5 Best Visuals of 2014

Written by David Michaelis

Here are five stunning examples of Internet visualization and connectivity. We are innovative, inventive people with a lot of data. Check it out.

aNewDomain — Here are five of the most beautiful and compelling visual presentations of 2014. From Star Wars to word visualization and messaging in film — these are the trendsetters but there are many others out there. Enjoy.

1. The Tease Trailer

Trailer of the Trailers. Thanks to various returning franchises long thought dead, we not only had teaser trailers this year, but trailers for those teasers. And these super-teasers had even smaller teasers to say when they would commence teasing. Here’s that classic Star Wars teaser of a teaser “trailer” … if it can be called that.

Video: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens Official Teaser Trailer #1 (2015) – J.J. Abrams Movie HD

2. Visualize Data and Facts

Words mean a lot if you give them visual context — they can change your perspective on an entire issue. David McCanless says he is “an independent data journalist and information designer. A passion of mine is visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words.” See his site and some of his work below.

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3. Gmail’s Inbox

Inbox is a new email app that hits the reset button in terms of what we expect from an email account. Things to love: the appearance, the swipeability, the color-coded flat design, the reminders, its ease of use, the toggling between pinned and inbox. Oh, and some super powerful search.

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Image Credit: David Michaelis

4. Social Change

Social messaging has reached new heights. Here’s a perfect example: This amusing clip digs at Russian president Vladimir Putin and his country’s stance on homosexuality at Sochi 2014.

Video: Ridiculous!! ‘The Games Have Always Been a LITTLE GAY’ – Canadian Winter Olympics Commercial

5. Cross Platform Visualization

The Internet lives as part of a wider communication universe. Texting is a great example. The video below brilliantly shows the connection, providing a visualizing for these two connections.
A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film — brilliant explanation of why that is, and the video looks at other ways to visualize the digital world.

Video: A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film

What visualizing stunning advances have you seen? I hope for more amazing work in 2015. Happy holidays!

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