The list of top ten things everyone should know about the new marketing phenomenon clarifies how to create interesting,noteworthy infographics...
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This seems like a straightforward question, but it’s proven to be a difficult one to answer. Even visualization researchers don’t have a clear definition.
Is it synonymous with information graphics? Does visualization have to be computer generated? Does data have to be involved, or can it be abstract? The answers vary depending on who you ask.
Visualization is a medium. It’s not just an analysis tool nor just a way to prove a point more clearly through data.
Visualization is like books. There are different writing styles and categories, there are textbooks and there are novels, and they communicate ideas in different ways for varied purposes. And just like authors who use words to communicate, there are rules that you should always follow and others that are guidelines that you can bend and break...
You’ve heard about it before: the Large Hadron Collider, often referred to as “one of the great engineering milestones of mankind,” it is also one of the largest, encompassing a 17 mile circumference tube buried 330 feet under the border of France and Switzerland. But just what is it intended to discover? The behemoth project is tasked with unlocking the secrets of particle physics, giving us a look into what happened at the dawn of time by recreating the conditions when it all began.
This graphic – a collaboration between Microsoft Project and Column Five – looks at the massive scope of the experiments being undertaken and the equally massive implications to everyday life when we find out what’s really going on.
This video from German design trio Kurzgesagt considers the scale of the universe, using facts illustrated in flat infographic form.
Kurzgesagt began as a project aimed at creating quick science lessons, and was inspired by other educators putting content on Youtube. “We just want to make beautiful content that makes science more popular,” Philipp Dettmer tells Co.Design. Previous animations have included shorts on climate change, how evolution works and a video on fracking that has garnered over a million views...
An EU-funded project is building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.
Maps don't typically convey time very well. They're static snapshots of a moment in history. A handful of animated maps that do a good job combining time and space using either transit data or geo-tagged social-media hits.
Now a new project, called Geographies of Time, is trying to do something similar with a more typical two-dimensional map. The effort is part of a broader EU-funded projects called UrbanSensing that's building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.
We have more data available to us than ever before and in an increasingly visual world, audiences look to images to make sense of things. We must refine how we present information visually in order to better inform audiences and ourselves.
There are many tools available to make data visualizations, but the tools and the visualizations alone are not enough. We need to enlighten users by guiding them through the complexity, using stories and design. In this exploding landscape of many visual data forms, multimedia and interactivity, we need to create content not only for our “super users,” but also actively help our larger audience understand them...
Born in 1888, German scientist, doctor, and author Fritz Kahn was the grandfather of modern data visualization.
We’re in the golden age of infographicw, where charts, graphs, and maps transform dense and dry facts into eye candy, and the Internet can’t get enough. But where did this data-viz craze begin?
Born in 1888, German scientist, doctor, and author Fritz Kahn was the grandfather of modern data visualization. A new 390-page monograph of Kahn’s work, published by Taschen, takes readers into an illustrated world that features winged fish, insect-size parachutists, and blood cells used as boats. Surreal as these scenes seem, they're actually meant to visualize scientific facts...
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.
The point of an infographic is to use visual cues to convey information more clearly and readily than would be possible using text alone. Great infographics can be absurdly simple or dizzyingly complex, so long as they’re intelligible and coherent.
The Internet has democratized many things, for better and for worse. So far, the democratization of infographics has been for worse.
Many are utterly pointless, amounting to little more than a bunch of bullet points dressed up with ugly colors. Others are simply inane, applying bar charts and pie charts seemingly at random to answer questions that no one was asking in the first place.
Still others are so bewildering as to make one yearn for a good old block of text instead. But to me, the most galling of all are those that imply some sort of relationship or equivalence between a bunch of numbers that have almost nothing to do with one another.
In many cases, they leave you with a poorer understanding of the topic at hand than you possessed before you read them.
Getty is promoting their media with this infographic of how to create transmedia in five steps.
The five step approach, as they summarize in their interactive site, consists of:
Getty then offers the elements of images, sound, video and editorial (for those interested in creating stories that intersect or are built from real life) at the bottom of the landing page.
Take a look at their infographic and see if it inspires you to think like a transmedia storyteller.
Data visualization and art combine in EMISSIONS: Images from the Mixing Layer, a two-part exhibition at Cooper Union that rejects the use of natural gas as a sustainable form of energy.
Independent methane data company Gas Safety Inc. were commissioned to measure the levels of methane gas emissions throughout Manhattan and found severe leakage throughout Manhattan’s four thousand miles of aging gas lines, some dating to the 1800s.
The result is a data visualization map that shows tall methane leakages, in red, all over Manhattan and rising high into the atmosphere.
'Humans are good at a lot of things, but putting time in perspective is not one of them. It's not our fault - the span of time in human history, and even more so in natural history, are so vast compared to the span of our life and recent history that it's almost impossible to get a handle on it.'
View the information sources and data here.
