In an era of seemingly endless amounts of information, the challenge is now to derive meaning from that information, and so the role of the content curator, the storyteller, the data visualiser and the infographic designer has become critical in journalism.
Art director and information designer Francesco Franchi, whose work features in the book Visual Storytelling: Inspiring a New Visual Language, one of Brainpickings’s 11 best art and design books of 2011, talks about the role that visual design can play in shaping meaning from torrents of data in ‘On Visual Storytelling and New Languages in Journalism’:
Warning, warning – do NOT go to Brainpickings. You will spend hours and hours rummaging through fascinating, useful and beautiful content…I mean it…oh, you clicked…you just couldn’t help yourself. See you in a week.
Do you find you absorb meaning from information more easily if it is in visual form?
What do you think makes for a good infographic?