March 26, 2008

Medical Information Visualized

Lord knows, I love me some anatomical illustration. My mom was a nurse, who kept her medical textbooks on a shelf by the dining room table. From the time I was old enough to sit at the breakfast table I occasionally pulled her nursing books down and marveled over full-color drawings of exotic childhood skin and mouth diseases, development of the fetus in utero and the wonders of the female pelvis while munching Captain Crunch.

Therefore, I'm very happy to have discovered this blog called Street Anatomy. It covers the fascinating worlds of medicine, art and design. Slide over there and take a look at the cute teddy bear skulls crafted from felt, or peruse the way anatomy is used in advertising. I was particularly struck by the anti-domestic violence posters featuring x-rays.

Tomorrow I'm attending Edward Tufte's course on the visualization of information. I love the science and art of visualizing information. Scientific illustration is based on this amazing intersection of data, art and classification. Clearly, I could geek-out on this subject for far longer than anyone would wish - so I'll hush now and let you go look at the site.

Posted by Chai-Rista at March 26, 2008 11:08 AM | TrackBack

We definitely need a follow-up reviewing your course tomorrow!

AND, this is clearly a case of a post being no good without pics! ;-)

SO, when we get together next, what artsy craftsy anatomical thing will we be making, darlin'?!

Posted by: keysunset at March 26, 2008 12:49 PM

We will have to get a bunch of old Visible Mans and Womans from eBay and decorate them up with environments and sparkles and things. I think that would be COOOOOL!

Posted by: Chai-rista at March 26, 2008 12:57 PM

Hot CHA! Ye Olde Arte Barne, HERE WE COME!

Posted by: keysunset at March 26, 2008 01:08 PM