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Lessons from Malofiej21: Less gratuitous illustration, more information and ever increasing standards for excellence

In Pamplona, a picturesque city in northern Spain, a week of infographic intensity has been completed. 1,191 entries (from 154 organizations in 28 countries) have been scrutinized, hours of lectures attended, a great deal of food and wine has been consumed, and I made my annual run at the world gin and tonic record. You can see the full list of winners here. And see the golds here.

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Looking back: Page through Michael Stoll’s treasure island of infographic textbooks

It’s January, so why not take a break from the cold and intimidating land of data visualization, and head off to the warm island where traditional pictorial infographics live?

In other words, go straight to Michael Stoll’s flickr account. 

Michael is an avid collector of classic infographic books from the last century. As soon as you start looking at these gems, some truths start to emerge. And I’ll start with two:

1. We are not the absolute pioneers of information design. Many excellent people have gone before us, and produced work that is stunningly effective by any standards.
2. There is a richness to these hand-crafted graphics that sometimes surpasses our work today.

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Losing the Plot

Charts that actually work can be hard to find. John Grimwade is worried about the craft of understanding and presenting data being lost under an avalanche of infographic over-enthusiasm.

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Infographics report from the Jumping Jester

SND information graphics commentator and world-renowned graphics guru John Grimwade, takes us behind-the-scenes at the recent Malofiej 18. Perhaps the best place to test the pulse of world infographics is in The Jumping Jester, the unofficial Malofiej headquarters. It’s an Irish-themed bar directly opposite the main conference hotel. John went there to see what everyone was buzzing about after the conference.

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Chart Visualizing the Bible by Chris Harrison  and Christoph Römhild.

Visualize this: Is it information or is it art?

In one corner of the ring is information, and in the other is art, and they’re about to start slugging it out.

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