This is my dumping ground for quotes and other stuff relating to the wonderful world of digital & communications.
BudgIT helped draw tens of thousands of Nigerians on to the streets in January to protest against proposed government cuts by turning the country’s notoriously shadowy budget into easy-to-read infographics. “In a very short while, BudgIT became the de facto place to go if you have any questions around public finance in Nigeria,
Volkswagen UK’s Infographic site experience, True Life Costs.. invites you to learn about the cost of living – and how your decisions add up…
Your exploration of the site – and the costs involved in the average life of a UK resident – begin with the declaration that the average UK citizen will spend £1,758,914 in his or her lifetime. You’re then invited to explore what ‘life’ costs across different categories, based on some of the decisions you’re making – like high street dressing vs. a more DIY sense of style… the tie-in to the brand – the cost of a VW auto vs. other brands – is subtle but natural within the grand scheme of living expenses.
Tufte has shifted how designers approach the job of turning information into understanding. “It’s not about making the complex simple,” Grefe told me. “It’s about making the complex clear.
In his 2007 book Beautiful Evidence, Tufte introduced what he called “sparklines,” numerically dense, word-size graphics that show variation over time. They have since appeared on the financial pages of Yahoo! and the sports section of the New York Times. (As an example, the fluctuations of the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the course of February and March look like this: . The dramatic dip in the figure represents the March 16th panic over the nuclear disaster in Japan.)
In the public realm, data has never been more ubiquitous—or more valuable to those who know how to use it. “If you display information the right way, anybody can be an analyst,” Tufte once told me. “Anybody can be an investigator.
Al Jazeera has just launched a Twitter dashboard that tallies daily the number of tweets about political developments in Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Bahrain