a sophisticated online collection of about 48 design patterns that describe distinct methods for the display of interactive information graphics, their active behavior as well as the forms of user interaction with them.
as part of the written thesis in Interface Design from Christian Behrens, a freelance interface designer in Berlin, the website aims to inform graphic designers who need to deal with complex tasks in the field of information design, but do not have any specific knowledge in statistics or data visualization. it is intended as an online "cookbook" that offers a set of tools & methods to cope with all common forms of data visualization, similar to design patterns in computer science, such as the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library.
each pattern consists of a text part that describes the general characteristics of the pattern, its required or appropriate data source, its generic application, & a discussion of the pattern's usage rationale. besides a real-world example, each pattern is accompanied by a layout that is based on an identical dataset, here the statistical yearbook of the City of Berlin.
Chris informed me there is the possibility to publish the thesis as a book. any interest from infosthetics readers?