Infography is about the study, process and practice of visualising often complex information to improve the quality, legibility and clarity of thought and communication. It usually leads to the production of what is now called an infographic which in turn can usefully be sub-divided into categories such as diagrams, maps, technical/scientific illustrations, etc.
Technical subjects in particular have always held my fascination and many of the projects I was involved in had a distinct technical dimension. Researching the subject and understanding it better were always enjoyable phases of an assignment for me. When subsequently translating this understanding into visual form I tried to strike the right balance between visual impact, clarity and accuracy. Below, in chronological order, are examples of much of the technical illustration and diagrammatic work I have produced since 1978 during my professional career in The Netherlands.
See Infography 2 for instructions, maps, plans, information design and research.
Technical illustrations are usually accurate representations of pieces of existing or future machinery or equipment. Sometimes the intention is simply to record what something looks like as a form of documentation. Beyond this by 'exploding' the components, progressively 'cutting away' the outer layers or 'ghosting' we can see inside and better understand how things work or fit together.
Diagrams are simplified, schematic visualisations of processes, constructions, principles or statistics. Selecting and focussing on only the relevant information makes it clearer and easier for us to grasp. Usually diagrams are rooted only barely in accurate representation. Selection, distortion, simplification and visual coding are essential methods for visualising information in a more abstract yet understandable way.