10 Outstanding Data-Viz Blogs that You Probably Don’t Know – But Should!:
Tiago Veloso from Visual Loop â€“ a non-stop stream of Infographics, Maps, Charts and many other Visualization Goodies, with lots of new posts everyday. User submissions are always welcome, opened to artists and designers from all over the world. Be sure to check out Tiagoâ€™s first massive hit on Inspired Mag â€“ Info-Visualization Through the Eyes and Talent of 10 Brazilian Designers
As the Christmas Season arrives, and 2010 comes to an end, nothing more proper than a “gift” for all you awesome Inspired readers. No, I’m not making a Christmas infographic round-up this time, as perhaps some of you might expected for my monthly contribution. Instead, today I bring a selection of Infographic blogs that are not as popular as the main ones, simply because most of them are new, but nevertheless, worth following. So, I hope you enjoy this selection, and add some of these blogs to your must-read list.
Some of my favorites:
“My original plan was to do an infographic on Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, because that relationship and rivalry has fascinated me for a long time, and I thought it would make a great infographic. While I was working on it, I began thinking about a whole bunch of other famous rivalries that were all fascinating in their own particular ways. There have been a lot of books, articles, and websites dedicated to specific rivalries, but there aren’t many that are dedicated to the subject of rivalries in general. I decided to start Famous Rivalries as a means of telling these fascinating stories in a quick, informative, and entertaining way.”
And we thank you, Justin!! Here’s a sample of his take on some epic rivalries:
Edison vs. Tesla
Facebook vs. Everyone
Sperm Whale vs. Giant Squid
The visualisation examples displayed here represent examples of some of the visualisation makeover designs Andy has presented on his blog over the past year as well as his popular Tableau analysis work on the Wikileaks Afghanistan war logs.
Obesity prevalence graph makeover
Improving an iPhone ‘My Account’ app design
Visualising the Wikileak’s war logs using Tableau Public
Infografiria is his personal Blog, where some of his amazing work is posted on a regular basis.
Life is Amazing
Paris vs New York
Vahram Muratyan went to NYC for a few weeks to get some inspiration and freshness, and soon became clear that somethings were a bit different, when comparing the Big Apple with Paris, where he worked with Elodie Chaillous under the name ViiiZ.
Paris vs New York is a visual but friendly match between those two cities seen by a lover of Paris wandering through New York’s infinite details, clichés and contradictions.
Take a look at some of this brilliant comparisons:
Wavelength‘s CEO, a New-Zealand based company that designs and develops custom learning solutions on any topic, and in the right mix of media for the context. Almost a year ago, Garry decided to start producing weekly infographics, with a help of his wife, facing each one of them as challenge, and covering a variety of topics.
Here’s a sample of the results so far:
The New Zealand brand
She explains: “As humans, we ideate in pictures, linkages and patterns. It is only later that we weave our seemingly disjointed impressions into a vocal framework that is presented in neat rows as evidence of our organised thinking. In the process, we sacrifice emotive expressions and sensorial engagement.”
“Brandpilgrim.com is an attempt to return us to the quirky thinking that takes the form of doodles, scribbles and caricatures on our notepads. I believe, what we classify as ‘doodle scrap’ are powerful repositories of knowledge and inspiration. Beneath the quirkiness lies an organic thought process that does not need the crutch of a long-winded explanation. And if you are like me, you respond to colours, forms and shapes with primitive glee.”
Brands Need To Have A Point Of View
Facebook ‘Like’ – Reasons To Like & Dislike
“I believe in the power of visual thinking and its capabilities: analisis and synthesis. The complex symplicity of good design is a perfect weapon of knowledge and this is what I offer to my clients.
Information doesn’t need artifices to emphasize. The keys of my work are good sources, typography, data illustration and good pictures. Colour is not beautiful when it doesn’t enhance data. The rest is a previous and exhaustive documentation. This must be enough to produce a motion graphic or a magazine. Of course, today we need good software engineers, too.”
Since june of 2010, Metagrafic is a partner of Itbook.es, an electronic publishing company of interactive touch books for kids. “This is my new project, together with a team of experts in videogames and marketing. Times are changing. Now, creative publishers, editors and designers make an important part of the message too.”, says Javier.
A couple of examples of Metagraphic’s work:
One More Graphic its his personal blog, where you can find some samples of illustrations, data viz, infographics in Spanish , English and Arabic.
Some of my personal favorites:
Happy Birthday, F1
Find Your perfect Valentine Gift
2010 World Cup Series
Graphadelic was set up by Michael Judge, a web developer going by the name of ClickOpen, as a fun side-project to improve his design skills and explore presenting information visually. The main purpose is to inform and entertain, with easy to understand, colourful visual designs.
According to Michael: “After finding inspiration from all the attractive Infographics out there, I realized that quite often the subject matter was a little dry, geeky and humourless. There’s a lot of interesting facts, world records, unusual statistics and events that can be presented. It’s fascinating trawling the web, researching and gathering data for each subject – You discover some amazing things about the world around us.
I also found that some Infographics are too large and complex to be appreciated in a web browser, so I produce smaller, bite-size graphics that fit nicely on a web page.”
And here’s a sample of Michael’s work:
Backwards Messages in Music
Sports Balls in Space
Sure, there are dozens of other interesting blogs out there, and with the rise of infographics pretty much everywhere, my guess is that we’ll keep seing new projects popping out in 2011.
I wish all of these authors the best, and may their work continue to amaze us for as long as possible!
Have any other favorite blog? Just share it with us in the comments!!
Merry Christmas everyone, and a superb 2011!!