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Seeing Color Through Infographics and Data Visualizations

Seeing Color Through Infographics and Data Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it

Color is a crucial part of our visual experience.

It indicates many things in our lives, from the ripeness of a banana, to how someone is feeling, to which subway line we should be on.


Not everyone sees colors the same way, and colors have drastically different meanings in different cultures, but one thing we all have in common: color is important. These visualizations all show us different things about colors.


Visit the original article for over a dozen infographics and links related to color psychology, trends and various uses and applications.

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Sylvie Mercier's curator insight, March 27, 2013 6:32 AM

Très joli !

Sara McLean, Allied ASID, CMG's curator insight, April 17, 2013 11:49 PM

visualizing color in unique ways is always a treat for the senses

Robin Martin's curator insight, April 28, 2013 8:26 PM

Nice!

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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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Data + Design: the Case for Creating Visualizations by Hand

Data + Design: the Case for Creating Visualizations by Hand | visual data | Scoop.it

Programs like Photoshop and Illustrator prompt perfection by bringing mathematics to bear on our inexact lines, make perfect circles out of our warbly loops, and create the exact #xxxxxx for our pixelated palettes.

While technology plays a big role in the data visualization world, it can come at a loss of variation: the unique stories that only our own hands can tell.

For designers and journalists, there are a number of good reasons to design by hand...


Last week, Pratt-educated street typographer Pablo A. Medina gave a lecture at New York’s Type Directors Club. His fonts — Cuba, Vitrina, North Bergen — are as irregular as the signs from which they hail. It’s an irregularity Medina acquiesces to in his artwork, in which he paints new messages using old, found fonts. Handmade designs are more personal, more expressive, more fun.

He’s not the first to notice. Famous artists like Greg Lamarche and Margaret Killigan, as well as underground grafitti artists around the world have all realized the beauty of creating by hand. It’s not perfect — and that exactly is the point.


In general, creating graphics the old-fashioned way is great for those who have not yet mastered software, and it enables more freedom of movement and, by extension, expression.

Even if you are too afraid to let a little bit of yourself out when designing data visualizations, mock up creations by hand. Designing visualizations this way can still be faster and have fewer limitations...


Read further to learn more about how creating images by hand saves time, electricity, and unnecessary labor, while allowing more opportunities for creative exploration and expression.

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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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Brockhaus Encyclopedia Infographics...

Brockhaus Encyclopedia Infographics... | visual data | Scoop.it
Series of info graphics for brockhaus (a big encyclopedia publisher from germany).

These infographics visualize several statistics and informations of topics like: the worlds highest mountains and their first ascent, the languages of the world, comets close to the earth, world population, oceans, ecology, media evolution and so on...

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Miso project: make Guardian-style infographics and data visualisations

Miso project: make Guardian-style infographics and data visualisations | visual data | Scoop.it
The Miso project has been launched by our interactive developer team. But it won't just affect developers.

See how it could help your data journalism... Here on the Guardian's data team, we've wanted to help you visualise our data and create new viz styles for a long time. And now, thanks to some great work by the Guardian's Interactive team, that dream has moved one step closer.

This week, developers Alastair Dant and Alex Graul launched the first part of the Miso project. In this piece, Alex explains it is a 'Set of Open Source tools designed to make it faster and easier to create high quality interactive and data visualization content'...

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MetaLayer launches community to make better infographics

MetaLayer launches community to make better infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

MetaLayer, a startup that helps you make visualizations from complex sets of data, has launched a new data community for people to share visualizations they’ve made with its service.

“We want to do to data analysis what Apple has done to computers: Make data so intuitive that anyone can gather insights from tons of data,” said Metalayer Chief executive Chris Burrage in an interview with VentureBeat.

MetaLayer helps you gather insights and make visualizations, also known as infographics, from massive amounts of data on the web. The company has poised itself as the “Photoshop of data,” mainly because you can drag and drop sets of data onto one another to help make sense of datasets with graphs and diagrams, much like adding layers to a Photoshop image. You can import pictures, statistical figures, Twitter feeds, documents, and news feeds into MetaLayer’s dashboard and then analyze them for trends or other insights. Metalayer aims its service at data analysts, non-profits, and journalists who may not have the immense knowledge needed to analyze huge amounts of data, nor the money to pay for a robust system to do it for them...

