Making Public Information Public

04Oct06

OK, so I am on a bit of an infographics tip at the moment. Infographics are basically a graphical way to show information. You should think of using them in your projects whenever you have information that could be better visualised using pictures. Whenever you want to explain size, distance, time or cost, most often an infographic will do it much better than a heap of words.

Richard Saul Wurman is a man who has made a career out of the visualisation of information. He coined the term Information Architect and was the founder of the TED conferences. His latest book is up on the web and is really quite something. It is a collection of information graphics created to help people Understand America. Wishful thinking perhaps? Check it out anyway, there is an amazing amount of information here.

The one below describes the human and economic costs of nuclear weapons.

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