Rio 2016 Olympic pictograms unveiled The Rio 2016 Organising Committee has unveiled the design of the pictograms for the next Olympic Games. For the first time, all Olympic and Paralympic sports are individually represented The pictograms were created by the Rio 2016 in-house team. They are derived from the games typeface (below), which was designed by Dalton Maag and which, in turn, was influenced by the Rio logo (above) and by aspects of the city itself, such as the famous staue of Christ the Redeemer (below). The in-house team matched the lines of the pictograms with those of the typeface's letterforms. "The athlete bodies and sports equipment were built from the characters, or part of them, in a continuous stroke, with variations in thickness in order to give the impression of depth," according to the Rio team.
Guest Post: The Future of Data Visualization Data is everywhere - and readily accessible The open data movement is finally beginning to have some real impact. Governments are beginning to open up and give people access to the data they have rights to. Some corporations are realizing they don’t need to keep closed doors on all of their data, especially if they are doing the right thing anyway. The number of places to find open data on the web is growing rapidly, and shows no signs of slowing. A D3 visualization of unemployment in the US from Nathan Yau, data via the BLS Technology determines how we develop and consume visualizations The devices we use to view data visualizations have changed drastically with the advent of tablets, smartphones and other portable computing devices.
Challenges The Europeana Creative challenges aim to identify, incubate and spin off into the commercial sector viable online applications based on the re-use of digital cultural heritage content accessible via europeana.eu for the five different Challenge themes; Natural History Education, History Education, Tourism, Social Networks and Design. After the successful conclusion of our first round of Challenges in Natural History Education and History Education, the Jury awarded 3 winners who are now receiving their incubation support package prize. If you wish to learn more about these first winning applications please visit our blog.
Data Journalism Awards winners Over 300 applications from all over the world, and the winners were just announced The Data Journalism Awards (DJA) is the prime international competition recognizing outstanding work in the field of data journalism. Sponsored by Google, the DJA 2013 received over 300 applications from all over the world, ranging from major media groups, regional newspapers, and research groups, and the winners were just announced at the award ceremony held at the Global Editors Network News Summit. This year, the DTJ had four categories: Data-driven investigative journalism, Data-driven applications, Storytelling with data, and Data journalism website or section, as well as a special “Public Choice Award”. And here are the winners, as they were announced on Twitter by the organization (@EditorsNet):
Lightbeam for Firefox Tracking & privacy Not all tracking is bad. Many services rely on user data to provide relevant content and enhance your online experience. But tracking can happen without the user’s knowledge. Why The Obsession With Visual Storytelling? Why The Obsession With Visual Storytelling? Have you mastered the art of visual storytelling yet? In our picture and video saturated world, the use of visual storytelling for business is essential if you want to capture new leads, attract new customers and ensure your existing customers remain fiercely loyal to your brand. If you decide to ignore visual storytelling completely and bore your audience with plain text posts and a complete lack of visual elements, you will eventually have to face the consequences.
Information graphics Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture. Overview Infographics have been around for many years and recently the proliferation of a number of easy-to-use, free tools have made the creation of infographics available to a large segment of the population. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have also allowed for individual infographics to be spread among many people around the world. In newspapers, infographics are commonly used to show the weather, as well as maps, site plans, and graphs for statistical data.
Edible Data Visualization Is Food for Thought The problem with pie charts is that they’re generally light on the pie. Recently, however, designers have begun using food as a medium for representing data in the same way that they once used inedible graphs and tables. Call it food for thought: These stat-packed dishes get diners thinking about world issues by placing them directly them in their dinner. Following in the footsteps of edible interface projects like Data Cuisine or the Data Chef, Veronika Krenn and Vesela Mihaylova combine statistics and cuisine in their Taste of Data series, which recently snagged the Gabriele Heidecker Prize.
Billions of Geotagged Tweets Visualized in Twitter's Amazing Maps Ever wonder what it would look like to plot every single geotagged tweet since 2009 on a map? Twitter has done just that. Twitter posted these maps of Europe, New York City, Tokyo and Istanbul on its blog Friday. They use billions of geotagged tweets: Every dot represents a tweet, with the brighter colors showing a higher concentration of tweets. PEER 1 Hosting Launches Map of the Internet App Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 04:00 While curiosity around the Internet has loomed since its inception, no one has been able to explain what the Internet physically looks like. Today, I’m excited to share that we have officially launched our Map of the Internet app, which provides a stunning 3D visualization of the Internet and all of its autonomous systems worldwide, as well as how they are connected. In 2011, we took the first step in developing this visualization with the debut of our Map of the Internet infographic poster. Driven by our continued passion for all things having to do with networking, we designed this app to further bring to life what the Internet looks like – and how the various autonomous components interact to connect the world.
The Science Of Storytelling (Infographic) What grabs your attention more: a list full of ingredients like acacia gum, oligiosaccharide, and glutemate or a story about one company’s mission to bring the tangy sweetness of a blueberry and the warming power of a bowl of oatmeal to kitchen tables around the world? While both speak to Kashi’s company mission of making healthy food available to everyone, the second choice seems far more compelling. This makes sense, especially considering recent findings of a Nielsen study that show consumers want a more personal connection in the way they gather information. Are we surprised, though?