Information Graphics

The World is Going to End. Let’s Have a Drink.

The world is a wonderful and scary place at times, and the folks over at Information is Beautiful want to show you that. This morning while doing a bit of research on data visualization, I came across 2 infographic pieces that have nothing to do with each other directly, but made me want to post both of them.

The first deals with the distant future and the fact that everything is going to die. Yes it looks way into the future of planet earth, all the way up to the point where it is consumed by the sun and dies. The second makes you feel all better by providing you with drink recipes broken down by proportion, so you can drown your sorrows as you reflect on the inevitability of earths ultimate demise. Now I’m not going to lie, some of the drinks recipes seem a bit off to me, and there are some classics that are missing. None the less, I’ll be printing this out for future reference. click on the image to view larger.

Lets Go To Lithuania.

I’ve never been to Lithuania but now that I’ve seen the worlds longest infographic from design studio Zazu I kind of want to go. The infographic is illustrated with line art that tells you how to get there. some general facts and info on things like population, currency exchange traditional food, and some of their iconic sights to visit. I love the look of this image. There is a certain late 1960’s early 1970’s feel to it with an updated appeal. It has a nice blend between hand drawn, and obviously computer generated, and I’m OK with that. I’m kind of over the sketchy chalkboard art look that has been burning up the design world for the last few years.

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The State of Graphic Design.

Making a living as a graphic designer is a tricky business. The ground keeps shifting, people want more for less, the competition is greater now than ever, and you need to be able to do more things. Graphic Design is becoming a hybrid industry where you need to be able to do multiple things, and do them well. The info graphic below was produced at the end of 2013 with data from 2012. Even though the data is a year old, the facts shown hit home. The information presented was gathered by smartpress.com from a group of industry professionals and shows everything from, how to learn the field to salaries, tools, and self promotion. The saddest thing shown here; in 2011 the average salary for a graphic designer in the USA was just $44,000 a year. Pretty pathetic when you think about the skills required to do the job well.

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Design Trends for 2014.

With more than 30 million images and 350 million image downloads, I think Shutterstock has a pretty solid handle on emerging trends in the design world. With that kind of data it’s pretty easy to see where things are going, and thankfully Shutterstock has created the handy infographic below. If you are wondering what the hot design trends are for 2014, this might give you some insight.

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Around the World, Gestalten Style.

Back in November, Gestalten added a new book to their library. “Around The World” is filled with wonderfully illustrated infographics collected from countries around the world. The infographics show the complex, beautiful world we live in.

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In today’s world we are swimming in data and information. Everywhere you turn you are bombarded with visual information. Fortunately there are people like the ones that made the visualizations in this new book. They are visual storytellers, that can take this complex data, and distill it into an easy to digest story.

The animated short below, brings the book to life with images from the book. The animation is the work of Jan Schöttler, and it is as fun to watch as the images of the book are to look at. Really nice work for Gestalten.

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The Power of Online Video.

Less than a decade ago, the idea of using video as a marketing tool online was painful. Bandwidth was still limited, getting people to watch online was a challenge, and media outlets were few. Today however that has changed. With internet speeds ever increasing, the advent of multiple outlets, devices, and platforms, video is the fastest growing ad segment on the internet. Video growth is due in part to lower production costs thanks to advances in technology, the popularity of of video capable smart phones and tablets, and better online video production values. Over the last year alone, online video  use has increased by 12 percent among business to business marketers. And video is now the 6th most popular online marketing tactic. The infographic from Brainshark below has even more information about the rise of video, and it’s online potential.

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Getting It Right, With Responsive Design.

I am a firm believer in “Keep it Simple”, and “Less is More” when it comes to design. Especially interactive design.  In today’s world the average window to engage a mobile visitor to your web site is less than five seconds. If you consider that more than ten cents out of every dollar spent online, now happens through a mobile device, it is your best interest to make every one of those seconds count.

A key to capturing and holding a visitor on your site lies in using responsive design that scales across all devices and operating systems. With the marketplace shifting more and more to a post desktop world you need to be able to effectively reach your target audience on their smart phone, tablet, laptop, and even their TV. because of this, making sure your web site is designed to meet their ever-evolving needs is critical.

Responsive design allows you to  keep the features visitors want, and effectively remove the things they don’t. In todays ever-changing interactive world there is no room  clunky graphics, confusing navigation, or pages locked into desktop-only resolutions. Today’s users want their Internet lean, clean, and sized for whatever screen they are looking at.

The reward for making more out of less is substantial. With more than 2.1 billion mobile broadband subscribers ( A number that is growing exponentially ) as potential visitors, customers, content readers, brand advocates, social connectors, influencers, etc. working with an economy of expression and maximum interactivity are critical. The best design may just be the one boasting the greatest interactivity and the fewest visible designer touches.

The infographic below shows off some of the best principles and practices for developing smart responsive designs for your interactive projects.

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