A data visualization challenge has released the longlist of selected projects: the Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards, set up in 2012 by journalist David McCandless, in collaboration with Aziz Kami, Creative Director at Kantar.
In this second edition, there were 5 categories (data visualization, Interactive, motion graphics, Infographics and tools) and we decided to dedicate this edition of Interactive Inspiration to some of the projects selected precisely in the Interactive category...
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DataViva, a project developed in part by Media Lab professor Csar Hidalgo, aims to make a wide swath of government economic data usable with a series of visualization apps.
In the four years since the U.S. government created data.gov, the first national repository for open data, more than 400,000 datasets are available online from 175 agencies. Governments all over the world have taken steps to make data more transparent and available. But in practice, much of that data--accessible as spreadsheets through sites like data.gov--is incomprehensible to the average person.
DataViva offers web apps that turn those spreadsheets into something more comprehensible for the average user. The site, which officially launched last week, has lofty goals: to visualize data encompassing the entire Brazilian economy over the last decade, with more than 100 million interactive visualizations that can be created at the touch of a button in a series of apps. The future of open government isn't just dumping raw datasets onto a server: It's also about making those datasets digestible for a less data-savvy public.
As part of their rebranding project, non-profit Free Arts NYC asked 45 top creatives to design a letter or symbol to create a font to be used in its new branding.
A visual taxonomy of lives and literary greatness.
In this graphic analysis originally published in Italy’s La Lettura and adapted in English exclusively for Brain Pickings, the data visualization team at Accurat set out to quantify the genius behind the most acclaimed fiction of the twentieth century.
Using the Modern Library ranking of the best English novels published between 1900 and 1999, as well as several data sets of biographical information, they visualized the timespan between each author’s debut work and the publication of his or her novel(s) included in the ranking.
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.
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...
Data visualization is an amazing tool. The data we deal with daily would be almost entirely inaccessible when locked up in numerical formats. Luckily, data visualization can help us to extract information, insights, or even knowledge from that data. It relies on the remarkable human visual system that turns visible light into meaningful semantics that inform our decisions.
More details on the human visual system, visual metaphors, visual context, exploration and presentation at the article link.
It is no longer a secret that to communicate effectively we need a combination of words, numbers and images; hence the popularity of infographics. In the field of sustainability and corporate responsibility, where communication is overburdened with indicators and statistics, this mix is particularly suited to getting messages across to both experts and new audiences. Indeed, adopting a variety of formats reflects broader trends in digital communications...
Typefaces are one of the most important, yet underappreciated, elements when it comes to creating incredible web and graphic designs. While most people think about the aesthetic of their design, color choices, and functionality, few people think about the ability of typeface – on its own – to convey a message. Fonts make up words but they are communicators themselves, and the font choice you make can either make or break your website/digital communication.
Check out these 5 infographics to know a little bit more about where fonts came from, how they work, and why they’re so important.
While today’s infographics often form a complex narrative and include a series of information displays, they still need certain core attributes.
What are the secrets to these useful, graceful infographics?
While today’s infographics often form a complex narrative and include a series of stats, charts, and graphs, they still need certain core attributes, and both the most simple data visualizations and the components of a complex infographic can help us to see best practices. Great infographics offer your audience a compelling visual experience that’s as simple as possible, and is organized in a visual hierarchy.
Though few infographics hit the mark across the board, there’s a teachable point stashed in each example — whether the infographic includes a textual narrative or a bare bones map. Let’s set out to see what lessons these infographics illustrate for us.
Pageless design frees websites from the outdated conventions of print design and fully utilizes the digital platform they’re built on.
Right now there is a paradigm shift happening in web design. It’s gaining traction but it’s going to take the leadership of designers and developers the world over to nudge the rest of the web in the right direction. What direction is that?
The one where we finally free websites from the outdated conventions of print design and fully utilize the digital platform they’re built on. Where we kick archaic elements like pages to the curb and instead create unique, satisfying, web native experiences.
Early adopters of Big Data are outperforming competitors. To catch up, other companies need the right people and tools—but they also need to embed Big Data in their organizations. That means spelling out their ambitions, developing analytics skills and mindsets throughout the company, and creating an organizational home for the new Big Data capability.
Here’s how Big Data is taking shape at major companies today.
This unusual view of downtown New York growing buildings from 1840 to 2020 (the animation includes projects under development) is the work of the aptly named Cube Cities, an urban-visualization service. The company creates computer-generated skylines for major cities based on property listings and Google Earth data, with similar videos for Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, and elsewhere.
Cube Cities finished the Lower Manhattan project earlier this month. If you've got your browser plugins in order you can explore the air space around the ersatz city in three dimensions, like a seagull swooping through vividly colored canyons.
But the animation is cool enough as is: Watch as urban development sends structures leaping into the sky in the first couple decades of the 20th century, grind to a halt until the 50s, then go bonkers all the way to the new millennium.