On Tuesday night during his State of the Union speech, President Obama outlined his views for the future of the economy and America’s foreign policy as expected. What may have come as a surprise was how he jumped aboard the bandwagon of a technology that is revolutionizing the future of design.
When media companies began moving online over the past decade, they opened up a whole new realm of ways to tell a story. Some of the tools inherently built in to the online platform have already seen widespread adoption. Links now appear in nearly every article on the web (even this one). Continue reading Design in Online Journalism
Finding out a fact or figure used to be a tedious process, before Wikipedia came along. The flagship platform of the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikipedia revolutionized the way we conceive of an encyclopedia. Launched in 2001, it was an attempt to crowd-source the world’s knowledge: anyone could contribute, anyone could edit. Though this has resulted in a fair share of blunders over the years, Wikipedia has been a resounding success, with a searchable repository of 24 million articles in over 250 languages.
Telling literal stories and conveying information through visual representations has been going on for millennia. Cave paintings in places like Spain and France that date back tens of thousands of years were some of the first examples. At that point, using drawings to convey a story was not a luxury, but instead a necessity in societies that had not yet developed written language. To other civilizations like the ancient Egyptians, these visual pictographs became the written language, and coated the walls of their tombs and temples.