Thursday, January 21, 2010


I've been fascinated by the visual presentation of information since I discovered Edward Tufte's book, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, and though it's not really what I do, I'm always intrigued by the subject. It's amazing what can be done when you step away from charts and graphs!

A friend sent me a link to Charting The Beatles, the, exploration of Beatles music through infographics. This site has some cool charts showing Authorship and Collaboration, Self Reference, Song Keys and even their Working Schedule. I'm not sure that you really learn much that's useful from the charts - other than how to turn data into interesting visual pictures!

I passed this link on to another friend that promptly sent back Smashing Magazine and The Smashing Book, Data Visualization: Modern Approaches. If you can wait for the page, there's all kinds of interesting ideas there. I'm not sure that the techniques are any different from those espoused by Tufte in his books, but it's interesting to see how others come up with different graphical interpretations to facts and figures.

What's this got to do with video? Nothing really, but the first friend also recommended John Nack's blog. John is the product manager of Photoshop at Adobe, and my friend considers this the worlds best blog. Of course she would, she's a fan of Photoshop, but interesting video-related things do pop-up now and again in his blog. Check out: Trippy,amazing video projection onto buildings, and New Pixel Bender Technology Center to start with.

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