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12 ways brands and individuals can use infographics

12 ways brands and individuals can use infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
From an annual report to a wedding proposal, here are the uses of the popular way to present information online—with examples of each one.

Infographics are everywhere. It seems as if they stormed out of the very recent Internet-connected past.

But if you think about it, the illustrated flow charts cavemen must have drawn on stone walls to demonstrate how to track and kill a wooly mammoth were infographics. They just weren’t called that back then.

What the latest technology and design allow, however, are many wonderful new uses for these handy, attractive conveyors of data...

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3 Ways to Utilize Infographics for Your Business

3 Ways to Utilize Infographics for Your Business | visual data | Scoop.it

1. Instead of a sea of text talking about how your company helps clients, create a visual representation of such facts. In other words −show don’t tell− the reader why your company is the best choice for their needs.
2. Use an infographic to label and explain the benefits of a particular type of machinery or product. The graphic could not only explain the product, but also include key information on how each piece efficiently works to save the client time, money and resources. Research shows that customers choose and even stay loyal to companies who make their lives easier.
3. Create a typographic and chart-based infographic to display the results of company research, case studies or successful sales statistics. Check out the article and infographics for more information...

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Data visualisation: in defense of bad graphics

Data visualisation: in defense of bad graphics | visual data | Scoop.it
Well, not really - but there is a backlash gathering steam against web data visualisations. Is it deserved?

 

Are most online data visualisations, well, just not very good?

It's an issue we grapple with a lot - and some of you may have noticed a recent backlash against many of the most common data visualisations online...

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It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It

It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It | visual data | Scoop.it

The demand for public data has been accompanied by a desire to present it in more visually appealing and easy to understand ways...

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5 reasons to use an infographic as a press release

5 reasons to use an infographic as a press release | visual data | Scoop.it
Not only will it communicate your client’s message more effectively, but also it help your message stand out among a crowded field of pitches.

 

Why are infographics so effective? And why should you consider doing a press release in infographic style? Here are five reasons...

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Points of view: Arrows

Points of view: Arrows | visual data | Scoop.it

Arrows are one of the most commonly used graphical devices in scientific figures. In the July 2011 issue of Nature Methods alone I counted nearly 300 instances of arrows; more than half of the figures contain them. Given the widespread use of arrows, it is worthwhile to take a closer look at this privileged class of diagrammatic form and how we might benefit from its use.

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Can infographics show you the money?

Can infographics show you the money? | visual data | Scoop.it
History teaches that deception is an easy way to get people's attention. Some infographics may accentuate the positive to point us to the truth, but most just create confusion.
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20 Websites Using Infographics

20 Websites Using Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Here are some awesome examples of how infographics make websites more effective and user-friendy.

 

Infographics include mean maps, diagrams, schemes and other methods of data visualization. Actually, almost any combination of text and graphics could work well, and a successful infographics is the one that makes things clear and easy to understand.

If you think that your website could benefit from infographics, but you need some inspiration before you get started, here are some awesome examples of how infographics make websites more effective and user-friendy.

As you may guess, it takes time and efforts to create infographics that are not confusing, but well organized and informative. So we believe that the more sources of inspiration you have, the better...

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The Debate: Have Infographics Jumped The Shark?

The Debate: Have Infographics Jumped The Shark? | visual data | Scoop.it
Megan McArdle at the Atlantic piles on the Infographic debate, " issuing a plea to bloggers to help stop this plague in its track."...

 

A while back I asked 'Have infographics jumped the shark?'.

At the time I was complaining primarily about how well they convey information and how easy they are to check since they lack hyperlinks. I alluded to some pretty strange linkbait. Then we, like a lot of other sites, got caught in the pure linkbait play Bikes Will Save You and the Planet (Infographic) which is still up for some reason. Chris responded to this with his post On Bike Infographics & Link Marketing, where he noted that even a good infographic can make us feel "icky" if they are linkbait.

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Word Clouds Considered Harmful

Word Clouds Considered Harmful | visual data | Scoop.it
The New York Times senior software architect would like the newest "mullets of the Internet" to go back from whence they came.

So what’s so wrong with word clouds, anyway? To understand that, it helps to understand the principles we strive for in data journalism. At The New York Times, we strongly believe that visualization is reporting, with many of the same elements that would make a traditional story effective: a narrative that pares away extraneous information to find a story in the data; context to help the reader understand the basics of the subject; interviewing the data to find its flaws and be sure of our conclusions.

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Resume Infographics, A Passing Trend of the Future?

Resume Infographics, A Passing Trend of the Future? | visual data | Scoop.it
Are resume infographics a passing trend or the future? How did they evolve? And how can we take advantage of them right now?

When it comes to infographic resumes, the critics haven’t entirely weighed in yet. Commenters on posts predicting infographics as the resumes of the future point out the difficulty of reading some infographics. Not to mention the fact that certain industries, like accounting and business, may not appreciate the creativity preferring the straight up, cut-to-the-chase resume. So, what are the latest thoughts on the infographic resume, and how can you adapt them to your needs?

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5 misconceptions about visualization

5 misconceptions about visualization | visual data | Scoop.it

Last month, I had the pleasure of spending a week at the Census Bureau as a "visiting scholar." They're looking to boost their visualization efforts across all departments, and I put in my two cents on how to go about doing it. For being a place where there is so much data, the visual side of things is still in the early stages, generally speaking.
During all the meetings, there were recurring themes about what visualization is and what it is used for. Some people really got it, but others were new to the subject, and we ran into a few misconceptions that I think are worth repeating.

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Spirals for Periodic Data

Spirals for Periodic Data | visual data | Scoop.it

The common wisdom in visualization is that to find periodicity in data, it should be displayed on a spiral whose period the user can control. Repeating patterns are easy to spot on a spiral, and its layout suggests repetition. But are spirals really the most effective way of finding periodic patterns?

Here is an interactive version that lets you compare spirals against a rectangular layout to find out for yourself.

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