More and more data is being collected. We can access ever more information at any time and from any place. The fundamental challenge now is how to extract the most valuable news, the most surprising findings, and the most relevant stories from the flood of information that is available to us.
A new generation of designers, illustrators, data journalists, and graphic editors is addressing this challenge head on. They are expanding the creative scope of existing techniques in visual storytelling—using graphic design, infographics, illustration, and photography to convey information in the most elegant, entertaining, and informative way. The main idea behind visual storytelling is to take familiar image contexts and use them in a new way. By penetrating meaning and creating associations, abstract correlations can be visualized in a manner that is both easy to understand and aesthetically innovative. Today, visual storytelling is being used intensively in newspapers, magazines, websites, advertising, business reports, and museums.
Visual Storytelling is the first book to focus solely on contemporary and experimental manifestations of visual forms that can be classified as such. The rich selection of cutting-edge examples featured here is put into context with an introduction and text features by magazine expert Andrew Losowsky as well as interviews with the New York Times, Francesco Franchi, Density Design, Carl Kleiner, Antoine Corbineau, Golden Section Graphics, Les Graphiquants, and Peter Grundy. The inspiring, insightful, interactive, and entertaining work and texts collected in Visual Storytelling reveal how the contextualization of information is pushing the envelope of today’s design and aesthetics.