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6 Sources of Data – and Inspiration – for Your Visual Content

6 Sources of Data – and Inspiration – for Your Visual Content | visual data | Scoop.it

Six in ten of us are visual learners: people who learn best when information is delivered through the eyes; by looking at images or videos, or reading. That’s just one of the reasons why visual content is so important in today’s content marketing world.

But constantly churning out visual content presents a challenge: you need to find meaningful data to fuel that content and, more importantly, you need to find stories within that data that tie into your brand’s values and strategic goals.


VIsit the link for six easy ways to find your next standout piece.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 16, 2014 8:49 AM

Make it visual and be seen.

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Visualizing Connections In Data & Analyzing Information

Visualizing Connections In Data & Analyzing Information | visual data | Scoop.it

For many data visualization projects, information comes from a source that has already done some aggregation. This is both a blessing and a curse. Aggregation definitely simplifies the analysis and visualization process, but it can also greatly reduce the visualization and analysis options. This is because aggregation often destroys connections in data. For this reason, it's critical to have an in-depth and thorough knowledge and understanding of the information from aggregated information. There are several different visualization techniques that open up once we have the original data, such as Euler diagrams and parallel sets.


The extra information that can be obtained from visualizations is important to gaining a full understanding of the data, and it can lead to a much more interesting story, as well as far better visualizations and more accurate connections and links within those visualizations.

So, when gathering data about something, remember to dig deeper into it, as there are many important connections that happen within data that can provide knowledge beyond just a simple average or total.


To learn more about the value of these connections, sourcing accurate data, and how it is transformed into useful graphics, read the complete article and check out the case study used to convey the main points outlined above...

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kurakura's comment, November 15, 2012 5:17 AM
the last graph on that page is really useful for understanding the data?
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Functional Art: Infographics as moral acts

Functional Art: Infographics as moral acts | visual data | Scoop.it
Edward Tufte is —among many other good things— the Oscar Wilde of information graphics and visualization: He tends to write in aphorisms and epigrams, so he is a very quotable essayist. Here's a paragraph of his that I hold dear:

"Making an evidence presentation is a moral act as well as an intellectual activity. To maintain standards of quality, relevance, and integrity for evidence, consumers of presentations should insist that presenters be held intellectually and ethically responsible for what they show and tell. Thus consuming a presentation is also an intellectual and moral activity."

 

That paragraph speaks to the three persons that coexist in me: The journalist, the educator, and the information designer. Its main theme is central in The Functional Art: Correctly presenting data and phenomena in a graphic is not just a professional endeavor; it is also —above all— an ethical mandate. So is openly and candidly discuss mistakes, yours and others'. In infographics and visualization, the decisions we make on how to encode information, how to organize it, and how to present it, should be guided by a simple principle: Whatever improves citizens' interest in a relevant topic and their understanding of it is morally and ethically* good; whatever obscures the subject, trivializes it, or misleads audiences is bad...

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Infographic of Infographics

Infographic of Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics are a relative young medium. But they are already reaching a certain level of maturity and adopting various conventions. This meta-graphic takes a look at various trends, common elements and visual devices that are becoming commonplace. Now that we know what an infographic is, the real question is where will they go next?

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Getting More From Infographics

Getting More From Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics are on the rise, and well-made, well-placed creations can broaden a brand's reach further than any advertisement.

 

As a visual communication device, infographics lend themselves to the representation of statistical data or explanation of complex relationships. But that’s not where their value ends. In fact, infographics can communicate just about anything, so long as it’s engaging, relevant and more compelling as an image than as pure text.

Infographics come in a variety of formats, too. Layout, orientation and styling are limited only by the creativity of the designer. We’re even starting to see the rise of “infomotion” — infographics with moving elements and interactivity that further engage the audience.

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Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, March 2, 2013 7:03 AM
Tirer le meilleur des Infographies.

Infographies sont à la hausse, et bien fait, les créations bien placés peuvent élargir la portée d'une marque au-delà de toute publicité.

