Digital works, infofails

Olympic #infofails

If you’ve seen my #infofails before, you might already know that it’s about the things I create for news and some of the mess in between. Here’s the link [ The Forgotten Olympic Events ] of the project related to this post if you want to have a look first and then come back here to get a better sense of what’s this about.

It’s a bit strange to say that we are about to see the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the summer of 2021 (if Covid-19 allows the games to go on anyway) but whatever the case, this is one of the most popular events in the world and we couldn’t let it go without a special story.

The idea of doing a story on unusual sports came first in April from my editor Simon Scarr. Later, I started reading old Olympics reports, books and websites to get good references of events that seem a bit unusual in a list of sports/discipline/events from the International Olympic Committee.

Some of the reports and books consulted for the project.

Once we had a good list of curiosities, I started doing some tests for the illustration style. It is not usual to find a solution quickly as I like to try alternatives. However on this particular project the style quickly established, and a few days later I had a lot of illustrations with many of those sporting events to display in the opening of each section.

Top images are part of the concept illustrations, I choose to go with colour as in the top right. The 2 bottom images are part of events the were left out of the story.

I can say that part was relatively easy, the difficult thing was to obtain visual references of the events where you could see how things were prepared for each event, or at least, a detailed written description. I probably spent more time looking for those things rather than writing or sketching.

A reference of the firing range setup for the running deer shooting event
A detail of the rifle shooting section in the project

This project lasted about three months, however I didn’t dedicate myself exclusively to it, but I did spend a few days here and there trying to obtain reliable sources that would explain these singular Olympic events and their rules.

Some references were harder to find than others. For example, the way of placing the wooden birds for the archery events was one of those difficult ones.

I did a drawing of Hubert Van Innis, an Olympic archer who won six medals in the 1900 and 1920 games, but then I found mixed references on how arrows were shoot in the moving bird events, probably my illustration had the wrong pose. I think that’s part of the process, many times I corroborate the references and sources and all makes sense, then something else comes along and the piece becomes a wrong interpretation. So it’s important to check not once but as many times as you can.

Cherry picking

Apart from little difficulties like that one of the moving bird event in archery, the main problem turned out to be too many nice things. It was necessary to take a decision to prevent a never ending story so we took off some events in the list giving priority to the ones with good references and “colourful facts”.

Some events sound very interesting by name, so we chose them for the first list of curious possibilities. A good example of this is the two-handed discus throw, digging a bit further I found that it wasn’t a very creative way of holding the record with both hands as it sounds, but two discus throws, first using the left hand and then the right hand… 馃槮

Some of the events that I considered within the initial list of Olympic curiosities, but that didn’t make it to the final version. Among them, a 12-hour bike race and army pistol shooting.

It was a very fun story to do, a really enjoyed to read the reports and references. I filled out my mind for a few days of images of how the people saw the games and how different are today.

Here’s a crazy collage with some of the drawings of the project.

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Some of the drawings of the project.

A funny project that looks like a huge illustration, but in fact, it has a lot of data behind, a lot of text/data documents, hundreds of old pictures and references of poses developed in 3D. One nice tool that help me a lot to create diverse poses was Magic Poser, this is open web-based 3D environment where you can set a model to any position you need. Here’s the link in case you get in trouble with anatomy or just need some help with pose models.

The folder with the production files of this project. I usually only have 4 or 5 projects on my computer. I guess otherwise it might not move at all 馃槅

About #infofails post series:
Graphics that are never formally published. Those are maybe tons of versions of a single graphic or some floating concepts and ideas, all part of my creative process. All wrapped up in #infofails, a compilation of my creative process and failures at work.

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6: The world on fire
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Digital works, Motion graphics, Print graphics

My sincere gratitude to the South China Morning Post

Back in 2016, I was moving from Costa Rica to Hong Kong to face a new challenge. Full of dreams and hungry of learning, I arrived at the South China Morning Post doors. There I found new friends and colleagues and learn a lot from all of them. Today I have the same feeling once again, and I want to say thanks to all that people that I meet here in Hong Kong because they change in a way or another my professional and personal life, I really can’t mention names because there are many people and I don’t want to leave anyone out

In three years at the South China Morning Post, I collaborate in 30 print pages and I have good memories for all of them, some remind me of a trip with a friend to collect information in China, a rush hour with a piece of breaking news, or a long project that I only talk about day after day (oh poor friends of mine, I’m sorry )

Bellow, some of the聽print graphics聽memories I create at the South China Morning Post

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I had fun doing full-page graphics at the South China Morning Post print ed, and the online was an awesome sandbox where I found the freedom to test and play with pretty much all the topics that come to my mind, my first graphics as stand-alone were the Statues Graphic and the lightning project

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Statues drawings

And some of those first steps at the South China Morning Post

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But maybe the more recent ones were the most I enjoy because of the diversity of ways to work, some times doing projects by my self and some others collaborating in bigger projects with the other artist, visual journalist and designers. That’s the case of the Forbidden City series collecting data and working in graphics on for a year

