“Comprehension follows perception”

June 22nd, 2006 | by ian |

I follow a number of interesting blogs, but few are as consistently interesting as information aesthetics. They have really clued me in to the importance of presentation in making information come alive. It also emphasized the absurdity that throughout my science education, lots of emphasis was put on converting data into information but very little on making that information accessible! The more I think about it the more absurd that seems, especially since I find infographical visualization seems to lead to insights that aren’t apparent from looking at tables, charts and formulae. Point being, these guys are on to something. The title quote (by Phillip K. Dick, famous for writing the book that Bladerunner was based on) came to mind as appropriate.

I forget how I came across a fascinating music video the other day on YouTube by an artist I have never heard of: Royksopp. What grabbed me was the combination of their music and animated infographics. So of course I thought it might be of interest to the infosthetics folks, who as it turns out promptly posted about it here.

You can watch the video here:

If you’re interested in the quote “comprehension follows perception” read it in context here: How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later by Philip K. Dick

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