Designing Data / Visual Story Telling
October 23, 2013 § Leave a comment
One definition of graphic design:
A creative process that combines art and technology to communicate idea.
We watched a video, that had Neville Brody, and many other designers explaining what graphic design was, one of the most accurate definitions given, in my eyes, was it’s “about communication through a combination of images and words”
Tracy informed us of when the use of mapping of data became a ‘new insight’ for the world, starting in 1854 with John Snow’s map of Soho’s cholera outbreak. Back in these early times the streets had cesspits which would overflow, so to tackle this the waste was dumped into the river Thames (at this point people thought cholera was an airborne illness), and as a result 127 people died, all near and around Broad Street. John Snow created a map illustrating where deaths were occurring, solving the problem by pin pointing the source of illness, that being the water pipe where everyone drank from. After this the clean water bill was introduced as people realised how clean water had to be. This is a tipping point in design history as it shows that new insights changed human behaviour, designers have the power to do this!
This is an example of some great kinetic typograhy, from ‘FIGHT CLUB”s chemical burn scene, again taking inspiration from Saul Bass. The second video is one of my personal favourite kinetic typography videos, from the film ‘Zombieland’; I really like the mixed use of type and imagery.
Psycho 1960 intro – Hitchcock
It’s a mad mad mad world – Saul Bass
“Art & technology communicating ideas”
This image presents worldwide Facebook use:
This video shows worldwide air traffic:
Changing attitudes and behaviour
Cigarette ads from the past – have we come a long way
An example I can think of that’s present now and on going is everything green; sustainably, with recycling now being quite a big thing in our culture.
It’s not all about pretty pictures
Marcus Harvey’s painting ‘Myra’ is a perfect example of a horrible event to be presented in this way, this was a very controversial piece of work, due to the painting being made up of children’s hand prints (Myra’s partner and herself killed 5 children), having a big impact on people, causing a big stir and having been vandalised twice! Just with the use of the medium, and no words, it had this massive controversy, which just goes to show how powerful images can be.
for some controversial adverts:
also check out http://www.jonronson.com/them.html
6th Sense PATTIE MAES
MICROSOFT & Pranav Mistry