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How to create a good infographic

How to create a good infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics have become quite popular nowadays since they help people find the right path in the chaos of the crowded online world.


So, it is understandable why designers appreciate this trend so much. However, it's always useful to learn a few tips and pieces of advice.

In this infographic and related article, you will get more details about design, typography, content, color and more...

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Ignasi Alcalde's curator insight, June 27, 2013 8:11 AM

Crear Infografias Con Adobe pack.

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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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How to Make an Infographic Worth a Thousand Words

How to Make an Infographic Worth a Thousand Words | visual data | Scoop.it

As the old saying goes about pictures being "worth a thousand words," so goes the story about infographics.


Infographics are a compelling way to represent complex information quickly and clearly. In an infographic, visual symbols and numbers are used with colors, fonts, and labels to make the data more useful. With the flood of information and exponential data points, it is imperative to focus people's attention on not just the valuable data, but the implications as well.

Storytelling is using a linear narrative to guide people- as the creative and performance marketing communities work together to make sense of data, we must not squander the opportunity that this format provides. We need to create meaningful infographics that minimize information anxiety by conveying the perspective in the most effective manner. Agencies are tasked with providing creative expressions that connect target audiences with meaningful content -- and infographics are by no means any different.

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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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Story Worldwide's Storytelling Matrix

Story Worldwide's Storytelling Matrix | visual data | Scoop.it

This informational video by Story Worldwide has been featured on Brand Stories for a while now. 

One of the tools used when creating branded storytelling is their storytelling matrix — a framework that allows organizations to fully understand and orchestrate their brand narrative.

Its three axes (Activity, Complexity, and Personality) are used to plot in the executions necessary to maximize meaningful interaction with a given group.

The two and a half minute video explains the model and uses a series of Story-produced designs to explain each axis...

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Infographic: A Graphic Tribute To The Designer’s Life

Infographic: A Graphic Tribute To The Designer’s Life | visual data | Scoop.it
Creative workplaces are a unique breed, and more (and more and more) attention is being paid to the logistics of their layouts and design, ensuring that they are engineered to accommodate room for both productivity and play.

But what of those intangible qualities inherent to the non-traditional office experience? Of pressure, heart, pitching, and sacrifice? Grid London’s Ashwin Patel explores these kinds of component parts in his new print, A Studio Life...

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The Process of Creating Data Visualizations

The Process of Creating Data Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered how today’s beautiful visualizations are created? If you Google ‘process of creating a data visualization’, you’d be hard-pressed to find a good resource that describes it. And maybe the reason is that there is no such process — not a formal one, anyway.

Despite not having a required set of steps, here are three stages that the visualization creation proces goes through...

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Mariana Soffer's comment, June 27, 2012 8:31 AM
this is great
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Design Thinking Infographic by Infovision

Design Thinking Infographic by Infovision | visual data | Scoop.it
A new infographic all about Design Thinking (sometimes also referred to as divergent thinking) by Infovision.

 

Design Thinking has led to many of the innovations we have become (very) accustomed to; think the computer mouse and almost anything turned out by Apple Inc.

But design as a means to drive innovation isn’t limited to products. Designing processes, services and even whole organizations from a user-oriented mindset can lead to innovation as well as cost savings and competitive advantage.

But what does design thinking look like? And what does it involve? In this infographic, Infovision, in collaboration with design practitioners, academics and speculators, outline the anatomy of the design process...

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Data Visualization in Motion: Animated Infographics

Dataveyes is a start-up focused on interactive data visualization.

Data visualization turns large volumes of raw data into a meaningful piece. It creates a visual, esthetic and kinetic interaction, which directly reaches out to the user's intelligence.

At Dataveyes, we want to create a new visual grammar, a new way of telling stories with datas. We think this appears as necessary, for complex information is better memorized by the human brain through a visual form than words could ever be...

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Antoine Couret's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:34 PM

Data : the 21st century oil !

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How To Design Your Own Infographics...

How To Design Your Own Infographics... | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics seem to be a real trend today, with new ones popping up daily on all sorts of subjects. From mortgages to ice cream, estimating software to infographics about infographics, there is very little now that hasn't been 'visualised' in some form. Many people don't realise that the term information graphic, or 'infographic' was first coined over 100 years ago, with the Coxcomb chart by Florence Nightingale in 1857 being one of earliest recognised examples. They have existed in many forms since then, but only in the past few years have infographics developed into the art form we know today.

