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An infographic explores the state of infographics

An infographic explores the state of infographics | Other Topics | Scoop.it

It turns out 2012 was a huge year for the infographic—internet culture likes its data presented with charming representative imagery. 

 

Business, technology, and social media comprised the most popular topics for this exploding medium, according to data, Singapore searched the term “infographic” more than any other global city. 
The year’s most popular infographic was “What Are the Odds,” which explores how improbable it is that you (or this infographic, for that matter) came into existence in the first place...


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Kristin Newton's curator insight, February 12, 2013 5:58 AM

Is the younger generation becoming more visual and less dependent on words? Or is "a picture worth a thousand words" just a faster way to communicate?

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The Changing Goals of Data Visualization

The Changing Goals of Data Visualization | Other Topics | Scoop.it

'The visual representation of data has gone through a number of phases, with its goals switching back and forth between analysis and presentation over time.

The first uses of graphics to represent data, interestingly, were very bare and abstract, and at the same time were mostly tools for communication. The abstract nature of these early charts is surprising when you consider the amount of ornamentation and decoration that was common with even simple household objects in the early to middle of the 19th century.'

 

The article goes on to briefly describe and provide examples for the following eras of 200 years in visualization theory and practice:

Early to Mid–1800s: Playfair, Nightingale, Snow, Minard 1920–30s: Neurath 1960–70s: Bertin and Tukey 1970–80s: Holmes 1980s: Tufte 2000s: INFOGRAPHICs vs. Visualization

A recommended read for anyone interested in a short history of data analysis and means of visual communication.


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Types of Graphs [infographic]

Types of Graphs [infographic] | Other Topics | Scoop.it
Graphs are a visual treat, as they can present complex information in a quick and easy manner. Mostly graphs are used to reveal a trend, compare statistics or they can be even used to establish relationship between two different variables.

There are several types of graphs and each graph has different display properties to represent the data. Based on the information, choose a graph that depicts data in an effective way.
This infographic shares some interesting information about different graph types.
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Lauren Moss's curator insight, December 16, 2012 7:27 PM

A clear and straightforward infographic on the different types of visual representations of data related to charts and graphs, as well as typical applications and best practices...