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DataViz Storytelling—The UnEmpathetic Art?

DataViz Storytelling—The UnEmpathetic Art? | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Can dataviz evoke empathy? Should it even? And if so how? First post in a series towards The Responsible Data Forum on the topic of Data Visualization, Jan 2016, NYC.
by Mushon Zer-Aviv (@mushon)
“If I look at the mass I will never act. If I look at the one, I will.” —Mother Teresa
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Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a different article on the art and science of visualizing data (dataviz for short). It brings to light a debate in the data world about whether infographics and similar tools should generate empathy in the viewer.


Fascinating! I understand the scepticism and resistance of analytical types against using storytelling or story elements in communicating their research. The author, Mushon Zer-Aviv, a designer and media activist in NY and Tel Aviv, digs into the different opinions in the dataviz world, and shares an example of how visually displaying data and empathy can work together very powerfully.


Since storytelling is both a right-brain + left brain vehicle for communication, why leave half the brain at home when working with data? Haven't we proven that storytelling is the most powerful form of communication available to us, being field tested for 100,000+ years?


Sure, storytelling is fraught with ethical and moral dilemmas, just like analytical data. Seems a better way to approach these two approaches is to go for a "yes, and" instead of an "either/or": "Yes, each side has its strengths/weaknesses, and combined together they can be even better".


That's what Zer-Aviv's point is. You will definitely enjoy this easy-to-read post with clear examples that back up the author's suggestions.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

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4 Critical Steps for Telling Your Data’s Story

4 Critical Steps for Telling Your Data’s Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Editor's note: this post is part of our investigation into Big Data Design and Social Science. Michael Freeman covers the use of storytelling frameworks in visualizations in his new...
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a 4 step process for taking complex data and shaping it into a story so it is easy to understand. Really, these 4 steps are all about how to think better about the data so you can better find and share its story.


In reality, there is a lot more to visualizing data and combining that with good storytelling skills. But these 4 steps lay a strong foundation for getting started. There's a video for sale on the site that suggests a more thorough treatment. I have no affiliation with it, and you'll need to check it out if you are interested.


I'm pleased however, that we are starting to get much better a data storytelling and getting good advice now about how to do it.


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Do you stink at visual storytelling? Then here are 17 battle-tested resources for you

Do you stink at visual storytelling? Then here are 17 battle-tested resources for you | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Even if you have an eye for design, you may still suck at making visuals for your campaigns. These 17 resources can help – no Photoshop skills required.
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When you want to do visual storytelling well, you need great tools and a little design know-how.


What makes a great tool? It's easy to use, there's hardly any learning curve, and you don't need to know about design to produce fabulous material.


What about design know-how though? Well, as you use the tools if you want to go a bit deeper and become more design savvy, there are some easy ways to boost your knowledge.


Hence this post by Ritika Purl about 17 resources to help you with visual storytelling.


Some of these you might know about -- like Prezi. But what I like that Purl has done is also list the shortcomings for each tool.


Gems you probably haven't seen before is Karen X Cheng's blueprint for hacking design and General Assembly's Visual Design Hacking Class. Or Unbounce's Guide to Conversion Centered Design -- now that looks cool.


I'm also going to check out Canva. I've been looking for a tool to put together photos and text that tell a story.


Enjoy these. I hope you find good stuff here.


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SEVEN STEPS TO PERFECT STORIES???

SEVEN STEPS TO PERFECT STORIES??? | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
From structure and plot to heroes and characters, your story must have everything in place if it's to connect with the reader. Follow our guide to storytelling success.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Ay yi yi -- I've sat on this post for a day or two contemplating whether to ignore it or scoop.it. I had decided to ignore it until I saw it making the rounds with a lot of fanfare. Usually, if I disagree with too much in an article or post, I don't curate it to avoid sounding cranky. But here goes.


