April 19, 2012

i thought this was a really good example of information design when I found the poster online, then realized it was done by a design student.

White Space

The past month or so has been an audacious dive into the unknown waters of information design. I found that its importance not only in the design world but in social communication can’t be ignored. There are designers and in fact certain companies that spend all their time arranging complex data into appropriate and effective visual representations.

The key word there is effective. In my own trials I found that aesthetically pleasing, and effectively communicated information are a tough marriage. The message or data must always be the top priority but if the design is boring, the message is moot.

I undertook a design challenge from the website informationisbeautiful.net. It’s a great site for inspiration, design competitions and awards. The challenge was to visualize the data on Earth’s non-renewable resources. The data shows the years it will take for certain resources to run out and what we use those resources…

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designer Maira Kalman

February 21, 2012

Maira Kalman is a designer, illustrator, and author. She has a lot of color in her work, and the majority of her pieces I have seen in researching her are gouache on paper. Her art is whimsical and bright, and also has a lot of personality and interpretation, because it is not just photography. When she was asked why she would rather use a painting than a photo, she said, “Well. A photo is true. But a painting is truer.”

Mohawk by Danielle Posillipo

photoshop edit of a hand-drawing
What do you think?