Article courtesy of Quartz, Written by Anne Quito
The next frontier in infographics is already on your mobile phone.
In 2015, people around the world took a staggering 1 trillion photographs, according to research firm InfoTrends. By 2017, 4.9 trillion images will be stored online. But what good is this deluge of selfies, dog pictures, travel snapshots, and obsessive food photos? New York-based information designer Nicholas Felton thinks they could be the basis of a striking new kind of data visualization he calls “photoviz.”
“We are awash in images and surrounded by cameras. As with data, the quantity of imagery produced today exceeds our capacity to understand it,” writes Felton in the introduction to a new book he co-edited, titled PhotoViz: Visualizing Information Through Photography.
Best known for producing beautifully-printed annual reports about his personal activities and for designing Facebook’s Timeline feature, Felton believes that photographs can help make sense of the world, with a different kind of precision from illustrated charts, diagrams and infographics. READ MORE
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