Apple are renowned for prettiness, and this visual history in inforgraphics from Mashable is a fitting tribute. 35 years of product development in a single graphic. An excellent example of the art of inforgraphics.
Using infographics just for the sake of it is like writing a book if you have nothing to say. The graphics must get across something of worth and usually find a way of transferring a significant volume of information in a concise manner that is more useful than plain text. The real skill of the journalist is to define what from the story requires infographics and how this should be done. Too many times the graphics are slapped on with little thought for why or how they are useful.
Here are some great examples that do both of the above at the fantastic Six Revisions website.
If you spend as much time as I do discussing App design with folk – this is an absolute godsend. The Wonderful Adam Cassel from Crossoverlabs brought this to my attention and I worship nightly at a shrine to him because of it.
Drag and drop interface, pencil or outline style to fit different stages of development or clients and so quick to use.
London based Geography teacher Peter Burgess has created a fantastic cross breed of Alfred Wainwrights’s wonderful historical guides to walking the lake district and Harry Beck’s iconic London Tube Map.
The result is the exceptional Tubular Fells. A really wonderful new approach to the joys of my favourite place on earth and a response to a shift in mood across the planet which is seeing more folk valuing the beauty of the world around us in harmony with the technologies which shape our world view.
Tubular Fells is a beautiful intersection of nature, art, design and technology in a digital space which can be used as a driver to awe inspiring natural wonder.
Tubular Fells - the lake district......OF THE FUTURE!!!!
If Make: magazine is The Hulk, ReadyMade is WonderWoman. For every lump hammer smashing, panel beating, nitrous oxide powered microscope, there is a floral patterned, lilac fragranced, gingham occasional table just waiting to happen. Where this echo in the space time continuum exists – maintaining balance within the maker world – is ReadyMade magazine.
Make: is where my ‘man’ projects exist, requiring solder, hammers and explosives. It’s where I get to live out my Batman style creations, routing raw materials to within an inch of destruction to bend them to my will. ReadyMade is is where my Bruce Wayne creations arise, using scissors, lacquer, and sandpaper to make items of beauty rather than raw power.
From how to make cocktails and the perfect pancakes through to Eames style furniture, bath bombs and soap – ReadyMade is the perfect way to spend a weekend creating things to show people how sensitive you are, and ideal for beautifying your home or making with children.
It is the perfect companion to Make: which is where I go to add solar panels to the toaster and a laser projector to the car.
Makers will rule the world. Grass roots level creation is an answer to many specific and hyper local problems, with Makers pooling experience and ability to create solutions to issues we never even knew we had.
Make: magazine is a meeting place for like minded creators of cool stuff and every issue is stuffed beyond its pages with astounding projects from 5 minutes to 5 months covering everything from Arduino to 3d printing to projects for and with kids. So far this year I have made a rocket, a smoke machine and a digital lathe, and there is enough in every issue to take a teenager to retirement.
In it’s physical form, Make: is a US based compact magazine – but subscription also gets you access to the digital version too. Subscriptions can be delivered worldwide, and are worth every penny.
What Jason Borne, MacGuiver and Batman have on the coffee table
Ivan Askwith is big strategy Cheese at Big Spaceship. Here is a old – but not dated presentation on Transmedia and advertising worth reflecting on with some fantastic insight and leaving the audience in the privileged position of being able to look at how Ivan’s thinking is present in the world today.