[Editor's note: Chrys Wu takes care of Web 2.0 type aggregation and promotion at The Washington Post. She has a blog and recent posts have focused on Infographics. I highlight several below. Nutgraph: Don’t think about one platform first. Think about all platforms available simultaneously. Also: "Infographics is not art, it is a conveyance of information."]
As promised in a previous post on learning information graphics (sometimes shortened to “infographics”), I’m posting my raw notes from Day 1 of an information graphics workshop taught last month by Alberto Cairo and Xaquin G.V., two leading practitioners.
Some of Chrys’ favorite information graphics and visualization blogs:
Day One of the Beyond Bootcamp information graphics workshop taught by Alberto Cairo and Xaquin G.V. has been much less scary than I’d first thought.
Cairo’s lecture has been a model of organized thought and progressive structure, which should come as no surprise to anyone, given the nature of his work.
What’s also obvious is that the man reads a heck of a lot. For every concept and example, he’s tossed off a different book title.
Here’s what he’s recommended to us so far, in no particular order:
- “How the Mind Works,” Steven Pinker (Amazon | BN | Powell’s)
- “The Ghost Map,” Steven Johnson (Amazon | BN | Powell’s)
- “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge,” Edward O. Wilson (Amazon | BN | Powell’s)
- “Wordless Diagrams,” Nigel Holmes (Amazon | BN | Powell’s | website | “Why Humor Helps Communication“)
- “Leonardo’s Notebooks” (Amazon | BN | Powell’s)
- “Mr. Beck’s Underground Map” (Amazon | BN | Powell’s)
- “Information Visualization: Perception for Design,” Colin Ware (Amazon | BN | Powell’s)
- “Visual Thinking: for Design,” Colin Ware (Amazon | BN | Powell’s)
- “Image and Mind,” Stephen Kosslyn (Amazon | BN | Powell’s)
- “Otto Neurath: The Language of Global Polis,” Nader Vossoughian (Amazon | BN | Powell’s | book review)