|Source: Wells Riley|
As an interactive designer and founder of Bionic Hippo, Riley aims to acclimate entrepreneurs to the essential role of design in packaging and presentation. He also, however, assembles a masterful primer for school children in how to visualize information. Not only does he give young business leaders tips for marketing their ideas, but he also ends up offering advice to students in creating Prezis or PowerPoints. For example, he highlights German industrial designer Dieter Rams' "Ten Principles of 'Good Design,'" noting that the best design "...is unobtrusive" and "...is as little design as possible." This echoes our favorite maxim of "content first, pretty second."
|Source: WSJ and Aaron Koblin|
One new online tool for making cool, custom graphics is Smore. Having just started private beta testing, Smore advertises the opportunity to "design beautiful online flyers and publish instantly." When they say "flyers," we think "infographics." After playing around for a while, we've found the resulting graphics to be easy to create and extremely professional looking. We recommend you give it a taste.
|Source: Karl Gude|
- Organizing Thinking Through Visual Diagrams, by Hayriye Sakarya, Instructor at Gazikent Universitesi
- Bar, Pie, and Line Charts Explained, by Karl Gude, teacher, consultant, and former Director of Information Graphics for The Associated Press and Newsweek
- Chart and Image Gallery: 30 Free Tools for Data Visualization and Analysis, from Computerworld