Visual thinking examples about topics Big and Small

Recently I came across two examples of my favorite subject – How Visual Thinking and Visual communication is more adept at presenting “Big” or “complicated” ideas and stories than just text or spoken word.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love reading, but there is definitely something significant occurring in the modern world.  With the increased amount of data that the Average Developed World citizien consumes, more and more of this information simply needs to be captured and communicated in visual ways in order to condense it in a digestible format. The first video (a TED Talk)  is about global population growth, a topic which is ready made for visual communication:


The following less significant story, but worth watching is an animated version of the News story about Steven Slater the Jet Blue flight attendant that freaked out and launched the emergency life raft upon landing. Without understand the language, it’s pretty clear what happened just from the animation.


Complexity and Simplicity, Difficulty, Ease

Now if he was talking about an IPhone Application, I’d agree with him.  But in this case, we’re are talking about a virtual rocket ship, or a Ferrari Steering Wheel, and make complex stuff like this is both complicated and difficult.  Our Code is designed to work, it’s not designed for developers to develop.  I try to force the team to keep the architecture as simple as possible but even still, it’s not easy, and it’s not simple.  
A newsgroup  posting from Douglas Gorney  “How not to design for ux” refers to the idea that some think a 9 minute video on how to use a steering wheel suggests that the wheel is too complex.   He quite correctly observes that this steering wheel is for RACECAR Drivers and a 9 minute video on how it’s used and how it was designed is not too much to ask for guys who drive at 200 MPH (360 KPH).  I guess I’d say the same about software that crawls thru 100s of Millions of possible combinations of fares and flights.  In order to do it correctly, in order to do it well, I guess it’s worth waiting 6 months before I let you hack around on it.Here is the original video on YouTube.