The work of Graham Roberts, graphics editor for the New York Times since 2006, exemplifies the information design equivalent of the elegant solution in mathematics. This is clear in the interactive, motion and print components of “The Reckoning: America and the World a Decade After 9/11,” published on September 11, 2011.
The Times has been a personal gold standard for years, but the clarity, ingenuity, energy and risk-taking exhibited in the last two or three redesigns raises the bar further. A significant part of that strength is the weight, relevance, detail and beauty of the information graphics in print and on screen.
Roberts and his team distill complex data sets and handle digital image making in a way that belies its machine-generated forms. Every mark, executed with economy and restraint, conveys meaning.