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The graphics desk at The New York Times gets high praise amongst journalists and visual information specialists for their clear, clean and often creative graphics that explain and enhance news.

Among the team is the group’s resident statistician, Amanda Cox, who’s been hailed as the “queen of infographics” and has been responsible for some of the high concept pieces published by NYT.

Any time you can hear Amanda speak or learn from her, you should. At the Eyeo Festival in June, she looked at the evolution of data graphics, particularly within the history of the Times graphics department.

Want to learn more? Kevin Quealy, Amanda’s coworker, posts fantastic explanations of how she and other members of the graphics desk do some of its work. Follow along on Charts’n’Things.

For weeks, I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to put my notes from the “Creating Effective Online Infographics” workshop here on Ricochet.

I started looking at examples from some of my favorite information graphics and visualization blogs, including FlowingData, Cool Infographics and Infographics News.

The more I looked, the more I realized there was no way I could match the clarity and humor on these sites. The examples and posts are written by those who’ve spent years doing this stuff almost all the time, every day. Me, I’ve had little more than a life-long fascination and two and half days in a crash course.

Still, this stuff is important. Why? Because we’re spending more time with information in all its various forms and we’re going to need more people who can make sense of it.

“Infographics is not art, it is a conveyance of information,” instructor Alberto Cairo said on the first day of class.

In the spirit of what he tried to teach us, this next series of blog posts will hopefully make order out of chaos.

First, let’s start with a little comedy, as an example of what infographics is not. This is “Tidying Up Art” from cabaret artist Ursus Wehrli.

Trying to Make Sense of DataDay One of the Beyond Bootcamp information graphics workshop taught by Alberto Cairo and Xaquin G.V. has been much less scary than I’d first thought.

Cairo’s lecture has been a model of organized thought and progressive structure, which should come as no surprise to anyone, given the nature of his work.

Update: Since the bootcamp, he has published “InfografĂ­a 2.0,” an updated Spanish edition of his book on information graphics, which you can buy on his website.

What’s also obvious is that the man reads a heck of a lot. For every concept and example, he’s tossed off a different book title.

Here’s what he’s recommended to us so far, in no particular order:

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