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Is Data Visualization Art?

Is Data Visualization Art? | visual data | Scoop.it

Data Visualization is driven by data. Its form is often derived from optimizing the efficiency of inputting data (and information about that data) into a human brain. It is a very pragmatic practice, built around numbers and logic.


And yet it is beautiful. It evokes emotions. It can be aesthetically pleasing, or hideous. It communicates complex concepts and provokes thought. It is consumed for enjoyment. Some visualizations even share similarities with poetry.

There are several stages in the life cycle of data visualizations, and while the core of the practice is driven by rational thinking, any number of stages in the process have opportunities for subjective decisions or artistic interpretations...

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An overview of the creative and artistic processes involved in data visualization...

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10 of the Best Sources for Infographic Inspiration

10 of the Best Sources for Infographic Inspiration | visual data | Scoop.it
Information graphics or “infographics” are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge.

Infographics help us absorb facts and figures in the most effective way possible. They come in extremely handy when you need to explain complex information, numbers or data rather quickly and effectively. One cool way to get inspired is to look at some of the best infographics out there.

Infographics are an excellent way to add humor or irreverence to tell a great story in short possible way. However, infographics can be pretty hard to design since you have to gather together a lot of information and make it look good. Today we're to sharing the top places to see some great visual graphics and also find inspiration to create your own...

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The Data + Design Project

The Data + Design Project | visual data | Scoop.it
Here at Visual News, we've been looking for designers/illustrators to participate in an ongoing design series called the Data + Design Project.

As an off-shoot of Column Five Media, we are ardent supporters of the union between data and design. Last month we started curating the Data + Design Project gallery as a way to show how flexible and beautiful data visualizations can actually be. With the Visual News website getting over 1.1 million monthly visitors, 13,000 Facebook fans and 2,900 Twitter followers, we hope this can become a valuable resource for inspiration.
Each month, a few designers are invited to create a data visualization piece, using data about a subject which interests them. We will be assigning a featured visualization theme at the beginning of the month, then it is up to the designer to decide how complex or simple they want to make their graphic based on that theme. Each week we will post another designer’s creation for all to learn from and enjoy...

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Visual.ly: A Gallery Of Amazing Infographics Online

Visual.ly: A Gallery Of Amazing Infographics Online | visual data | Scoop.it
If you are the usual web and information geek, then you probably love looking at infographics.
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Latest Creative Infographic Trends: a visualization gallery

Latest Creative Infographic Trends: a visualization gallery | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics have become very famous the past years, and there have been have been numerous examples and posts showcasing inspiring and creative infographics related to certain topics across the internet.


This particular collection of designs includes 10 infographics that are not all focused on a specific niche subject, though they can all serve as examples of creative visualizations and innovative ways to convey information. Hopefully they will help inform or provide inspiration for any potential new and developing data visualization projects you may be working on...

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9 Of The World's Most Inspiring Infographics - Co.Design

9 Of The World's Most Inspiring Infographics - Co.Design | visual data | Scoop.it
Co.Design9 Of The World's Most Inspiring InfographicsCo.DesignTaschen is rolling out a book collecting some of the world's best infographics. Here's a taste.

We spend lots of time here at Co.Design hunting down the smartest and most creative infographics to feature daily, but we’re limited by what’s available on the web, what we have permission to publish, and what languages we (and you) can understand. Here to pick up where Infographic of the Day leaves off is Information Graphics (Taschen, April 2012), a 480-page doorstopper of a book that offers up a mind-boggling selection of infographics, many plucked from the furthest reaches of the media firmament. It has more than 400 examples, ranging from an illustration of stalled building projects in a Dutch design rag to a Nicholas Felton-designed chart of CNN.com traffic to a map of sonar and whale songs courtesy of a Danish geological institute.

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Information Is Beautiful Awards

Information Is Beautiful Awards | visual data | Scoop.it

The inspiration for this enterprise is simple: the sheer force of creativity in this community... Such great, curious, uncompromising minds.

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