Karl Gude

Speaking at TEDx Lansing on visualizing information
Short exceprt from TEDx talk on bad news, and why it's okay not to care
Short video explaining job at Newsweek
Short video discussing five things to consider when visualizing information

I spent 25 years visualizing information for various large news organizations including The Associated Press and Newsweek magazine. As a visual journalist, information designer and artist, my mission was to simplify, or “laymanize”, complex topics so that the average reader could understand them. When Chernobyl melted down, I diagrammed how a graphite nuclear reactor worked, how it failed and the dangers of the China Syndrome. I’ve mapped every war and diagrammed most new military technologies since the late 70s. I charted the fall of Enron and the rise of Apple computer and explained the World Trade Center attack. I’ve even shown how a garden can be planted so that flowers bloom throughout the day.
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I was the Director of Information Graphics at Newsweek for nearly a decade before moving to academia three years ago. I now teach information graphics and visual communication at the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. I give frequent lectures on the subject of visualization and have conducted scores of workshops on diagramming, storyboarding, designing, graphing and mapping around the world. I consulton the subject of visualization and using social media for communicating a message for the Pan American Health Organization, the CIA and other organizations. My seminars have been attended by employees from Google, Ebay, Raytheon and other large companies. Words alone can’t tell the whole story, and I enjoy teaching artists and non-artists alike to show, don’t tell.