As ShinyTile points out, the Oscars logo catches the eye first, and in this context is entirely irrelevant to the purpose and usage of the card. I assume the cards are nice keepsakes (in addition to the statues), and so I’m okay with keeping the logo, but minimizing it and making it the last thing the eye might read. In its place at the top center, I would place the category in the same Oscar logo gold. That should be the first place the reader’s eye goes and it should serve to confirm the category winner about to be announced. But immediately after the category is processed by the reader, the next thing is the winner and the first thing announced—big, bold and in all caps.
I’m okay with the title being all caps, but I would make the additional information (in this case the producer names), sentence cap as I think this is easier for the eye to read, especially with longer and more complicated names. The only things read aloud are in black and the other two items are in the less prominent gold.
I admit that I knew and know very little about Du Bois and certainly had no idea that he created such visually unique and careful visualizations. The critic in me wants to say that some of these do not hold to modern best data viz practices, but damn, sometimes you want to get lost in a careful study of data and spend some time with beautiful meaningful graphic design. And that’s what you certainly do with these visualizations.
We’re always looking to create timelines that are more interesting and more easily read. Recently a client kept talking about upcoming events that “were on the calendar,” and so we decided to ditch the normal linear timeline approach and just show an actual calendar.
I like how this literally visualizes the dates rather than putting them abstractly on a horizontal line.
My good friend Jon Schwabish spends much of his time advocating for and teaching better data visualization and communications. And he’s rather amazing at it as one might expect of a Phd Economist who used to work for the Congressional Budget Office. But as someone who also presents quite often, he has now turned his attention to creating better presentations with his just released book aptly titled, Better Presentations. I highly recommend it also with Jon’s excellent PolicyViz blog, podcast and training services.
Sandy is back this week and we’re discussing presentation pitch decks, large and small. From individual “resume presentations” to investor startup decks to massive multi-million dollar agency proposals.
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