New York: Information as Abstraction

Curator: Alicia Cheng and Sarah Gephart
date: November 7, 2014
Categories: Information Design
Tags: infographics
This is one of our favorite infographics that shows a significant amount of data with limited formal elements. Population density is shown using progressive textures. Relative numbers of different nationalities are shown within sanitary districts. 

 Ultimately, both maps seen together can be viewed as abstract compositions that double as multivariate quantitative beasts.
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Making a Flow Chart the Hard Way

Curator: Alicia Cheng and Sarah Gephart
date: November 6, 2014
Categories: Information Design
Tags: infographics
We first discovered this book in the dusty stacks of the Sterling Memorial Library. The first American book on graphic techniques for businesses, this volume includes stellar examples of how to display quantitative information that still hold up today.

This spread shows how to make a flow chart using a device that sets 1,000 strips of paper on edge to represent 100%. Using clamps and spacers, adjust the chart to represent your quantities, then take your handy photostat and start shooting. Easy, peasy.
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Dancing Algorithms

Curator: Alicia Cheng and Sarah Gephart
date: November 5, 2014
Categories: Information Design
Tags: infographics
We're not programmers, but we can appreciate sorting algorithms as much as anyone. Even more so when they're demonstrated through folk dance—Hungarian folk dances, to be exact. 

We kind of keeled over when we first saw this. The idea that these dancers are physicalizing different calculations was so amazing and delightful, it's a wonder more automatic reasoning procedures aren't translated like this. Dare to dream.
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Beautiful 19th-Century Scientific Infographics

Curator: Alicia Cheng and Sarah Gephart
date: November 4, 2014
Categories: Information Design
Tags: infographics
Science writer and editor Edward Livingston Youmans (1821-1887) was someone we would have liked to meet. Trained as a chemist and doctor, he was a pioneer in popularizing science and scientific culture. 

This outtake from his 1854 Chemical Atlas is one of many examples of infographics we would have loved to create.
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Eleanor Lutz's Butterflies of North America

Curator: Alicia Cheng and Sarah Gephart
date: November 3, 2014
Categories: Information Design
Tags: infographics
We're always trolling for data visualizations that inspire and intrigue. Both of us are drawn to more historic examples of information design as well as more creative approaches. This week, we'll share a few of our favorites with you.

First up, we love this animated chart of North American butterflies by Eleanor Lutz. It's lovely, simple and totally seductive.
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