Team LED: Log 2

--Two out of the three interviews have been completed. Meredith McCarroll was unavailable this past week and as such the interview with her did not take place, and we may need to swap out the writing fellows graphic for something else if we cannot get that interview (unless we decide to run with information taken strictly from the studio's website).

-- For the funded project graphic the information is to be made using information from their website. With pictures coming as time progresses from Katie Mawyer.

Project 2 Trendy Shoes

My question is to ask when various trendy shoes peaked within the past decade. I would like to show if the shoes are still popular, if they are becoming less popular or if they are going strong. I think it is interesting to see trends come and go. And footwear seems like something that is interesting to me because of what it allows or hinders people from doing activity wise. I plan to use google trends to data since 2004 on shoes like, Toms, Timberland boots, Chacos, and others. I plan to identify the year in which each shoe met it's peak trending searches on the Google search engine.


The most important concepts discussed in chapter one was about the rule of simplicity. Many information design grahpics can be highly complex, this prevents the viewer from being able to clearly identify the message. If the creator can create a graphic that is simple with an easily identifiable subject then the viewer can distinguish the concepts being presented. Clutter is a problem that we come in conflict with every day but by envisioning a single topic that is simple we can learn more efficiently.

Tufte's Message Chapter 1

The point Tufte makes in Chapter one that I think is most important/most relevant is being clear and simple with your graphics. Now people think more is less- which is not the case. Artist somehow think that if they don't overload their graph/chart/graphic it makes them seem inferior when in reality it makes your information more important and stand out as oppose to being bombarded by clutter blocking the main message.


It is clear that one of the key ingredients is the small multiples concept. With the use of contrasting sizes, pics, lines, and texts, one can guide the readers eyes to the key points at hand and do it in a manner that is not overly-complex. We see these multiples almost everyday in graphics when we go online or even open a book.