Next Article in Journal
Potential Effects of Liquidambar orientalis Mill. Against HT-29 and HCT-116 Cell Lines
Previous Article in Journal
Evaluation of In Vitro Anti-Proliferative Activity of St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum Linn.) Plant Extract on Cervix Adenocarcinoma
Article Menu
Issue 9 (IMMAGINI? Conference 2017) cover image

Article Versions

Export Article

Open AccessProceedings
Proceedings 2017, 1(9), 891;

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.
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Published: 10 November 2017
PDF [1034 KB, uploaded 2 April 2018]


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
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).

Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Burgio, V.; Moretti, M. Infographics as Images: Meaningfulness beyond Information. Proceedings 2017, 1, 891.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics



[Return to top]
Proceedings EISSN 2504-3900 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top