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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 27, 2013 10:31 PM

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

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What Is Visualization?

What Is Visualization? | visual data | Scoop.it

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...

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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, September 12, 2013 3:50 AM

"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. "

Patrice Mitrano's curator insight, January 30, 2:16 AM

De très nombreux exemples d'infographies, malheureusement pas toujours aboutis. A croiser avec d'autres infographies ou représentations sur des sujets identiques ou bien à rapprocher des données sources.

Sang Lee's curator insight, June 17, 6:57 PM

Visualization

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Mapping the Surface Area of Other Solid Surfaces in Our Solar System

Mapping the Surface Area of Other Solid Surfaces in Our Solar System | visual data | Scoop.it

You’re probably familiar with visualizations comparing the relative size of the planets, but this visualization is different.


xkcd has created a map-like look at the solid surfaces of the Solar System, stitched together like countries on a single continent. The graphic includes planets, moons, asteroids and dwarf planets, but leaves out dust, small rocks and large gaseous planets like Jupiter and Saturn. It’s a revealing look at the size of our neighbors...

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Get Lost in Endlessly Repeating GIFs Based on Mesmerizing Math

There’s mesmerizing art hidden in math and physics, and Dublin-based physics student David Whyte is revealing it for us. His Tumblr site Bees & Bombs is chock full of creations that will delight you with their cleverly looping geometry in motion.

Whyte started his blog to create quirky GIFs he’d created himself – but when he started experimenting with Processing (an open source programing language created with the purpose of teaching the fundamentals of computer programming in a visual context), that’s when his creations really started to dance.


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What Does Your Life Look Like in Weeks?

What Does Your Life Look Like in Weeks? | visual data | Scoop.it

We all know our life has a limited number of years, and if we’re optimistic that might be 90. You’d think with such a small number like 90 we’d be more willing to make the most of each year, but most of us are pretty short sighted, letting each small day pass without any more motivation than getting to those two glorious days we call the weekend. Maybe there’s a better way to visualize this…

Tim Urban over at the hilariously thought provoking Wait But Why is helping us see our life broken down into its segments of time. Where does your life fit in?


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The Most Intricate Grid System in the Universe

The Most Intricate Grid System in the Universe | visual data | Scoop.it

Imagine taking a map of a city, shredding it into 7,400 pieces, then putting it back together. The first logical step would be to align all of the different functions: landmarks, subway systems and bus routes, residential areas, public arenas, libraries, sports and arts centers.

President Obama calls "the next great American project" one which involves mapping the brain to understand the origins of cognition, perception, and other enigmatic brain activities, which may lead to more effective treatments for conditions such as autism or mood disorders, and could also help veterans suffering from brain injuries.

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Historical Data Visualization: Minard’s map vectorized and revisited

Historical Data Visualization: Minard’s map vectorized and revisited | visual data | Scoop.it

Generally considered as the first data visualization, the figurative map of Charles Joseph Minard (1869) shows the path of Napoleon’s troops across the Russian Empire of Alexander I. Using amazingly simple and modern graphical codes, this map displays the progress of the troops in the form of a stream whose width indicates the size of the “Great Army”, which will dramatically decrease throughout the campaign.

Although it is reasonable to ask whether this Figurative Map of the successive losses in men of the French Army in the Russian campaign 1812-1813 is indeed a “data visualization” (in itself, it is a drawing that summarizes information), this map is the central piece of an impressive number of articles, analyses and talks. This post is a contribution to the study of historical data visualization. In addition to a faithful vectorized version of the original map, it offers a “geographical” and a “historical” map based on the model of Minard.

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Why Our Brains Love Visual Content [infographic]

Why Our Brains Love Visual Content [infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it

'Why is visual communication so powerful? It isn’t just because of the pretty pictures; it’s straight-up science. The brain absorbs and synthesizes visual information faster than any other stimuli, making visual content an incredibly effective medium. Check out this infographic, and download A Business Guide to Visual Communication to learn more about creating effective visual communication.'

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Mark Treadwell's curator insight, May 22, 12:31 PM

great graphic about graphics - well done

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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, 6:58 PM

I will try this later. 

