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Visual Storytelling: Inspiring a New Visual Language Hardcover – September 28, 2011
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Such storytelling is not like narrative--of graphic novels or a journalistic event, for example--but rather arrangement of the information making use of and often going much beyond the graphic techniques of bold imagery, bright colors, and linkages seen in the areas of graphic comics and graphics in journalism. As Losowsky also notes in his Introduction, this visual storytelling "gives us the tools to process, to look and to learn. Only then can we try to understand. The visual storytelling as exemplified in this volume is for comprehension of a body of information, not for popular entertainment as in the graphic novels or representation of an event or story as in journalism.
The hundreds of visual storytelling examples over every page are basically two kinds: a graphic image condensing multiple data or parts of a particular subject, or a grouping of condensations graphically representing the connections and sometimes the development of a matter or topic. Either main type can be equally complex, and the general artistic appearance is collage. Take away the text, and what remains would be collage of shapes, varying dimensions, and stresses. But with this visual storytelling of interest to marketers, academics such as sociologists, researchers, government planners, economists, demographers, pollsters, and such, the text is necessary.Read more ›
Like another reviewer said, this book exceeded all expectations. It was filled with gorgeously designed diagrams, and included interviews with design studios and some featured artists. The interviewees were quizzed on their opinions of infography as a field; their work process; the relationship between their data, the graphic, and the news; and so on. If you were expecting a straight-up tutorial on how to create infographics, you might be disappointed as the purpose of this book is somewhat different.
Visual Storytelling is more like an extensive gallery, filled with hundreds of works cataloging topics from natural disasters to social trends. And it succeeds in this goal. Though, much like the information-heavy world that these graphics aim to capture, the book can be overwhelming with all of its contents. It is representative of diverse subjects and artists from around the world: Italy, Germany, Japan, and many others. There were some non-English diagrams that unfortunately did not have an attached translation, and which I was only able to appreciate in a purely aesthetic sense.
I love how this book can be treated as either a graphic design book, or as a beautiful almanac of factoids. Either way, Visual Storytelling is a book meant to be digested and examined in great detail and at length.
It's quite hefty, and makes overseas shipping an ordeal, but if you have the resources and the interest in visual design, you should definitely look into obtaining this book.
The book then goes into some interviews with groundbreaking designers (Visual Storytellers), economically balancing information with examples. The questions asked are essential for understanding the work presented and help the person being interview to elaborate on how or why the design became the solution they used.
The Visual Stories section of the book presents the topics "Breaking News", "Science", "Geography", "The Modern World", and "Sports" and is a very good way to introduce an intermediate class of students into thinking about how to address their audience with very specific goals or to get you thinking about how you are receiving information. If the information is presented in a manner the audience finds unappealing there are enough avenues of information that they will seek it elsewhere. If most people come to the decision of seeking the information elsewhere the design has lost its appeal and does not succeed and that is the message, not that experimentation is the answer, but success is.Read more ›
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Gorgeously illustrated throughout! Very creative and inspiring. Excellent Book!!!Published 7 months ago by Filomena Daleandro
Great book, lots of different maps and visualisations to inspirert and learn😊Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer