Andy Kirk talks data visualization and the Olympics

As the clock ticks closer to the Opening Ceremony of the London Games, publications around the world will undoubtedly begin revealing data visualizations that explore the breadth and depth of one of the world’s greatest sporting events. Andy Kirk, the United Kingdom-based data visualization expert who founded Visualising Data, took time to help make sense […]

Wilson Miner on vintage stereo equipment, context, and nudging the world in the right direction

Now with Facebook, digital designer Wilson Miner of Rdio, Everyblock, Django and a little electronics company called Apple. His “When we Build”
talk is worth skipping six months of online cat videos. Everyblock, he said learned a lot from journalism, “The biggest lesson from journalism for me was the importance of context,” he said. “All this data we were dealing with, none of it means anything in isolation. What I was always trying to do (with varying degrees of success) was to find ways to put each story or each data point in context with everything else connected to it.”

Miner took a few minutes to talk with SND as part of our Year-Long Conversation about design.

Visualize the Games Vol. 2: Information and graphics

Olympic coverage can overwhelm even very large departments more than just about any other regularly occurring sporting event because of the volume of information available. You want to argue that the Super Bowl is annually more important to your audience, or the World Cup? That’s valid, but even global-scale events such as those have parameters. You can see the edge of the sandbox when you’re in the middle of it. You never have to worry about readers wanting to know about a local table tennis sensation when you’re planning your daily World Cup graphics. You don’t have to balance swimming and gymnastics with your runup to the Super Bowl.

The most crucial piece of Olympics advice for information designers is, get ahead of the Games. If you haven’t begun graphics planning and at least sketching your big-picture pieces of information, you need to catch up quickly. Separate your planning into two categories:

This is the second in a series of Olympic design tips. Please feel free to engage us in a discussion about them, commenting here or on Facebook or Twitter, hashtag #sndolympics.

Read more about Olympic design as part of our Year-Long Conversation here.)

Coming soon: Graphic planning, in print and online

Visualize the Games, Vol. 1: Planning and Brainstorming

As part of our summer discussion about the London Olympics, SND’s Year-Long Conversation will feature a series of tips and advice for visual journalists preparing to cover the Games. I will offer up the first installment here, but as this series progresses, we will aim to feature advice from journalists around the world, across multiple mediums and in all facets of newsrooms. The pieces will be concise, to the point, and please feel free to engage us in a discussion about them, commenting here or on Facebook or Twitter, hashtag #sndolympics.

Coming soon: Graphic planning, in print and online

Designer Josh Rhode on storytelling, making news cool and Ernest Hemingway

Designer Josh Rhode’s work combines perfect function with beautiful form, whether it’s Nike, Honda, MTV or others. His branding, apps and sites epitomize how information can be useful and incredibly cool. Josh took a few minutes to talk with SND as part of our Year-Long Conversation about Design. He talked about what makes his projects work, the values he has when putting together a project across platforms and why the news should be cool.

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• For other QAs and more of the Year-Long Conversation, go here.

Motion graphics: New weapons of visual journalism

Who doesn’t love a good superhero story? Let’s see, there is Batman, Spiderman, Superman, Super Girl, Super … well, there are actually a lot of them. Take your pick! One thing that they all have in common is weapons or tactics to help them achieve success. In newsrooms everywhere, the weapons and tactics for storytelling […]

Notes from Malofiej 20 speakers: visualization, truth and beauty

It’s a packed schedule at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, the site of Malofiej 20. Speakers on the first day focused on data visualization, comprehension of infographic forms, the process of making graphics and more. Here are highlights from some of the sessions. Andrew Vande Moere The tyranny of the pixel Andrew Vande […]

The bailout of Greece, by Ricardo Martinez.

Visualizing the story: How El Mundo covered the world economic crisis with infographics

As the world economic crisis unfolded, Spain was hit especially hard. The depth and length of the story put a special challenge on visual journalists, to explain and show a complicated, ever-changing story.

Here is how El Mundo covered the story, a model for breaking news infographics, presented here as part of SND’s Year-Long Conversation. Read more Conversation pieces here.

Also, this week, stay tuned to for coverage of Malofiej,
the annual infographics gathering in Pamplona, Spain, the 20th anniversary of that great event.

Behind Upstatement’s bold, new typography app: Glyphosaurus

Who doesn’t love the voluptuous curves of a ‘w’ or the stout simplicity of a lower-case ‘l.’ So many wonderful ‘g’s in the world. Agree? Well, have we got the site for you. The folks at Boston’s Upstatement have developed Glyphosaurus, a wonderfully entertaining web app that let’s folks share found typography. They sat down with SND over email and told us about the project as part of our Year-Long Conversation about Design

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See Change — at a discount for SND members

See Change, the power of visualization May 19 – 20, 2011, University of Minnesota – Minneapolis campus Special invitation for SND members The University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the College of Design are partnering with AIGA, the professional association for design, to host the second annual Change: The Power of […]

SND20 infographics workshop: Dubai, April 4

On behalf of the Society for News Design – Middle East and Africa and American University of Dubai are hosting a first-of-its-kind infographics seminar in the United Arab Emirates. It’s scheduled for Monday, April 4 at 6 p.m. at the American University of Dubai, Media City. Entrance is free, but the number of attendees is limited and a reservation is required in advance. Details inside.

Visualization Challenge announced: Making sense of water issues through data and design, the global open platform for data visualization, and Circle of Blue, the leading news organization reporting global water challenges, issue an ambitious and rapid-fire call to designers, data experts and visualizers to tap into the world’s stream of water data. The international contest, which offers a $5,000 cash prize, challenges cross-disciplinary thinkers and cutting-edge […]