I really like the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and their focus on creating quality content. Their guidance overall is great. Here is what bothers me about this infographic they produced:


  1. It is pretty but deceptive. It promises you 7 steps to a perfect story but it more confusing than helpful, IMHO. The entire piece is based on Hollywood storytelling which only takes a business so far. All stories must move people to action and that is completely missing here!
  2. The explanation of the plot forms is confusing. Can you describe to me what the Frustration Stage is? How about the Dream Stage? How about the Nightmare Stage? I can guess, but then I'm guessing, right? Not helpful.
  3. The entire piece is also based on the Hero's journey. That's fine, but hardly the whole enchilada of biz storytelling. In fact, the Hero's journey gets businesses into trouble sometimes. Think of cowboy leaders, misplaced hero worship (it's not about you, it's about them), and rewarding individuals (let's find the hero who made it all happen) over teams.
  4. Character types are interesting, but still limited to the Hero's journey. CMI believes that the only way business can understand storytelling and get on board with it is if they frame everything as the Hero's journey. They say companies really 'get it' then. So sad. I think we are all more intelligent than that.
  5. If anything, this infographic is really geared towards marketing folks. But marketing is only a slice of business (yes, a big slice). And marketing stories have to match internal org stories for maximum value in the marketplace. So this infographic could lead you down a rabbit hole if you aren't listening for stories around your business first, before jumping on this bandwagon.


Oh, and BTW -- crafting a story by working out its structure first doesn't work, as any storyteller will tell you. Best to use info about structure to check your story AFTER you've crafted it to see what is missing and might need to add.


So all in all, this infographic won't help you very mcuh to craft and tell better stories for growing your business or helping you as a leader, IMHO. It's fun, though. But I sure wish CMI would upgrade to Story 2.0. 


What do you think? Could you actually use this infographic?


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

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Hans Heesterbeek's curator insight, July 30, 2013 1:48 AM

Great graph and a way to geet your story told

Vnay Thoke's curator insight, August 28, 2013 4:17 AM

Perfect for amatuer writers.

Hans Heesterbeek's curator insight, September 20, 2013 12:38 AM

Nice infographic

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The 10 Commandments of Presentations

The 10 Commandments of Presentations | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

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Karen Dietz's insight:

Another great infographic on rules to keep in mind when crafting and delivering your stories via presentations!


And thank you to fellow curator Baiba Svenca for finding and sharing this piece.


My favorite? "Thou shalt not induce migraine or double vision with bad design."


It's Friday, we all deserve a chuckle after a long week, so enjoy these pithy Commandments :))


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Karen Dietz's comment, July 27, 2013 6:14 PM
Glad you like it Jesus!
Marie-Brigitte Souci's curator insight, August 19, 2013 7:45 PM

Great post and imagination. #BRIGITTESOUCI

Marie-Brigitte Souci's curator insight, August 19, 2013 7:45 PM

#BRIGITTESOUCI

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A Data Scientist's Real Job: Storytelling

A Data Scientist's Real Job: Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Crunching numbers is only half the battle.
Karen Dietz's insight:

I couldn't agree more. I'm working right now with a client on measures, data, metrics, standards, and figuring out how to tell the story in ways that can influence changes in behavior.


Who said storytelling was only about sharing experiences? It is also about finding data, shaping that into a shareable story, and then delivering the story the data is telling you so people can be influenced.


Here's an article that speaks directly to those issues -- and gives advice for how to bring data to life, and tell its story.


What I like it that it starts with "The Art of the Question". In other words, the data you will use depends on the questions you are asking. Get the questions right and the story begins to unfold.


There are other tips here that are also helpful. For all you big data-heads out there -- or for anyone confronted with a lot of data -- read this article so you can start figuring out the story to share.


And thank you for Giuseppe Mauriello for finding and pointing me to this post!


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Mike Ellsworth's comment, April 15, 2013 11:12 AM
Insight Narrator, you're right. Context should be in the forefront of data analysis because you can't tell a story with the data without it.
Karen Dietz's comment, April 15, 2013 12:49 PM
I agree completely! Thank you for your comments.
Social2Health's curator insight, May 14, 2013 9:07 AM

Social is also adding the "story" back in data storytelling.

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We Need Social Producers: Catalysts for Conversations, Info & ROI

We Need Social Producers: Catalysts for Conversations, Info & ROI | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
This piece came to me from my fellow curator Jan Gordon. She is an EXCELLENT curator and if you follow her curation it will help your business a lot.

What I really like about this piece is its basic question -- are you sharing your biz stories for messaging or for engagement? These are two very different activities and will generate different results for your business.

Read Jan's excellent review below, read Brian Solis' article, and start shifting your storytelling so you can achieve better business results!


This wonderful piece was written by Brian Solis and as always, he captured the essence of what's needed to move your content to the next level, where your audience becomes an active participant. This is where relationships and communities are built, brand advocates, word of mouth and commerce follows if this is done right.


