|Infographic by Adolfo Arranz|
I prefer to say that my writings are about "visualization" in general —some may disagree even with this— or "information graphics." My focus is on presentation, not on interactive exploration. And I don't work just with abstract or quantitative data, but with representations of physical phenomena in many cases. There's obviously a lot of overlap in terms of perceptual principles, rules of design, etc., but still.
Why the rambling? Because of that overlap. I believe that pure data visualization designers can learn a lot from classic news infographics. This is a point made by Robert Kosara, Andy Kirk, and Stephen Few after coming back from the Malofiej Infographics Summit (next one will be in March 23-28, 2014; don't miss it.) I was reminded of it when reviewing Visualoop's latest post a few minutes ago. It showcases an amazing infographic by Adolfo Arranz, a Spanish infographics designer who works for the South China Morning Post, in Hong Kong.
This morning I also saw Alessandro Alvim's latest project for O Globo (Brazil), a graphic on the growth of Rio de Janeiro between 1750 and 1906. Alvim is the author of many elegant infographics and illustrations, as I wrote a while ago. His work doesn't fail to surprise me, particularly when it is as simple and unpretentious as this one. He has not updated his blog for quite a while, but it's worth a visit just to enjoy his posts on process. Many of his sketches are as impressive as the final pieces.