Pink for girls and blue for boys

Every time I need to create a gender-related chart, i.e. the number of men or women doing XYZ and I need to use colour to define between them, I always ask the same question? Should I automatically use pink for girls and blue for boys? There are a dozen reasons why not - and I'd prefer not to get into a gender debate here (there are more suitable locations for that sort of debate). However, when creating charts it's important to keep things simple...

Accessible Infographics: information for everyone?

 Caroline Beavon is a freelance information and infographics designer - get in touch for more details   PLEASE NOTE: This is a work-in-progress blog post. It would be great to get any feedback or thoughts via the social networks (links right) as I write the remaining sections. I am also posting some questions throughout the article, if you know the answer, do let me know!  By definition, infographics contain information. Organisat...

Appearing soon at …

I've had a flurry of invitations to speak in public recently and, as one of my New Years Resolutions was to say 'yes' more, I've agreed to all of them. Over the next 2 months I'll be appearing at the following events - ticket details below, and if you're already going, do say hi!         April CAKE Morning Date: April 29th 2014 Venue:  Digital Humanities Hub, University of Birmingham, Pritchatts Road, Edgbast...

Telling Stories with Data

Telling Stories with Data
(an edited version of this article originally appeared in the HyperWM newpaper, Nov 2012)   Once upon a time … When was the last time you sat down and read a fairy story? It may be a few years, but I’m sure you could tell a few of those childhood stories from memory. Whether it’s the interesting characters, the exciting storylines, the emotion you felt or the moral lessons you learned; the stories stick. When was the last time you s...

Communicate – latest issue out now

I am delighted to say that the latest issue of Communicate Magazine is out, featuring a handful of my latest infographics. As their in-house Visualization Specialist, I create graphics from various research data for their monthly issues. For this issue, the focus was the attitudes of the PR industry and the media to digital trends, including use of email and social media. I created more images than the ones used in the article - the rest are g...

Data journalism: more than numbers and charts

Data journalism: more than numbers and charts
    I have been a Visiting Tutor at Birmingham City University on and off for more than a year, but today I experienced that mythical "sense of satisfaction" that teachers talk about. I held a short data visualization workshop for some 2nd year Online Journalism students today  - who were incredibly hungry for the information. For the past few weeks they had been gathering spreadsheets and reports and were now desperate for interesting w...