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A statistical sketch of Dubai

Information released by national bureaux of statistics, such as census and economic data, are the bread and butter of data journalism. They are the cornerstones of international comparisons and a rich source of open data, especially in the U. S. and Europe, where all kinds of infograp
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Thoughts on a visual lingua franca – Dreaming of total understanding

  A city like Dubai, home to people from around 200 different countries AND the world’s highest skyscraper, readily lends itself to analogies with the story of the Tower of Babel. Any given day, you are interacting with people who speak a dozen different languages, trying to make
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The language of traditional dress

A recent project about traditional dress in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) got us thinking about good old Roland Barthes. He famously interpreted fashion as a language, which, like all languages, is full of myths, codes and paradoxes; at once superficial and profound; fixed in some wa
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Hug the mailman: Choi’s Gallery book about infographics finally arrives

  The other week something rather exciting landed on our desk: Choi’s Gallery’s new book, Infographic Design, a global portfolio of infographics projects, featuring five projects realised by us. 232-pages full of inspiration, including case studies ranging from the so
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Happy autumn, everyone: infographics events in Cleveland, India and Beirut

Things we look forward to this fall: The annual workshop held by the Society of News Design kicks off in Cleveland, United States, in just two days! Apart from the general meeting of SND officers and board members, the workshop also includes free sessions for students, an iPad design
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Archive adventures: old graphics from the United Arab Emirates

  These graphics are an interesting starting point for looking at the evolution of visual journalism in the United Arab Emirates. Essentially, this is how it all began. We came across them on a recent visit to the National Center for Documentation and Research (NCDR), a real trea
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Fine art, motion graphics and cross media: how we did London 2012

Here we are with the finished print component of our Olympics project, fresh from the printer’s. Like last time, we made a 52-page, standard size print supplement, which came out on the opening day of the Games. But this time we added a few different elements to the mix.  Click
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And now…

… for something slightly different. Yes, it’s been a while since the last post, but, finally, the time has come. Not just for the next blog post, but for a slight change of direction: as of now, this is no longer ‘just’ a portfolio site. From now on, my team and I (aka the
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Horses and more horses

Richest race of the world it was here. A poster for newspaper, part of the campaign for Dubai World Cup 2011
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Hey, happy birthday to you!

Finally I can breath at least for a week, today is the first day of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2010 and I’m here holding the checkered flag!. At the same time an F1 infographic supplement -forty colorful pages- is published in Dubai. Take a look at some of them, which symbolize’
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