Category Archives: Data visualisation

Book review: “Dear Data” (Penguin)

To craft something requires skills, mastery and patience. It means to create something step by step, with a passion for details and execution. Crafted products are en vogue these days, and in a world where industrial and digital creation processes

Book review: “Dear Data” (Penguin)

To craft something requires skills, mastery and patience. It means to create something step by step, with a passion for details and execution. Crafted products are en vogue these days, and in a world where industrial and digital creation processes

Workshop: “The Future(s) of the Atlas” (Leipzig)

My work throughout the past years has involved researching current trends as well as the long history of information visualisation. This research focus has led me to peek into a variety of professional and scientific disciplines. Coming from an art history background myself,

Workshop: “The Future(s) of the Atlas” (Leipzig)

My work throughout the past years has involved researching current trends as well as the long history of information visualisation. This research focus has led me to peek into a variety of professional and scientific disciplines. Coming from an art history background myself,

Article: “Nervous Systems” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

If you need brain food, some irritation and some art for inspiration – the House of World Cultures in Berlin is an excellent place to turn to. For years, their team has puzzled me with events and exhibitions around topics

Article: “Nervous Systems” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

If you need brain food, some irritation and some art for inspiration – the House of World Cultures in Berlin is an excellent place to turn to. For years, their team has puzzled me with events and exhibitions around topics

Article: “The Feltron Annual Reports” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Nicholas Felton‘s work has been an inspiration to many people in the field of information visualisation, not only when he helped Facebook create their timeline to “unlock people’s personal stories”, but most prominently with his series of Annual Reports which

Article: “The Feltron Annual Reports” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Nicholas Felton‘s work has been an inspiration to many people in the field of information visualisation, not only when he helped Facebook create their timeline to “unlock people’s personal stories”, but most prominently with his series of Annual Reports which

Article: “Ephemeral city” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Urban cartography has long been an authoritative matter: companies or authorities invested time, energy and money in researching the data and information to be published in city maps. The wide use of mobile internet is about to change this set-up

Article: “Ephemeral city” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Urban cartography has long been an authoritative matter: companies or authorities invested time, energy and money in researching the data and information to be published in city maps. The wide use of mobile internet is about to change this set-up

Jury member: “Information is Beautiful Awards” (London)

I felt honoured to be part of the jury of this year’s “Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards”. The awards’ winners were announced last night in London, and I regret very much that I couldn’t make it to London as the

Jury member: “Information is Beautiful Awards” (London)

I felt honoured to be part of the jury of this year’s “Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards”. The awards’ winners were announced last night in London, and I regret very much that I couldn’t make it to London as the

Teaching: “Diagrams, maps, trees” (Potsdam)

This semester, I have the great pleasure to teach again within the interface design programme of the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. Teaching is awesome: you get to work with talented and bright young people and you continually learn

Teaching: “Diagrams, maps, trees” (Potsdam)

This semester, I have the great pleasure to teach again within the interface design programme of the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam. Teaching is awesome: you get to work with talented and bright young people and you continually learn

Interview: “A general literacy in info vis” (InformForm)

Maria da Gandra and Maaike van Neck are the masterminds behind the magazine InformForm. Two beautifully designed print issues have been published to this day. Conceived as an international platform for information design, the magazine is now accompanied by an online

Interview: “A general literacy in info vis” (InformForm)

Maria da Gandra and Maaike van Neck are the masterminds behind the magazine InformForm. Two beautifully designed print issues have been published to this day. Conceived as an international platform for information design, the magazine is now accompanied by an online

Book review: “Map. Exploring the World” (Phaidon)

When I think about cartography, I am always fascinated by the different associations the term evokes in my brain: from map nerd to mathematical superbrain, from school atlas to interactive data visualisation, from “dusty” library map room to high end

Book review: “Map. Exploring the World” (Phaidon)

When I think about cartography, I am always fascinated by the different associations the term evokes in my brain: from map nerd to mathematical superbrain, from school atlas to interactive data visualisation, from “dusty” library map room to high end

Talk: “Mind the Gap” (Helsinki)

For the first time this year, the organisers behind “Visualising Knowledge” conference in Helsinki (most notably the busy and well-connected designers Juuso Koponen and Jonatan Hildén) have put together an academic symposium as a satellite event to the main conference.

