Chad Hagen's Nonsensical Infographics: BYO Data

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Minneapolis-based designer Chad Hagen takes our love of infographics and turns our little heart inside out. For these are no aesthetically-plotted data sets full of statistics. In fact, we see no handy information at all, just the colors and shapes that typically make an infographic chart pleasant to examine in the first place.

Chad Hagen

Chad Hagen

The two prints above are featured this week on gallerist Jen Bekman's affordable art site 20x200. The beauty of Hagen's graphics is that they are completely fictitious; anyone can project data onto the shapes and colors of his graphs. For instance, Bekman imagines the circles of the second image featured here as the "lifespan of the bubble," while the honeycomb shapes depicted in the third image are envision as a detailed tracking of bees as they produce honey. Fun little game, no?

Chad Hagen

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  • Paddy Harrington

    What's amazing about Hagen's stuff is that it arrests the critical faculties. When new to it, and without context, you spend some time trying to work out what it all means. And at some point you realize, it doesn't matter. It's that moment of transition from empirical analysis to raw sensory experience that's so important in our post post post world. The Museum of Jurassic Technology in L.A. (And the accompanying fantastic work by Lawrence Weschler "Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Curiosities") is the precedent for this new kind of creative work, and it warrants real study.