Tomorrow's the day! See you at Collective Works: An ARCADE + IDSA Event and Celebration! bit.ly/1aVJUt1 @idsaNW
by ARCADE, IDSA NW
Join ARCADE an IDSA NW for an exciting social event celebrating the power of community and design!
Saturday 11 Jan
by Seattle Architecture Foundation
Part of a workshop series where youth will design and build self-sufficient buildings that reinforce the theme of "Renewable Energy".
Tuesday 14 Jan
5:30pm reception; 6pm talk
Panel on the future of Georgetown, looking at the development and preservation of this unique, creative Seattle neighborhood.
Friday 24 Jan
by Civilization Design Lecture Series
Lecture by David Carson, American graphic designer and renowned magazine art director most known for his unique typographic style.
Friday 24 Jan
by Town Hall Seattle, University Bookstore
Lecture on the methods of culturomics showing how to utilize raw data to analyze history, cultural trends, technology and possibly predict the future.
Saturday 8 Feb
by Seattle Architecture Foundation
at SAF Gallery
Part of a workshop series where youth will design and build models of hospitals that incorporate the natural environment.
Tuesday 11 Feb
at HUB Seattle
Panel on the future of Pioneer Square, looking at the development and preservation of this unique, creative Seattle neighborhood.
Thursday 13 Feb –
Sunday 25 May
by SAM, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Joan Miró exhibit emphasizing his biggest concern; the importance of the process during art-making.
Wednesday 19 Feb
A night with graphic designer Chip Kidd and comic book artist and cartoonist Chris Ware.
Through Saturday 14 Dec
Themed, weekly tours of urban and residential Seattle running April-December.
Through Wednesday 4 Nov
by Henry Art Gallery
Interactive art installation uses surveillance systems to create narratives with social media content matching demographic profiles of passers-by.
Through Friday 13 Dec
by Suyama Space
Opening Reception: Friday, September 13, 5-7pm
at Suyama Space
An installation inspired by the artists' shared memory of the Olympic Peninsula, juxtaposing rain forest landscape with gallery architecture.
Through Sunday 9 Feb
by Henry Art Gallery
Solo exhibit by Seoul-born artists, Haegue Yang, focusing on the occupation of space.
Through Sunday 2 Feb
by Frye Art Museum
Exhibition featuring the work of Franz von Stuck; German Symbolist painter, designer, architect and cofounder of the Munich Secession.
Through Saturday 28 Dec
by Linda Hodges Gallery
Group art show surrounding the theme of suburbia.
Thursday 12th Dec 2013
Join ARCADE and IDSA NW for Collective Works: ARCADE + IDSA Year-End Event and Celebration, an exciting social event celebrating the power of community and design as we look back at a fantastic 2013 and anticipate a great year to come. In addition to drinks, light fare and our usual holiday festivities—including an auction of coveted getaways and wonderful, locally designed products—we’ll be previewing the anticipated documentary If You Build It, a film exploring Project H’s important work in rural North Carolina with students who transform their community through design. We’ll also be sharing the results of a design workshop that IDSA and ARCADE collaborated on with students in our own community.
Beverages will be flowing. Good cheer will be plentiful.
Join us as we celebrate design and our amazing creative community!
Tickets: $20 at the door (cash and cards accepted). $10 IDSA Members and students (must show ID)
A huge thank you to our event sponsors!
360 Modern | Beech Tree Woodworks | Bellan Construction
Berger Partnership | Cognition Studio | Dovetail General Contractors
Fathom | FLOR Carpet Design Squares | Footprint Exhibits
Hilliard's Beer | Integrus Architecture | Iron Springs Resort
Jordan T. Adams Events + Creative | Krekow Jennings | Molo
MVS Studio | Nussbaum Group | Schuchart/Dow | Triumph Exo & Events | Wacom
Join ARCADE and IDSA NW this Thursday, 12 December, 6-9pm at 635 Elliott Ave W for Collective Works: An ARCADE+IDSA Year-End Event and Celebration! At the event we'll have drinks, light fare, and a design-minded auction of getaways and locally designed products. Plus, we'll be previewing If You Build It, a new film documenting important work by Proejct H; we'll also share the results of a design workshop inspired by this work. Here's a preview of getaways we'll have in the silent auction we're holding:
Boathouse at Alderbrook Station
Design and renovation by chadbourne + doss architects. Over the Columbia River, near Astoria, OR
This 100-year-old cabin underwent a complete remodel in 2012, designed Best Practice Architecture. Quinault, WA
Vashon Island House
Vashon Island, WA
Support ARCADE and get yourself a special getaway perfect for the design-enthusiast!
