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August 2013

Prototyping with Vermeer

Imagine seeing the entire catalogue raisonné of an artist at once. What might you learn about the artist’s life and painting – favored motifs, density of projects, size of pieces? What if Picasso’s blue period could be pictured against the kaleidoscope of his surrounding other work?

Any quest requires the development of special skills. I am currently exploring approaches for visualizing an artist’s entire body of work. Before tackling some of the big guys who produced hundreds of works, I am experimenting with the paintings of Johannes Vermeer – my Dutch guinea pig. His body of 34 accepted paintings is the right size to quickly produce a neat little infographic:

vermeer-infographic

Even this small gallery reveals the repeated arrangements of Vermeer’s subjects in the rooms of his house, evidenced by the common black and white floor and light pouring through from the window on the left side of his paintings. This Vermeer cartoon is a great start to my investigation of catalogue raisonnés, and I encourage READ MORE

Lionsgate rising

The entertainment company LIONSGATE‘s (NYSE: LGF) rise to stardom is a Hollywood darling of a success story as perfect as any Oscar-worthy screenplay: from initial founding in Vancouver in 1997, through breakout success with daring features like 2000’s American Psycho, to becoming the most successful independent film and TV distribution company in North America today with properties like Twilight and The Hunger Games. LIONSGATE’s story was first brought to my attention by film money-baller HollyQuant.com, and we have collaborated since to produce a poster that sings the saga of this studio, The Lionsgate Universe:

LIONSGATE POSTER_3600
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Introduction to the design
The design of the poster is based on the company’s READ MORE

Calling you to a data-adventure

Welcome aboard to Info We Trust – a data adventure! Together we can explore stories about our history, culture, and way of life with help from the magic of infographics.

Motivation
We must depart the old world of crawling through miles of text. There is a wide gap between the format of the information we consume and the way our mind recalls that same information. Today, information is presented in lists (pages of paragraphs on Wikipedia, newsfeeds on Facebook, search results on Google) which harnesses little of our brain’s amazing pattern-recognition abilities. We use ctrl+F, Table of Contents, and other push methods to poke our way into the universe of information.

Imagine instead: complex information organized into visual patterns, with interesting pearls jumping at us visually and pulling us deeper to the most interesting facets. And while we are at it, why not present information beautifully? New types of navigation of our information universe are possible and it is a worthy pursuit to construct them.

Inspiration
I traveled to Queen Victoria’s Osborne House at the age of 14 and was spellbound by Max Lindemann’s Chart Showing Comparative Length of Reigns. Created to celebrate Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, it mapped the length of British monarchs’s reign as ornate columns: READ MORE