Knowing the process behind memory retention is useful when visualising data for a story, so here are three areas to consider to make your visualisations more memorable
Una Sinnott's insight:
With the increasing use of data visualisations to tell stories, journalists run the risk of creating visualisations that do not stand out from the many other, similar charts, tables, and infographics online. By using custom colours, unusual forms, and juxtaposition of symbols and images you can ensure your visualisations have impact and are remembered.
You can create your own Twitter Archiving tool using Google Sheets in 5 minutes. It will automatically save all tweets for any Twitter hashtag or search term in a spreadsheet.
Una Sinnott's insight:
A quick tutorial from Digital Inspiration which runs through how you can save tweets related to a specific hashtag to a Google spreadsheeet and archive them for future reference. This could be particularly useful for collecting information on a breaking story or event, and the saved tweets can be accessed if and when you need them for an article, or you could use the archive to Storify the highlights of a trend.
Visage makes infographics easy, and they customize palettes for free.
If you’re an art director at a media outlet, odds are you have to assign and commission each data visualization you publish. That gets time-consuming, even when the graphic in question is nothing but a small pie chart running alongside a feature story.
Visage, a newly launched platform, provides custom templates for graphics. There are myriad tools on the market that do this (for a gander at 30 of them, check out this list), but Visage is the latest, and it's gaining traction with designers at Mashable, MSNBC, and A&E...
As data visualization expands its reach – through the rise of Massive Online Courses, the countless events and, most significantly, the interconnection between different disciplines and knowledge fields that produce inspiring works and innovative projects -, it’s only natural that the number of folks writing about it keeps rising.
There are literally hundreds of interesting blogs out there, covering all the aspects surrounding the production of quality, effective data visualizations.
Visit the link to find a collection of resources and interesting projects that give a pretty good idea of how vast and rich the data visualization community is...
At a time when journalism is undergoing a profound crisis as a result of the rise of social networks, financing difficulties, and increasing layoffs in the media industry, the 1st Data Journalism Conference organised by the Spanish chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation opened up a new direction for the profession; a future that paradoxically goes back to its origins: to the search for new sources, to objective accounts of events and to data analysis.
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