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March 04, 2011

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Tomp

Hi Max,

I have a feeling that non-trivial/ useful visualisations, or rather visualisations of non-trivial subject matter tend to have lower prominence because their main aim isn't about looking nice and easily digestible (cf most of the stuff getting reblogged round the web) but getting information across in a way that reveals it's properties. Obviously looking nice helps in any visualisation but it's not something the designers here are particularly interested in (would they even think of themselves as deisgners? I suspect not). That the creators of the stadium evac video can assume a certain amount of audience engagement simply because of the subject matter probably reinforces the lack of need for visual polish.

Related: Lulu recently pointed out a job ad for ‘Associate Analyst – Infographics’ at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

http://lulupinney.co.uk/2011/01/impartial-and-objective-infographics/

-Tom

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