Tag Archives: information graphic

image of some problems like old hardware, and bottlenecks

Hey, is the internet slow today?

image of some problems like old hardware, and bottlenecks
When an IT department fields calls about internet problems there are often causes beyond their control. These include the use of older equipment/software, the online activities of colleagues, and automated updates being pushed over the network. We recently assisted our friends at the Forest Service in visually describing some typical challenges to networks. We discussed the misconception that IT departments have complete (magical?) control over network performance issues and how best to Read more

Enterprise change instructions made visual

One challenge in promoting an organization-wide change is tuning the message details correctly. When different people need the information at different times, and in different detail levels, the messages can become complex quickly. In this case for example, we had some technology users with compressed files and some with none. We had some users who were responsible for multiple computers. All had to migrated on a manageable and orderly schedule. Our response was to develop a critical path Read more

Surprising new findings on memorable information graphics

Doctoral student Michelle Borkin of Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, recently set out to discover what makes a visual memorable. She discovered several interesting things that can be useful considerations: 1. Six colors or more make an image more memorable than few colors 2. "Human Recognizable Objects" or things that people routinely see in their lives, greatly increase memory retention. 3. Roundness was found to have a favorable impact. Previous research has shown humans love Read more

Early information graphic pioneer

I found this article interesting about an early use of visual mapping for data mining to achieve new insights and knowledge. Actually, the very FIRST use. Read the Fast Company piece about Francis Walker who put together the first statistical atlas in 1874. Hey it got him a job as president of MIT, so it must have been impressive...   Read more

Support employee understanding by making process changes visible

The interesting thing about process changes is that they don't stick if they're ignored. What's more, a business won't realize any value for their technical and strategic investments if they haven't factored in the talent required for success. If you want to get employees to rally behind a change the first step is to make sure they understand why change is needed. Adults are skeptical learners and quick to dismiss anything that isn't seen to have a big "what's in it for me?" payoff. As an example, Read more