Infographics have become popular as a means of sharing data in an attractive and helpful way. However this article from Co.Design suggests that maybe some Infographics look nice but don’t actually mean anything.
The National Technical Library in Prague is a textbook in concrete. The concept behind the library is that the whole building informs the user and develops their learning of technical ideas.
These pictures above show the height and circumference of the building clearly annotated on the outside of the building. It certainly gives a sense of meaning to abstract measures.
Thanks to @theokk for reminding us of the information rich cutaways from vintage comics like The Eagle. Modern Fred has many more at Flickr.
This image from Information is Beautiful has some amazing comparisons. For example, the amount spent on Trident versus the amount spent on Police; the amount spent on the whole NHS versus the amount spent on the NHS IT Project. This is a great way of visualising data but it is clever how the boxes are positioned to highlight different ways money might have been spent.
Adam Nieman’s blog discusses making complex data sensible. This image representing is a good example of what he calls Concrete Visualisation. He defines this as saying, “There. That’s it. That’s what I mean.”
This is a common difficulty in primary schools where we work with concrete representation for a while but finally we have to deal with abstraction.