Iets meer dan een jaar na Data Flow verscheen Data Flow 2 al. Datavisualisatie is hot en was het bij de release van deel 1 al snel duidelijk dat deel 2 er aan kwam. Meer van hetzelfde? En is dat erg? We vroegen het een van de auteurs zelf, Sven Ehmann.
Hi. I am Sven Ehmann, the creative director of Berlin-based art and design book publisher Gestalten. I like telling stories in visuals and I care about real good coffee.
What was your goal with Data Flow 2?
The issues of information graphics, data visualization and visual storytelling are getting a lot of attention right now and I assume the demand will grow much further with any new medium or device hitting the market.
We are curious and passionate about those issues for years and run an ongoing research to see where the designers, artists and graphics editors are heading, both in terms of aesthetics and content.
Anybody working on Data Flow 2 was excited about the incredible amount and variety of very good projects around right now. We tried documenting this very lively scene and maybe inspiring even more sophisticated projects in the future.
Data Flow was released in September 2008, why was Data Flow 2 so soon released after 1?
The amount of excellent projects available and the demand about the topic were the main reasons.
And how does Data Flow 2 differ from Data Flow 1?
i think Data Flow 1 showed how visually rich and surprising data visuals can be even when working in the existing format of bar and pie charts, maps, network visualizations etc. Data Flow 2 shows more, mabye more radical or experimental projects in those categories and also gives more space to projects with a narrative and projects in space (exhibitions, installations, etc).
Data visualization is becoming more and more important and really gained momentum the last year. Where do you think this development is going?
The key development i see is that those who are creating data visuals and information graphics will become much more involved in the sourcing, generating and reporting of the content as well. These people might be designers, visual journalists or – as the New York Times calls them – graphics editors, but the sure have a very interesting new job profile and skill set. I assume they will not start with the medium anymore (web-designer, editorial-designer, onscreen-designer) but will workout a story (alone or in a larger team) and then tell it in all sort of media channels in the appropriate manners.
in addition to that i see that there will be more and more demand for intelligent visual content, both in the process of redefining existing media formats like newspapers and in exploring new media like the iPad or whatever is next after that.
And what is your stance on the discussion between information art and information visualization?
To me any way of dealing with data and information is interesting and I think the two can certainly inspire one another.
And does form follows function?
The most obvious response would be “form follows content” and I do believe in that to a certain extend, but beyond that I also think that the form of content needs to follow the user much more. I do not need all information available about a subject in all media at all times. I want a journalist / medium I trust to edit the story so that I can understand what is important in the first place and if then I am interested to know more, I want them and others to provide more. this is a matter of time, of interest, of relevance, comfort, etc. I feel I could and would like to use information in a much more efficient and even more entertaining way, but the media industry does not yet know how to create an experience out of their contents across all the channels I am using.
Will there be a Data Flow 3?
There is a lot of very good new work for sure, but we are not working on it so far.
Thanks for the interview!
Data Flow 2 is een uitgebreid overzicht van wat er op dit moment in deze nieuwe discipline gebeurt. Het boek pretendeert niet volledig te zijn, maar geeft juist een dwarsdoorsnede van hele functionele, correcte visualisaties enerzijds en vrije, artistieke information art anderzijds. Het grote formaat van het boek laat de graphics mooi uit komen en met bijna 280 pagina’s ben je wel even zoet.
De hamvraag: is Data Flow 2 die 50 euro waard? Daar kan ik vrij kort in zijn, ja. Zeker als je deel 1 nog niet hebt, is deel 2 een must have. Heb je eerste deel al wel? Dan moet je jezelf afvragen hoe 'in to’ dit onderwerp je bent. Ben je net zoals ik een sucker voor alles dat met diagrammen, infographics, data en plots te maken heeft, dan is dit een nobrainer en verdient ie dat plekje op je boekenplank.
Data Flow 2
R. Klanten, N. Bourquin, S. Ehmann, T. Tissot
272 pagina’s, full color, hardcover