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A Tool For Building Beautiful Data Visualizations

A Tool For Building Beautiful Data Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it
Visage makes infographics easy, and they customize palettes for free.

If you’re an art director at a media outlet, odds are you have to assign and commission each data visualization you publish. That gets time-consuming, even when the graphic in question is nothing but a small pie chart running alongside a feature story.

Visage, a newly launched platform, provides custom templates for graphics. There are myriad tools on the market that do this (for a gander at 30 of them, check out this list), but Visage is the latest, and it's gaining traction with designers at Mashable, MSNBC, and A&E...

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Sang Lee's curator insight, June 17, 9:58 PM

I will try this later. 

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30 Tools for Data Visualization

30 Tools for Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it

During the past few years the demand regarding Data Info-graphics has increased in volume and demand as well as in clarity. The range of technologies available by which to collect and examine data is constantly on the rise- both in web and desktop applications, which provide several great interfaces.
From a technological aspect , such tools have created efficiency based models which have gone onto disrupting existing paradigms of the past. These vary and range from data synthesis to data visualization encompassing every type of data.

Within this scope, such new tools are continually emerging whose main purpose is to- simplify the process within being able to harness data in lending impact and insight generation...


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How to Turn Infographics Into Effective Teaching Tools

How to Turn Infographics Into Effective Teaching Tools | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics have already established themselves as engaging news and marketing tools, but they are also entering the education space in new and exciting ways.

A good graphic can fit these standards by reinforcing to students that their conclusions should be grounded in evidence and by challenging their ability to organize a hierarchy of systems, a.k.a. the ability to tell what pieces of information are the most important.

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Mack James's curator insight, September 28, 2013 6:15 AM

Infographics is a very interesting way of presenting information. Students can really learn to dig deep into specific information and facts and create infographics to show what they have learned. GREAT!!!!!

Fàtima Galan's curator insight, October 2, 2013 9:21 AM

"The goal of the system is to help students distill the most important pieces of information from any given text and form a conclusion."

Elda Romero's curator insight, November 16, 2013 4:53 PM

Awesome tool for student projects.

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iPad App mem:o Is A Simple Data Visualization Tool For Design Lovers

iPad App mem:o Is A Simple Data Visualization Tool For Design Lovers | visual data | Scoop.it

Technology makes it easy to turn the minutiae of our daily lives into useful data sets, but sometimes it feels bleak seeing every experience or memory broken down into pie charts and bar graphs. 

mem:o is a unique visualization tool that takes life-logging beyond spreadsheets by transforming data into striking images influenced by Dutch graphic design.

The app’s look was inspired by the bold shapes and playful colors of graphic design influenced by Werkplaats Typografie (Typography Workshop) and uses a font called Brown that was created by Swiss designer Aurèle Sack to be especially legible. But mem:o isn’t targeted at design nerds only. The app stands apart because of its streamlined functionality and the easy-to-understand charts it creates.


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The Power of Color Combination

The Power of Color Combination | visual data | Scoop.it

In order to create and use only good color combinations it is essential to understand the nature and the features of each color.

The Internet is full of resources to master your skills in any web design field, and certain web applications can make the process of selecting a color combination much easier.

Find these resources and more information on color theory at the link.

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Vnay Thoke's curator insight, August 28, 2013 3:47 AM

Quite an important thing for Graphics Designers like me..

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10 Online Tools to Create Infographics

10 Online Tools to Create Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics have become extremely popular online tools to create a compelling visualization by conveying a message much more effectively than a stand alone written article or photo.  

They must be well-designed and appealing to the eye; these 10 online tools below will aid you in creating infographics to champion your cause and convey a visual message...

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How a Map Is Like an Op-Ed: Geography as a Storytelling Tool

How a Map Is Like an Op-Ed: Geography as a Storytelling Tool | visual data | Scoop.it

Thanks to the open data movement and Google Map Maker, anyone with a computer can create a map. These maps tell a story, but it's a subjective one. And while that can be a powerful tool, it can also skew perspectives and cloud a debate.

"We should really teach people to read maps in that way," says Laura Kurgan, an associate professor of architecture at Columbia University. "Maps are arguments, just like a piece of written journalism is an argument."

