I found this information design to be so interesting! Personally, I had no idea how big Africa really was until I saw this. What a great idea to use other countries to inform people of the actual size, terrific!
“The True Size of Africa” by Kai Krause
I thought this was a clever use of information design. The artist took emotions and simplified them into this illustration. They made something so complex (how to live your life) into something so basic. Using stick figures and basic shapes, they demonstrated friendship, sadness, defeat, and happiness. Using black and white and keeping the style consistent throughout the four graphics made it easy for the viewer to notice the relation between them. Using the red line striking through sadness and defeat symbolizes that they are negatives, what we should not do. These “instructions of life” are not as easy as this artists makes them seem! you can check more of these great graphics out @ http://lizhitang.wordpress.com/
I just love this informational design using ISOTYPE – the International System Of TYpographic Picture Education. It was an early infographical form, originated in the 1930s by Austrian philosopher and curator Otto Neurath “as a symbolic way of representing quantitative information via easily interpretable icons.” I love this design because it is very easy to read and understand due to Gerd Arntz’s pictures of animals and very thoughtful color system. It is very simple and does not throw too much information or type at the reader. The curved timeline makes this design easier to look at because it creates flow and movement in the design. The colors chosen to show if the animal is a mammal, bird, invertebrate, or other vertebrate are drawn in all primary colors which I think is a great choice. Gerd Arntz is a very talented designer and you should all check him out at http://www.gerdarntz.org/
I found this in my one of my RSS feeds and it seemed very relevant to our current Information Design project. This is a good example because it definitely informs the viewer on multiple levels. I also enjoyed the layout, seems like a different approach.