Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Moscow blasts: UK breaking news maps
Maps in Tuesday's news sections, yes Foreign news that has made it to the Home news section
Almost beggars belief, here we start with the Times on page 3, and then we have the Independent, the Guardian, the FT and finally the Daily Telegraph with a map/graphic on their Foreign pages
Interesting that the Independent, the Guardian and the FT all have included the Metro lines of geographical importance
The Times chose not to, and like wise we at the Telegraph. Maybe we at the Telegraph should of, but I guess we were too busy explaining other things, that it was another level of information to much
As well as showing a likeness of the Black Widows, we preferred to show where Chechnya is in location to Moscow, keeping with the flow of the story
For other footage and reporting, please click here for BBC News, and an interactive by the NYT here
Monday, 29 March 2010
Guardian mountain of debt
More genius from the Guardian
Something which most colleagues pointed out
And they are right, it is great
Look at how the graphic compares the 2009-10 forecast with Alistair Darling's report
The ghost of that past, haunting our future
Click here for the fab journalism
NYT – the art of total journalism
This online report by the New York Times, is possibly, one of the finest of any modern journalism, shows us that the efficiency of footwork is the key to Federer's success
Introduced as a winner in Pamplona, its got the lot
You don't need to be a tennis fan to love this
For me – the best
Voice over from a tennis coach, animation, diagrammatics, video footage and clickable navigation, this project surely points the forward for any media organisation wanting to discover the next level of journalism
It should also be noted, that this reporting could never work on TV as the viewer can control what he/she wants to view, it is visual and so would not work on radio, and because it is animated it leaves print journalism in its slipstream
Although accepted, I recognise that we could extrapolate what we need and produce in illustrator for the print news edition
But this is not the point
This is the power of online journalism, about recognisable forms and people
Visual reporting that transcends infographics
For general society, for the future
Who needs TV when you can watch an iPhone app, or what is new on your iPad?
And a future shaped by infographic editors
Malofiej18 – Rubio display at the opening ceremony and summit hall
A few weeks have passed since the wonderful Malofiej18 world summit at the HQ of infographics in Pamplona, northern Spain
It now feels OK to show this 'rough' video, taken with my iPhone, of a display of Rubio Fernando's work from Diario 16 and mainly ABC
Although the video is not of great quality, and maybe to small, but we can clearly see the raw talent, energy and love that Rubio had for his craft, and his profession
Friday, 26 March 2010
Robin Hood tax for the rich
What do Gordon Brown, Alistair Darling and Robin Hood have in common?
Quite a lot according to the latest number crunchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies
As we can see from the charts above from the Independent, Financial Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, all sourced from the IFS, that the three consecutive Labour governments have redistributed our wealth, from the very rich, to the very poor
At the Telegraph, the hardest part of the chart was choosing the right terminology
Transforming data into information, hard wonk speak into words that you and I can understand
He fares best from the above chartery?
Only you can judge... please do
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Monday, 22 March 2010
Malofiej18: John Grimwade reports from the Jumping Jester
Grimwade comments today on the SND website, that you get a very good idea of what is going on in infographic departments around the world, from one bar in Spain - the unofficial HQ of infographics
So, in a somewhat scary atmosphere of smoke and blasts of infographic hot air, you can get a very good idea of what is happening in graphics departments around the world. Not the carefully considered comments you hear in the conference auditorium, but the full-on, uncensored, inside stuff. Of course, drink is a powerful component in this process, but it often just amplifies the underlying truth
So what about the big debate: "Data Visualisation is killing infographics"
No question. This was the hot topic... There is a significant group of graphics people who feel that data-viz graphics do not belong in their newspaper or magazine. “Sterile.” “Impossible to understand.” “Clinical.” “Cold.” These and many more compliments were being banded about. Not opinions shared by all the attendees by any means, but by a large enough group for it to be certainly worth noting
and "are we making graphics for other graphics directors to admire"
Several people felt that perhaps we are. No question, there were tons of lavishly produced mega-graphics in the competition... Some of the attendees had been at the Zeist conference (in the Netherlands), and had heard Charles Blow’s succinct argument that we need to re-evaluate the approach we are taking: Make sure that we have a strong story, worth telling, and tell it in a clear and concise way
Boys toys infographics
My son and his friend have worked on this 'theatre of war'
They like traditional illustration styles, as it is all they have in their visual toolbox
Tanks, helicopters, landing pads, HQ and 'barrak'
And the drivers of the tanks have blue heads, but near the first helicopter there is a random head
Buildings have perspective, and the paras have chutes attached to their heads
Soldiers aim their guns to the marina
I love it!
