Cultural Aspects of Information Graphics

3 Oct 2005 - 5:43am
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Johan Sjostrand
2005

Could anyone point me in the right direction for cultural effects on
infographics? Articles, books, sites..
Would love some distinctive examples.

I saw an interesting turkish newsgraphic that told the story of a
carcrash and an infant flew out of the window and it was all very...
graphic.
Another example is the Ikea manuals in Saudi Arabia (if I remember
correctly) where the women in the illustrations are very passive.
According to these manuals, women are perfect for holding the tools
while the man puts the sofa together.

Best
Johan Sjostrand

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3 Oct 2005 - 9:10am
James Spahr
2005

I have a book called 'a world without words' that, amoung other things,
shows some fabulous examples of literature (comunicating health care,
enviormental concerns, ect.) produced for areas of the world where
literacy rates are low. So these are diagrams without words.

Not quite what you are looking for, but if you find a copy its worth a
look

I wonder why the Saudi Ikea manuals use pictures of people at all... The
US manuals don't

On Mon, 3 Oct 2005 7:16 am, Johan Sjostrand wrote:
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> material.]
>
> Could anyone point me in the right direction for cultural effects on
> infographics? Articles, books, sites..
> Would love some distinctive examples.
>
> I saw an interesting turkish newsgraphic that told the story of a
> carcrash and an infant flew out of the window and it was all very...
> graphic.
> Another example is the Ikea manuals in Saudi Arabia (if I remember
> correctly) where the women in the illustrations are very passive.
> According to these manuals, women are perfect for holding the tools
> while the man puts the sofa together.
>
> Best
> Johan Sjostrand
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3 Oct 2005 - 9:20am
Jens Meiert
2004

> I have a book called 'a world without words'

Who's the author of that book? When I look for it, I find three or more
matches, all of different authors.

Thank you,
Jens.

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3 Oct 2005 - 9:55am
Kelley
2005

At 06:43 AM 10/3/2005, Johan Sjostrand wrote:
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>Could anyone point me in the right direction for cultural effects on
>infographics? Articles, books, sites..
>Would love some distinctive examples.

This is an interesting topic. This isn't exactly what you are looking for,
but it will get you started and might prompt some ideas:

Global Graphics: Symbols by Anistatia R Miller, Jared M. Brown, and Cherly
Dngel Cullen

It's a little thin but I think what you can use it for is by consulting the
citations and references and following the leads.

If others have suggestions, I'd also be interested in a response if you
ping Johan offlist.

Best,

Kelley

When you need to communicate, Ink Works!
http://www.inkworkswell.com
+1 (727) 942-9255

3 Oct 2005 - 2:26pm
James Spahr
2005

I'm fairly certain it is the Michael Evamy book. (I do not have access
to my copy at the moment)

On Mon, 3 Oct 2005 1:42 pm, Jens Meiert wrote:
>> I have a book called 'a world without words'
>
> Who's the author of that book? When I look for it, I find three or more
> matches, all of different authors.
>
>
> Thank you,
> Jens.

James Spahr
james at spahr.org

4 Oct 2005 - 3:35am
Fredrik Matheson
2005

Interestingly, the Norwegian IKEA instructions place the women on the ladder
with the hammer and screwdriver, while the man hands the items and holds
things in place.
Does anybody know of a site with info graphics from around the world?
Also, does anyone know of research on the cultural component of information
uptake? At a Christina Wodtke lecture an interesting point came up: Google's
clean interface doesn't go down too well in Korea. The theory is that people
there are so used to overwhelming (for a westerner) amounts of visual input
that they have super-sized cognitive filters to clear out the noise. When
exposed to a stripped-down interface, the theory goes, there's nothing for
those filters to remove and the interface is seen as being _too_ bare. A
friend who's worked in Japan showed me some presentations he'd made for
corporations over there, where financial figures, charts and diagrams were
laid over a background that was packed with colors, shapes and photos. The
logic was the same; the viewers needed to have sufficient "distractions" to
view the material.
Does anyone know of any research on this cultural component of information
"uptake"? It would be interesting to know whether Tufte's principles are
culturally bound.
Thanks,
Fredrik
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Fredrik Matheson
Interaction Designer
Oslo, Norway
On 10/3/05, James Spahr <james at spahr.org> wrote:
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> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
>
> I'm fairly certain it is the Michael Evamy book. (I do not have access
> to my copy at the moment)
>
> On Mon, 3 Oct 2005 1:42 pm, Jens Meiert wrote:
> >> I have a book called 'a world without words'
> >
> > Who's the author of that book? When I look for it, I find three or more
> > matches, all of different authors.
> >
> >
> > Thank you,
> > Jens.
>
>
> James Spahr
> james at spahr.org
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4 Oct 2005 - 4:36am
Jochen Denzinger
2005

There is a nice example you might be interessted: Dieter Graf, Point
it, Traveller's language kit. Graf Editions 2004.

Furthermore, some articles about the cultual context and UI Design
(although not exactly matching the information graphics criteria):
- Aaron Marcus und Emilie West Gould, "Crosscurrents - Cultural
Dimensions and Global Web User-Interface Design“, in: interactions,
Vol VII.4, Juli/ August 2000
- Kirti Trivedi, "From Corporate Knowledge to Corporate Wisdom:
Complexities of Codyfying Cultures“, in: Proceedings Vision Plus 8:
Turning Information into Corporate Knowledge, Wien 2000
- Kerstin Röse, "Kultur als Variable des UI Design“, in: Horst
Oberquelle, Reinhard Oppermann, Jürgen Krausen (Hrsg.), Berichte des
German Chapter of the ACM: Mensch & Computer 2001 - 1.
Fachübergreifende Konferenz, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Wiesbaden 2001, S.
153ff (in the case you might undestand German)

regards

•••

Jochen Denzinger

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4 Oct 2005 - 10:04am
Pradyot Rai
2004

Jochen Denzinger <jochen.denzinger at designing-ubicomp.com> wrote:

> - Kirti Trivedi, "From Corporate Knowledge to Corporate Wisdom:
> Complexities of Codyfying Cultures", in: Proceedings Vision Plus 8:
> Turning Information into Corporate Knowledge, Wien 2000

Jochen, where can I get this paper? I am willing to pay. I could not find
anything on the web with the information you have posted. Please help me.
I knew Prof. Kirti as his student long time ago. I am not in touch with him
but I knew his keep interest in the issue we are discussing, especially in
Indian thoughts and traditions, infographics, culture centric design, etc.
Thanks,
Prady

12 Oct 2005 - 8:42am
Rich Holman
2005

Hi, only just seen these posts.

This site might be useful: http://www.darrenbarefoot.com/hall/index.html

On 10/4/05, Pradyot Rai <pradyotrai at gmail.com> wrote:
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> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> Jochen Denzinger <jochen.denzinger at designing-ubicomp.com> wrote:
>
> > - Kirti Trivedi, "From Corporate Knowledge to Corporate Wisdom:
> > Complexities of Codyfying Cultures", in: Proceedings Vision Plus 8:
> > Turning Information into Corporate Knowledge, Wien 2000
>
> Jochen, where can I get this paper? I am willing to pay. I could not find
> anything on the web with the information you have posted. Please help me.
> I knew Prof. Kirti as his student long time ago. I am not in touch with
> him
> but I knew his keep interest in the issue we are discussing, especially in
> Indian thoughts and traditions, infographics, culture centric design, etc.
> Thanks,
> Prady
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