Information Design Watch
December 26, 2007, 2:00 pm
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.
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.
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.
December 19, 2007, 9:34 am
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.
It’s a narrative aimed at setting the stage for the movie. So what’s been left out?
December 6, 2007, 11:30 am
By Lisa Agustin
The 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.