Best practices in visual communications and infographics are something you learn – historically this was often by trial and error – but now, it’s much easier to see what others are doing by reading and following along on social media sites.
I thought it would be useful, both for myself and for others, to see what I was producing 10 years ago, whilst I was Graphics Editor at New Scientist. I will also include my freelance work.
Good, not so good and not to be seen again.
But it is still important to try new things using data, explanations, colour, text and applications.
So enjoy or cringe along with me.
Timelines, photoshop bevels, 3D work, Global warming, US election and more from April 2008.
Producing timelines on a science magazine is always something that is required frequently. ‘How can you make it look different from the last time?’ I was often asked. Fitting all the information into a small space was always a problem. A very basis timeline here looking at what is known about antimatter. Not my best!
An attempt to show the flow of carbon credits and the emerging carbon market. The arrows were trying to show the amount of the flow by using the width of lines but that 3D chart at the bottom! Wouldn’t do that again.
Not sure how much this would change if done today! Still using drop shadows!
A look at the 2000 US presidential elections and how the voting in Florida helped George W. Bush to victory.
Context and science in a flow chart, showing the methods, and dangers of producing methamphetamine. A clean, easy to follow graphic. Lots of Cinema4D use here!
Not sure about the colours used here. Would have been easier to read without the key at the top – would annotate the lines now! and speaking of the line chart, I’m sure that a histogram would be a better way fo showing it.
Sea creatures, nanotubes, quantum theory, the rise of blogging and more from March 2008
These from February 2008