Video Information Design Examples
April 29, 2005 6:52 AM   Subscribe

I am looking for short videos | animations that show good information design. They could be scientific, engineering, educational or even artistic, as long as they provide clear demonstrations and explanations about dynamic processes, and do so with some graphic / 3d / animation flair.

I am trying to teach 100 architecture students how to use 3d-animation as something other than eye-candy, and am preparing a lecture on the use of video and other media to illustrate complex dynamic processes. The talk will start by presenting some of Tufte's principles, chartjunk, data density, layering, small multiples, etc. I am looking for examples of these (and other) principles as they relate to moving images.
They don't need to be contemporary, in fact I'm using Melies' "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" as an early example of Animated Narratives. The media should be online, as I have no funding for this. Good 2d representations of multi-variate phenomena are welcome as well.
posted by signal to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Animated Gas Turbine Parts, courtesy of NASA.
posted by SPrintF at 7:16 AM on April 29, 2005

This Royksopp video, "Remind Me" is a feast of information design used in an artistic way. Tufte would be proud.
posted by FearTormento at 8:03 AM on April 29, 2005

FearTormento: I actually already downloaded "Remind Me"! (it was mentioned on Tufte's site, in fact). Good call, that's the sort of thing I'm looking for.
posted by signal at 8:12 AM on April 29, 2005

PLEIX has a film called "PLAID: itsu" on the right hand column that is really, truly, fantastically wonderful. The Royksopp video reminds me of it...
posted by fake at 8:47 AM on April 29, 2005

In a similar vein as SprintF: Journey through a jet engine.
posted by swordfishtrombones at 1:05 PM on April 29, 2005

Hybrid Medical Animation - although I can't vouch for any of it as "good" - it's attractive, but scientifically, meh.
posted by PurplePorpoise at 2:58 PM on April 29, 2005

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