Tickets are $20 at the door ($10 IDSA members and students with ID).
Can't make the event? Support ARCADE as a subscriber or donor and join us in inciting dialogue about design. Your contribution will go to the publishing of ARCADE online an in print, our community events, educational programs and growing website.
See you there!
Information graphics and data visualizations are everywhere. In our current issue, we've presented a few we've found to be particularly compelling. We've also searched the web to uncover the best blogs, practitioners, projects and resources to inspire you and further your discovery of this emerging field. Enjoy!
Alberto Cairo – thefunctionalart.com
Nicholas Felton – feltron.com
Francesco Franchi – francescofranchi.com
Ben Fry – benfry.com
Jessica Hagy – thisisindexed.com
Jonathan Harris – number27.org
Nigel Holmes – nigelholmes.com
Robert Kosara – eagereyes.org
Martin Krzywinski – mkweb.bcgsc.ca
David McCandless – informationisbeautiful.net
Christopher Niemann – christopherniemann.com
Stefanie Posavec – itsbeenreal.co.uk
Nicolas Rapp – nicolasrapp.com
Edward Tufte – edwardtufte.com
Bang Wong – bang.clearscience.info
Richard Wurman – wurman.com
Nathan Yau – flowingdata.com
Information Design Consultancies
Catalog Tree – catalogtree.net
Column Five – columnfivemedia.com
Density Design – densitydesign.org
Dubberly Design Office – dubberly.com
Fathom – fathom.info
Hyperakt – hyperakt.com
Periscopic – periscopic.com
Pitch Interactive – pitchinteractive.com
Schema Design – schemadesign.com
Stamen Design – stamen.com
Tactical Technology Collective – tacticaltech.org
Information Design Blogs
Chartsnthings (Blog of The New York Times Graphics Dept.) – chartsnthings.tumblr.com
Chartporn – chartporn.org
Data Visualization – datavisualization.ch
Facebook Data Science – facebook.com/data
Info Design – informationdesign.org
Information Aesthetics – infosthetics.com
Sankey Diagrams – sankey-diagrams.com
Swiss-infographics – swissinfographics.com
Visual Complexity – visualcomplexity.com
Visual Loop – visualoop.com
Visualizing – visualizing.org
Information Design Tools
Information Design Organizations
Publications with Infographic Features
Data Art with BBC backstage – data-art.net
Fast Company – fastcompany.com/infographics
GOOD – good.is/infographics
The Guardian Data Store – guardian.co.uk/data
The New York Times – smallmeans.com/new-york-times-infographics
The New York Times Innovation Portfolio – nytinnovation.com
Visualizing Data – A Harvard Business Review Insight Center – hbr.org/special-collections/insight/visualizing-data
Information Design Videos
“The Best Stats You’ve Ever Seen” Hans Rosling TED Talk
“The Beauty of Data Visualization” David McCandless TED Talk
“Journalism in the Age of Data” from Stanford University
“The Art of Data Visualization” from PBS
"All the News That's Fit to Post" The New York Times
More Online Information Design Projects
GE Data Visualization - visualization.geblogs.com
Growth of Walmart- projects.flowingdata.com/walmart
Information Design Patterns - infodesignpatterns.com
Newsmap - newsmap.jp
San Francisco Crimespotting - sanfrancisco.crimespotting.org
Sense of Patterns - casualdata.com/senseofpatterns
Slavery Footprint - slaveryfootprint.org
The Virtual Water Project - virtualwater.eu
We Feel Fine - wefeelfine.org
What books are essential reading for information designers? Compiling such a list is terribly difficult, as the field includes several sub-areas, including data visualization, the visualization of processes and systems, as well as the design of signage, forms, dashboards and other artifacts and tools for human use. The selection below touches on all of these areas, but there are many, many more.
