The quality of an infographic is always determined—in part—by the quality of the content that was used to create it. As such, the source of that content plays an essential role. Using low-quality, biased, or excessive sources will get you a graphic that is fractured, feels forced, or fails to tell a coherent story.
Luckily, high-quality sources are easier to find now more than ever. They’re available from governments and industry trade associations at regular intervals, and, in most cases, they’re free to access. Additionally, numerous research institutes and think tanks are constantly producing and publishing data sets. In short, a wealth of data is at our fingertips.
To ensure that we use the best sources for every data-driven infographic we create, Column Five adheres to these five rules. (more…)
The team here at Column Five is made up of some very special people. They come from all walks of life; they’re creative; and they work very hard. They’re also very interesting. One staff member a week will be profiled on our blog, from our oldest project manager to our newest designer, to introduce the people behind the infographics.
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Started August 18, 2009 (more…)
David McCandless is a UK-based author, data journalist, and information designer who has published multiple books on data visualization. His work has appeared in Wired, The Guardian, the TED Conference, as well as the New York Museum of Modern Art.
He took time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions on his influences, fields that need to embrace data visualization, and what he’ll be up to in the future. (more…)
The best chefs in the world will tell you a dish is only as good as its ingredients. Every kind of produce tastes better at the height of its season. Tomatoes are juicier, strawberries are sweeter, and pretty much any other fruit, vegetable, or herb is better when eaten during its natural harvest.
There’s no doubt hothouse production and the import of off-season produce from other countries have affected what you can find “in-season.” In some stores, it can be easy to forget that there are seasons and harvest cycles that make certain fruits or vegetables unavailable for stretches of time.
A trip to your local farmers market can give you a good idea of what to eat now, but this graphic provides a handy reference for when is the best time to eat what. So what’s good this month? Fresh peas, rhubarb, cherries, and apricots are great this time of year. But don’t just take our word for it; taste for yourself.
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Ideation is not a science; ideation is an art. Sometimes good ideas come to you in a moment of inspiration in the shower or while you are driving, but other times it takes a little more effort to cultivate an idea that you can turn into worthy editorial content. At Column Five, we test each idea by asking ourselves these five questions, which we feel establish the parameters within which good ideas can grow. (more…)
We are happy to announce that the May contributions selected for the Data + Design Project are now live. A special thanks to this month’s contributors:
1. Michael Paukner - http://www.substudio.com/
2. Adam Stevens - http://adammstevens.com/
3. Luigi Maldonado - http://byluigi.com/
4. Marshall Meier - http://marshallmeier.com/ (more…)