Wednesday, 9 December 2009
Fine work by the Guardian today
Infographic analysis, a column wide showing UK GDP sector share between 1970 and 2007
For example in 1970 'manufacturing' was 31.7%, whereas two years ago it checkout out at 12.4% of the UK's core money spinner
Apologies for the poor scan, but the graphic is so clear, and well conceived that only a complete numpty can not see the extremely clear, sector comparisons, ahead of Alistair Darlings' final Pre Budget Report
A great piece of work!
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
The world's first climate change refugees
They are not please with their new-found notoriety, but the inhabitants of the Carteret Islands, after their 300 year history, will be uprooted and evacuated from their homes
The cause: rising sea levels
Where the once white beaches made the island a secret idyll, the highest point now only stands 5ft above sea level
An interactive, by scrolling down the home page by David Kinross, shows this perfectly
The 'Tulin' – people who come from the ocean – and interviewed by the Daily Telegraph, can be seen and heard here on Telegraph.co.uk
Lets hope the world leaders at the summit in Copenhagen can sort their squabbles and deliver
Sunday, 22 November 2009
'Queen bees' making a cottage industry from their writing
Six women writers intend to revolutionise the book trade by publishing from their homes
They have set up an imprint company called Queen Bee Press and their first collection is out now
Called 'The Leap Year' the anthology charts transformational moments in twelve women's lives over the consecutive months of the year. Each story is set in a different country and considers a particular life stage
The six authors of the book, named 'The Contemporary Women Writer's Club' are Miranda Glover, Lucy Cavendish (my wife), Jennie Walmsley, Rachel Jackson, Alexa Hughes Wilson and Anne Tuite-Dalton
They decided to publish themselves because of the problems they saw in traditional publishing. Glover was quoted in the Evening Standard last week saying;
"The industry isn't courting new women's writing... established writers are losing their contracts because they can't compete with Katie Price [the chest, aka Jordan]"I've read it. I thinks its great. Please take a leap of faith and buy it here
Strongholds of Hakimullah Mehsud
Please forgive the late posting of this infographic
An important story at the time, four weeks ago, but how the news event developed, or the current status of the Pakistan offensive, is a complete mystery to me
The last report by the Telegraph is here, accompanied with video. After battling since October 17, Pakistani troops gained control of Kotkai, which is the birthplace of Pakistan Taliban leader 'Hakimullah Mehsud', and also the home town of the Taliban's master trainer of suicide bombers 'Qari Hussain'
The latest, according to Al Jazeera and the BBC, is that Pakistani authorities have offered a bounty for information that leads to the capture or killing of Mehsud
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Astute launched into the high seas
Britain's latest £1.2bn submarine was launched this week
It will never need refueling in its 25 year, nuclear life
The Astute, as Thomas Harding writes in the Telegraph, will be able to detect the QE2 cruise liner leaving New York harbour from the English Channel
And obviously great fodder for infographics
Cutaway drawings, maps and simple explosive diagrams, the subject is a dream for infographers
On Monday, also in the Telegraph for the Business section front, Andrew Blenkinsop produced a clean and bold visual package reporting the financial aspects of the Astute project, built and designed by Bae Systems
One story, but many ways and angles to visually report
Friday, 13 November 2009
Britain's nuclear future
Another story to my earlier blog on the shooting of UK soldiers in Nad-e-Ali
Here are two infographics, showing the SAME information in a similar way
The Guardian produced clean and clear interactive, with good text narrative per new plant
The Daily Telegraph, above, shows sites where the new plants will be built, sites currently in use and those which have been shut down
Just as interesting, or more in my opinion, is the chart at the bottom which shows when our current plants will be closed, therefore seriously effecting electricity generation from 2010 onwards, and why Ed Miliband and the government needs to act as soon as possible. But it will be pricey
Although Geoffry Lean in the Telegraph counter argues in his interesting analysis that accompanied the infographic on the page
the most cost-effective policy of all would be to reduce the waste of energy... which would by us time, save us money, and create jobs... but Miliband's department is dragging its feet
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
New grids and visuals with impact
News International's creative maestro Alfredo Trivino, talks about his recent project on YouTube
Trivino's working theory: "trying to create a very organic and flexible design – a content driven design"
Using the colours and tones from Australian art, he approached the new colour palette from the incredibly rich red tones from the earth and the beautiful blues from the skyline of the southern hemisphere
His choice of Times Classic as chief font brings a friendly but authoritative voice to the paper
Trivino has also introduced visuals with impact, by creating real-estate within the page hierarchy and NYT-esq "op-ed" infographics in the opinion and comment section
As with all Alfredo projects, it looks a thing of great beauty, but does not navigate away from the business end of the newspaper industry, and quoted here on theaustralian.com
"When you can deliver high-quality journalism and exclusive content that is very valuable it doesn't matter if you deliver it on broadsheet or on A4 paper," he says. "The future is more positive now than ever because the possibilities are endless."