 

En tant que dispositif de communication visuelle, infographie se prêtent à la représentation des données statistiques ou des explications des relations complexes. Mais ce n'est pas là leur valeur se termine. En fait, infographie peuvent communiquer n'importe quoi, tant que c'est engageante, pertinente et plus convaincante que l'image que comme texte pur.

Infographies viennent dans une variété de formats, aussi. Mise en page, l'orientation et le style ne sont limitées que par la créativité du concepteur.Nous commençons même à voir la montée du «infomotion" - infographie avec des éléments mobiles et l'interactivité que la poursuite interpellent le public".


Getting More From Infographics via @MYDstudio http://sco.lt/...


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Adapting Content Strategies in the Ever-Changing World of Social Media

Adapting Content Strategies in the Ever-Changing World of Social Media | visual data | Scoop.it

In their 1991 Pulitzer-winning book The Ants, E.O. Wilson and Bert Hölldobler described an ant colony as a super-organism – a vast social network. The ants in the colony communicate with each other by following chemical trails left by other ants. As we browse the web today, we are provided with social proof of quality by sites that let us know what our trusted friends have liked or shared recently.

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Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, March 2, 2013 7:09 AM
Adapter les stratégies de contenu dans le monde en constante évolution des médias sociaux.

"In their 1991 Pulitzer-winning book The Ants, E.O. Wilson and Bert Hölldobler described an ant colony as a super-organism – a vast social network. The ants in the colony communicate with each other by following chemical trails left by other ants. As we browse the web today, we are provided with social proof of quality by sites that let us know what our trusted friends have liked or shared recently".


Adapting Content Strategies in the Ever-Changing World of Social Media via @MYDstudio http://sco.lt/...


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The Future of Infographics: Better Ways to Present Content

The Future of Infographics: Better Ways to Present Content | visual data | Scoop.it

In terms of visual data and design, instead of making the content or story fit into an infographic, we need to consider what is the best way to present the data or story.


What medium does the content best lend itself to?


To make this shift in finding better ways to present content, we need to change our mindset and our language. When we talk about infographics, we should categorically refer to them as creative pieces to help being confined to a predetermined content format. These formats can include videos, quizzes and other interactive elements that will make the infographic stand apart from the masses.

Visit the link for some strategies and examples of infographics that are on the right path and take an approach that is different than most of the infographics on the web.

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Visualization of the Week: The Evolution of the Web

Visualization of the Week: The Evolution of the Web | visual data | Scoop.it

This week's winning visualization goes to Hyperakt, Vizzuality and members of the Google Chrome team. The web today is a growing universe of interlinked web pages and web apps, teeming with videos, photos, and interactive content. What the average user doesn't see is the interplay of web technologies and browsers that makes all this possible...

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5 Infographics That Teach Us How To Use Infographics

5 Infographics That Teach Us How To Use Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Visually-compelling content can take many forms, from creatively produced videos to engaging Facebook photos. Today, we thought we would give a quick course in one of the the highest forms of visually powerful content: Infographics. Mashable defines infographics as graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge used to present complex information quickly and clearly. Infographics are becoming more common in the building industry, particularly on websites and blogs catering to architects and designers.

The best infographics try to articulate one of five key communications challenges. Read the complete article for an example of each of these challenges in action on popular industry websites...

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Can Stories Be Data?

Can Stories Be Data? | visual data | Scoop.it
Your numerical data can tell stories, but can stories be data that leads to continuous improvement?   Do numbers only matter?
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Beth Kanter's comment, August 31, 2011 5:16 PM
Thanks for including my post and LOVE your collection
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Applying Visual Storytelling to Website Designs | Onextrapixel

Applying Visual Storytelling to Website Designs | Onextrapixel | visual data | Scoop.it
Throughout history, storytelling has been an important communication tool - it’s how people connect with one another through means of entertainment, education, and even to instill moral values in one another.
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Voyurl Watches Your Web Browsing, To Create Custom Infographics | Co. Design

Voyurl Watches Your Web Browsing, To Create Custom Infographics | Co. Design | visual data | Scoop.it
Voyurl now uses your web browsing habits to create a visual audit of your online habits, with the aim of helping you find content you'll like.
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