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How to picture Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

It's fun (for me anyway) to find ways to visually describe a complicated idea so anyone can understand. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is one of those technology topics that benefits greatly from a visual spin. Below are some alternative sketches developed for the Forest Service as they work to build smart new apps for work and recreation. From Wikipedia: Service-oriented architecture is less about how to modularize an application, and more about how to compose an application by integration Read more

Use infographics to describe consulting services

When you're asked as a consultant to make a presentation, it's easy to find a PPT deck that's loaded with boxes pointing at other boxes. The reason so many presentations from different companies look the same is because they're all using PPT and the same building blocks. If you want your services to stand apart as more clear and compelling, it's important to make the visual representation as unique as your service. 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

Visions of Tomorrow, 1925 painting, inspired Ford comeback

A single painting from an old ad inspired Ford's customer centric come back over the last few years. This according to Alan Mulally, their successful CEO. Read the article about how a single powerful image can move an organization. Personally, I think it's somewhat odd and Terminator-like in the looming display of industrial might. Read more

Your government using information graphics

Or I should say they are trying to. Here's an article from one of my favorite Fast Company contributors about how one person at the Congressional Budget Office is creating information graphics to inform debate. Jonathan Schwabish is an economist working to summarize massive reports into single headlines people need to know. He was inspired by an Edward Tufte presentation I too have seen. Read more