Envisioning Information by Edward Tufte
Self-described by Tufte as his most design orientated book. Richly illustrated with a wide range of both modern and historical examples that demonstrate Tufte’s key theories on high data-ink ratio, chart junk, small multiples, layering and separation.
Information Anxiety by Richard Saul Wurman
Notable for the presentation of Wurman’s Five Hat Racks or “LATCH”—his method for organizing information by Location, Alphabet, Time, Category and Hierarchy. While somewhat dated now (published in 1989, updated as Information Anxiety 2 in 2000), it's still a very interesting, highly personal and wide-ranging, post-modern manifesto on the need to “transform information into structured knowledge.”
The Numbers Game by Michael Blastland, Andrew Dilnot
A simple, easy-to-read introduction to statistics (and statistical error) from BBC journalist Michael Blastland and economist Andrew Dilnot. The cases cited by the authors are very accessible and nontechnical.
The Information Design Handbook by Jenn Visocky O’Grady, Ken Visocky O’Grady
Designing Information by Joel Katz
Both of these books are short, well-organized introductions to the principles of visual perception and information organization. These “bridge” textbooks explain basic perceptual psychology to designers and present simple design principles to a more technical audience.
Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design Edited by R. Klanten, N. Bourquin, S. Ehmann, F. van Heerden, T. Tissot
Published by Gestalten, an extensive, cutting-edge collection of innovative diagrams and data visualizations. The editors have compiled a particularly sophisticated and innovative survey of work from all over the world. This 2008 title was followed in 2010 by Data Flow 2.
Visual Storytelling: Inspiring a New Visual Language Edited by R. Klanten, S. Ehmann, F. Schulze
Another beautiful Gestalten compendium, but with greater focus on narrative information graphics. Includes interviews with well-regarded practitioners such as The New York Times Graphics Department and Francesco Franchi, art director for IL-Intelligence in Lifestyle, the monthly magazine of Il Sole 24 ORE.
Information Graphics by Sandra Rendgen, Edited by Julius Wiedemann
An enormous (10" x 15" x 3") large-scale survey of superbly reproduced information graphics, organized according to Richard Wurman’s Five Hat Racks: Location, Alphabet, Time, Category and Hierarchy. A typically bold and lavish Taschen production. The introductory essays (by Wurman, Paolo Ciuccarelli, Simon Rodgers and Sandra Rendgen) are quite good.
Visual Strategies: A Practical Guide to Graphics for Scientists and Engineers by Felice C. Frankel, Angela H. DePace; Designed by Stefan Sagmeister
A unique collaborative effort between research scientist/science photographer Felice Frankel, biologist Angela DePace and designer Stefan Sagmeister. A detailed guide specifically for scientists and engineers who need to create informative figures that explain their research findings.
The Data Journalism Handbook by Jonathan Gray, Lucy Chambers, Liliana Bounegru
An open-source guidebook that explains how to access, analyze and display public and private data to support the development and writing of news stories. Available for download as a free PDF at datajournalismhandbook.org. Produced as a joint initiative of the European Journalism Centre and the Open Knowledge Foundation.
The Feltron Annual Report by Nicholas Felton
Since 2005, information designer Nicholas Felton has documented all aspects of his personal life (waking/sleeping times, musical tastes, meals, travel, exercise, etc.) by creating infographics that are compiled into the annual “Feltron” report. The resulting explorations are data visualization as art.
All photos by Hart Boyd.
Think It. Make It. Build It. An ARCADE + IDSA Workshop.
ARCADE and IDSA NW present this exciting community-building workshop to be hosted at MakerHaus, December 7-8. Twelve students, ranging from middle to high school, will work side-by-side with six designers and builders through each step of the design process by designing and creating a “Little Free Library” concept.