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Create Your Own Information-Based Visual Display with One of these 20+ Tools

Create Your Own Information-Based Visual Display with One of these 20+ Tools | visual data | Scoop.it

While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, we’re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually.


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Two Pens's curator insight, May 13, 2013 1:14 PM

Piktochart is easy to work with and creates a fair Infographic. I still prefer to hire an art director. It's worth the money to have an intelligent designer with you :-)

Eddie Thornton's curator insight, May 13, 2013 3:29 PM

Don't forget to add your perspecitve, your insight as to why this infographic add up to more than just numbers and figures on a chart.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 14, 2013 4:09 PM

Another great link to help create infographics. I'd like to get more time to create these for class...

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6 Illuminating Big Data Infographics

6 Illuminating Big Data Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Is Big Data still a big mystery to you? 

In recent years, the volume of information coming into companies has exploded, so that many IT organizations are dealing with extremely large sets of data. 

IT leaders are rethinking many aspects of how they manage and deliver information, from investments in infrastructure and analytics tools to new policies for organizing and accessing data so they can deliver more of it, faster. They are concerned that if they don't have the right tools and architectures to deal with all that information, then big data can be a big problem. Check out these infographics on Big Data to see the impact...

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Aurélia-Claire Jaeger's curator insight, January 21, 2013 2:28 AM

Et en plus, c'est beau !

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, January 21, 2013 10:46 AM

The ability to access and translate BIG DATA will hold the possibility of making teams more successful.  What is IT doing to make it happen?

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Why Infographics Rule: Marketing & online resources

Why Infographics Rule: Marketing & online resources | visual data | Scoop.it

Humans are visual creatures.

Most of us process information based on what we see and 65 percent of us are considered visual learners.


Social media has created this intense desire and opportunity to share what we learn. Most of us enjoy sharing ideas, especially when there’s a video or a photograph or drawing.


Sure, we’ll share something that’s written: a blog post or tweet or status update, but how many times have you heard of one of those going viral? Mostly, you hear about funny or compelling photos or videos catching fire.

If you can’t create one of those, then you  may want to look into creating an infographic...

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Addressing the marketing value of infographics, this narrative shares a first-hand account of experiences with online infographic design tools and resources, and provides a number of various links for further research and exploration...

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Pam Ivey's curator insight, January 28, 2013 1:31 AM

All about infographics - they're only going to become more and more popular.

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Lessons from Visualized: Cutting Through Hyperbole With Data Visualization

Lessons from Visualized: Cutting Through Hyperbole With Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it

At the Visualized conference on November 9th, Neil Halloran posed an interesting question: Can DataViz lead to a data savvy society in the same way that the printing press lead to a literate one? One that is prepared to make tough decisions on complex issues?

Neil Halloran thinks so. That’s why he created VisualBudget.org to cut through hyperbole surrounding the what may be the most frequently misunderstood and pressing issue facing Americans today, our massive $16 trillion dollar deficit.

But how is a modern citizen supposed to make an informed decision on issues of tremendous scope and complexity, such as the fiscal cliff or the growing budget deficit without falling back on sound bites and punditry? Neil Halloran’s solution is to tell a story. Rather than simply presenting a static infographic or a set of tabular data on federal receipts and expenditures, VisualBudget.org takes you on a interactive tour...

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Portfolio Infographic Design Kit

Portfolio Infographic Design Kit | visual data | Scoop.it

A free resource from Tripwire Magazine: a useful portfolio infographics design kit you can use for your personal or business portfolio or CV.


For those looking for a simple and easy to tweak portfolio, take a look at this Infographics design kit- a tool for anyone updating a portfolio or CV to make it stand out. The elements come in PDS and Ai files...

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Big Data Right Now: 5 Open Source Technologies

Big Data Right Now: 5 Open Source Technologies | visual data | Scoop.it

Big Data is on every CIO’s mind this quarter, and for good reason. Companies will have spent $4.3 billion on Big Data technologies by the end of 2012.
But here’s where it gets interesting.

