The difference between data visualization and infographics

Yes­ter­day, Jeff Bul­las posted an arti­cle about Twit­ter stats. I have a great deal of respect for Bullas’s writ­ing, and he’s an undis­puted leader in the Social Media world, espe­cially in regard to build­ing share­able con­tent. But the info­graphic attached to the arti­cle was—how do I put this politely?—bad. I ana­lyze why the info­graphic is bad …

When is an infographic a duck?

Yes­ter­day, Jeff Bul­las posted an arti­cle about Twit­ter stats. I have a great deal of respect for Bullas’s writ­ing, and he’s an undis­puted leader in the Social Media world, espe­cially in regard to build­ing share­able con­tent. But the info­graphic attached to the arti­cle was—how do I put this politely?—bad. Good data visu­al­iza­tion makes sense of data, …

50,000 Bones make a silent statement

[View the story “50,000 bones make a silent state­ment” on Storify] 50,000 bones make a silent state­ment Usu­ally, this many bones in one place is the worst thing imag­in­able. But this mass grave is a thing of beauty and hope, hand­made by peo­ple who want to make a dif­fer­ence. Stori­fied by Kat Schroeder · Mon, …

I Made America–a project with great fun potential

There’s a new trans­me­dia project out there called “I Made Amer­ica.” The premise is this: six of our Found­ing Fathers have been kid­napped and trans­ported to modern-day Amer­ica by a fic­tional group called “ARFF” to be used as polit­i­cal props for the 2012 elec­tion. Hilar­ity (pre­sum­ably) ensues. My take? The site is well thought-out, and well-photographed. …

Why network theory is important to your transmedia project

Lots of peo­ple are talk­ing about cross-platform, trans­me­dia, wave-of-the-future projects. So what? With­out an audi­ence, you’re just spin­ning your wheels. There are other prod­ucts out there, being seen by mil­lions of peo­ple. But just how are these things get­ting expo­sure? Can a per­son fig­ure out why things go viral? How? Can a savvy pro­ducer (or …

Transmedia and the new world order

What I learned from work­ing this blog over the last cou­ple of months is that the future of media enter­tain­ment is cross-platform–“transmedia,” if you will. What this knowl­edge has led me to believe is that the tran­si­tion into new media mod­els could very well change a whole lot about what and who we per­ceive are impor­tant and influential …

Making transmedia work for indie film

Now that we all know what trans­me­dia is, it’s time to start brain­storm­ing ideas on how the aver­age (and when I say “aver­age,” what I mean is “com­pletely broke”) indie film­maker can incor­po­rate it into a project. While it’s unlikely that our aver­age Jane pro­ducer can go whole-hog with a com­plete, port­man­teau mul­ti­me­dia extrav­a­ganza, she …