Here's what caught my attention:


Social Producers are the new storytellers


**To thrive in social, mobile and new media in general, we need much more than content producers, we need a new breed of designers that grasp the elements of online sharing and have mastered the ART of social media


**They know how to  trigger desirable (and social) actions, reactions and transactions


**A new genre of social producers are taking aim at developing content strategies that are not only consumable, they're shareable, actionable and act as catalysts or sparks for relevant conversations.


**These social producers are in fact masters of their domains and understand the culture and the laws of information commerce within each


The difference between Social Producers and traditional content creators is they begin with social outcomes


**they understand the relationship between cause and effect and they bake-in conversation starters related to an integrated and business-focused strategy


**Social producers think about the overall experience and the effect where a social object is at the center of the dialogue and interaction they envision....within each network


**The overall story and outcome defines the nature of the social object.


Takeaway


**Beyond shareability, the social producers also think about resonance. Conversations on social networks move quickly.


**What was trending an hour ago gives way to  the next social object that captures everyone's attention until that too is replaced by the next shiny object and so on.


**Resonance is a technique that allows a social object to enjoy a greater lifespan and continue to swim upstream while other content strategies wash away in real-time.


**As you think about your content strategy for social networks, do so from the perspective of a social producer.


**While the social effect is certainly a goal, the social effect is also the result of social design.


**In the end, people are going to talk, so give them something to talk about!


Curated by Jan Gordon covering, "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/Qvxa6J]


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janlgordon's comment, September 25, 2012 11:10 AM
Marty, I loved your insights and comments, right on the money - this is indeed one of those articles that ignites that spark in me and I can see in you as well - taking static content and moving it to the next level. Thank you for your kind words and wisdom as well.
Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, September 25, 2012 12:05 PM
Thanks Jan. I think your notes are more valuable than the article and this is NOT the first time that has been true :). Certainly the article by itself isn't as powerful as article + your note, so the very definition of the benefit of content curation - content becomes more valuable with each touch :). M
Josette Williams's comment, October 1, 2012 4:14 PM
Really happy you like this article Gust.
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How To Make Your Message Stick Infographic

How To Make Your Message Stick Infographic | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A great infographic about how to make your message stick. This is perfect for any budding social entrepreneurs trying to figure out how to convey their ideas to potential funders, partners, employees,...


LOVE this infographic! It's all about using storytelling and story elements to make your content stick. The infographic makes perfect sense, is easy to read and understand, and is right on!


Keep this one handy and refer to it often :)) I know I will be using it in my classes and workshops.


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Effective Nonprofit Storytelling: Charity “Aspire” Gets Funding Through Targeted Emails Bearing Mini-Graphic Novels

Effective Nonprofit Storytelling: Charity “Aspire” Gets Funding Through Targeted Emails Bearing Mini-Graphic Novels | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Merely knowing what a charity does isn’t always enough to convince potential donors to lend financial support. Sometimes you have to know who the charity does it for, too.


Now how creative is this?!! I love that nonprofit Aspire uses an infographic to share a story, and also creates a very effective video story about their email campaign using the infographic.


The infographic is not about the organization, but about the people it serves.  Yeah! They got it right!


Enjoy this material. You too can do this! And I encourage you to do so. It is quite ingenious and it will gain you results.


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4 Steps to Viral, Or How to Create Infographics That Blow up the Web

4 Steps to Viral, Or How to Create Infographics That Blow up the Web | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Infographics have been growing like weeds in our content garden for the past few years.


Got data? Then find the story to share first. Want data? Then find the story to share first. That's the basic message of this article -- hooray! Finally someone is putting the right horse in front of the cart.


All too often infographics are generated today that don't tell a story well. Now not every infographic needs to tell a story. But if you want impact, sharing the data using story principles is essential: "Instead," says the author, "you get the typical 'collection of facts' infographic done with a rushed and insulting design."


As author Jess Bachman says, "There are three main components to an awesome infographic: story, design, and data. The most important one, at least to the viral end, is the story. And the story is usually where most of the 'fail' happens. Below, I’ll give you my top four strategies for finding and telling good stories with infographics."


He then goes on to share good tips on finding the story in your data or dropping the project.


Once you have that story, if you want more nuts and bolts advice about shaping your visual story using story elements, then check out my guest blog post here: "Creating Stories Infographics: Why Do They Fail + What To" Do http://commetrics.com/articles/storied-infographics-why-do-they-fail/

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The History of Content Marketing [Infographic] - Corporate Storytelling is Not New

The History of Content Marketing [Infographic] - Corporate Storytelling is Not New | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
An infographic detailing the history of content marketing in timeline form.


