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It’s All Visual These Days.

October 11, 2009
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With so much information to absorb (I wrote about another solution to this problem last week, a nifty little tool called Delicious.) it’s integral to get your message across quickly or risk losing your audience before they even get the information you wanted to give them.

One way to do this is through short sentences.

Another way is through graphical representations, often called infographics. If you’ve visited the NYT website in the past year, chances are you’ve seen one of these beauties. If you still have no idea what I am talking about, check out this link on the job market (yes its depressing, but it confirms what you’ve been thinking) or this link on housing and poverty. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they help provide you with a guide as to how to interpret the information.

This is exactly what one of my classes will be trying to do in the upcoming weeks: take a slew of information and make an interactive and graphical representation of it that helps the user make sense and navigate the information. From Brian Solis’ conversation prism, we will be expanding the content of each of his petals and reorganizing in a way that makes more interpretive sense.

At least, that is the plan.

We’re looking along the lines of an interactive subway map to present the info, which has been done before for other types of information (Best Movies of All Time, Web Trends of 2007), but might suit our needs perfectly.

I’ll leave you with a link that helps you interpret how the web sees you, your visual web DNA if you will. Check it out, and try all variations of your name to see who you are on the web. That’s me at the top there!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Steph permalink
    October 11, 2009 4:10 pm

    i like the new name.

  2. October 12, 2009 6:32 am

    Would love to hear how this goes…

    Here are two posts that serve as instruction manuals for the Conversation Prism:

    http://www.briansolis.com/2009/04/conversation-index/

    http://www.briansolis.com/2009/03/conversation-prism-v20/

    • Linda permalink*
      October 12, 2009 9:27 am

      Thanks Brian! I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

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