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Visual Storytelling--The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design - Smashing Magazine

Visual Storytelling--The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design - Smashing Magazine | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Infographics are visual representations of information, or “data viz” as the cool kids call it these days.

 

Here's a great article on how to create infographics, or tell a story using 'data viz.'

 

Translating data into a story is tough work and this article gives us some fabulous tips on how to do it.

 

Not a graphic designer? Don't worry -- as a business person the more you know about how to create a great data viz story, the better you can tell a graphic designer or graphic scriber what you want.

 

Another reason I like this article is because it actually mentions the need to create a storyline for your visual, and know before had what the key message is you are trying to deliver.

 

The storytelling points the article leaves out are the storytelling devices of metaphor, analogy, contrast, and sensory material that are critical to a story's and an infographic's success.  These pieces are implied in the article, but need more direct discussion about.

 

Use this article as a great guide.  And if you want more detail, go dig into "Visualize This" by Nathan Yau (although it can be pretty technical).

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[Your Story] 4 Simple Tools for Creating an Infographic Resume

[Your Story] 4 Simple Tools for Creating an Infographic Resume | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

For our business stories, don't think resume -- think of your 'About' pages!

Think of client projects turned into an infographic!

Think about testimonials or a business process turned into an infographic!

 

Here are four tools to help you do that.  Some may be better than others in using them beyond building a resume.

 

Oh, and if you need a resume, these tools look pretty cool :)

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Interview with Shonali Burke: Analytics Tell Stories

Interview with Shonali Burke: Analytics Tell Stories | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Author Beth Kanter shares her insights on creating quality infographics that tell a story.

 

I've included the article here because inforgraphics are another terrific way to tell stories visually for any business or non-profit.  

 

This article helps us think through what we are trying to accomplish when sharing data.  I love the questions Beth asks of us.

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Visualizing Data And Telling Compelling Stories With OkCupid And FlowingData | Fast Company

Visualizing Data And Telling Compelling Stories With OkCupid And FlowingData | Fast Company | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
OkCupid Word Cloud...

 

Here's a Fast Company article with tips on how to tell a story with data, from the author of the recently published book "Visualize This" Sam Yagan.  Yagan shares some really good insights about the process of creating a story from data that are important to consider.

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A Beginner's Guide to Infographics and Data-Driven Storytelling

A Beginner's Guide to Infographics and Data-Driven Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Nathan Yau's new book, Visualize This, shows how to use design to make sense of an information-flooded world...


Turning data into a compelling story is tough, yet essential work when you need to use data to move others to action.

I haven't reviewed this book yet but it looks to be a winner. I really like the intro video that's on this site. Next step? Amazon.com to get the book! I'll come back to you with a review in a few weeks.
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9 tips to build brand sociability [Infographic] -- Includes Storytelling

9 tips to build brand sociability [Infographic] -- Includes Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
If we agree that engaging with brands in social media is a good thing, then how can we do it better?

 

This is a very cool infographic that helps us build more sociability into our online marketing efforts.

 

While the visual does not specifically mention storytelling, in the 9 Drivers of Brand Sociability, 4 are about storytelling or the dynamics of storytelling.

 

This infographic is geared more toward big companies with big marketing/branding departments.  But the points they bring out apply to any size business.

 

So go grab this document, study it, apply their 9 drivers to your specific business, and get better results.

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Can Stories Be Data?

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Your numerical data can tell stories, but can stories be data that leads to continuous improvement?   Do numbers only matter?

 

And can data be stories!  Absolutely on both counts.  Read more about creating infographics that help tell stories here in this article by Beth Kanter.

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Telling stories with data: additional resources

Telling stories with data: additional resources | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Here's a great resource list of sites, tools, articles, examples, training, videos, and the like to help us tell stories with data.


The link above is broken. Here is the link to the list of resources: http://www.storytellingwithdata.com/p/more-resources.html 

 

Explore to your heart's content and I hope they prove useful to you.

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AHA!: A Best Case Example of Sustainable Storytelling

AHA!: A Best Case Example of Sustainable Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
In the past year or so, there’s been a lot of buzz about the power of storytelling for businesses.

 

This article shares an infographic that for me is the best example of actually sharing a story in this visual form.  It's very creative and businesses can readily do the same.

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