I 3 Hans Rosling

While I have professed my love for this humble Swedish former professor before, this video is a great demon­stra­tion of the kind of no nonsense, mind-blowing, world-perspective-transforming things he makes stat­ist­ics do. Still think we live in a world which can be split neatly into two — the devel­op­ing and developed world? Prepare to have your world-view shaken. […]

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Book design: making food good

This is the second in a series of posts about the projects I“ve been doing as part of my Masters in Information Design at the University of Reading. Book design was the second project we had and perhaps the one I most dreaded. Only one term in and feel­ing my lack of design exper­i­ence very keenly, the thought […]

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Noted: visualization awards shortlist

While I find myself increas­ingly scep­tical about the worth of infograph­ics, and indeed increas­ingly frus­trated that they’re not treated with the due care and atten­tion they need to be to actu­ally tell their story, they sure can be pretty on occa­sion. (Okay, I’m a sucker for pretty). Have a look at the short­l­ist for the Information is Beautiful […]

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Wayfinding: Harris Garden

This is the first in a series of posts about the projects I’ve been doing as part of my Masters in Information Design at the University of Reading. Information design is a diverse subject that takes in many discip­lines. One of those is wayfind­ing — the art and psycho­logy of lead­ing people in the right direc­tion, whether […]

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Stereotypes

One of the impres­sions I get about the United States as an outside observer is that there’s an awful lot of cultural appro­pri­ation going on. People seem to like to be from some­where else, origin­ally, and to be very proud of that herit­age. Not being American, or ever having visited America, I can’t lay any claim to […]

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What would you like to see?

This site has defin­itely expan­ded and moved away from what I origin­ally set out to do, espe­cially in the last year or so. I’d like to find out what you guys want to see! What do you think about: More on plain language? More govern­ment consulta­tions? More on inform­a­tion design? Videos Podcasts Infographics Reviews Criticism Something […]

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Hacking the NHS

Not the mean kind of hack­ing. The good kind. I’m going to go to my very first Hack Weekend in May 2012, and it’s all about hack­ing the NHS. The aim of a hack day is to find quick and dirty solu­tions to prob­lems that tech­no­logy can fully or partially solve. They don’t have to be finished, […]

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