Data Visualization Inspo + Continuous Learning

I've been following this wonderful project on Dribbble that I just have to share with you all!

These are some of the most beautiful examples of data visualization (i.e. infographics) that I've ever seen. This pair of designers from Fore Design is taking the topic of baseball and working to create attractive imagery the tells the story of each baseball game they watch.

In high school, I tagged along to all the baseball games with my camera. My photographs were used in school and city publications, but also by the coaches for use in constructive criticisms of the players' stance and form. In return for allowing me to practice some action and sports photography-- and to make it more legit that I get out of school for games-- I also kept the books for my team. I've gotta tell ya...if those books were this lovely, I think I would have enjoyed that task a lot more.

Below are just a few of my favorite images from their fun project. You can follow the project here. This gives me great motivation and inspiration to see how they each interpret or imagine the stats or scores to be shown. Knowing how many games are in a baseball season, I'm extremely excited to see how they continue to pump out new and original images.

None of these photos are of my work and all imagery links back to the original artist's page. If you're on Dribbble, you definitely should follow this agency and these designers. It's all so beautiful!

 "The last place Atlanta Braves snapped their eight-game losing streak to pick up their fifth win of the season. Nick Markakis went four-for-five while Clay Buchholz dropped to 0-3 with the loss." - Amy Parker, designer at Fore Design

"The last place Atlanta Braves snapped their eight-game losing streak to pick up their fifth win of the season. Nick Markakis went four-for-five while Clay Buchholz dropped to 0-3 with the loss."
- Amy Parker, designer at Fore Design


 "On his 26th birthday, Jackie Bradley Jr. had the only hit for the Sox, not enough to overcome the Rays dominant starting pitcher, Drew Smyly. Despite losing their own starting pitcher early on to an injury, the Sox pitching staff kept the game scoreless until the top of the 10th when the Rays hammered relievers Matt Barnes and Tommy Layne." - Amy Parker, designer at Fore Design

"On his 26th birthday, Jackie Bradley Jr. had the only hit for the Sox, not enough to overcome the Rays dominant starting pitcher, Drew Smyly. Despite losing their own starting pitcher early on to an injury, the Sox pitching staff kept the game scoreless until the top of the 10th when the Rays hammered relievers Matt Barnes and Tommy Layne." - Amy Parker, designer at Fore Design


 "In a remarkable, back-and forth game that included two grand slams — one on each side — the Red Sox overcame a five-run deficit to win by one. Sox All-Star Brock Holt hit his second home run of the season — as many as he had in all of last season." -Amy Parker, designer at Fore Design

"In a remarkable, back-and forth game that included two grand slams — one on each side — the Red Sox overcame a five-run deficit to win by one. Sox All-Star Brock Holt hit his second home run of the season — as many as he had in all of last season." -Amy Parker, designer at Fore Design


 "The Royals and the Red Sox split the doubleheader caused by a rainout on Monday night. In the first game, Steven Wright tossed his second complete game of the season but Boston’s offense came up just short of getting the win. In the night game, David Price returned to form and shut down the Royals’ bats to get the win before the team hopped on a plane back home. In other news, Jackie Bradley Jr.’s hit streak remains alive and well." -Dan Perrera, designer at Fore Design

"The Royals and the Red Sox split the doubleheader caused by a rainout on Monday night. In the first game, Steven Wright tossed his second complete game of the season but Boston’s offense came up just short of getting the win. In the night game, David Price returned to form and shut down the Royals’ bats to get the win before the team hopped on a plane back home. In other news, Jackie Bradley Jr.’s hit streak remains alive and well." -Dan Perrera, designer at Fore Design


 "In a repeat of the previous game, the Red Sox racked up 16 hits and 13 runs — even without David Ortiz in the lineup — to clobber the Oakland A’s. Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 16 games while Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, and Travis Shaw each hit home runs." -Amy Parker, designer at Fore Design

"In a repeat of the previous game, the Red Sox racked up 16 hits and 13 runs — even without David Ortiz in the lineup — to clobber the Oakland A’s. Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 16 games while Mookie Betts, Hanley Ramirez, and Travis Shaw each hit home runs." -Amy Parker, designer at Fore Design


Beautiful, right? I would love to learn from this pair and ask them to share their process with me. How did they even start? How did they decide which aspects of the game to illustrate? How long did each piece take? Was this purely independent or did they offer help to one another and collaborate?

Personal, fun projects are so important for everyone -- whether you're in a creative field or not. It's important to exercise your creative muscles and challenge yourself to learn or develop new skills. For this reason, I started taking calligraphy classes a year ago via Skillshare. I didn't do a very good job staying on top of it or regularly practicing (I was the lazy pregnant lady). It interests me a great deal, but not as much as this type of work. Maybe look into taking classes like this one or..ooooohhhh wait! This one! 

What do you do to keep learning? How do you challenge yourself? Who or what inspires you?