Information visualization/ infographics/ visual thinking


Mar 17, 2010
@ 10:55 am

Information design objetives

Information design, edited by Robert Jacobson, 2000 Information design: Emergence of a new profession, Robert E. Horn

Information design is defined as the art and science of preparing information so that it can be used by human beings with efficiency and effectiveness. Its primary objetives are:

1. To develop documents that are comprehensive, rapidly and accurately retrievable, and easy to translate into effective action.

2. To design interactions with equipment that are easy, natural, and as pleasant as possible. This involves solving many problems in the design of the human-computer interface.

3. To enable people to find their way in three-dimensional space with comfort and case-especially urban space, but also, given recent developments, virtual space.


Mar 16, 2010
@ 1:19 am

Interaction spectra

Information design, edited by Robert Jacobson, 2000 Information interaction design: A unified fiel theory of design, Nathan Shedroff

There are several aspects to experiences that audiences tend to fell make an experience more interactive. Some of the most important are these six.


Mar 10, 2010
@ 6:58 pm

All data problems begin with a question

— Benjamin Fry, Computational information design, 2004


Mar 7, 2010
@ 11:01 pm

Designers are lucky

79 Short essays on design, Michael Bierut, 2007

Designers are lucky. As the people who structure much of the world’s communications, we get to vicariously partake of as many fields of interest as we have clients. In a single day, a designer can talk about real estate with one client, cancer cures with another, and forklift trucks with a third. Imagine how tedius it must be for a dentist who has nothing to do all day but worry about teeth.


Mar 4, 2010
@ 1:42 pm

Data types

Information Visualization, Robert Spence 2001

The data will not always be numerical, though much of it is. It can be ordinal, as whith things that are naturally ordered (such as the days of the week), or categorical, such as the names of animals where there is no order (for example, horse, zebra, antelope).


Mar 2, 2010
@ 9:01 pm

How to use information design

Information design for Advocacy - An introduction to information design, John Emerson, 2008

Here are just a few ways you can use information design:

Tell your story

  • To your constituencies
  • To funders
  • To government officials
  • To the media
  • To other organizations
  • To the general public

Analyze your data

  • Discover hidden patterns
  • Find trends in changing systems

Make a plan

  • Analyce relationships of power
  • Illustrate social networks
  • Find out where your issue has the most impact
  • Project future trends

Make information visible

  • Show influence and causality
  • Illustrate the consequences of specific choices
  • Compare and contrast

Simplify and Clarify

  • Illustrate analysis of an abstract idea
  • Show the flow of a process or changing system
  • Make your conclusions visible and easy to navigate
  • Show structure and order in apparently chaotic data


Mar 2, 2010
@ 6:12 pm

Características de la infografía


La infografía - Técnicas, análisis y usos periodísticos, José Luis Valero Sancho, 2001

La infografía de prensa tiene un total de ocho características peculiares. Éstas son:

  1. Que dé significado a una información plena e independiente.
  2. Que proporcione la información de actualidad suficiente.
  3. Que permita comprender el suceso acontecido.
  4. Que contenga elementos icónicos precisos.
  5. Que pueda tener capacidad informativa suficiente y sobrada paa tener entidad propia o que realice funciones de síntesis o complemento de la información escrita.
  6. Que contenga la información escrita con formas tipográficas.
  7. Que proporcione cierta sensación estética, no imprescindible.
  8. Que no contenga erratas o faltas de concordancia.


Mar 2, 2010
@ 9:18 am

Information design can help you to discover something new in your data

— Information design for Advocacy - An introduction to information design, John Emerson, 2008


Mar 1, 2010
@ 8:17 pm

What is information design?

Una breve definición de diseño de información según John Emerson. Information design for Advocacy - An introduction to information design, John Emerson, 2008

Information design uses pictures, symbols, colors, and words to communicate ideas, illustrate information or express relationships visualy.

Effective design is not just a matter of making text pretty or entertaining, but of shaping understanding and clarifyng meaning. Information design adds seeing to reading to make complex data easier to understand and to use. It can hel illustrate complexity, showing relationships between ideas or actors or providing a snapshot of changing systems. It takes many forms and appears in many media. Some familiar forms include charts, graphs, maps, diarams or timelines. These can be big or small, simple or complex, published in print or electronic media.