Monday, 26 April 2010

Caviar gráfico en gran vía [2]

Powerful words from Juantxo Cruz

He is a man that cares about his art, his profession, his newspaper but most importantly his readers

He cares about the "man on the street"

That was a really crazy work. Modesto J. Carrasco and Isabel González were the creative directors of the Gran Via Poster

I only did the coordination of all the team [and was] 1.82 meters long

We had a meeting with Madrid Department (M2) supplement in late February. First idea was to arrange a graphic on four or five newspaper pages, no more. That's enough

We needed a lot of help, so we hired beautiful Cristina Rodrigo, a great researcher, to find out all information about the historic street

A lot of Editors don't understand why an Infographic Department needs a researcher. But they need them, and not only one

During the process, we had to be doing the daily graphics too

I remembered the day terrorist band ETA killed a French Policeman in France

The First ETA Killing in our neighbourhood country. Would you imagine it?

Main editor wanted a big firing graphic, and all the team was working on the Gran Via project. Stop! let´s go to the breaking news, the real work for any person who decides to work on a paper

In the middle of March, Advertisement Department saw first [sketches] and got crazy: ‘We love that, we want a big poster’

Translating: That´s a good stuff for ads

Time was running [out as] we have to finish it by 4 April. So, we ran a lot (every building took 3 hours of work, and there are 80 buildings in the Gran Vía)

That's our bet. Functional Design, visualisation tendencies, flow statistics, cool Java scripts commands and all this stuff is great, but people on the street [do not] understand them

That poster is a classic. And Old style visual guide. For readers. For ‘madrileños’

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Caviar gráfico en gran vía

Caviar gráfico en gran vía

I am waiting for more images and quotes from Juantxo Cruz – the Head of Infographics at El Mundo newspaper in Madrid

I'm afraid that this is another example of wonderful showcase visual journalism from his team

I think i'm write is thinking the poster graphic shows the entire history of every building on the "Great Way" – the ornate and upmarket shopping street in Spain's capital city

Designed in the mid 19th century to connect the Calle de Alcalá with the Plaza de España, the project required many buildings in the city to be demolished, earning it the name of "an axe blow on the map"

More great graphics from el Mundo

Pure infographic caviar

Saving St Pete

Saving St Petersburg

St Petersburg is under threat from the sea and its new flood barrier should protect it for centuries

I don't know whether it compares with the Venetian example, but would be interesting to know otherwise

Sitting above the 6.5 meter high embankment will be a six lane motorway running from Bronka in the south, to Gorskaya in the north

But a great infographic reference, and editorial in New Civil Engineer magazine late last year, with the a major St Petersburg flood barrier package

Paul Weston produced the incredibly detailed infographics

He also produced the good at the Telegraph last year when he worked on the Moctezuma II showcase

Please find more of his work on his site

How should you vote?

How you should vote interactive

On the Telegraph website you can click through a question and answer guide to find out how you should vote

I was surprised

And so were many in the Graphics department

Some were not as 'liberal' as they thought

Good fun, but serious

History of the House of Commons

History of the House of Commons

This House of Commons timeline shows the political make-up of Parliament from 1885

The interactive by David Kinross for the Telegraph's General Election coverage is a fantastic history lesson and archive for researchers, teachers and students

Enjoy this interactive caviar

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Swing low swingometer

Swing low swingometer for the General Election

I forgot to mention this while fighting fires and responding to the governments call of the election

Although cliched, this was an excellent graphic by Stefan Bayley at the Telegraph

It clearly shows what David Cameron and the Conservatives need to do in their uphill task of winning an increasingly-unlikely election victory

Great stuff

Thursday, 15 April 2010

General Election leaders' TV debate

General Election leaders' TV debate

Its party time, the 2010 election has finally started, and Nick Clegg has smashed through the "two-party system" in the historic TV debate on ITV tonight

The Telegraph’s verdict

Benedict Brogan says Cameron stayed calm but Clegg got the cream

Janet Daley believes there was no clear winner

And the Telegraph explains that Clegg used the first TV debate to best effect

I agree: Round 1 to the Lib Dems

The Polls
Telegraph: Clegg: 40 per cent, Brown: 16 per cent, Cameron: 44 per cent
Sky: Clegg: 37 per cent, Brown: 32 per cent, Cameron: 31 per cent
ITV: Clegg: 43 per cent, Brown: 20 per cent, Cameron: 26 per cent

All other press is running with the same theme, Guardian, Independent and the Times

Usual press/party bias applies, as expected

Grey London adds colour to BA deal

Grey London adds colour to BA deal

Slightly behind with the news, apologies, but I collected these graphics last week

It is a huge deal, and the Guardian headline to the editorial "British Airways name to vanish from FTSE if Iberia merger succeeds" – slightly summed up the weight of the story

But apart from the two loss making businesses holding each other up, like two drunks trying to find their way home, the use of graphics by the UK press and that of the Spanish, could have not been more different

None are necessarily better or worse pound for pound, content for content, but the offerings by the Guardian and from the Daily Telegraph show that colourful and interesting financial infographics is good business

On one hand we have the basic chart, and in the other multimedia data visualisation

And here, in print, we can see the benefits of both disciplines in very different journalistic strategies

Business is good!

Friday, 9 April 2010

More Infographic caviar

More Infographic caviar from the Observer

Pete Guest is working his mojo

Very easy to understand information, that is visual

And guess where the gutter is, and a good spot

I've seen infographics go over the gutter and text is lost


Nice work, clean messages from clean design



Total pixelatia

Watch this short movie by Patrick Jean on Dailymotion


8-bit creature invasion on New York

Read more here on Wired web site

Written and directed by PJ
Director of Photography is Matias Boucard

Thanks to Tim Dog

Oxford | Cambridge Boat race

Oxford | Cambridge Boat race special in the Daily Telegraph

This special appeared last Saturday for the university boat race, which was won by Cambridge

Designed by Wayne Caba, and the boat illustration by Mark Oliver, it was a visual jolly

Good fun which also informs


Top Notch graphics

Top Notch Ninfographics from Ninian Carter's new site

Former Graphics Editor at the Observer, Reuters, Sydney Morning Herald and now at the Globe and Mail in Toronto

His award winning portfolio is vast well worth flicking through

Have a look at his news site

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Election erections

Elections erections: its go go time

All the nationals gave it large on Tuesday, massive editorials, mega party-leader pics and huge amounts of infographics

The Times advertised an election map "Free inside" on their masthead

We at the Daily Telegraph produced the UK's favorite election tool – the swingometer – what seats Cameron must win to swing the election in favor of the Conservatives

A huge amount most likely not enough to win an outright majority

Along with swingometers' and general election good election coverage, the Telegraph also interactively helps you how to vote

In the Independent, they produced the last elections results in today's new boundary format


We are surely used to the Independent producing much more interesting editorial, although one can imagine that most commissioning editors think that the election map of the UK is key to any election...


It is a visual lie

For the 2005 election result, while working for the Observer, Cath Levett, Ciaran Hghes and I produced an proportionate example of how the electorate voted (mainly concentrated urban areas in red) and what the constitutional (mainly blue for rural reasons) map compared

The result being a very blue constituency map of the UK, but the majority of votes going to the red of Labour

Please - for any visual reporting for this election, I urge many to look at current graphics from the Guardian, most certainly on Tuesday

It should serve many swell over the next few weeks

Not news based, but excellent and well planned election coverage

The pick of the best being Mark McCormick's online extraveganza

Infographic Caviar indeedy