HNY 2019! May it bring some insightful and beautiful (infographic) stories.
December was quite a busy month for me. Earlier in the month I went to London to attend an infographic class by Delayed Gratification Magazine. DG is known by their awesome infographics and the two hour evening class covered the theory behind what makes a good infographic (in DG style: How to make killer infographics?).
The class was held in a relaxed and creative atmosphere at King’s College by Marcus, one of the editors. We went through a process of thinking the ideas of a great infographic and trying our hand in making one in the group. The two hours passed far too quickly, but we still had plenty of time to grasp the main ideas.
The key idea surfacing throughout the class was ‘What’s the point?’. We looked at different infographics and tried to understand what is it they say. The good infographics convey the main idea at first sight and do not leave the audience confused. Even complicated infographics are clear of their meaning.
Here is an one quirky example of DG magazine infographic:
Infographic: BBC top-talent salaries in context from Delayed Gratification, the Slow Journalism magazine.
Click here for zoomable version.
I really liked working on yesterday’s infographic and wanted to make another one in same style. It’s a really easy graph to make, but it’s fun and very clean. Maybe even too simple, but that just means I have to spend time in more places!
I started by thinking of all my travels, but after experimenting with 70+ entry, realized the time chunks work better on longer periods of time. So this graph is about my time spent in a location for more than 3 months. World chunk includes around 14 countries.
Because the idea behind is the same as in previous graphic I am adding the data in the same location.
This is the first time chunks infographic and this time I went personal, visualizing my timeline in different roles. The Gantt chart, that was the base of this visualization, is mainly used for project schedule.
This was a fun little project and helped me to see my CV in a whole different angle. I made a list of the roles I’ve been since millennium (doing my best to aim more or less the right dates) and fed the data into Raw Graphs. Once the tool had done it’s magic I ended up with a nice ladder of time chunks I then styled and colored in Illustrator. Finally I added the headline copy and an illustration.
On the level of difficulty this was a very easy graph to make and the data is here.
Here’s another infographic of air purifying plants. It’s again based on visualization, this time a scatter chart. The method is exactly the same as for previous infographic and the data sheet can be seen here.
As the air quality in offices and homes has become an issue, it’s good to know having many plants around may reduce the pollution and contribute to purifying air. Some plants are thought to have better air cleaning abilities that others, although the information is only available for selected plants.
I based the infographic on last two columns in the spreadsheet calculating the total amount of chemicals removed and toxicity to dogs and cats. The original data comes from NASA Clean Air Study and Wikipedia chart of air-filtering plants.
I have eight plants in my room and I certainly like to think they are currently busy sucking up all the harmful digital compounds emanating from my laptop as I am writing this post. And if not.. well, at least they look pretty.
As I have been designing an online info design course these past weeks and working my way through lot of materials, I’ve been inspired by David McCandless’ beautiful visualizations to make this infographic about coffee breaks.
Due to clock change in Europe I was playing around with the concept of time and somehow it evolved to an idea of around-the-clock (coffee) breaks. Because of the thriving coffee culture in Europe coffee breaks have become culturally accepted times to meet up with friends, have meetings with colleagues or just to take a break from work. In some countries the breaks have names and designated time (3 o’clock fika in Sweden or 5 o’clock tea in UK), with other slots I was bit more creative. I couldn’t actually fill the lunch hours. Maybe even coffee break enthusiasts need a break.
I based this infographic on a beautiful sunburst chart that is great to show hierarchies. I used RawGraphs to visualize the data and once I was more or less happy with the result, tidied the rough visualization up in Illustrator. The original data sheet can be seen here.
Finally, as I am more artist than data scientist I couldn’t resist adding some icons around the edge 🙂