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Visualising content – the debate continues
Further to my comments on 'illustrative historical and scientific infographics', there is currently an interesting debate on Max Gadney's blog under the 'Popular Science' posting
Max and Ciaran Hughes have exchanged views on these works, the styles of the late Peter Sullivan and where we can redevelop our techniques and communication devices
Max has put together a wonderful collection of illustration and infographic which he has found in the Popular Science archives. He notes;
There is no doubt that one of the best things about National Geographic at the moment is their broad and deftly used palette of graphic treatments. I'll probably do another post as to why they are so good but this one is about another magazine that caught my eye with its broad palette of visual devices.Many publications are dominated by graphic design style-guides – or the voguish mores of their designers, both forces conspiring to ignore some very useful visual communications devices
Powerful rhetoric and I like it
It is indeed interesting times, the sterility, albeit very interesting ways of visualising numbers and data, but there is a strong and a very clear yearning by various media groups and creative chaps not to forget the very illustrative techniques that encourage our readers and viewers to 'feel' as well as 'learn' and 'understand'
Malofiej18: 'Best of Show' nerd
This is Thomas Molén the author of the 'best of show' award at Malofiej 18 in Pamplona
His title for his presentation was 'The Infographics Nerd' or in Spanish 'El Idiota de los Infographicos'
And to be honest, it was probably the finest ever delivered, well apart from anything by Geoff McGhee
Please take a look at the trailer on Gert Nielson's site 'visualjournalism'
Also read Gert's comments on the 'best of show' award
Man Utd back to the top of the Premiership
Fans favorite Ji-Sung Park scores the winner with a cracking diving header against Liverpool
Read match reports from Telegraph, Guardian and The Times
But look at the first clip - where are the Liverpool defenders?
There are three Man Utd players in the 6 yard box, and only one of Liverpool
Surely Alan Hansen has something to say about this in his column in tomorrow's Daily Telegraph
Infographic Caviar from Pete Guest at the recently redesign The Observer
Illustrative historical and scientific infographics really do please readers
Just pick up a copy of National Geographic magazine and look at their quality visual journalism
Their 22 awards at the latest Malofiej awards is justified
I don't know whether The Observer plans to do this every week in the Discovery
But I think it is great!
Apologies for the picture quality in the 'augmented reality' examples, but you get the message
Friday, 19 March 2010
Jaro visualises Malofiej18
Fantastic illustrator from Berlin Jaroslaw Kaschtalinski, has captured his memories of the Show Don't Tell with John Grimwade and Juan Velasco, and the Malofiej Infographics World Summit in Pamplona from earlier this month
Check out his website http://dub99.com/
Jaro is a world class illustrator, who also produces animation, character design, story boarding and game development. He now works for the awarding winning über communication design group Kircher-Burkhardt
My Creative Director at the Telegraph, Himesh Patel and I met Jaro in the Jumping Jester, and then at the conference. He's a great guy who can't stand still. So many ideas and always wanting to create and draw
He's a great guy, and was a real pleasure to meet him in Spain
Check him out!
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Edward Tufte: Beautiful Evidence
In this rare appearance in England for Intelligence Squared, Edward Tufte will discuss his theories of visual thinking and analytical design at the Royal Geographical Society
Tufte has been described by the New York Times as the “da Vinci of data” and by Business Week (thanks for the pic) as the “Galileo of graphics.”
May 19, and tickets are £20
Chart and Infographic caviar
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Today is the first day of the Cheltenham festival
Like most large racing meets, betting fever takes hold
This is Andy Blenkinsop of the infographics department at the Telegraph
Look how passionately he watches my screen, a screen which is now devoted to horse racing alone
The energy of the horse, and the power of a cash return
On the nose!
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Various people will bow be attending the show and tell with great
hero's of mine like geoff, john, juan and alberto. Yes they sound like
a Latino jazz quartet but they superheros of visual journalism
But I leave tomorrow morning, and eventually get to Pamplona at some
point late afternoon
Sent from my iPhone
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
Future of our NHS
In a series of the future of health care this week, the Daily Telegraph has and will look at major parts of how our national health service works, how it compares to other mass employers around the globe and where will the future lie for our state run operation
Coordinated by the mighty Richard Preston, under his editing authors, writers and professors alike have commented and questioned the finance and performance of our primary care trusts
Within the broadsheet format spread, we have included these infographics with should, explain and show our readers how the NHS works, where our cash flows, and what and how much our illnesses cost the Government and us the tax payer