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12 Great Visualizations That Made History

12 Great Visualizations That Made History | visual data | Scoop.it
A look at some of the visualizations that broke new ground and played significant roles in changing history.

Most visualizations end up as passing follies that are significant in the short-term, but in the long-run they fade to the background with the rest of the noise. Occasionally, though, some visualizations end up in a perfect position to play a significant role in culture and history. Here are a few that have been fortunate enough to become significant.

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20 Great Interactive Visualizations of 2012

20 Great Interactive Visualizations of 2012 | visual data | Scoop.it

Static Infographics and Motion Graphics are great, but Interactive Visualizations are where all the fun is...

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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, January 27, 2013 4:36 AM

Interessant Infographics, that not only show us things in a new way, but we turn to check new things, too. 

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

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Infographic Design Vector Elements: Resources for creating visualizations

Infographic Design Vector Elements: Resources for creating visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it

A collection of resoureces and links to free infographic design vector elements, including various graphics, charts, labels, pictograms, symbols, maps and more- for use in designing infographics and data visualizations.

Simply open the files in a vector based program and edit...

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Dazhi Jiang's curator insight, December 12, 2012 5:35 AM

Infographic resources

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Best Practices in Data Visualization

Best Practices in Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it

In this new world of exploding data volumes, the ability to make sense of all this data and effectively communicate insights from it is a highly valued skillset. Communicating trustworthy insights includes choosing the appropriate data visualizations to tell a story or make a key point. That may seem trivial at first, but in fact, it is quite powerful. In some fields such as research, healthcare or military, the use of data and visualizations has specific guidelines since misinterpretations could impact human lives.

Most of the time getting data visualizations right is not a life and death matter, but it is important. There are several highly-regarded thought leaders with excellent reading material on this topic, including Stephen Few and Edward Tufte. If you have not read any of their books and you are in an analytics/business intelligence profession, consider this a “must do” before you build another report or dashboard.

In the meantime, read the article at the link for more details, a few of the most common mistakes and some best practices to keep in mind...

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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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Another Dimension: Paper Infographics by Pattern Matters...

Another Dimension: Paper Infographics by Pattern Matters... | visual data | Scoop.it

Singapore design team, Pattern Matters, just upped the ante in the realm of infographics with these dimensional pieces carefully crafted using Adobe Illustrator to plan things out and good ole construction paper, scissors and glue to piece them all together... with beautiful, unique and informative results.

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Tips to make top visualizations from the New York Times

Tips to make top visualizations from the New York Times | visual data | Scoop.it
The New York Times is often regarded as one of the top developers of infographics.

Over the years, they have been the recipients of tons of prestigious awards. But don’t just take my word for it; at the 2012 Malofiej 20 awards, the New York Times was awarded an impressive eight gold medals and Best of Show. So what’s the secret of the New York Times’ success?

In an effort to answer this question, data visualization designer, Andy Kirk, highlights some of the things that the New York Times is doing right, and the top five most important ones are summarized in this post...

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DensityDesign | Research

DensityDesign | Research | visual data | Scoop.it

DensityDesign is a Research Lab in the design department of the Politecnico di Milano. It focuses on the visual representation of complex social, organizational and urban phenomena. Although producing, collecting, and sharing information has become much easier, robust methods and effective visual tools are still needed to observe and explore the nature of complex issues. Our research aim is to exploit the potential of information visualization and information design and provide innovative and engaging visual artifacts to enable researchers and scholars to build solid arguments. By rearranging numeric data, reinterpreting qualitative information, locating information geographically, and building visual taxonomies, we can develop a diagrammatic visualization—a sort of graphic shortcut—to describe and unveil the hidden connections of complex systems. Our visualizations are open, inclusive, and preserve multiple interpretations of complex phenomena. DensityDesign is committed to collaborating with other researchers and organizations devoted to academic independence and rigor, open enquiry, and risk taking to enhance our understanding of the world.

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