service Innovation at Commonwealth of Massachusetts</b><p>Harlan Weber is a UX designer and …

Information Design

How leading tech companies are telling stories with user data

In a world of data, being able to crunch numbers for charts and reports is not enough. Every good analyst needs to produce a credible data story – …

Data Visualization

8 Solid Reasons Why Visual Storytelling Dominates the Digital World

We live in a world of imagery, and it’s never been more true than today. For most, the entire world’s existence is a sequence of images experienced by their minds’ eyes. We experience life visually. And while that’s been the case throughout human time, the number of images we experience has …

Marketing

San Francisco’s Data Academy Develops a Data-Savvy Workforce

On a Wednesday morning, forty San Francisco city employees file into a room and find their seats. Over the next three hours, Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data …

Information Design

Defending California once again

Here is Mike Males in the <i>LA Times</i> this morning:<p>President Trump has cast California as “out of control” because of proposed legislation that would …

Liberal POV

How to make 3D charts great again

Virtual reality offers new ways to visualise data

Data Visualization

Sticky insights: Your message won’t travel unless you drop the junk

tl;dr: Quantitative insights are dogged by poor communication. Charts themselves are often the chartjunk. Focus on simple, concrete stories that …

IBM

Idea for pilots: talk about aviation charts in your local school

Folks:The local second grade teachers were teaching the students about maps and how to use them. I came in and organized a 30-minute class on the …

Google Docs

Making a Slope Chart or Bump Chart in Excel – How To

Excel has many different styles of charts and graphs inbuilt and one can make them with a single click. A great convenience to have. But for charts …

Data Visualization

An Ultimate Guide to Creating a User Friendly Business Website (Insights from Experts)

Your website is annoyingly important. It’s the public facing part of your brand, and pretty much the only aspect of your public image over which you …

Web Design