Information Design

31 March 2011

Fresh garbage

Fresh garbage

archive, homepage, medicine, science

‘Matter out of place’ and filthy reality at the Wellcome’s new show
The Wellcome Collection’s new show is all about ‘Dirt: The filthy reality of everyday life’, writes Rosie Walters. The science, the sociology, the history and the horror of waste forms the basis of this free London exhibition. It is not based on the science of dirt, but on the context in which it is found, and our attitudes towards it over the years.

4 March 2011

Context is king

Context is king

alexander ecob

Life-logging could be a treasure trove for information designers
Hardly a week goes by without a new story of someone’s personal data being left on a train or farmed by Facebook, but a new wave of solipsistic statisticians are taking advantage of their own to do some soul-searching, writes Alexander Ecob.

21 February 2011

God’s eye view

God’s eye view

anne burdick

Anne Burdick navigates the hippy aesthetics of The Universal Traveler
Great moments in information design (continued). I was cleaning out my father’s studio library when I found The Universal Traveler, writes Anne Burdick. Subtitled A Soft-Systems Guide to: Creativity, Problem-Solving and the Process of Reaching Goals, it sat alongside other books that Californian techno-eco-utopian designers were reading in the 1970s: The Gutenberg Galaxy, Paolo Soleri’s Arcology (read Rick Poynor’s ‘The designer as architect’ in Eye 32), Buckminster Fuller’s 4d Timelock, and The Whole Earth Catalog (see ‘Tool-shop for a counterculture’ in Eye 78).

14 February 2011

Billion-dollar brainteaser

Billion-dollar brainteaser

gill ross

Gill Ross on David McCandless’s ‘beautiful’ Billion-Dollar-O-Gram
Great moments in information design (continued). We have so much access to information now, writes Gill Ross. According to Kim Baer’s Information Design Workbook (Rockport, 2008), there are more than 3000 books published worldwide every day, and a week’s worth of The New York Times is estimated to contain more information than someone in the eighteenth century was likely to come across in a lifetime.

11 February 2011

Musicalculator

Musicalculator

the music department

Let musical data communicate the sweet sound of information
The latest issue of Eye celebrates the visualisation of information (among other things), but let’s not forget our other senses.

9 February 2011

Seven-colour marathon

Seven-colour marathon

john l. walters, the production department

On press at Pureprint with Simon Esterson; printing the Eye 78 cover
A few weeks ago I went down to Uckfield, to see Eye 78 on press at Pureprint (below, the printers formerly known as Beacon Press), where we have printed Eye since the magazine became independent in April 2008, writes Eye editor John L. Walters.

8 February 2011

The numbers man

The numbers man

alexander ecob

Nicholas Felton talks to Eye about the allure of data-driven storytelling
As he reaches the final stages of his latest Annual Report, Nicholas Felton finds time to give Eye magazine an exclusive interview, writes Alexander Ecob.

3 February 2011

And more again

And more again

eye editors

Information design and graphics in Eye 78, our biggest ever issue
It has been printed, packaged and delivered to subscribers and bookshops all over the world. But if you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a taste of what to look forward to in Eye 78, our biggest ever issue.

31 January 2011

In with the old, in with the new

In with the old, in with the new

eva-lotta lamm, gerry leonidas

Thoughts (and sketchnotes) on the Design of Understanding conference
St Bride Library has been undergoing something of a renaissance in recent years, writes Gerry Leonidas. It is emerging as the place to host design-related events in London, and an increasingly wide audience guarantee sold-out events. ‘The Design of Understanding’ was sold out to a mix of regulars as well as new faces.

27 January 2011

Going overground

Going overground

lulu pinney

Lulu Pinney on GlobalVision’s friendly tube map for the Piccadilly line
Great moments in information design (continued). Compared with most other London Tube lines the Piccadilly line is one I actually like travelling on, writes Lulu Pinney.
 
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