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JMM 622: Profile II – National Geographic Magazine


Juan Velasco and Fernando Baptista

Juan Velasco is an award-winning art director of the National Geographic magazine. He was a graphics reporter for the Spanish newspaper El Mundo in Madrid, and later became the graphics art director for The New York Times from 1998 to 2001.

Velasco owns a business called 5W Infographics, from which he has done graphics redesigns for newspapers such as Le Monde in France and Tribune de Geneve in Switzerland.

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JMM 622: Profile III – The New York Times

Steve Duenes and Xaquín G.V.

Steve Duenes began working at The New York Times in 1999 as the graphics editor for the science section. He then became the deputy graphics director and has been at that position since 2004.

At first, Duenes was a bit scared to manage people, but thanks to Charles Blow – who was the art director during that time – Duenes became the deputy graphics director of The New York Times.

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Victoriano Alvarez: A Cuban with ties to the CIA

Victoriano Alvarez is a 77-year-old University of Miami alumni who was born in Cuba. Alvarez contributed to the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States while he was in Cuba during the 60’s.

Fernando Arias and myself thought this would be a really interesting story to tell and we both had a lot of fun doing it.

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JMM 622: The Functional Art (Ch. 9)

The Rise of Interactive Graphics (Chapter 9 of The Functional Art by Alberto Cairo) talks about the discovery of interactive visualizations and how they began in the multimedia world.

I enjoyed reading this chapter because I could feel Professor Cairo’s excitement through his words. For example, when he referred to the feeling he got when he was creating the interactive graphic below, back when working for El Mundo in Spain.

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JMM 622: The Functional Art (Ch. 7 & 8)

Alberto Cairo’s Chapter 7 of The Functional Art (Images in the Head) taught me how images we have in our heads may often be a burden when reading and analyzing infographics. That’s why an infographic must have the appropriate designs and features and must be well thought out before putting them out in the world for people to analyze and interpret.

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Experience the Miami Open with Me!

In 2018, the Miami Open said farewell to Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, and this year the Hard Rock Stadium welcomed the famous “Glam Slam” with open arms for the first time ever! Experience the Miami Open 2019 with me on 360!

Click and drag the video below to check out every little thing that was going on around me at the same time!

The perk of this video? I went to see Roger Federer win the final game against John Isner and claim his 101st trophy! So if you know tennis, you know he’s light years away from making history… Jimmy Connors holds the record for single trophies won with 109 trophies in his career span. So do the math, Roger, you’ve got 9 more titles to go! We’re rooting for you!

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JMM 622: The Functional Art (Ch. 5 & 6)

In Chapter 5 of Professor Cairo’s The Functional Art (The Eye and the Visual Brain), Prof. Cairo explores the role the eye plays in the way we see and how people understand infographics.

Antonio Damassio said the following: “The human brain is is a natural born cartographer.” Therefore saying, we humans were born with the ability to understand visualizations and different types of graphics.

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