On the 15th of October, the “Innovation by Design Awards” will take place in New York, at the conclusion of the conference with the same name.
Among the finalists in the category of data visualization is the interactive infographics The Solar System: Our Home in Space (video below), by Kurzgesagt. This work follows on from similar infographics of the same team, dedicated to evolution, the time, energy, immunity system, among other issues.
The Solar System: Our Home in Space – Kurzgesagt
Kurzgesagt is a team of designers, journalists and musicians who seek to communicate issues in an aesthetically appealing way. You can find other interactive infographic by the same authors here.
The Universe and the Solar System in particular are themes of numerous infographics that explain processes and structures, satisfying our curiosity about where we are located and making more tangible the understanding of phenomena we can not see with the naked eye.
However, producing an infographic about Solar System is somewhat challenging, because for it to be scientifically correct it requires, among other things, consideration for scales between the various planets and the Sun, as well as the regard for the shape of the orbits, among other things.
As you can see from the infographics shown below, not always these and other aspects are considered. This depends on the author’s knowledge on the subject as well as the weighting of priorities given to various criteria (clarity of communication, scientific accuracy, aesthetic value , etc.)
Among the infographics presented below it is possible to identify different styles, as well as distinct periods in which they were produced. It is also possible to perceive they were produced in dissimilar contexts and with different objectives.
The Solar System – Andrees Allgemeiner Handatlas
Plan of the Solar System – F.J. Huntington
Central View of the Solar System – Wilson Loury
Search for extraterrestrial life – Modesto Carrasco Castro
Solar Systems – Nigel Hawtin
Solar System (Unknown)
Atmospheres of the Solar System – Andy Brunning
The Solar System- Laura Azzalini
The Solar System: Part of the Milky Way Galaxy – Scott McNeill
And the Earth continues to rotate – Chris Gin
The Planets to Scale – Chris Jones