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Contemporary Information Design

Information is Beautiful and The Visual Miscellaneum by David McCandless is a good source of inspiration as it contains his work of contemporary information design. McCandless has illustrated endless ways to display data without using conventional charts and making the data more visual and easier to understand.  Below are a few examples


Available at http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2009/fatal-infection/

The chart shows the fatality rates for well known diseases. It can be seen that the illustration is visually appealing. The size of the circles varies with the percentage rates to display each disease. But the size of the circles are not proportional to the data.

McCandless comparison

I have reworked the chart with the correct size for the circles. I have kept the red circle to its original size and from it I have recalculated the size of the remaining circles. When the two illustrations are compared the difference is clearly visible. If I would have kept the small circle to its original size and recalculated the remaining based on it, the size of the largest circle would have been 1200mm in diameter. Maybe because of this reason McCandless has chosen to do it that way.



The illustration shows the colours in the cultures around the world. There are ten culture origins with 84 variables. For example, B8 is purple in colour, it means that purple is the colour for celebration in the Japanese culture.


McCandless, David (2010) Information is Beautiful, London: Collins

McCandless, David (2010) Visual Miscellaneum: A Colorful Guide to the World’s Most Consequential Trivia, London: Harper Design

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