Visual journalism caviar
Thursday, 5 November 2009
London lays host to many great architectural delights
And the super Westminster Bridge is no different, connecting north of the river to the south and positioned beneath the PHALLIC Big Ben
Financed by PRIVATE capital, lotteries and grants, the bridge was designed by the Swiss architect Charles Labelye and was built between 1739-1750
By mid 19th century it was subsiding badly and expensive to MAINTAIN. The current bridge was designed by Thomas Page and opened in 1862
With an overall LENGTH of 252 metres and a 26 metre WIDTH, it is the oldest bridge in central London
Three versions of one news event
Which infographic right?
I guess we should ask 'how much do I now know'
None seem wrong, although how would we ever know?
Local sources communicate to 'stringers' and provide information for our news desk
At which point does information become interpretation?
It is generally assumed that we infographers should only 'show what we know'
If the 'know' is reported to us as 'fact' then we have to rely on this information
Or contact the source direct
Monday, 19 October 2009
Juan Antonio Giner analysis is spot on again
Here is a snippet of Bill Keller's memo to the staff of the New York Times
Let me cut to the chase: We have been told to reduce the newsroom by 100 positions between now and the end of the year.
We hope to accomplish this by offering voluntary buyouts. On Thursday, the Company will be sending buyout offers to everyone in the newsroom. Getting a buyout package does NOT mean we want you to leave. It is simply easier to send the envelopes to everyone. If you think a buyout may be right for you, you have up to 45 days to decide whether you will accept it or not.
As before, if we do not reach 100 positions through buyouts, we will be forced to go to layoffs. I hope that won’t happen, but it might.
Not so long ago, Keller said on further layoffs at the NYT, "The answer is no... No I do not see another round of newsroom staff reductions on the horizon."
Giner's statement on this: MORE CUTS, LESS CHANGE
Read his post @ www.innovationsinnewspapers.com
The Olympic event icon's were launched last week [image 2]
No easy task, to draw, and to even re-render past pictogram's
Some [image 1] have been design classics in particular the 1972 Munich games, which were produced by Otl Aicher, the German designer
While I am behind the news, I first read about this on the Telegraph website yesterday
Also, Creative Review have some interesting observations, not all good
Designed by SomeOne group, the icons work quite nicely when viewed huge - like all bad design
Although we must applaud the attempt to create 'dimension' by introducing perspective (something I have not noticed in previous Olympics) most are rendered 'flat'
The resulting package is one of inconsistency, and a catastrophe for all decent London-based designers
They look worse when produced 20mm x 20mm, the size they most likely will appear in print
Unfortunately we have to live with these design 'bum-notes' for the next few years
And worse than the London2012 logo itself, unbelievable
Monday, 12 October 2009
The Independent on Sunday is at it again
Infographics that are fun by Cath Levett and Richard Burgess
A light news story that lends itself to visual reporting
A huge thanks to Ciaran Hughes for sending this quality work
Great design, layout, integration of image into graphic. Looks effortless. It has it all!
