Inspiration Infographics

IBM Smart Planet

This is a snapshot from an interactive Flash-based site developed by IBM about smarter cities. Although it is not by itself an infographic, it uses infographics within the narrative to take its point across, and it uses them pretty effectively—not necessarily to give hard data, but rather to illustrate points referred to in the narrative. It basically just utilizes a visual language to make the concepts more accessible, which I think is very smart. Many times we try to cram everything into an infographic and it turns out being a mess of informartion, so I think it’s good to remember that narration or text can sometimes do a better job at showing information, if it’s supported with the right visuals. It doesn’t always have to be an entirely visual narrative. You can see the whole thing here.

“Remind Me” by Röyksopp

This is a pretty cool video done with a bunch of infographics; it’s one of those things that don’t really have a point in terms of actually trying to represent accurate or relevant information, it just uses the ‘infographic’ as an inspiration for an artistic piece, I guess. In any case, it’s pretty well done, and very cool; and in a way it does make you realize a lot of things of our daily lives, like all of the systems involved in our day-to-day activities, etc.

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“Stranger Than Fiction” Opening Credits

This is a very nice animated infographic/video. I think it is incredibly well-done, and although the point of having the numbers and information on screen is not necessarily the main point of the piece, it does help as both a storytelling device and as an information communication tool. I think it’s employed here more to show you how the mind of the character works, but it’s still a well thought-of sequence that works very well as an infographic.

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