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The Most Important Piece of an Infographic

The Most Important Piece of an Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

A solid idea is the essential foundation of a great infographic. While this may sound obvious, it is the most common mistake made by companies developing infographics today, leading to a slew of poorly thought-out visual disasters.

I aim to spotlight a few of these pitfalls, to help you first recognize what you are trying to do, then identify the types of ideas that will help you achieve it.

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Stefanie Posavec on Her Obsessive Analog Data Visualization

Stefanie Posavec on Her Obsessive Analog Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it
Inside the brain of one of today's most creative information patternists.

In the age of computational data visualization, part of what makes Posavec’s work so remarkable is that so much of it is code-free, done entirely by hand, with pencil and paper, extracting fascinating data patterns from ordinary subjects. A wonderful short film offers a rare glimpse of Posavec’s creative process and a priceless tour of the wonderland that is her mind...

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The Anatomy Of An Infographic

The Anatomy Of An Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics channel information in a visually pleasing, instantly understandable manner, making it not only powerful, but extremely beautiful.

Once used predominantly to make maps more approachable, scientific charts less daunting and as key learning tools for children, inforgraphics have now permeated all aspects of the modern world.

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Solving Wicked Problems: Using Systems Thinking in Design

Solving Wicked Problems: Using Systems Thinking in Design | visual data | Scoop.it

My classmates and I are in the Design for Social Innovation program because we identified problems in our communities, companies, or cultures and are keen to figure them out. But before talking about any solution or outcome, one must first frame the problem—by thoughtfully examining the system it’s part of to understand where and how to get involved.

 
Learning to use systems thinking, a holistic approach to problem solving that emphasizes contextual understanding, has helped me with team management, project planning, creative work, and even relationships. And for wicked problems like healthcare that confront business, nature, and society, it’s proving to be imperative.
So, where to even begin? “We have to invent boundaries for clarity and sanity,” advises systems thinking pioneer Donella Meadows. Sometimes a simple infographic works to tell the story.
Designing visual maps and models helps us immediately find connections and describe relationships. Creating models helps in seeing the big picture and one's place within it.
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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, January 28, 2013 7:14 PM
I think "design" and "programming" are rushing at each other at light speed. Web pages will be made from branching if,then,else algorithms soon. Can't just drip paint on a canvas, so design's function will be making those algorithms make visual sense.
Gordon Shupe's curator insight, February 8, 2013 6:38 AM

Info graphics don't really include digital photography, generally, but they are a fascinating way of displaying understanding, telling a story, and implying solutions.

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A Year's Worth of Information Design [INFOGRAPHICS]

A Year's Worth of Information Design [INFOGRAPHICS] | visual data | Scoop.it

2012 was a tremendous year for the Experience Design Team at Empathy Lab, working on groundbreaking Media and Entertainment, E-Commerce, and Responsive Web Design projects. Additionally, it was a year in which we could teach others how to conceptualize, design, and develop multi-device applications.

With so many new and exciting projects, came the opportunity to document and visualize strategy, tactics, and Design process.

Enjoy a few of this year's graphics, and gain insight into the design process...

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How to Think like a Data Journalist [Datablog]

How to Think like a Data Journalist [Datablog] | visual data | Scoop.it

Whilst preparing for her Strata keynote, Google's Kathryn Hurley spent a week with the Datablog team and here are a few key takeaways from that experience...


Exploring the methods and tools that a data journalist uses in their day to day activity at the Guardian Datablog: The fast-paced environment means data analysis tools that are quick and easy to use reign supreme. There are really three major steps of the Guardian Datablog's process that drive the tools and resources they use:

  • Getting the data
  • Telling the story
  • Sharing the data


Read further for more details on the data journalism process and associated resources and links, as well as how you can apply some of these data analysis techniques to your own work...
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All You Need to Know About Infographics: Tips, Tutorials, Guides

All You Need to Know About Infographics: Tips, Tutorials, Guides | visual data | Scoop.it

Let’s be honest, we don’t like to read big pieces of text. Text-heavy graphs are rather difficult for understanding, especially when dealing with numbers and statistics. That is why illustrations and flowcharts are often used for such kind of information.

An infographic, or a visual representation of study or data, like anything else, can be done right or wrong. How to create a successful infographic? A good idea and a good design.


Stop by the link for more on what defines an infographic, what contributes to its popularity, as well as the various types of infographics and references for tutorials and best practices.


