The Form Magazin has a extensive cover feature in about information visualization in this month’s issue. Karianne Fogelberg wrote a great article about current trends in infographics and questions whether classic propositions for graphical solutions such as clearity, perceivability and accessability still get treated as the main objectives.
Infoporn gets introduced as the term for an unhealthy focus on cursory aesthetics and this controversy remains the main topic in the article at hand. Some well known protagonists have their say in the article like Adam Bly from Seed Media Group, Ben Fry and Manuel Lima from Visualcomplexity.com.
The presented examples are works from Ben Fry, Catalogtree, and Pitchinteractive among others. Personally I often find it difficult to watch printed images of interactive visualizations that depend on user-interaction and require a dynamic medium to reveal their full potential to tell the intended story. But the printed high-res images are intriguing none-the-less.
We’d like to point to an important thought about datavisualization that Peter raised a few weeks ago: There are a lot of visualizations that need to be learned to read and this is not a bad thing – readability is dependent on the target audience and thus a unreadable visualization is not imperatively a “bad” visualization. Most tools need to be learned to be used effectively.