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Nice job from the Times
Labeled 'Graphic View' in the folio across the top of the page, the infographic is accompanied by a 300 word piece, on a single 'Opinion' page, left hand side
It is a breakthrough of sorts
An editorial decision by the Times to inform their readers with a package of well researched textual and visual narratives
The Times' prolific graphics department is headed by Geoff Sims
Bold editorial thinking
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Eurostats are go
Following the Telegraph EU series I mentioned earlier David Kinross has developed our online data monster
All countries are clickable and offer comparisons with various valuable data
A visual database or sorts
Check it out and fill your boots
More infographia by the inglés conquistadors
This jolly centrepiece from Richard Burgess at the Independent on Sunday
Printed on the 13 September, its got the lot
Illustration, diagrams, maps, photo, cut-outs, film grabs and a timeline
Again, why read the report when you can enjoy the infographic
Beautiful tones, sympathetic to one another
My only note is that typographically, it is flat
No size or weight dynamic
But still its a joy to hold and read
And fantastic piece of work
Who speaks what across the EU
In the second day of the Telegraph's 'State of Europe' series, we've addressed this issue;
Apparently french is the numero uno language for the EU-27
Well that is just a load of tosh
Clearly, on 51%, the spreche of Rooney, Thatcher and Grimwade is first
And amazingly the EU Commission spent 100m euros interpreting 23 official patois in 2005
The things you now know!
Cracking graphic by the Guardian today
Pay equality among executives, male and female
Which shows that only five top women executives earn more than the average of all male executives in the FTSE100
The Guardian have ironed out the problem of 'width disparity' of the spiral increments, which received a few words of caution in the industry
But I think this is very clear, and the colour fab
Why read the piece when you can understand the reporting in the infographic
My only concern is that part of the scale in white was printed in the gutter
Monday, 14 September 2009
A new family member for the Daily Telegraph designed by Himesh Patel
Launched on Saturday, a well designed supplement
Biased, yes, of course, but a thing of great beauty all the same
Bringing together arts, film, books, stage, music and tv listings, it is a super section
Clean and crisp typography, the font 'Newface'
Saturday, 12 September 2009
A great pullout section in today's Sunday Telegraph
And a great infographic detailing the fall of the Aztecs
Stefan Bayley and Ciaran Hughes have produced an interesting account of the Aztec empire, and the what and the how's
As we say, god is in the detail
And this work has mucho
I like this graphic as it tells and shows a profound account of Moctezuma II, and the life and times of rule for the Aztecs under him
There is so much to learn in this graphic
Like National Geographic, and the works from El Correo, we feel a 'visual overview' narrative
Something not really seen enough in the UK press
as a friend and colleague of INNOVATION would and will say... "infographic caviar"
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Superb interactive journalism
Many angles, many takes of footage from the day we won't forget
History.com have produced this wonderful example of a complete editorial package online
Via a 3d rendering of lower Manhattan at 8:45 am (est), we can chose from which angle to watch video footage, taken by the public
We can also read their story and watch the 'film makers' interview - the eye witness
Although the main event marked a notch on the trunk of history, these lives that changed are the real story
Friday, 28 August 2009
Newspaper versus magazines
Time magazine produced this wonderful, simple, clean sequential infographic which tells the story of the Russian owned 'Arctic Sea'
Its design-led textures of 45 degree lines
Its pictogram ship and easy to understand design is similar to that of the Independent on Sunday and Guardian stylebooks
I like it
But we have to rely on the words for information. The visual shows us nothing, whereas the words tell us the news
So not really an infographic
At the Telegraph, we opted for the traditional infographic deployment
Photo, map with a 'estimated' route and statistical background
I think it is also and interesting read
But who gets any more or less from either example?
Do we understand more, from these examples, if we 'show' less
Is it best to rely on the 'telling' rather than the 'showing' of the news?
Let us discuss
Monday, 24 August 2009
Drag and drop interactive
Fantastic, fun work by my good friend Chiqui Esteban at lainformacion.com, just click on this link
Real have so much choice, and a huge squad of great players
Have a go and chose your best teamm, which should on paper, win the CL
Visual journalism education come to London!
I think its well worth a visit, if you can
Here are the details
Camp Video Journalism - London
Oct. 26-29, 2009
Master the art of producing video stories over four days of training. Learn the secrets of building a visual story, interviewing and script writing. Course also introduces basic edits and story planning to speed up production time.
