I’ll keep it light on this Friday and attempt to dazzle with the visual brilliance that’s graced my dual monitors this week. It’s my opinion that good visual journalism does any of a number of things:
- Makes a difficult concept easier to understand
- Conveys what words can’t
- Adds lasting value to news of the moment
In order of those points (and descending order of which were my favorite)…
1. Thursday’s Everett Herald
It won’t embed here for some maddening reason, but the front page of Thursday’s Everett Herald was a stroke of brilliance. Designers took Washington state’s budget deficit and plotted the various expenses contributing to it as a series of dots, varying in size based on how much they contributed to the deficit (they explain how they scaled this at the link). As I said on Twitter, I’m not easily impressed by print graphics. This one resonated with me because it took a complicated—and let’s face it: boring—topic and made it instantly digestable. Kudos, as well, to whichever editor OK’d it for the front page. It’ll stick in my mind for a while.
2. Big Picture Blog’s Large Hadron Collider gallery
When does The Big Picture not hit it out of the park? The latest LHC gallery puts in full view the amount of work and ingenuity involved in creating and fixing the machine that will recreate The Big Bang. The fact that humans can do this astounds me and leaves me struggling for words, which is why I’m glad I have this:
3. Tilt-shift, time lapse of the 2009 World Series
I can’t stand the New York Yankees, but this video makes me OK with watching them win the World Series (over and over).