Visualisation of data can help focus on and clarify otherwise complex and seemingly opaque information. We talked about it with David McCandless, data journalist and information designer during our summer event.

As new tragic events unfold in Gaza and Israel the global communication landscape experiences a deluge of information. A substantial portion of it turns out to be fake or manipulated. The new proprietor of once-Twitter-now-X has learned it the hard way. In this complex and extremely sensitive situation, the responsibility of helping citizens find their way through the intricate maze of mass information falls on institutions and communication professionals.

David McCandless, who spent his entire career finding beautiful and most importantly, meaningful ways to visualise deadlike-looking columns of numbers and data, believes that infographics make an excellent tool with which institutions can assist the citizens’ cognitive process. That is to say, skillfully designed data visualisations can help focus attention on fact-based information, gain a clear and structured picture of a problem and reveal answers to questions that people might be asking themselves. It all matters in difficult times when wars are won or lost not necessarily on the battlefields but most importantly, in people’s minds.

You can read more about David’s project in the article we published earlier in this section.