Sponsored by Visual Editors and Beamups.com
REGISTRATION DETAILS: http://londonvj.eventbrite.com/
Sunday, 9 August 2009
Two nice jobs over the weekend
The infographic above 'Muslim Europe' tackles the demographic time bomb which is transforming our continent
Europe's low white birth rate, couples with faster multiplying migrants, will change what we fundamentally what we take to mean 'European culture and society'
Although European elites have yet to grapple with the broader issues of race and identity surrounding Muslims and a sound integration policy
On a lighter note and by the same infografista Ciaran Hughes, a wonderful clean and stylish illustration printed in today's Sunday Telegraph
Friday, 31 July 2009
Thursday, 23 July 2009
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
A timely guide
Its getting serious this SIV, so let us add clarity and calm things slightly
The ill are getting no help from their local surgeries, and are being told to stay away from GP's practice. No comfort to those who are panic stricken and read headline news
What will Government figures show?
Andrew Blenkinsop and David Kinross and produced this clean and simple interactive for Telegraph.co.uk when the original outbreak consumed the world's media
I'm still rather chuffed with it, it does the job and informs
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Its been a while since I've had the chance to write, but times have been busy
We've been producing some nice work lately, so I thought why not show and tell
One of the picks of the crop was this, almost, full-page graphic for the Sport section, which was also placed inside the launch issue of the redesigned 'Weekly Telegraph' and now entitled 'The Telegraph' for overseas readers
Interesting that our infographics seems to have a new lease of life with the compact size, compared to the Broadsheet mothership
This example which shows how Wimbledon's Centre Court roof worked and when
The fun element of the project was interviewing the architectural firm who designed the roof
And of course nice to be able to give 'a jolly good show' as we see in the UK
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Should we be watching?
Cassandra Jardine reports in today's Telegraph that 'images force change' in a fantastic piece in the Comment section, in light of the YouTube footage of the death of Neda Soltan
'The film lasts only 40 seconds, but it is enough to affect world opinion... In years to come, the bloodied face of Neda - already called Angel of Freedom - will be the image that lingers of the Iran uprising, just as the naked napalmed girl running down the the road has come to encapsulate the Vietnam war...'
But these images are our modern version of of religious icons, with the eyes of the victim invariably looking heavenwards for deliverance as martyrs did in old master paintings
A painting does not purport to represent reality, but photographs and films do
Although they can be manipulated, like Robert Capa's faked 'The Fallen Soldier', and the sacked Reuters Middle East Chief photographer for his handling of Adnan Hajj's doctored images of the Israeli bombing of Beirut
The footage of Neda's death certainly has a ring of truth about it, and feels like something we can trust
Generally, however, British media stay clear of such shocking images, but in the YouTube age, this principle is being eroded
Surely the question now 'is this journalism or voyeurism?'
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
HMS Poseidon, which sank north of the British naval base Weihai in 1931 following a collision with a Chinese merchant boat, has been in the news lately as China has been accused of secretly salvaging the sunken submarine with the remains of 18 crewmen on board
But look at these pages, the first a fantastic diagrammatic explainer showing what and how the crew could have escaped, of course some did. This was published in the Illustrated London News on July 18
The second from the Daily Herald on Wednesday June 10. The the collision making the front page splash, which included a single column locator map
A colleague Keith Hoggins, pointed these out while he researching the story for the Daily Telegraph
We all remember great illustrations from our childhood
Most based on 'boys toys' and military craft
Almost 80 years these graphics would still be publishable in our press
They are content driven, and in my view 'content' is all, whether visual or the written word
Sunday, 7 June 2009
The editor on...
Newspapers face considerable challenges as the global economic collapse robs us of advertising revenues and the emergence of vibrant digital media robs us of readers. There isn't an editor in Britain, Europe or America who hasn't spent considerable time over the last few years wrestling with these issues. It can mean having to consider reductions in marketing spend, slimmer editorial resources and so on.
It sounds difficult, but if you're Eynulla Fatullayev, you'd relish working in a journalistic environment where these were the toughest challenges you faced. Because Fatullayev's problems are of a different order altogether
It puts wrestling with budget cuts into perspective
Since Amnesty first highlighted his case, more than 14,000 people from across the world have written letters of support to Fatullayev. To read more about their campaign of support, go to http://tinyurl.com/mrb5de