Here's a great infographic that puts content creation and marketing in perspective. It's not the whole landscape of biz storytelling, but it does put a context around this one application.

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Why “Infographic Thinking” Is The Future, Not A Fad -- Visual Storytelling

Why “Infographic Thinking” Is The Future, Not A Fad -- Visual Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
We get a lot of infographic pitches. Almost all of them suck. Why?


Here's a lovely video and great article about infographics and narrative as a form of visual storytelling.


What is an infographic? You will see plenty of examples here.


What does this have to do with narrative? The best infographics tell a story or trigger stories within our minds. The designer being interviewed on the video, Francesco Franchi explains how and why.


I hope you like the video (5+ min.) and the insights Francesco shares with us. Very interesting!

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Karen Dietz's comment, April 3, 2012 10:46 AM
Thank you for re-scooping this Guglielmo! Have a great week :)
Guglielmo Cornelli's comment, April 3, 2012 10:56 AM
Tx to you!! Have a great week! ;)
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Infographics for Nonprofits: The New Storytelling

Infographics for Nonprofits: The New Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

"As Beth Kanter remarked on a public Google Plus thread about creating useful infographics, “I think that information visualization is a necessity in this age of data overload and seeing the forest beyond the trees.” I agree with that statement, and personally jump to view the “shiny new storytelling toy” whenever I see an infographic. Infographics represent an exciting new storytelling avenue for nonprofit organizations, enabling them to share important data stories, visually."


I don't know how I missed this post by colleague and fellow curator Debra Askanase but it's a good one!


Debra makes the point that infographics can and should tell a story.  She then gives tips on how to do so and resources to use.  


And I love the infographic at the top of the article! It's a perfect example of one that blends both data and storytelling elements.


What are the story elements an infographic can use to be more effective?

  1. It needs to be emotionally engaging in ways that offer people a way to make a difference
  2. Metphor
  3. A beginning, middle & end with a story arc
  4. Statement of a problem and ways for resolution
  5. Story triggers -- graphics and words that trigger stories within the minds of viewers
  6. A point, a key message
  7. Suggested actions to take


Not all infographics need to tell a story. Before embarking on creating an infographic, ask yourself the following strategic questions:

  1. Who is my target audience?
  2. What important information does my target audience need or want to hear?
  3. Is the purpose of the infographic to share information, educate people, or create a context for understanding an issue?
  4. Is the purpose of the infographic to spark action -- either donations, support, or advocacy?
  5. What is my key message? What do I want my viewers to take away from the experience?


If you answered YES to #4, then you need your infographic to tell a story.  If you answered YES to #3, then your infographic only needs to convey information.


Go read the article for more great infographic insights.

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The Ultimate Kit of Content Marketing Storytelling Templates: Free!

The Ultimate Kit of Content Marketing Storytelling Templates: Free! | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Download this content marketing kit, including 6 free templates to easily create ebooks, blog posts, infographics, social media content, SlideShare presentations, and press releases.
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Woo hoo -- just what we need to get started this Monday! Here's a free downloadable kit from HubSpot containing 95+ templates you can use for creating content and storytelling.


What's not to love about that? From blog posts to e-books, to infographics, to social media this kit has got you covered.


Fill the templates in with your stories and other material and you are good to go.


I hope this post makes an easier and fabulous week for you!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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How to Create an Infographic in an Hour w/ 10 Free Templates

How to Create an Infographic in an Hour w/ 10 Free Templates | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Wouldn't it be great if creating infographics was just as simple as writing regular ole text-based blog posts? Unfortunately, the reality is that making visual content like this usually takes a lot more time, effort, and let's face it -- skill -- than the written word. 


Usually.But considering the popularity and effectiveness of visual content in marketing today, you can't just afford to throw in the towel. That's why we decided to take all the pain and suffering out of infographic creation. 


Seriously -- don't throw in the towel just yet. You, too, can create professional-looking, high-quality infographics ... quickly! And I'm going to prove it. First things first ...


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Karen Dietz's insight:

I'm back from being on the road for a week and working hard when I discovered this post from fellow curator Jeff Domansky on his Public Relations & Social Media Insight curation.


Creating infographics can be challenging. Imagine my delight in stumbling across this article from HubSpot on creating infographics with PowerPoint using the 10 FREE templates provided. Woo hoo!