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Every Single Highway In The United States In One Simplified Map

Every Single Highway In The United States In One Simplified Map | visual data | Scoop.it
A Portland-based designer obsessively and impressively maps out the country's intricate network of highways, inspired by the design of subway maps.

Cameron Booth has illustrated every single current and signed Interstate Highway and U.S. Highway in the contiguous 48 states, a project that required almost two years of researching, designing, and fact-checking.

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Beautiful Interactive Map of Barcelona Digs Into Rich Architectural History

Beautiful Interactive Map of Barcelona Digs Into Rich Architectural History | visual data | Scoop.it

Barcelona is one of Europe's most vibrant cities. Tourists flock here for the superb restaurants, lively nightlife, and a chance to check out the stunningly creative architecture of Antoni Gaudí. But the city's historical and cultural roots run deep, and a new interactive map aims to make it easier for visitors and locals alike to explore the city's landmarks.


Created by the design firm 300,000 Km/s, the map includes 3,000 notable places, from Roman walls to modern street art. It also includes data on building ages for more than 70,000 properties. All this information was already available, at least in theory, from Barcelona’s city council and the national database of cadastral data.

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, May 2, 12:11 AM

Stunning example of interactive city map showing how constructions from different ages are mixed together. 


Interactive map

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Science Reveals Artists Really Do Have Different Brains

Science Reveals Artists Really Do Have Different Brains | visual data | Scoop.it

We might now have neurological proof that artists actually are different creatures from everyone else on the planet. According to a study published in Neurolmage, researchers believe that artists have brains that are structurally different from non-artists.

The study, titled "Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain: A Voxel-Based Morphometry Analysis Of Observational Drawing," included 44 graduate and post-grad art students and non-art students who were asked to complete various drawing tasks. The completed tasks were measured and scored, and that data was compared to "regional grey and white matter volume in the cortical and subcortical structures" of the brain using a scanning method called voxel-based morphometry. An increase in grey matter density on the left anterior cerebellum and the right medial frontal gyrus were observed in relation to drawing skills.

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[Video] Visualizing The Hidden Cosmos | The Making Of "Dark Universe"

[Video] Visualizing The Hidden Cosmos | The Making Of "Dark Universe" | visual data | Scoop.it

An in-depth look at how scientists are visualizing dark matter.


Though the Hayden Planetarium has been bringing visitors on visual voyages for years, its most recent space show celebrates both the known and unknown corners of life—from the matter that surrounds us to the anti-matter, or dark matter (matter that doesn't emit or absorb light, yet still has a gravitational force), which we're just beginning to understand. The program brings viewers from 3D-renderings of space crafts and the Milky Way, all the way into space 100 million light years away—the place where the Hubble Telescope first noticed that the universe is expanding due to dark matter. Dark Universe then offers viewers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dive into the dark energy responsible for the cosmic growth of everything.

To see inside this (literally) universe-expanding work of art and science, The Creators Project took a look behind-the-scenes of Dark Universe, and interviewed the production specialists at at GOTO Inc, the 3D-modelers at HiFi 3D, and even celeb-scientists Neil deGrasse Tyson and Modecai-Mark Mac Low.

More at the link.

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Hot Spots: Mapping the World's Most Photographed Locations

Hot Spots: Mapping the World's Most Photographed Locations | visual data | Scoop.it

Sightsmap forms an aggregation of the most photographed buildings by integrating Google's Panoramio, which allows users to tag a location or attraction within their photo.


In a colorful gradient of purples, reds, and yellows, the website reveals the most photographed places around the globe. Broad patches of purple coincide with a lesser amount of photographs, while smaller clusters of yellow reveal the locations where people can't seem to put their cameras down. Unsurprisingly, the densest areas of yellow are the world's most popular tourist spots − including New York City and cities across Europe such as Istanbul.

Sightsmap is more than just a map of tourist destinations however; it also shows the close connection between architecture and what inspires people to take photos. Sightsmap forms an aggregation of the most photographed buildings by integrating Google's Panoramio, which allows users...

