Comparative information through 2D infographics has become THE way to communicate numbers at a glance.
Check out “InfObjects”, three dimensional info-visualization by Johannes Tsopanides. Fun data driven designs with a communicative purpose. Using opensource software he uses data to generate designs then 3D prints them as tangible objects. Within the topic of food, he has created a model based on the amount of energy, CO2 and cost of particular dishes and their ingredients. The products are not intended to be objects of utility. They rather have the function to raise awareness for the topic & could be used within the context of an information campaign. His design studio SHAPES iN PLAY have developed other projects using using parametric design & data driven geometries including a couple very cool sound based projects.