Visual Complexity, postmodern interfaces and multinformation


Complex Diagram

“ intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project’s main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web. I truly hope this space can inspire, motivate and enlighten any person doing research on this field.”

I may have posted a link to this site before…either way, it’s worth repeating.

The Visual Complexity website features map of complex systems.

The content, graphs and maps remind us that information may be re-interpreted, re-formed, re-presented, re-understood.

I have been privately calling this dynamic transformation “multinformation” to underscore that information may be dynamically transformed into/from:

  • process
  • light
  • pattern
  • cycle
  • wave
  • form
  • rythm
  • texture
  • relationship
  • intensity
  • motion
  • etc.
  • (Note: transformation may not transfer “emergent” dynamics.)

What’s the value of these images?

  • We may be looking at the future of interfaces. The future of the web.
  • Findability will be a complex challenge. I think this is one of the reasons why the fields of Interaction Design and Information Architecture will flourish in the future.
  • Teachers can use multinformation to help your students re-understand information
  • This is a tool for multispective analysis


Visual Complexity –

Related Elsewhere:

Strange Maps:

WayFaring: (Personalize your maps) –

NPR: Personal Maps Emerge…” –

The Institute of Figuring –

Related interfaces: 
Daniel Montano
Keyword: Daniel Montano, Dan Montano, user experience design, information architect


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