Have you ever wondered how–and why–infographers push beyond familiar forms such as bar charts and network diagrams when translating information from a spreadsheet into an illustration? Data visualizer Moritz Stefaner explains the process behind his Graphic Science assignment for Scientific American in a post on his blog. Check out the final graphic in the December issue of the magazine or the Web version here.

data visualization preliminary sketchesPreliminary sketch details (Credit: Moritz Stefaner)