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  1. How To Design Real (Not Fake) Information Graphics

    Information graphics are a tool for understanding so they have great potential for improving learning. But how do you start designing infographics? In this podcast, Alberto Cairo, visual journalist, educator and author walks listeners through the process. He also talks about the cognitive aspects of visualization. Alberto Cairo is a Professor of the Professional Practice at the School of Communication of the University of Miami. He teaches classes on visual storytelling and infographics. He is the author of the book The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization. He has been a professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and director of infographics and multimedia at El Mundo, one of the main national newspapers in Spain, and at Época, the second news magazine in Brazil. His website is, and he can be found on Twitter as @albertocairo. Some things we discuss: Real purpose of infographics Importance of anticipating what your audience will do Listening to science when it comes to perception Types of graphic to use for specific goals Questions to ask yourself when planning an infographic Infographics are to be read and used Problem with using pie charts for making comparisons Alberto’s infographic planning process Principles for designing interactions Tools and resources for understanding and creating infographics Books Alberto recommends: Functional Art The Design of Everyday Things Visual Language For Designers Information Dashboard Design Show Me the Numbers The Elements of Graphing Data Creating More Effective Graphs Tools for Creating Interactive Graphics (no programing required) iChart Google Fusion Tables Tableau Public Interactive Graphics (programming required) Processing D3 R Blogs: The Functional Art Flowing Data Information Aesthetics Eager Eyes Visualizing Data Time: 46 minutes

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  2. An Information Diet For Founders – with Clay Johnson

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  3. Is It Time For You To Go On An ‘Information Diet’? : NPR

    We’re used to thinking of "obesity" in physical terms — unhealthful weight that clogs our arteries and strains our hearts. But there’s also an obesity of information that clogs our eyes and our minds and our inboxes: unhealthful information deep-fried in our own preconceptions.

    In The Information Diet, open-source-Internet activist Clay Johnson makes the case for more "conscious consumption" of news and information. Johnson, the founder of Blue State Digital, which provided the online strategy for the 2008 Obama campaign, talks with NPR’s Scott Simon about ways to slim and stretch our minds.

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  4. The Law of Online Sharing - Technology Review

    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will eventually have to deal with the fact that all growth has limits.

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  5. Leonard Susskind on The World As Hologram

    Leonard Susskind of the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics discusses the indestructability of information and the nature of black holes in a lecture entitled The World As Hologram.

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  6. The Information

    Acclaimed journalist, author and biographer James Gleick visits the RSA to tell the story of how information became the modern era’s defining quality - the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

    From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood “talking drums” of Africa, James Gleick shows how information technologies changed the very nature of human consciousness.

    Providing portraits of key figures including Charles Babbage, Ada Byron, Alan Turing and Claude Shannon, Gleick traces the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information to our present moment, when so often we feel we are drowning in a deluge of signs and signals, news and images, blogs and tweets.

    Join James Gleick at the RSA to discover how we got here and where we are heading.

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  7. More than a metaphor: Making places with information

    Conference: IA Summit 2011 Speaker(s): Andrea Resmini, Andrew Hinton, Jorge Arango Like building architects before them, information architects are creating the spaces in which people meet, transact, communicate, and learn. The spaces that IAs design are where many people will be spending a considerable part of their lives. A heady role!

    This session will explore relationship between information and architecture, taking seriously the phrase “the design of information spaces”. You’ll learn how place-making works as a design methodology, the importance of context on the design of an information space, and how to explain the value of IA in architectural terms that clients and colleagues can understand more clearly.

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  8. James Gleick On The History Of Information : NPR

    In his book The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood, James Gleick writes of information sharing through the ages, from African talking drum languages to telegraphs, telephones and the internet. Google search guru Scott Huffman also joins to talk about how Google refines the search for information on the internet.

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  9. Examining ‘The Filter Bubble’

    Former executive director Eli Pariser isn’t so sure that the Internet is breaking down information barriers. In his new book "The Filter Bubble," he writes of a hidden rise of personalization on the web and how it limits the information we access. This information, he suggests, then becomes our own unique web universe, or "filter bubble."

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  10. Information architecture patterns

    We have patterns for buildings, patterns for interaction design, and patterns for software development. But are there patterns for information architecture? Of course there are - patterns emerge from use, and there certainly are enough information architectures around to identify a set of patterns.This presentation will describe a wide range of commonly-used information architecture patterns, including hierarchies small and large, different types of database structure, hypertext, subsite models, sites with multiple entry points and ways of combining these. For each Donna will describe the core elements of the pattern, discuss the most appropriate uses and show real-world examples. Understanding the different patterns will help attendees to select the most appropriate structures for their content.

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