Design 4

Mapping what we eat

Inspired by work like the Powers of Ten from the design duo Rae and Charles Eames and team, I often find myself looking at mundane little things in life like eating a meal or simply the five senses in general to see where we could take them, deconstructing a person, place or thing and looking for ways to extrapolate meaning and new understanding.

Here are a couple of information graphics and visualizations that map out different experiences in interesting ways.


Here is an instructional diagram of how to eat Sushi.


Here is a nice example of comparison of meals. In this case cost and nutrition between McD’s meal and home cooked meals.

Once you’ve eaten that meal… you might want to figure out how much excercise you’ll need to do to work it off.

Using information mapping can help us tell stories.  Designer Gary Newman illustrates how you’d need to run or walk a marathon (that’s over 26 miles) in order the burn off the calories from one typical thanksgiving supper.

Where does all the food go?

and then what…

We could keep extrapolating an idea and we begin to see how all these actions, people, places, things and policies are connected.


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This entry was posted on 2012 October 4 by in Data Visualization, Design, Food, Graphic Design, Information Design.


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Welcome to the Design 4 Blog

This blog is for inspiration and education related to the Parsons Design 4 Information Design and Visualization course taught by Andrew Robinson. The objectives of this class are to help students in the Strategic Design Studies program to learn how to create effective information design as a tool for communication. Beauty in form and function, which communicates ideas effectively, is our goal.
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