I hope these templates make your life easier, and become great tools for creating visual stories for your business. And thanks Jeff for finding and sharing the offering!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Carmen Ramos's curator insight, April 12, 2015 12:36 PM

Infographiken erstellen einfach gemacht, mit Power Point

Lori Wilk's curator insight, April 14, 2015 10:04 AM

It's great to have tools to make your more #effective and #efficient that allows you to improve your #productivity. Execellent to help us to learn about creating #infographics

 

 

 

Mery Elvis Mt's curator insight, October 7, 2015 8:34 PM

Crear infografías genera un alto engagement, aprende como hacerlas en menos de 1 hora

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Data Overwhelm: Tell Better Stories Instead

Data Overwhelm: Tell Better Stories Instead | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Storytelling in business is the only way we can derive meaning from the cacophony of communication that fills our lives.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is a great inforgraphic and the blog post has a powerful message to go along with it. With people overwhelmed with data and information, help them sort through it by sharing stories instead. That's what creates meaning. And trust. And better communications.


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Cilian Fennell's comment, September 27, 2013 6:40 AM
Excellent. I was just thinking about this last week- http://www.cilianfennell.com/storytelling/
Karen Dietz's comment, September 27, 2013 12:03 PM
Fabulous Cilian. Glad it is making the rounds. Thanks for the comment and link!
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Cut through info overload with effective storytelling [infographic]

Cut through info overload with effective storytelling [infographic] | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

How do you make the voice of your business heard over the din online? By telling your story.  Take a look at the full infographic to see the process broken down into five easy steps:

1. show, don't tell

2. make sure your message doesn't get skimmed

3. manage information for your audience

4. don't let your brand get lost in marketing overload

5. don't let your information get lost in different places


Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great infographic showing how storytelling on the web cuts through the clutter and overwhelm! Many thanks to fellow curator Kim Zinke for finding and sharing this gem.


It is designed for B2B audiences, but works for B2C folks just as well.

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Karen Dietz's comment, July 25, 2013 1:40 PM
Glad you like it Samuel!
Bad Spoon's curator insight, July 26, 2013 1:59 AM

Les avantages du storytelling dans un environnement marketing B2B surchargé, sous la forme d'une infographie

Grondin Samuel's curator insight, July 26, 2013 2:57 AM
Comment faites-vous la voix de votre entreprise entendu dans le vacarme en ligne? En racontant votre histoire. Jetez un oeil à la pleine infographie pour voir le processus décomposé en cinq étapes faciles:

1. montrer, ne pas dire

2. assurez-vous que votre message ne soit pas écrémé

3. gérer les informations pour votre auditoire

4. ne laissez pas votre marque se perdre dans la surcharge de commercialisation

5. ne laissez pas vos informations se perdre dans des endroits différents
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Key Insights on Telling a Story with Data

Key Insights on Telling a Story with Data | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Five rules for doing it right...(How to Tell a Story with Data)  @HarvardBiz http://t.co/CcaxzewsjB 

Karen Dietz's insight:

It must be the season for data storytelling because here is another terrific article on how to take data, shape it into meaningful material, and share it as a story to complement a presentation. This adds another influencing tool to your storytelling toolkit.


I really like how the author Jim Stikeleather reminds us of the different types of audiences we need to pay attention to when shaping data into a story. His list is excellent!


I also like this quote from the piece: "Finding the narrative structure will help you decide whether you actually have a story to tell. If you don't, then perhaps this visualization should support exploratory data analysis (EDA) rather than convey information."


And there are very good insights here on not censoring, being balanced, and the time you spend on editing.


For all of us who need or want to share data as part of our storytelling skills, this article is helpful.


This article was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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cristian rafael's comment, April 26, 2013 6:15 PM
hola
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easel.ly | create and share infographics -- visual storytelling

easel.ly | create and share infographics -- visual storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

An easy way to create infographics and posters with ready-made visual themes - vhemes.


Wow -- I see several templates I'm going to use today for my work with clients. What fun! This platform looks easy to use and I hope it is. Talk about some great visual storytelling!


In the meantime, I hope you find some templates you can use. Enjoy playing!


Thanks to fellow curator Baiba Svenca for finding this and sharing!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 


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Alfredo Corell's comment, November 13, 2012 2:30 AM
Everybody could be relaxed... it's finally working back. Enjoy!!!
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For more information on Online Solutions, please visit our website or contact us.

Cb Bowman's curator insight, September 10, 2013 12:31 PM

The current wave in marketing and/ or knowledge sharing. 

