Film School: An Intro to Info Design – part 2

TED-Ed | What is bipolar disorder? - Helen M. Farrell & Uncle Ginger TED-Ed | What is bipolar disorder? - Helen M. Farrell & Uncle Ginger

A look at some popular information design techniques.

Data, illustrated – numbers, as concepts versus their real-world implications, are often most effectively conveyed as statistical graphics, as The Times’ explainer on ‘R value’ shows (ignore the thumbnail, the video contains no politics, only scientific information):

The Times | R-Value
The Times | R-Value
The Times | R-Value
The Times | R-Value

Abstract symbols – the more complex the ideas, the simpler the symbols used to represent them. Mental health, medication and research individually are never complete or fixed, and together intersect in ever-shifting ways, as elegantly conveyed in this abstract animation on bipolar disorder by Uncle Ginger for TedEd:

TED-Ed | What is bipolar disorder? - Helen M. Farrell & Uncle Ginger
TED-Ed | What is bipolar disorder? – Helen M. Farrell & Uncle Ginger
TED-Ed | What is bipolar disorder? - Helen M. Farrell & Uncle Ginger
TED-Ed | What is bipolar disorder? – Helen M. Farrell & Uncle Ginger
TED-Ed | What is bipolar disorder? - Helen M. Farrell & Uncle Ginger
Uncle Grainger’s representation of the effects of medication on brain chemistry

Animated Photographs – vector graphics, text and photographic images can all be animated the same way. ‘This jet fighter is a disaster…’ keeps dry concepts fresh by adopting this mixed-media aesthetic (via Vox – more on Vox’s infographic videos here):

Vox | This Jet Fighter is a Disaster...
Vox | This Jet Fighter is a Disaster…

All of the above combinedEstelle Caswell’s video on J Dilla’s music production process is 2D yet literally never static (More on the motion design of Vox here):

Vox | How J Dilla humanized his MPC3000 - Estelle Caswell
Vox | How J Dilla humanized his MPC3000 – Estelle Caswell