Information Design Watch

December 26, 2007, 2:00 pm

Proton Therapy

By Henry Woodbury

The New York Times explains proton radiation therapy with a superb visual explanation. In addition to describing how the technology works, the visualization tells a second story — why proton therapy is so expensive.

Proton therapy visualization

One thing the Times doesn’t do (at least in the online version) is present the visualization on the same page as the photograph that accompanies the article.

A proton therapy treatment room at at Loma Linda Medical Center

Presented together, both visual explanation and photograph gain in impact. Compare the size of the human figure and nozzle in each image. Then look at the photograph and imagine all the superstructure you do not see.

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December 19, 2007, 9:34 am

The Visceral Timeline

By Henry Woodbury

The opening credits of The Kingdom race through a century of Saudi Arabian history using a mixture of archival video, photographs, and animated text and diagrams.

The Kingdom Opening Credits

It’s a narrative aimed at setting the stage for the movie. So what’s been left out?

(via GoodExperience)

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December 6, 2007, 11:30 am

Foodpairing Diagrams

By Lisa Agustin

chocolateThe Foodpairing web site takes a scientific approach to recipe creation. Diagrams of 250 ingredients show the major flavor components of each using a series of branches where ingredients with shorter distances between them have more in common. By selecting a flavor from each branch of the product diagram, the chef creates new and tasty combinations:

“If I want to reconstruct the basil flavour without using any basil…search for a combination of other food products where one contains linalool (like coriander), one contains estragol (like tarragon), etc…. So I can reconstruct basil by combining coriander, tarragon, cloves, laurel.”

It’s an interesting idea, making innovation in cooking less of a guessing game and more systematic.

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December 4, 2007, 7:23 pm

Online Chart Chooser for Excel and PowerPoint

By Mac McBurney

No time to kick tires and sing praises at the moment, just a quick tip o’ the hat to the folks at Juice Analytics. Nicely done.

Introducing Chart Chooser – Juice Analytics
Chart Chooser

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