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Daily Overview: Captivating Satellite Images of Earth

Daily Overview: Captivating Satellite Images of Earth | visual data | Scoop.it
If you like spending hours on Google Maps looking at the Earth from space, then you’re going to fall in love with a new website called The Daily Overview – an online initiative featuring breathtaking satellite images of our cities and the impact human activity has on our planet.
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This App Maps the Unseen Skyline of NYC

While New York City's real estate market continues to enjoy an upward post-recession swing, the process behind rapidly rising buildings leaves many citizens a bit out of the loop. “Too often, these decisions happen behind closed doors and most residents only hear about them once the deal is done," said Margaret Newman, executive director of The Municipal Art Society.


In response to this problem, the Municipal Art Society has released a set of online maps that illustrate where possible development could occur in Gotham. The maps, called "Accidental Skyline," allow citizens to track land that has available development rights and see how it could impact their neighborhood. They are part of a broader project by MAS to work with the city to make regulatory changes that will better protect iconic public spaces.

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Picture of the Day: The First Image of Earth from Another Planet

Picture of the Day: The First Image of Earth from Another Planet | visual data | Scoop.it

This is the first image ever taken of Earth from the surface of a planet beyond the Moon. It was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit one hour before sunrise on the 63rd Martian day, or sol, of its mission. (March 8, 2004)

The image is a mosaic of images taken by the rover’s navigation camera showing a broad view of the sky, and an image taken by the rover’s panoramic camera of Earth. The contrast in the panoramic camera image was increased two times to make Earth easier to see. The inset shows a combination of four panoramic camera images zoomed in on Earth. The arrow points to Earth. Earth was too faint to be detected in images taken with the panoramic camera’s color filters.

The image is reminiscent of the famous pale blue dot capture by Voyager 1. If you have never heard Carl Sagan’s famous ‘Pale Blue Dot’ speech, check it out here.

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Typography 101: Everything a Beginner Should Know

Typography 101: Everything a Beginner Should Know | visual data | Scoop.it

Typography is both an art and a technique. Once created through printed materials, typography is all about arranging type in a way that enables learning and recognition.

However, typography is more than just the design of the letters and characters -- it also involves careful arrangement and selection of point size, line length, and spacing both on a single line and throughout an entire page. If you know the basics of typography, you will be able to lay out an arrangement of headers, paragraphs, etc. in an attractive and convincing way.

Typography is absolutely everywhere -- just look at your phone, a billboard, your coffee cup, or even the different styles used in this blog post. Once you’re conscious about the fact that typography is used all around you, you’ll start to recognize the differences between typefaces and why they might’ve been selected...

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Typtography

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40 Maps That Explain The Internet

40 Maps That Explain The Internet | visual data | Scoop.it

The internet increasingly pervades our lives, delivering information to us no matter where we are. It takes a complex system of cables, servers, towers, and other infrastructure, developed over decades, to allow us to stay in touch with our friends and family so effortlessly. Here are 40 maps that will help you better understand the internet — where it came from, how it works, and how it's used by people around the world.

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ReCom's curator insight, June 18, 1:13 AM

Quelques explications concernant Internet pour comprendre comment nous en sommes arrivés jusque là.

Iron Dane Richards's curator insight, June 20, 7:19 AM

Great Article once again by Lauren Moss on 40 Maps that Explain Internet Traffic Systems in the USA

Shyamal Bose's curator insight, June 21, 11:53 PM

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A Visual History of Satellites

A Visual History of Satellites | visual data | Scoop.it
The 'extended urbanization' of space.


Right now, there are about 1,100 satellites whizzing above our heads performing various functions like observation, communication, and spying. There are roughly another 2,600 doing nothing, as they died or were turned off a long time ago.

How did each of these satellites get up there? And what nations are responsible for sending up the bulk of them?

The answers come in the form of this bewitching visualization of satellite launches from 1957 – the year Russia debuted Sputnik 1 – to the present day. (The animation starts at 2:10; be sure to watch in HD.) Launch sites pop up as yellow circles as the years roll by, sending rockets, represented as individual lines, flying into space with one or more satellites aboard.

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Patrice Mitrano's curator insight, May 27, 5:07 AM

Frise chronologique très impressionnante et détaillée (par type d'orbite de satellites) !

