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When paper becomes much more than the medium to display information

October 14, 2014

In this digital age, to use paper as the mean to convey information is becoming sort of obsolete. But despite the new technologies, devices and techniques, there’s nothing like those beautiful, detailed origami-like pieces of visualization.

Of course, if you’re looking for something with only an artistic take, than perhaps this selection with collages, sculptures and even graffiti might be what you’re looking for.

But for the sake of this post, we’ll stick to data visualization projects. One excellent example is the collection of photos titled “Higgs Boson – Le Monde” by French graphic design office Zim & Zou, created to illustrate an article in a magazine of the newspaper “Le Monde”. It was featured on Information Aesthetics and FastCo Design, among many other blogs, back in 2013.

Higgs Boson, by Zim & Zou for Le Monde

Higgs Boson, by Zim & Zou for Le Monde

 

Going back even further, and also quite popular, were the works created by designer Siang Ching under the name Pattern Matters. The series of infographics was featured in places such as This is Colossal, as early as 2011.

Pattern Matters: Tangible Paper Infographic, by Siang Ching

(image: Siang Ching)
(image: Siang Ching)
(image: Siang Ching)

(Via)

And even before that, you had, for example, the Internet Statistics in origami-style, or the Paper-Based Pie Chart Graphs, all featured in Information Aesthetics, back when only a handfull of bloggers were writing about data visualization – Andree even was part of a Paper-Based Visualization Competition. so this is definetevely not smething new.

Here on Visualoop, the most outstanding paper-visualization project we’ve came across was actuallt a very recent one. Our friend Antonio Farach, the head of infographics at the Times of Oman, explained in great detail the making of the 3D World Cup Dataviz Ball.

This is the prototype which was assembled by Muthita Torteeka and Amornsri Anutrakulchai, same that was used in the supplement’s cover.
The cover was designed by Ali Jani, photo by Cio Datan, hands by Amornsri Anutrakulchai | Times of Oman
(image: 3D World Cup Dataviz Ball – The Prototype | Times of Oman)
(image: 3D World Cup Dataviz Ball – The Prototype | Times of Oman)
(image: 3D World Cup Dataviz Ball – the Inner Ball | Times of Oman)

 

An impressive project, without question. But that wasn’t the only example coming from guest authors here on Visualoop:

The Four Books of Visualising Sustainability, by Elena Turtas

(image: The Four Books of Visualising Sustainability | Elena Turtas)
(image: The Four Books of Visualising Sustainability | Elena Turtas)
(image: The Four Books of Visualising Sustainability | Elena Turtas)
(image: The Four Books of Visualising Sustainability | Elena Turtas)

(Read more about this project here)

Acqua // Infographic Mock up, by Giulia Voltini and Elisabetta Bianchi

Detail of the creation of the infographic mock up Acqua
(image: Giulia Voltini and Elisabetta Bianchi)
Detail of the creation of the infographic mock up Acqua
(image: Giulia Voltini and Elisabetta Bianchi)
Detail of the creation of the infographic mock up Acqua
(image: Giulia Voltini an Elisabetta Bianchi)

(Read more about this project here)

Chinese Art Paper, by Valen Lin

(image: Valen Lin)
(image: Valen Lin)
(image: Valen Lin)

(Read more about this project here)

Oporto Homeless, by Andreia Barbosa

Oporto Homeless, Infographic project  by Andreia Barbosa
(image: Andreia Barbosa)
Oporto Homeless, Infographic project  by Andreia Barbosa
(image: Andreia Barbosa)

Oporto Homeless

(Read more about this project here)

Think Different, by Joshua Mulcahy

(image: Joshua Mulcahy)
(image: Joshua Mulcahy)
(image: Joshua Mulcahy)

(Read more about this project here)

3D Infographic calendar, by Mohit Lakhmani

(image: 3D Calendar by Mohit Lakhmani)
(image: making of 3D Calendar by Mohit Lakhmani)
(image: making of 3D Calendar by Mohit Lakhmani)

(Read more about this project here)

 

And a quick search on the Internet reveals that these type of projects are becoming more and more popular. Take a look at some of the examples we collected:

SMS to Paper Airplanes Visualization, by Christian Gross

(image: Christian Gross)
(image: Christian Gross)

(Via)

Tissue series, by Lisa Nilson

(image: Lisa Nilson)

(Via)

Paper infographic resumee, by Mohit Lakhmani

(infographic: Mohit Lakhmani)

(Via)

 

Know of any other cool data visualization paper mock-up worth adding to this list? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.

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