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Proceedings 2017, 1(9), 891; doi:10.3390/proceedings1090891

Infographics as Images: Meaningfulness beyond Information

Faculty of Design and Art. Libera Università di Bolzano, Piazza Università, 39100 Bolzano Bozen, Italy
Presented at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference IMMAGINI? Image and Imagination between Representation, Communication, Education and Psychology, Brixen, Italy, 27–28 November 2017.
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Published: 10 November 2017
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Abstract

What kind of images are data visualizations? Are they mere abstract transformations of numerical data? Should they reduce the phenomenal world into a set of pre-codified shapes? Or can they represent natural phenomena through figurative strategies? What is the boundary between useless decoration, narrative illustration and helpful visual metaphors? Through post-design reflections on a visual journalism project, the paper focuses on the context-dependent role of images in data visualization.
Keywords: data visualization; visual journalism; illustration and decoration; abstraction and pictographic communication data visualization; visual journalism; illustration and decoration; abstraction and pictographic communication
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Burgio, V.; Moretti, M. Infographics as Images: Meaningfulness beyond Information. Proceedings 2017, 1, 891.

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