Thursday, March 12, 2009

Information Chunking in Digital Age

This has to be one of my favorite blogger sites of late: In an age where everything is getting more complicated, maps and graphs give us a visual snack of data. Well-crafted maps and graphs are easy to understand, and have the ability to convey a wealth of information in a single image. Above all, they must be coherent. The importance of graphs and maps will inherently become more important with the exponential growth of information. Take a look at the site and you'll find many are thought provoking, others are exquisite in their beauty, and some are pure genius.

One of my favorite is the "Watch the Road: World's Earliest SatNav" - an ingenious watch-type device of the 1920's called the 'Routefinder' that featured an interchangeable scroll where the user would see a close-up map of the road and wind the map at new mile markers. Thus tracking distance, sites of interest, etc. Go to for more.

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