The biggest project that I ever did up to today, and at the same time one I enjoy the most was the聽Forbidden City, below the Part One聽print version.聽To be honest, I’m very bad doing drawings, but since I get here I face a lot of projects where the drawings were the essence of the graphic, like this all manually made:

The-cricket-cage

Forbidden City series, part one for the print

And the extended digital chapters, which in my case covered the architecture aspects of the Forbidden City in Beijing:

Maybe the most exhaustive part was the built of the of the VR feature in the second chapter made with Cinema 4D:

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Here the output on youtube 360/VR:

…and some more of the stuff of the Forbidden City Series, small animations and graphics

I can say that I try pretty much all kind of topics in the South China Morning Post from many聽soccer聽graphics to the architecture聽ones, Chinese projects like the new the聽Silk Road (OBOR), of the perception of the聽rule of law, explosions,聽weather聽conditions, the moon聽events, crazy aircraft聽stories, game-like graphics about food, vessel tragedies like the Aulac and the Sanchi聽tanker, trend games like聽Pokemons聽hunting, a lot of Trump, and the Brexit, automobile technology, and snakes, my fascination with Asians anatomy, always nice to have some time off so I also did one about聽holidays; if you want to know where you can go with your documents and how much it cost I did one about the聽passports聽too; graphics about Chinese cities, Hong Kong’s ageing population, war vehicles, why no toilets聽too; the Golden Globe Awards, celebrations like San Valentine, or where the聽Asians lives in the US; all about聽North Korea聽in 15 graphics, the evolution of聽Peral River Delta聽considered the Chinese silicon valley; Spanish Galleons crossing the Pacific heading to China’s goods; Thai kids trapped in a cave; automation and industrial robots聽and many many more that I can’t remember now. All those with a nice touch of memories because work at the South China Morning Post graphics team was more about have fun with the stuff you love to do rather than just work

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My last project with the South China Morning Post was the Tibet permafrost, and there wasn’t a better way to finish my time there like doing one last project with my teammates like the ones I enjoy for 3 years

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Permafrost cover

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Cover illustration by Adolfo Arranz

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Permafrost extension in the northern hemisphere

For the print, I split the project into two backpages, so I can make a more specific topic on extreme temperatures, on my point of view a Goldilocks place were the temperature is too hot in one place and incredible cold in the other

Extreme Earth is blowing hot and cold

My last page at the South China Morning Post, published in February 2019.

As I set in the title of this post, this is just to say thanks to all you guys that help me to evolve and create more and more. Thanks to the Hispanic gang of the South China Morning Post; thanks to my British boss today a good friend, to the friends at Hong Kong University, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Hong Kong Design Institute and the Baptist University that also open their doors to me, all my Hongkongneer friends and all the South China Morning Post family that let me be part of that amazing experience

From now on, my graphics will appear in the Reuters pages, lucky me to work there with more good friends. Hope to come back soon here, to my website, to write about some new graphics and backstages made for the world

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Awards, Digital works

SND Digital Awards

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Two of our digital works published at nacion.com wins an Award Of Excellence in the 2015 edition of the contest. The first one is the project in celebration of the “75th anniversary聽of the聽National Symphonic Orchestra”聽the design and development of this projects set a starting point to the聽trends of our unit.

The second project awarded this February in Washington D.C. was the “Birth of a Century“, I was invited to work in this project for聽the unit of Data from La Naci贸n, and I have the fortune of the collaboration of the development unit as the artist Augusto Ram铆rez.

I have to say that I’m very very happy to get this awards of the Society for News Design in his digital contest, but this is a team work, and I must say thanks to my partners in the infographics unit, the Data Team of LN, the Development area, my Editors, and many many people who supports me last year.

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Digital works, Motion graphics

Quick graphics for social networks

Last year (2015) I start many new projects, some of them are still progress, but one of these are聽the quick graphics for social media.

At the聽unit of infographics and datavisualization, we spend many time in daily production and in special huge projects, I believe that we have enough time and muscle to produce frequently these small graphics, 聽every single infographic must have a print version, desktop digital versi贸n, mobile version but also, i like to choose some of these to develop a social media version, sometimes a gif, or an image or even a short聽video with a compact version of the main graphic.

So, here is some of my favorites picks:

The spooky asteroid:

In october 31, an asteroid pass near the earth (near in space terms), this asteroid was renamed “the spooky asteroid” and take the attention of the world by the time of his visit, so it was a nice opportunity for a quick graphic for social media:


Compact version for social media. Motion-Infographic by Marco Hern谩ndez.

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Gif version for social media. Infographic by Marco Hern谩ndez.

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Desktop digital version for article. Infographic by Marco Hern谩ndez.

The MAVEN findings:

The NASA made the announcement of the Maven mission findings about what happened with the聽atmosphere and magnetic fields of the red planet. We are awaiting the press release with a stock of pieces to develop soon as we can a simply animation for social media:

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Illustrations by Dominick Baltodano and Marco Hern谩ndez.


Compact version for social media. Motion-infographic by Marco Hern谩ndez.

