visualising debt

May 10, 2010

Some thoughts on visual communication. Great graphic on debt in the EU made me think – access to information has not been the main barrier to advancing ideas for a long time. Meanwhile our ability to coherently string together complex information with a powerful narrative – one that can show nuances and interdependencies of a system has become more unique.  Communicating information in this way iha played a large part in our work methodologies – call it what you will, a mind map, ecolog map, blue print, systems architecture…the point is the increasing need to be able to stitch together complex information from different sources and summarise in a way that allows the reader to:

1 – see the whole picture and therefore place pieces of information in context

2 – read hierarchies of information that allow interdependencies to be visible

3 – understand the range of inputs and affects that communicate the nuances in the story

4 – by showing the whole journey, create the space for the reader to be part of it, unlike an excel spreadsheet or text document.

AF

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