Visual explanations

January 25, 2010

This poster uses visualization to educate people about water, by comparing the cost and quality of tap water to bottled water. It’s eye catching and effective because it employs visual images both as icons and as means for comparing and explaining.

The Facts About Bottled Water


Mapping the difference between science and faith

January 16, 2010

This is an interesting application of the flowchart to try to explain deep philosophical issues.

It’s thought provoking, indeed it has received a number of divergent comments on other blogs. It is quite arguably an oversemplification of reality, however it serves the purpose of conveying instantly the difference between the two domains.

A version 2.0 was developed to improve the science diagram. This interesting re-appropriation process shows the potential of web 2.0 for visualization, that can be shared online, receive feedback and improved collectively.


Knowledege visualization of muslim scientific heritage

January 4, 2010

I found this interesting cartographic knowledge visualization in Jamae mosque in Singapore. In this mosque, located in Chinatown, they make a great use of visualizations for illustrating concepts and information about the Islamic world and religion principles. It is certainly an interesting place to visit to learn more about Islamic religion: they offer pamphlets on several topics and the main praying hall is surrounded by well-crafted illustrations of how Muslim pray, historical background,  information on culture, etc.

In the image below, a world map is used as a base to highlight the cultural and scientific contributions of Muslims around the world. It is a good example of how to blend pictures and text: images are used both as a mapping background and as explanatory icons.

Source: Jamae Mosque, Singapore


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