For this design challenge, the opportunity is to make it possible for anyone to build a Little Free Library through the concept of a kit. While someone with basic design and construction skills can build one on their own, those with limited skills and resources do not always have the ability to participate in this fun project.
By the end of the weekend the students will have designed a concept that will be displayed at the ARCADE + IDSA event on December 12. If built to full scale, these designs will also be included in the selection pool for the larger Architecture for Humanity - Seattle (AfH) and Architects Without Borders - Seattle (AwB) design/build competition to be held in the first half of 2014.
Teague and ARCADE will be documenting the event.
The workshop is open to middle school and high school students.
Space is limited. Contact Kristine Johnson at [email protected] if interested!
Thank you to designers from Teague, designer/builders from MakerHaus, AwB, AfH, designer/educator Bobby Hughes, Valerie Green (Research & Strategy Manager at Teague) and architect Ron van der Veen for facilitating this workshop!
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This post examines the last data visualization included in the print edition of our current issue, Designing Data.—ARCADE
"Shift: Thirty Years of The New York Times (1981–2012)"
Design: Amy Keeling
M. Design Graduate Thesis, University of Washington, Seattle.
Faculty Advisors: Karen Cheng (Chair), Annabelle Gould, Tad Hirsch and Christian Marc Schmidt (Guest Faculty, founder of Schema Design).
“Shift” is an interactive module that visualizes the popularity of news topics in The New York Times over the past thirty years (1981–2012). Users can select from twenty-four different topics (derived from Gallup Trends) to generate a data circle. Each circle is formed from dots; one dot equals one news article, and larger dots represent articles published on the front page. Dots are placed in a Fibonacci sequence to emulate a living, growing structure.
The size of the resulting topic circles indicates popularity. Large circles (Terrorism) show greater public interest than smaller circles (Evolution).
The interior of the topic circles can be read like the rings of a tree, with color bands representing the time of publication. A wide band of a single color shows strong interest during a specific time period (for example, the large pink band in Health Insurance and Managed Care coincides with 2010–12). If the colors of a circle vary widely (Oil and Gas) the topic has been of consistent interest over time.
Within the module, a single topic can be sorted by year, such as with “Immigration and Refugees.” Interest in this topic began in 1994 and tapered off in 2009 — hence the absence of data before and after. Various factors between these years affected the popularity of the topic, causing the circular bands to grow and shrink.
“Casualties in the Iraq War, 2003–2008”
Design: Owen Irianto
Information Design Project, Division of Design, University of Washington, Seattle.
Faculty Advisor: Kristine Matthews, Visual Communication Design
In our previous post, we examined "A Year in Iraq" — an op-ed chart created by mgmt. (a design consultancy in Brooklyn) depicting all military fatalities incurred during 2008 in the Iraq War. In this chart, casualties were shown by date, quantity, nationality and military rank.
In contrast, while this week’s information graphic by designer Owen Irianto is also on the Iraq war, it presents a more simplified data set, starkly comparing only the quantity of US and Iraqi deaths occurring over a five year span (2003–2008). Iraqi fatalities (91,094) are represented with a single dot, while US military casualties (4,075) are listed with their full names.
The resulting digital print measures 18" x 110," with the block of Iraqi fatalities on the right and the four columns of US military names (in alphabetical order) on the left. This visual strategy highlights the vast difference in scale and resources between the two nations, while also revealing and challenging the viewer’s assumptions about what (and/or who) can be considered more significant.
In this way, Owen Irianto’s work subtly but actively proposes a specific interpretation of the data. The design might therefore by classified as an artistic data visualization—an information graphic that intentionally offers a perspective that may challenge previously held beliefs.
In an alternate exploration of this same data set, US fatalities are organized chronologically, in a radial form reminiscent of paper targets.
Again, as before, the visualization is not overtly political; it contains no additional elements that directly editorialize the Iraq War as noble/futile, or necessary/unjustified. However, both visualizations have a sense of authority and objectivity that is deliberately applied toward emphasizing the reality of death as a result of political conflict. As such, these information graphics function as powerful antiwar statements.