In what is becoming something of a trend, my entry for this month’s Information is Beautiful Awards did not make the shortlist (Matthew Lucas’ design is absolutely stunning). I will have to re-evaluate my non-use of Myriad Pro condensed. One day I might make it! But as the Oscars are swiftly approaching and this visualisation is all about the […]Read more "Oscars special: top films visualised"
What is information design? I often get asked this question, and just as frequently struggle to answer. It’s known loosely by other names, graphic communication, for example, and communication design. But it also overlaps with another term you might have heard, service design. Any closer? No? Oh. To others it’s a collection of design disciplines, with a little psychology […]Read more "What is information design?"
As part of the part-time Masters I’m doing in Information Design, we had to design an iPhone app. I’d already done a screenshot idea for a London Bus app after Countdown the live bus tracking system was launched, so I thought — hey, why not design a bus app? There’s loads out there just for tracking buses, so I thought, what’s the […]Read more "Designing an iPhone app"
Lately, I’ve been working on helping our Heart Voices team at the British Heart Foundation develop flowcharts to explain the current state of the NHS, and the changes we’re expecting under the new legislation. We’ve also outlined the health services in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We want to encourage heart patients all over the UK […]Read more "Explaining the NHS"
I’ve been skirting the edges of the open data movement since I started this site. For those not in the know, open data is when governments and big corporations release their figures to the world — financial figures, crime figures, bus figures — anything and everything, for people to do what they want with. Some great […]Read more "Connecting open data and plain language"
A lot of organisations are put off plain language because of the amount of effort it seems to require. The rounds of internal sign-off, the struggle against colleagues who aren’t aboard the plain language train need real perseverance. It’s easy to give out negative advice — you mustn’t do this, you mustn’t do that , […]Read more "Three reasons to use plain language"
I confess, I have a problem. I’m typophobic. No, I’m not scared of typos (pedantry is the lowest form of internet argument). However, the idea of having to make decisions about typography in virtually any situation does bring me out in a cold sweat. Not to mention my not-so-secret belief that typography doesn’t really mean nearly as much […]Read more "Book review: Thinking with type"
Infographics can be beautiful, informative, fascinating, genuinely entertaining and educational. On a personal level, I’m a big fan. My own overwhelming need to understand things to the best of my ability has been nicely enhanced by this recent trend. Infographics come in a few flavours (chocolate, strawberry and banana). There are straight-up graph types, area types, and in the […]Read more "Infographics: the outer limits?"