Additional topics covered include:

  • The major parts of an infographic
  • How to create an infographic
  • Developing ideas & organizing data
  • Research & sources
  • Typography, graphics & color
  • Facts & conclusions
  • Designing & Editing
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HC's curator insight, April 30, 2014 9:26 PM

Some good tips here...

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Mixed Skillsets Produce Great Infographics

Mixed Skillsets Produce Great Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Accurat is a design agency and consultancy based in Milan, Italy, transforming data into meaningful stories, and developing multimedia narratives and interactive applications.

 

Our studio doesn’t have a formal information visualization education background. The four associates have majors in completely different fields: Architecture, Sociology, Design and Economics.

This is a strange skill composition for a design studio, but indeed it’s what brings novelty in Accurat’s body of work.

When working on information visualization, this multifaceted background clearly emerges, leading to the design of unorthodox visual metaphors, where our focus is on the data analysis, theories and storytelling side.

 

In practice, this translates into a very straightforward process in the design of the visualizations: instead of starting with a selection of the most proper metaphor among widely used models of graphs, charts and tables, the visual starts with the story we want to tell, without any constriction from a chosen format. This way, it’s way easier to break rules, merge ideas together and come up with naive but powerful and new visual schemes...

 

Read the complete article for a detailed and comprehensive look at this unique approach to vizualization, storytelling and the process it takes to achieve successful and creative results, as explained with project examples and case studies.

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9 tips for designing awesome infographics

9 tips for designing awesome infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics is a way of presenting information using graphics. They tell a deeper and broader story than text alone, and usually take up less space as well.

They can also communicate your information more quickly even If your audience can’t read well or doesn’t know the contained language that well.

You will need at least a basic knowledge of grids, layouts, elements and principles of design, color and typography. Also you will have to follow the same creative process as usually: understand the brief, research, ideate, sketch, refine.

Read the complete article to find out what else can be done to make your infographics more efficient...

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Conceptualizing Information into Infographics Design

Conceptualizing Information into Infographics Design | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics, or information graphics, are designed to make information simpler to comprehend. There are multiple choices regarding how to represent information with infographics, and, in a world where infographics are quickly growing in popularity, it is important to choose the right one for a specific type of information.

If you do, you too may have the opportunity to witness the power of infographics in the modern world...

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Anyone can do it. Data journalism is the new punk

Anyone can do it. Data journalism is the new punk | visual data | Scoop.it
Can anyone be a data journalist?Simon Rogers on what we can learn from a 1977 diagram...

Now is the time to examine this - in May 2010, we published this piece on how reporters would soon be flooded with a "tsunami of data". Two years on and data journalism is part of the fabric of what we, and many other news organisations do. What is it? I would say data journalism is such a wide range now of styles - from visualisation to long form articles. The key thing they have in common is that they're based on numbers and statistics - and that they should aim to get a 'story' from that data. The ultimate display of that story, be it words or graphics, is irrelevant, I think - it's more about the process...

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Data-driven journalism and data visualization

Data-driven journalism anddata visualization by Jojo Malig on Prezi. Great visual presentation this...

Data journalism is not just graphics and visualizations; it's about telling the story in the best way possible.

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How Pop Chart Lab Made That Amazing Apple Infographic

How Pop Chart Lab Made That Amazing Apple Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

Patrick Mulligan takes us step-by-step through the process of transforming a slew of data into a stunning chart.
After 18 months of putting together charts on everything from beer to professional wrestlers, we’re often asked at Pop Chart Lab how we come up with this stuff. Our method varies a bit from chart to chart, but there are some tools and processes that serve us well.

Here, we detail how we assembled our latest product chart, “The Insanely Great History of Apple.”

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The Design Behind 'How Many Really' | BERG

The Design Behind 'How Many Really' | BERG | visual data | Scoop.it

'How Big Really' is a solid, easy to digest punch of information that translates unknown quantities into something instantly recognisable. 'How Many Really' is the second part of the experiment, and this is a little write up of the design process.

How many really is an entirely different beast to How big really. Rather than each dimension being a solid, one shot hit, the value is in backing up simple visuals with interesting narratives. We spent almost as much time on the written aspect of stories as we did on the aesthetics and interaction. I hope it gives a little context to numbers and figures we often take for granted. Please do have a browse around!

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The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design

The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design | visual data | Scoop.it

Companies large and small are using infographics to build their brands, educate their audience and optimize their search engine ranking through link-building. This is why learning how to design a good infographic is a must, and avoiding the common pitfalls of infographic design could mean the difference between landing a big client and losing them entirely.

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