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Desktop version, infographic by Edgar Jim茅nez, Carlos Fonseca and Marco Hern谩ndez.

Hope in this 2016 have many more of these chances to create more quick graphics for social media,聽these are a great way to engage readers with content made exclusively for consumption on social networks.

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Academics

August of Dataviz

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I have been teaching the course of information design for over two years now, and as I always say, my greatest satisfaction is to take a tour of the good things that these boys and girls have achieved with their projects change each cycle.

For this opportunity, my students worked on three projects, the first was the creation of pieces focusing on processes, for this I left them some issues to assist in the process and make more effective taking a decision, the second project was the creation of an analysis of literary works, in this case the intention was that from some books that previously chose to give them a pdf of these works, the students seek ways to visualize related to such works topics, the latest project was a a little free theme, with this the idea was to make a graphic interpretation of a classic tale, fairy tales that end up being interpreted with certain rules of any visual form.

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interesting ways of looking at information through the eyes of my students, I invite you to see the whole pot with the description of the work and others at visual744 here:聽http://bit.ly/1hf7UlF use google chrome for translation from Spanish.

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Digital works

CTCC Parque Viva

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A few hours more than a full day of work takes to two co-workers and me, to release today this special feature about the V8 cars competition in the “Parque Viva” racetrack.
Animated graphics, details about the cars and restrictions and a complementary key note of Jose Luis Rodr铆guez fusioned together to create this digital experience.
I hope you will enjoy it!

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Graphics inside the special

Visite the special site of nacion.com here:聽http://goo.gl/gzjLYy

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Academics

The quick report, my students work first cycle of 2015

A new cycle of students has be done at the Science and Arts University of Costa Rica, some interesting projects and concepts appears, the complete report is at visual744 but it is in Spanish, use Google Chrome for translation.

Here is the link to:聽http://visual744.blogspot.com/2015/04/un-ciclo-mas-de-dataviz.html

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Details of the job log Andrey Castro, project “The Moon in the 20th century,” design student information. University of the Sciences and the Arts, April 2015.

mapping the moon the XX century

Infographic by Andrey Castro, project II “The Moon in the 20th century,” design of information student. University of the Sciences and the Arts, April 2015.

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Awards

Malofiej 23, The Pulitzer awards of information graphics

Today the 23rd edition of Malofiej ended, the jury of the International Infographics Awards, organized by SND-E, gave聽medals for the best in graphics of the 2014. A great honor for us in GN Medios has been awarded with two silver medals, one for the special of the 75th Batman anniversary in print categories, and an other for the Market of Soccer players data visualisation of online graphics category. Congrats for all my visual team at GN Medios.

The Bat cave, Special information graphics in poster format.

The Bat cave, Special information graphics in poster format.

Soccer players transfers  in Costa Rica

Special mini-site: Soccer players transfers in Costa Rica / La Naci贸n.

Visit the special awarded site here:聽

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Awards

SND 36th print awards

Yesterday the Society for News Design (SND) announces on his site the full list of winners of the 36th edition in print categories.聽The visual team of GN Medios gets 10 awards of excellence, 5 of these for the department of information graphics. Some of these works includes: the World Cup Brazil 2014 coverage, Special posters as the collection of the Human Body 聽and the Batman 75th anniversary.

Graphic coverage of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. La Naci贸n 2014.  Staff  / Infographics Dep.

Graphic coverage of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. La Naci贸n 2014. Marco Hern谩ndez and Manuel Canales.

Graphic coverage of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. La Naci贸n 2014.  Staff  / Infographics Dep.

Graphic coverage of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. La Naci贸n 2014. Daniel Solano and Johan Uma帽a.

Graphic coverage of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. La Naci贸n 2014.  Staff  / Infographics Dep.

Graphic coverage of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. La Naci贸n 2014. Staff / Infographics Dept.

The collection of posters of the Human Body.

The collection of posters of the Human Body. Staff / infographics Dept.

The Bat cave, Special information graphics in poster format.

The Bat cave, Special information graphics in poster format. Carlos Fonseca, Manuel Canales and Dan Mora.

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Digital works

Choosing careers for a better future

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Today at nacion.com in combination聽with the Data Unit, 聽we published this special mini site about the real situation of university graduates. Employment, incomes, working area and more. We try to develop this special feature as a tool to define a better future for students with dreams to become professionals.


Hoy en nacion.com en combinaci贸n con la unidad de datos, publicamos este mini sitio especial sobre la situaci贸n real de los titulados universitarios. Empleo, ingresos econ贸micos, 谩rea de trabajo y m谩s. Tratamos de desarrollar esta entrega especial como una herramienta para definir un futuro mejor para los estudiantes con sue帽os de convertirse en profesionales.


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First graphic: 100 options to choose.

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Related numbers and details between sections

Salarios

Incomes graphics

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Teachers, Accountants and Nurses may will get fast a work position.

Tradicionales

Risky ways

Educaci贸n

Education sector. Preschool education in English as work alternative

Visit the full site here:聽http://goo.gl/UujBqo聽use Chrome for translation.
(soon will be an english version available)

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