Hi everyone! So far I really took a lot away from the discussion we had on the history of infographics. It surprised me that they seem to be such a recent thing, in the grand scheme of things.
The voodoo stick reading also touched on that, but what interested me most about it was when it discussed the future of infographics:
“The possibilities are stunning: Displays with shifting dynamic properties … virtual reality, animation, built-in adaptability, even personalization”
It seems like the future has already arrived. This graphic from the Guardian can incorporate your Facebook information to show gay rights levels in states where your friends live. Seems like personalization. And there are plenty of graphics now that incorporate dynamic animation (I like this budget from the NYT).
Makes you wonder what graphics and design in general might look like ten or twenty years from now.
Anyways, as for me, I’m a grad student studying design. I did a lot of reporting at MU for my undergrad and see design, particularly infographics, as a way to merge my visual side with storytelling.