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Minimalist projection mapping & real-time graphics

Minimalist projection mapping & real-time graphics | visual data | Scoop.it

Portal 1.0 is a low-key-yet-awesome experiment in real-time graphics.

A new video by Raven Kwon called Portal 1.0 is an experiment in real-time graphics getting projected on to the surfaces of four cardboard boxes. The project was made using Processing and is an updated version of the artist's prior test work, which can be watched at the link.

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6 Sources of Data – and Inspiration – for Your Visual Content

6 Sources of Data – and Inspiration – for Your Visual Content | visual data | Scoop.it

Six in ten of us are visual learners: people who learn best when information is delivered through the eyes; by looking at images or videos, or reading. That’s just one of the reasons why visual content is so important in today’s content marketing world.

But constantly churning out visual content presents a challenge: you need to find meaningful data to fuel that content and, more importantly, you need to find stories within that data that tie into your brand’s values and strategic goals.


VIsit the link for six easy ways to find your next standout piece.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 16, 5:49 AM

Make it visual and be seen.

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The History Of Graphic Design, In Icons

The History Of Graphic Design, In Icons | visual data | Scoop.it

Pop Chart Lab's latest poster pays homage to the most important eras in graphic design.

Start at the top, left-hand corner, of A Stylistic Survey of Graphic Design, and read from left to right. Each era (say, Arts & Crafts or Art Nouveau) is represented by a rectangular box that includes several squares that graphically represent the style described. The Modern movement, one of the largest movements depicted here, includes Bauhaus, Vorticism, De Stijl, New Typography and Istotope, Constructivism, Suprematicsm, and Futurism. Pop Chart creates, within each stamp-sized box, a visual representation of that particular style, with the design elements that prevailed at the time. So the Constructivism box echoes the intense Soviet Party posters from the 1920s, the Futurism box has a bold, attention-grabbing arrow on it, and so on.

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Infographic: The Sound of Color

Infographic: The Sound of Color | visual data | Scoop.it

Creating a color palette with your favorite music.


Color and music are both about evoking emotions; why not combine them? This infographic shows beautiful abstract visualizations, based on color palettes inspired by each album.

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Youcef Kébaïli's curator insight, April 24, 2:40 AM

Couleurs et  Musiques évoquent des Émotions, cette infographie fait le lien entre les trois !

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, April 26, 9:01 AM

This is amazing the correlation between sound and color translated into actual songs

Franco Llamas III's curator insight, May 31, 6:09 PM

Data Visualization Infograph

 

Strength: Easy to follow and to understand, catches eye

Weakness: Not that much data on it, usually can only comfortably fit one or two pieces of data

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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, 6:55 AM

Love the colors, great tools.

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Graphic Designer Creates A Mathematical Way Of Reading The Alphabet

Graphic Designer Creates A Mathematical Way Of Reading The Alphabet | visual data | Scoop.it

Graphic designer Mark Gonyea, who previously explored a new way of counting, has a new project that gives the alphabet a mathematical reinterpretation. 

‘Letters by the Number’ takes the 26 letters of the alphabet and multiplies them according to their numeric placement. For example, ‘A’ is a single ‘A’ while ‘B’ is two ‘Bs’, and ‘Z’ is a series of 26 interconnected ‘Zs’. 
Gonyea adds visual oomph to the series by having each design correspond to a different color; red numbers can be squared, blue numbers can be divided by three, and orange numbers are multiples of five. 

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See The Ancient Roots Of Modern Infographics In "Book Of Trees"

See The Ancient Roots Of Modern Infographics In "Book Of Trees" | visual data | Scoop.it
Manuel Lima's The Book of Trees takes us back to the earliest, nature-inspired frameworks of data visualization.

The first great Age of Infographics took root 1,000 years ago inspired variously by quests to categorize scientific knowledge, organize Greco-Roman scholarship and, weirdly, trace family bloodlines so that aristocrats could avoid incest as defined by Vatican rule-makers.


Manuel Lima's illustrated history The Book of Trees (Princeton Architectural Press) chronicles how Medieval-era designers instinctively used trunk and branch diagrams to impose order on the explosion of new data. One millennium later, tree-based graphics continue to pack considerable punch as information delivery systems.

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