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Friday Fun! A Narrative Structures Infographic that's hilarious. “Study up, screenwriters!” | Go Into The Story

Friday Fun! A Narrative Structures Infographic that's hilarious. “Study up, screenwriters!” | Go Into The Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

See, that’s not so hard! What other move genre ‘recipes’ could you come up with?


LOL -- I love these short story structures all put together in a fun infographic. And don't forget to read the comments on the blog -- there are several more structures people came up with.


Now most of these you probably wouldn't use in business, but they way they are portrayed is a hoot anyway. Enjoy!


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10 Steps To Designing An Amazing [Storied] Infographic

10 Steps To Designing An Amazing [Storied] Infographic | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Information can be useful--and even beautiful--but only when it’s presented well. In an age of information overload, any guidance through the clutter comes as a welcome relief. That’s one reason for the recent popularity of information graphics.


Got data? Need it to tell a story? Then make sure you read this article about constructing a storied infographic. An infographic is one visual storytelling method.


Yes, there are graphics tips here for us non-graphics people like "Choosing a Format". But the majority of the article is about effective storytelling with data. Like tips on "Finding the Narrative" and "Identifying Problems" (essential to a good story) to locating the "Hero" or key message.


And I like how the author, Josh Smith, dicusses determining a visual approach.


In the end, having graphic design skills seems necessary to do this type of visual storytelling well. 


Yet I think that there are plenty of ways to use the tips in this article to take simple data in our work and turn it into visually inspiring pieces without being a graphic designer. 


So take these tips and play/experiment with the simple tools we do have available to us non-graphic biz folks: PowerPoint, MSPublisher, Excel, Keynote, Prezi, and the like.


Read the full article here: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1670019/10-steps-to-designing-an-amazing-infographic 


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

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Infographic Builders: 9 Free Tools To Create Great Visual Charts

Infographic Builders: 9 Free Tools To Create Great Visual Charts | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Here is a handy short guide to nine free infographic creation tools that can be utilized to create enticing visuals, word charts and data-based infographics without having special technical skills.

 

Useful. 8/10

 

Check them all out: http://www.infographicsarchive.com/create-infographics-and-data-visualization/ 

 

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Hey All -- sometimes in business we need to display/convey data with our storytelling. So how do you display data in engaging ways? I love this article because it shares 6 free tools to use, plus there's a little tutorial on how to make infographics.


We all know how important it is to have the right tool for the job at hand. Bookmark this article so when you need the tools you have them. Enjoy playing with your numbers and showing them in different ways!


Thank you Robin Good for curating this article.


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Trude Burnett's curator insight, May 9, 2014 3:48 PM

Good tools to make Infographics

becool's curator insight, May 4, 2015 6:40 AM

Infographics voor zij die er nog steeds zot van zijn.

Sahana Chattopadhyay's curator insight, May 4, 2015 11:59 PM

Infographics are great tools to present curated and focused content from a specific perspective. 

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Infographic: Social Media for Brands is All About the Story

Infographic: Social Media for Brands is All About the Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

At Social Media Week 2012 in New York City last week, Yahoo! Director of Market Research Edwin Wong presented findings from the Yahoo!/BBDO study, "What's Your Story." The graphic above shows the discrepancy between how consumers and marketers value storytelling.


OK marketers -- get with the program! This quick infographic show how consumers and marketers value stories differently. Consumers want more stories! 


I like that the infographic also shows the kinds of stories customers are seeking.


So get busy all you entrepreneurs, small biz folks, and marketing professionals. This infographic says it all -- find and share those stories!

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Thank you for re-scooping this! Have a great week -- Karen
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The Art of Storytelling -- Infographic

The Art of Storytelling -- Infographic | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
via flickr.com Love this set of doodles from Sunni Brown on the art of storytelling by Robert McKee. All businesses should take the art of storytelling seriously, it really can set you apart from the competition.


There are great points about story here for every business person. I particularly like, "Don't imitate anyone," and "It's not language, it's far beyond that."


Keep this one for your infographics file :)

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Creating Storied infographics: Why Do They Fail + What To Do?

Creating Storied infographics: Why Do They Fail + What To Do? | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Statistics and infographics are best understood if used together with a metaphor or analogy. We explain how to make this work for you.


Displaying data as a story is challenging, yet figuring out how to do this is a hot topic these days.


In this guest blog post I recently wrote, I explain how to bring storytelling and story elements into displays of data (infographics) to create stronger connections to readers plus more powerful knowledge transfer.


I hope it helps everyone as they work with stories in their business, and data in their presentations.

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