Talk: “Mind the Gap” (Helsinki)

For the first time this year, the organisers behind “Visualising Knowledge” conference in Helsinki (most notably the busy and well-connected designers Juuso Koponen and Jonatan Hildén) have put together an academic symposium as a satellite event to the main conference.

Talk: “Datavisualisation—age-old, brand new” (Helsinki)

As you may have figured, the history of information vis is one of my favourite research topics at the moment, and I am happy to present some of my findings whenever I can. So I gladly took the opportunity to

Talk: “Datavisualisation—age-old, brand new” (Helsinki)

As you may have figured, the history of information vis is one of my favourite research topics at the moment, and I am happy to present some of my findings whenever I can. So I gladly took the opportunity to

Talk: “Datavisualisation: age-old, brand new” (Potsdam)

The great team over at University of Applied Sciences runs an interface design course for Bachelor and MA students which is buzzing with ideas, relevant research and a great spirit. At the end of the summer semester, students of the

Talk: “Datavisualisation: age-old, brand new” (Potsdam)

The great team over at University of Applied Sciences runs an interface design course for Bachelor and MA students which is buzzing with ideas, relevant research and a great spirit. At the end of the summer semester, students of the

Talk: “Bigger! Smarter! Better?” (Köln)

The Rheinische Fachhochschule in Cologne, one of the oldest of its kind in Germany, invited me to talk as part of their series of guest lectures on the theme of “Big Data” last week. As I mentioned earlier, what really keeps me occupied

Talk: “Bigger! Smarter! Better?” (Köln)

The Rheinische Fachhochschule in Cologne, one of the oldest of its kind in Germany, invited me to talk as part of their series of guest lectures on the theme of “Big Data” last week. As I mentioned earlier, what really keeps me occupied

Talk & Article: “The Fifty Maps of Minard” (Pamplona)

I have had the great opportunity last week to present at this year’s Malofiej conference one of my currently favorite topics, which I have also mentioned earlier here in this blog, and that is the hidden oeuvre of Charles Joseph

Talk & Article: “The Fifty Maps of Minard” (Pamplona)

I have had the great opportunity last week to present at this year’s Malofiej conference one of my currently favorite topics, which I have also mentioned earlier here in this blog, and that is the hidden oeuvre of Charles Joseph

Book: “Understanding the World – The Atlas of Infographics”

Yes, I am quite excited to announce the release of my second collaboration with TASCHEN publishing, “Understanding the World. The Atlas of Infographics”. Looking back at months and months of doing research, collecting material and meeting professionals from the field,

Book: “Understanding the World – The Atlas of Infographics”

Yes, I am quite excited to announce the release of my second collaboration with TASCHEN publishing, “Understanding the World. The Atlas of Infographics”. Looking back at months and months of doing research, collecting material and meeting professionals from the field,

Interview Jer Thorp: “Let the data speak”

For a few years now, Canadian-born Jer Thorp has been working on the forefront of data visualisation, creating ever new ways to interact with vast data sets. Operating under the title of a “data artist”, Jer has recently teamed up

Interview Jer Thorp: “Let the data speak”

For a few years now, Canadian-born Jer Thorp has been working on the forefront of data visualisation, creating ever new ways to interact with vast data sets. Operating under the title of a “data artist”, Jer has recently teamed up

Interview Moritz Stefaner: “The city is alive”

Moritz Stefaner came to the field of data visualisation with a background in cognitive science and interface design. His works are intriguing in their effort to create a comprehensible visual vocabulary for mapping complex data. In his latest project “Stadtbilder”,

