This isn’t new, but I think it’s brilliant. Jonathan Jarvis is responsible for this tremendous motion graphics information graphic titled “The Crisis of Credit” in which he explains the underlying reasons for the credit crisis with simple, slick, and stunning visuals and animations. He writes:

The goal of giving form to a complex situation like the credit crisis is to quickly supply the essence of the situation to those unfamiliar and uninitiated. This project was completed as part of my thesis work in the Media Design Program, a graduate studio at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

“The Short and Simple Story of the Credit Crisis”:

Here’s another fantastic motion graphics piece by Jarvis:

The New Mediators is a design practice that helps to clarify complicated situations. By designing graphic language systems that function across print, video, interactive and performance formats, it proposes a new role for designers and a new approach to transparency in an increasingly complex world.

New Mediators are practitioners who combine methods from design, journalism, and narrative analysis. The result is designed transparency information that is not only made available, but accessible, relevant and beautiful.

This introductory animation attempts the method advocated by the New Mediators to explain the project itself.

The New Mediators: