A Diagram of Inception- The Movie

August 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

Co.Design recently called upon all designers to create an infographic that visually explains the plot of Inception, this summer’s most complicated movie.  

And the winner of the contest is Rick Slusher, a graphic-designer based in New York with his very elegant graphic summary of the film.  

See images of Rick’s winning infographic below.  

The Inception Diagram

  via Bustler.net 

 This is an interesting diagram; notice the time warp, the 4 levels, the kicks and the symbols of the different levels.


Chart your User Patterns

August 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

You can chart your User Patterns through this website.


Here’s How To: http://daytum.com/about/how_to

It should be fun to tryout!

The Master of Diagrams: Edward Tufte

August 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Edward Tufte is an American statistician and professor emeritus of political science, statistics, and computer science at Yale University. He is noted for his writings on information design; Tufte is an expert in the presentation of informational graphics such as charts and diagrams.
Tufte’s writing is important in such fields as information design and visual literacy, which deal with the visual communication of information. He coined the term “chartjunk” to refer to useless, non-informative, or information-obscuring elements of quantitative information displays.

He uses the term “data-ink ratio” to argue against using excessive decoration in visual displays of quantitative information. In his book Visual Display, Tufte states:

Sometimes decorations can help editorialize about the substance of the graphic. But it’s wrong to distort the data measures—the ink locating values of numbers—in order to make an editorial comment or fit a decorative scheme.

Tufte also encourages the use of data-rich illustrations with all the available data presented. When examined closely, every data point has value; when seen overall, trends and patterns can be observed. Tufte suggests these macro/micro readings be presented in the space of an eyespan, in the high resolution format of the printed page, and at the unhurried pace of the viewer’s leisure. Tufte uses several historical examples to make his case including John Snow’s cholera outbreak map, Charles Joseph Minard’s Carte Figurative, early space debris plots, and Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For instance, the listing of the names of deceased soldiers on the black granite of Lin’s sculptural memorial is shown to be more powerful as a chronological rather than as an alphabetical list. The sacrifice each individual made is thus highlighted within the overall scope of the war.

Criticism of PowerPoint
Tufte has criticized the way Microsoft PowerPoint is typically used. In his essay “The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint”, Tufte criticizes many properties and uses of the software:

It is used to guide and to reassure a presenter, rather than to enlighten the audience;
It has unhelpfully simplistic tables and charts, resulting from the low resolution of early computer displays;
The outliner causes ideas to be arranged in an unnecessarily deep hierarchy, itself subverted by the need to restate the hierarchy on each slide;
Enforcement of the audience’s linear progression through that hierarchy (whereas with handouts, readers could browse and relate items at their leisure);
Poor typography and chart layout, from presenters who are poor designers and who use poorly designed templates and default settings (in particular, difficulty in using scientific notation);

Simplistic thinking, from ideas being squashed into bulleted lists, and stories with beginning, middle, and end being turned into a collection of disparate, loosely disguised points. This may present an image of objectivity and neutrality that people associate with science, technology, and “bullet points”.
Tufte’s criticism of PowerPoint has extended to its use by NASA engineers in the events leading to the Columbia disaster. Tufte’s analysis of a representative NASA PowerPoint slide is included in a full-page sidebar entitled “Engineering by Viewgraphs” [8] in Volume 1 (page 191) of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board’s report.

Tufte argues that the most effective way of presenting information in a technical setting, such as an academic seminar or a meeting of industry experts, is by distributing a brief written report that can be read by all participants in the first 5 to 10 minutes of the meeting. Tufte believes that this is the most efficient method of transferring knowledge from the presenter to the audience. The rest of the meeting is then devoted to discussion and debate.[9]

Small multiple
One method Tufte encourages to allow quick visual comparison of multiple series is the Small multiple. A chart with many series shown on a single pair of axes can often be easier to read when displayed as several separate pairs of axes placed next to each other. This is particularly helpful when the series are measured on quite different scales, but over the same range on the x-axis (usually time).


Reference: Wikipedia.org

Diagramming Information

August 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Nicholas Felton spends much of his time thinking about data, charts and our daily routines. He is the author of several Personal Annual Reports that collate countless measurements into a rich assortment of graphs and maps reflecting the year’s activities. He is the co-founder of Daytum.com, a site for counting and communicating daily data, and frequent designer of information graphics for numerous corporations and publications. His work has been profiled in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Wired and Creative Review.



The Feltron Report


August 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

This excerpt is part of a conversation in the messageboards of Archinect. The group was discussing about diagramming in architecture.

There’s a distinction there that’s common to the art world:

Idea vs. Technique – diagram is more about idea, drawing more about technique. In the past century, the majority of contemporary art has been about idea (with many great exceptions) – where technique has been primarily used to make the idea clearer, but not the primary subject of interest.

Art of antiquity, for example Renaissance art (and architecture) had perhaps more focus on technique – the idea behind the art existed, but was somehow bound by the technical norms of the day – Beaux Artes, etc. This makes me think about decoration when it has existed as a reiteration of the major idea behind a building (i.e. Rennaisance buildings where the capitals, cornices, etc. maintain idealized proportions relevant to the human body – the “ideal” of that period) – in other words, technique / details expressing overall idea.

I’m generalizing, but these are interesting distinctions to make – there’s probably room to explore between the two poles. If you were to go after drawing unto itself as an iterative process, you might look into the thoughts of some of the minimalists of the mid 1900’s – working to take out all meaning and reference other than the media itself.

What would a diagram about drawing look like?

Some examples of Diagramming:

Rem Koolhaas HouseLife

August 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Time Magazine named Rem Koolhaas’s Maison à Bordeaux “Best Design of 1998.” The house was designed to accommodate a man who was confined to a wheel chair after an automobile accident. Koolhaas describes the building as three houses because it has three separate sections layered on top of one another.

The lowest part, Koolhaas says, is “a series of caverns carved out from the hill for the most intimate life of the family.”

The middle section is a smaller 3 x 3.5 meter (10 x 10.75 feet ) glass room where the wheelchair bound resident has his private living area. The entire room is an elevator platform which rises and lowers to other levels of the house. Bookshelves line one wall of the elevator shaft.

The upper level, which Koolhaas calls the “top house,” has separate areas for the husband and wife and for their children.

Recently, a film was made on the house, you can read the review here.

These are some trailers:

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