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Miniatur-Infografiken

Development of a visual sign system to analyse and communicate archaeological findings and results. Information design seeks evident visual forms of presentation to visualise context at a glance, thus generating new knowledge. To generate the so-called images of knowledge (Wissensbilder), it must be possible to compare the data to be depicted. A number of models exists for such graphics that are based on numbers. As for qualitative data, the issue of visualisation remains largely unexplored, for example in the field of archaeology: excavated small finds, ceramic pottery, and excavation information are used in research to explore the cultural evolution of humanity. In order to jointly analyse and communicate big volumes of heterogeneous data, the excavation documentation must be standardised using a sufficiently consistent format.With the design of small pictograms – so-called miniature infographics – objects varying with regard to their function and their looks; movable and immobile objects such as pearls, spearheads, drinking cups, animal bones, stone walls or sand flooring can be compared to each other. The evidence-providing mini-visualisations represent the ultimate reduction of complexity. For the development of the sign language, the typographic design process is coupled with methods of information design and is applied to a number of pictograms together with the Gestalt principles. The result of this process is a typeface featuring not only letters and numbers, but also small images of knowledge, by means of which scientists can describe, map, and visualise the excavation documentation – independent of the information designer.

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