Those initial investments will in turn trigger a domino effect of upgrades and new initiatives that are valued at $34 billion for 2013- over a 5 year period, spend is estimated at $232 billion. What we’re seeing right now is only the tip of a gigantic iceberg.


Read the original article for a closer 'look at five new technologies that are shaking things up in Big Data- the newest class of tools that you can’t afford to overlook...'

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30 Simple Tools For Data Visualization

30 Simple Tools For Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it
Need a simple tool to create a fantastic data visualization? Here are 30.

There have never been more technologies available to collect, examine, and render data. Here are 30 different notable pieces of data visualization software good for any designer's repertoire. They're not just powerful; they're easy to use. In fact, most of these tools feature simple, point-and-click interfaces, and don’t require that you possess any particular coding knowledge or invest in any significant training.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 20, 9:55 AM

Love the colors, great tools.

Anne Pascucci, MPA, CRA's curator insight, July 21, 9:47 AM

Nice resource

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Google Media Tools: a new intersection for newsgathering

Google Media Tools: a new intersection for newsgathering | visual data | Scoop.it

The New York Times used Google+ Hangouts to interview U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about Syria’s chemical weapons. The Weather Channel used Google Earth to illustrate the damage of Superstorm Sandy through dramatic before and after satellite images and live YouTube video. And Svenska Dagbladet used the Google Maps API and crowdsourced information from readers to plot disparities in neighborhood mortgage rates, generating a meaningful debate in Sweden. 

These are just a few ways journalists around the world are already using the Internet and Google tools to report the news, visualize data and improve their storytelling capabilities. To continue helping journalists report the news in new and compelling ways, we’ve launched Google Media Tools, a centralized hub aimed at empowering journalists of all skill levels with more ways to connect with their audiences and communities.

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Essential Resources: Tools for Collecting and Handling Data

Essential Resources: Tools for Collecting and Handling Data | visual data | Scoop.it

This is part of a series of posts to share with readers a useful collection of some of the most important, effective and practical data visualisation-related resources.

This post presents a collection of useful tools, resources and references for gathering, cleaning and preparing your data for analysis and design.

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5 Easy-To-Use Websites For Infographics

5 Easy-To-Use Websites For Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Communicating effectively in our era of information overload means moving beyond static words and numbers. Images and graphics carry meaning in a way that cuts through verbal clutter. That’s why infographics have become such powerful tools, used by companies large and small to communicate with employees, customers and the broader public.

Traditionally, creating infographics has required the services of a skilled design professional and a sizable budget for expert time and talent. With a range of new web services, the cost and complexity of creating infographics has fallen dramatically.

Infographics can be useful for explaining business processes and logistics, or for explaining the size, scope, scale or nuance of a project or service. Here are five of the best tools for putting together your own business infographics.

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Design Resources: Web-Based Color Tools

Design Resources: Web-Based Color Tools | visual data | Scoop.it

One of tne of the most important things designers work with is color. Every element they draw, type, or generate with a computer, gets a color. It is impossible to create anything visual without making color decisions. And to make things harder, estimates of the total number of discernable colors range from one hundred thousand to ten million. Add issues of human perception and color vision deficiency, and you could get a headache doing anything with colors, let alone building a color scale for data.


Luckily, you have some great tools at your disposal to help with color decisions. These tools incorporate different approaches, so each one is good at slightly different things. There are two main classes of tools for dealing with color. The first class is intended to help with design decisions, and the second class covers data driven color scales.

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Ehab Roufail's curator insight, July 31, 2013 10:49 AM

Great online tools for colour selection with a difference.

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Visual Design: Understanding Color Theory and the Color Wheel

Visual Design: Understanding Color Theory and the Color Wheel | visual data | Scoop.it

Sometimes the toughest step in building a new website or redesign can be the conceptual ones. Selecting a color palette is one of them that can be tough if you don’t have the right tools. So where do you start?


It all comes down to basic color theory and the color wheel. That same tool that teachers used in school really is the basis for how designers plan and use color in almost every project from the simplest web page to expansive brands with multiple sites and campaigns...

