On clarity and information design

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Blog, communication, design | No Comments
On clarity and information design

PreRamble:  My favorite, go-to curator of all things interesting, Maria Popova presents her expertly filtered findings on information design, citing Nate Silver on the Three Keys to Great Information Design.  She points to Silver’s recent effort with editor Gareth Cook, The Best American Infographics 2014. Here’s an excerpt … Popova quoting Silver, quoting Edward Tufte … […]

Brain science and navigating the “information environment”

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Blog, communication | No Comments
Brain science and navigating the “information environment”

PreRamble:  Three scientists were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovering brain circuits that help us navigate our physical environment.  The research identifies special nerve cells that create an “inner GPS” system that guides and determines a “sense of place.” These findings make me wonder whether a similar kind of “mapping circuitry” would regulate the coding and organization of […]

The jelly bean series

The jelly bean series

PreRamble:  Jelly Belly brand jelly beans come in a variety of fun flavor themes. I created the following series by dumping 5 of the bags out one-by-one and organizing each by flavor as represented on the package. Disclaimer: No jelly beans were omitted or eaten during this process. Jelly Bean series (1 of 5) “Soda Pop […]

Ideal information design

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014 in Blog, communication, design | No Comments
Ideal information design

PreRamble:  Following up on my recent post on the visual perception of information — case in point — a very lovely graphic design/poster depicting very interesting and useful information on The Ideal Length of Everything Online … I like this graphic/poster — a lot.  It caught my eye right away.  It’s fun … it’s hip … it’s well-designed. It’s full of […]

Seeing information

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Blog, commentary, design | One Comment
Seeing information

PreRamble:  In an article for the Visual.ly marketplace, data journalist Jon Salm cites the fascinating and highly Design-Thinking-relevant research of Dr. Ruth Rosenholtz on visual perception and the user experience around infographics. Dr. Rosenholtz,  Principal Research Scientist at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, focuses on aspects of human vision including visual search, peripheral vision, […]

Delightful documentation

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Blog, commentary, design | No Comments
Delightful documentation

Pre-Ramble:  I spent a better part of the morning going down the most enjoyable rabbit hole.  It started with a series of portraits by British photographer Luke Stephenson … portraits of caged birds against colored backdrops entitled “An Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds” (shown left). The Show Bird series reflects the driving philosophy of Stephenson’s work … to characterize “life in Britain and the […]

Shot of happiness

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Blog, commentary, just for fun | No Comments
Shot of happiness

Pre-Ramble:  “100 Happy Days” seems like such an easy, flitty, fun thing to do — for 100 days in a row, participants are to post a picture of something that makes them feel happy.  Blogger Taylor Wyllie describes it: “100 Happy Days is a world-wide “challenge” that encourages people to post a new picture that makes them happy for 100 […]

Does quotation shortcut meaning?

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Blog, communication, creativity | No Comments
Does quotation shortcut meaning?

PreRamble: I surfed around to find a quote on the denigrating effects of quoting on the communication of information and/or meaning.  I wanted to use it  to enhance and support this exploration of the same topic as advanced by writer and opinion columnist for the New York Times, Maria Konnikova. Since I wasn’t able to find a suitable quote, we’ll have to […]

Framing the framer

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Blog, communication, creativity | No Comments
Framing the framer

      PreRamble:  As we strive to find ways to describe what we do – the particular slice of value that we bring to the world – it is always energizing to find a snippet out in the universe — that fits. Today, when I popped over to Seth Godin’s blog, like I do every day (highly recommend it) — there […]

The space between art and flowers (and electrons)

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Blog, creativity, design, on seeing, strategy | No Comments
The space between art and flowers (and electrons)

PreRamble:  In the recent WSJ Flower School feature, floral designer and writer Lindsey Taylor takes on the challenge of interpreting a piece of abstract 2-dimensional art using fresh flowers. Clearly a romantic at heart, Taylor’s inspiration for the Valentine’s Day exercise is a painting (left photo) by German-born American artist Josef Albers (1888-1976) from his series “Homage to the Square,” ” …. the […]