40 ways to visualise

Lauren Manning has taken the same data (her personal food consumption) and visualised it in 40 different ways. Here are some of my favourites:

This simple idea of representing quantities by line weight communicates well.

The use of photography brings the subject to life.

This typographic version told me pretty much everything I need to know.

This one made me smile 🙂

It’s great to see the variety of ideas for representing the same information, and it reminds me to keep trying different angles for projects.


Old &New / Alt &Neu

A great book cover design in two languages; English and German. The book, ‘Old and New: Design Manual for Revitalizing Existing Buildings’ (or ‘Alt & Neu: Entwurfshandbuch Bauen im Bestand’) feautures a 3D representation of the words, which is fitting for its architechtural content. The fact that the letters are conjoined illustrates the point that the old and new can be built together and inhabit the same space.

Cash on Hand

Another great student project – Sophie Kemp, a Graphic Communication student at Bath School of Art and Design has come up with a novel gift idea. I am sure most people are familiar with giving or receiving a tenner in a birthday card. Kemp has found a way to turn this often lacklustre gift into something to treasure – jewellery made from cash! She has used origami techniques to turn notes into rings which can be worn and treasured.

I love this idea and I would be pleased to receive it as a gift, although admittedly the temptation would be high to unfold it and put it to another use…

38 million deaths in 25 conflicts

100 Years of World Cuisine have created a 3D data visualisation showing the number of deaths in different conflicts around the world in the last 97 years.

The piece is informative and the red jam(?) illustrates the bloody concept. A striking piece. The three graphs in the top right (which admittedly, I failed to notice at first glance) put the numbers further into perspective.

The Gift Of Life

US student, Stephanie Kuga has created a range of unique ‘gifts’ to raise awareness of organ donation. I think it is great to see other students producing beautifully finished, well-designed work – it inspires me to push my projects further.

The gifts are 3D fabric hearts in boxes printed with information about the organ and reasons to join the donor register. They make their point well and I think it is a worthy cause as apparently only 30% of Americans are on the register!