Visual Inspiration

May 10, 2011 by

Editor’s Note: While VISAGE rebranded to VERDAZO in April 2016, we haven’t changed the VISAGE name in our previous blog posts. We’re proud of our decade of work as VISAGE and that lives on within these blogs. Enjoy.

After spending some time focusing on articles around Business Intelligence such as “BI has hit the wall” and “Old BI and the Challenge of Analytics”, I thought I would direct you to some winning entries from Malofiej 19, an international competition and summit dedicated to journalistic infographics where Stephen Few was a judge. In Pictures of the News: Malofiej 19 in Review the top three winners are presented and are visually inspirational. Two of the winners are maps which hold a place dear to my heart, having designed maps and as a collector of maps.

Best Map: National Geographic, for “Rivers of the World,” a gorgeous map of the world’s rivers and lakes.

Best of Show (print): National Geographic, for “Gulf of Mexico: A Geography of Offshore Oil,” the story of oil drilling and drilling rights, primarily along the coast of Louisiana.

And my favourite, is a compelling video about Mariano Rivera pitching.

Best of Show (online): New York Times, for its demonstration of Mariano Rivera’s unique pitching style, titled “How Mariano Rivera Dominates Hitters.” Take the time to watch this amazing combination of narration and motion graphics.

One award that wasn’t mentioned (but in my opinion should have been) in Stephen Few’s blog is Oil Spill: Tracking the Spill in the Gulf which won gold for online breaking news by the New York Times. A step by step visual that details the progression of the oil spill very effectively without attempting to be too flashy.

For a complete list of all of the awards check out Infographics News.

And as an added bonus there is Stephen Few’s presentation from the summit entitled “Infographics and the Brain: Designing Graphics to Inform.”