Interview Moritz Stefaner: “The city is alive”

Moritz Stefaner came to the field of data visualisation with a background in cognitive science and interface design. His works are intriguing in their effort to create a comprehensible visual vocabulary for mapping complex data. In his latest project “Stadtbilder”,

Research: “The forgotten maps of Minard” (Paris)

In the ever growing field of information visualisation, there are a few historical heroes and pioneers who are always referred to when it comes to how this mode of communication has evolved. One of the most famous historical infographics is

Research: “The forgotten maps of Minard” (Paris)

In the ever growing field of information visualisation, there are a few historical heroes and pioneers who are always referred to when it comes to how this mode of communication has evolved. One of the most famous historical infographics is

Inspiration: Generative logos

Even though tools like “Processing” have been out there for a while, computational design is still a rather new strand in visual communication. In computational design, the final visual appearance is not shaped by the artist’s pen or frozen in

Inspiration: Generative logos

Even though tools like “Processing” have been out there for a while, computational design is still a rather new strand in visual communication. In computational design, the final visual appearance is not shaped by the artist’s pen or frozen in

Inspiration: Interactive network graph from MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is a fascinating brand name in the museum world. Since it was founded in 1929, the institution’s goal was not only to show what’s happening in contemporary art, but also to shape

Inspiration: Interactive network graph from MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City is a fascinating brand name in the museum world. Since it was founded in 1929, the institution’s goal was not only to show what’s happening in contemporary art, but also to shape

Inspiration: Visuals by Accurat

Accurate is a word that exists in many western languages. Originating from a Latin root, it means precise, correct… “Accurat” is also the name of an information design studio based in Milan, founded in 2011 by three young designers/researchers: Giorgia

Inspiration: Visuals by Accurat

Accurate is a word that exists in many western languages. Originating from a Latin root, it means precise, correct… “Accurat” is also the name of an information design studio based in Milan, founded in 2011 by three young designers/researchers: Giorgia

Inspiration: Wind map by Viégas & Wattenberg

Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viégas have been working in data visualisation for many years now and are currently leading Google’s “Big Picture” research visualisation group. In 2012, they created a great personal project: The “Wind Map”. It visualises in realtime

Inspiration: Wind map by Viégas & Wattenberg

Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viégas have been working in data visualisation for many years now and are currently leading Google’s “Big Picture” research visualisation group. In 2012, they created a great personal project: The “Wind Map”. It visualises in realtime

Inspiration: “Secret Universe” George Widener exhibition

The American artist George Widener is an expert of numbers. Being diagnosed with an Asperger’s syndrome, he possesses an extraordinary memory, far beyond anything we can imagine. He is able to juggle with dates, weekdays and events from the past

Inspiration: “Secret Universe” George Widener exhibition

The American artist George Widener is an expert of numbers. Being diagnosed with an Asperger’s syndrome, he possesses an extraordinary memory, far beyond anything we can imagine. He is able to juggle with dates, weekdays and events from the past

Inspiration: “Onezoom” tree of life

So, as everyone talks about big data and everyone’s putting together large structured databases: How do you actually USE this abundance of information? How do you MAKE SENSE of it? Over the past few years, biologists and evolution theorists have

Inspiration: “Onezoom” tree of life

So, as everyone talks about big data and everyone’s putting together large structured databases: How do you actually USE this abundance of information? How do you MAKE SENSE of it? Over the past few years, biologists and evolution theorists have

Book: “Information Graphics”

Boom! I cannot exaggerate my excitement about the release of my first book “Information Graphics”, which I put together with a great team from Taschen Publishing in Cologne. The project was a collaboration with great people from the scene of data visualisation and information graphics.

Book: “Information Graphics”

Boom! I cannot exaggerate my excitement about the release of my first book “Information Graphics”, which I put together with a great team from Taschen Publishing in Cologne. The project was a collaboration with great people from the scene of data visualisation and information graphics.