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The Future of Data Visualization Tools

The Future of Data Visualization Tools | visual data | Scoop.it

Data is everywhere and well-designed data graphics can be both beautiful and meaningful. As visualizations take center stage in a data-centric world, researchers and developers spend much time understanding and creating better visualizations. But they spend just as much time understanding how tools can help programmers and designers create visualizations faster, more effectively, and more enjoyably.


As any visualization practitioner will tell you, turning a dataset from raw stuff in a file to a final result in a picture is far from a single-track, linear path. Rather, there is a constant iteration of competing designs, tweaking and evaluating at once their pros and cons. The visualization research community has recognized the importance of keeping track of this process.


Read the complete article to learn more about the future of the practice and the tools that enable designers to create thoughtful infographics and visualizations...

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10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations

10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it

Communicating visually is one of the most effective ways to explain complex concepts and relationships, and can be a great way to explain your services/products and create valuable site content.

Visit thelink for a list of tools you can use to create visualizations, or simply use to communicate visually with your teammates.

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Antoine Cheret's curator insight, February 13, 2013 4:09 AM

C'est une tendance de fond : la représentation graphique des données, éléments clés de l'entreprise, des compétences ou des valeurs... Mais que faire lorsqu'on manque de ressources (pas de graphiste/infographiste) en interne ou en externe ? Les 10 outils présentés sont intéressants, souvent gratuit et le post comprend en plus des conseils pour conceptualiser son infographie, étape indispensable avant même de passer à la réalisation.

Donny Anderson's curator insight, February 25, 2013 8:02 AM

I have used inforgr.am before.  You need to be ahead on the technology learning curve to do this well, but don't shy away from trying!

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7 Data Visualization Tools You Can Use In The Classroom

7 Data Visualization Tools You Can Use In The Classroom | visual data | Scoop.it

No matter what happens, there will always be a demand for data visualization tools. Data on its own can be pretty boring and brightening it up with images and other visual tools, it can make normally inaccessible information much easier to digest. (Editor’s Note: It’s also great for information reading literacy, and the new Common Core demand for multimedia “texts.”)


There are a number of fantastic tools out there that will present your data in an accessible manner. All of the tools listed below are free and chances are you’ve used one or two of the tools mentioned before.

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bancoideas's curator insight, January 17, 2013 8:34 AM

Muy interesante!

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Data Visualization: Communication & Creativity

Data Visualization: Communication & Creativity | visual data | Scoop.it

Visual communication skills are alien to some in the research industry, but they needn’t be. Data visualisation can become part of the research process through smart hiring, skills training and expert partnerships.


Data visualisation should not be regarded as an end in itself; the real point to data visualisation - the value that it brings to research buyers and suppliers - is as an aid to storytelling. It’s about seeing the patterns in the data that flush out a story and then help you to start telling that story. Only by doing that can you move data off the spreadsheet and out into the real world of consumer behaviour and preferences.

The best analogy and the one used frequently, is with journalism. It’s no surprise either that many great examples of data visualisation come from the publishing and media sectors. Journalists face the same challenge that we do of sifting large amounts of often conflicting data to arrive at a truth or an insight...

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An interesting look at the current role of data visualization and data journalism in the advancement of research, communication, and brand development.

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Scott Turner's curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:31 AM

An interesting look at the current role of data visualization and data journalism in the advancement of research, communication, and brand development.

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Infographics: More Than Meets Eye...

Infographics: More Than Meets Eye... | visual data | Scoop.it

The human brain processes visual information much faster and digests this type of content concurrently, whereas it takes more time to break text down. So, for many, it makes more than just sense to have your complex information delivered to your target audience in the most legible format...


Infographics make good use of brain’s ability to assimilate knowledge and information through the visual medium, making tough-to-crack-data appealing. Simply put, an infographic is a carefully composed collage of images, content, charts, stats, diagrams, animations & video to graphically represent information.

Infographics are used by various quarters such as educational institutions, acadamecians, businesses, newspapers, and just anybody who are serious about putting across their point in the most simplest manner. Infographics take different forms- venn diagrams, charts, timelines, maps and more. They are not merely a design or an image or random data; their purpose should be seen from every angle.


Visit the link to learn more about the process of creating infographics, how to implement online tools and resources, and best practices...

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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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