Today, I am finally starting the long overdue “LunchGuest” category here on swissmiss. We often have interesting, smart people come visit Studiomates (our studio collective) and we’ve been talking for a while that we should simply start a digital guestbook of all the fantastic people that stop by.
David McCandless is a London-based author, writer and designer. He’s written for The Guardian, Wired and others. These days he’s an independent data journalist and information designer. A passion of his is visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words. He’s interested in how designed information can help us understand the world, cut through BS and reveal the hidden connections, patterns and stories underneath. Or, failing that, it can just look cool!
More about David:
- A book of his information designs is published by HarperCollins in the US and UK in 2009.
- In the past, he has worked as a journalist, video games writer, satirist, copywriter, and creative director. His personal site.
- Check out his Google Shared Items scrapbook (Be warned: it’s mostly funny viral chaff and bizarro pictures)
Here’s David McCandless virtual Guestbook entry on our studio-ideapaint wall (link to view large)
How is the world going to end? What’s the best way to win an argument? Which heavy metal band name is right for you? Learn the answers to these questions by reading Everything Explained Through Flowcharts by Doogie Horner.
David McCandless shows how design can make sense out of the overwhelming amount of information in today’s world. He turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world.
Laia Clos’ studio mot designed this data visualization of The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. lesquatrestacions is a graphic information system for visualizing the lead violin of Vivaldi’s masterpiece. The work consists of four posters, a set of stamps and the documentation of the system.
More than 10 million Americans moved from one county to another during 2008. The map below visualizes those moves. Click on map to be taken over to Forbes.com and then click on any county to see comings and goings: black lines indicate net inward movement, red lines net outward movement.
‘Daily Stack’ is a visual time management tool created by designers Sebastian Rønde Thielke and Anders Højmose. It allows users to help visually track their work flow by creating physical representations of their tasks. Smart and playful!
InformationArchitects did it again, here it is, their next Web Trend Map. No Metro lines, no URLS. This time, it’s the 140 most influential people on twitter, sorted by #name #handle #category #influence #activity. Plus: When they started tweeting and what they first said. (Yikes, I am on it and my first tweet wasn’t deep, was it? “Trying to get my ladies to tweet!”)
Cosmic 140, vailable as high quality A0 Poster for $99 or as a free PDF, so you can print it yourself
David McCandless noticed these days that he can spend hours at his computer, in a cloud. A swampy blur of digital activity, smeared across various activities and media and software. Emailing, writing, tweeting, designing, browsing, taking calls, Skyping, Facebooking, RSS Feeding – all blurred into a single technological trance.