The Case for Designing – and Writing – by Hand

The Case for Designing – and Writing – by Hand

Programs like Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator prompt us to be perfect. They bring mathematics to bear on our inexact lines, make perfect circles out of our warbly loops, and create the exact #xxxxxx for our pixelated palettes’ desire.

While technology definitely plays a big role in the data visualization world, it also comes at times at a loss of variation: the unique stories that only our own hands can tell. As designers (and journalists), we’ve become afraid of the paper and pen.

But there are good reasons to be brave.

Last week, Pratt-educated street typographer Pablo A. Medina gave a lecture at New York’s Type Directors Club. Medina has made a career out of designing fonts to reflect those of handmade signs. His fonts — Cuba, Vitrina, North Bergen — are as irregular as the signs from which they hail.

Certainly,... keep reading

Vote for the Winner of the NYC Best for Business Infographic Competition!

In August, the NYC Economic Development Corporation announced an infographic contest to become the “Best Infographic Designer in New York City.” The initial judging of the contest is done and now it’s down to the public vote! New York City Economic Development Corporation has chosen three finalists for the NYC Best for Business Infographic Competition,... keep reading

The PEJ and Economist Infographic Challenge

Looking for some data to play with? How about a chance for work you did to be featured? The Economist Group and the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) are hosting an infographic challenge with the help of Visual.ly! Create your own infographic using data from this just-released report and email... keep reading