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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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learning, conceptualizing + communicating data with infographics, visualizations, etc...
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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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Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute Map How Our Brains Navigate the City

Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute Map How Our Brains Navigate the City | visual data | Scoop.it
The GSAPP’s Cloud Lab teams up with neurologists and the design institute to track how urban environments can make people relaxed or tense.

This spring, the Cloud Lab at Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute tackled the challenge of assessing and mapping how people respond to their environment as a part of Van Alen’s Elsewhere series on wellness in the city.

Instead of the typical focus groups, however, the researchers tracked brainwaves to gauge the mental activities of nearly 100 volunteers; using electroencephalography-based (EEG) measurements and the GPS tracking app, the research team collected more than 1 gigabyte of data over 200 walking sessions that, in theory, create a snapshot of a day-in-the-life of the neighborhood’s mental states. 

Presenting the data in a manner that retained its spatial qualities required the researchers to develop their own software for visualization. At a public follow-up presentation in May, the team presented the simplified data on a 3D map of DUMBO. Areas in cyan indicate places in which participants were in a more meditative and relaxed state, while areas in red indicate places where participants had a more focused or heightened sense of awareness...

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Bhopkins's curator insight, August 22, 7:53 AM

"Architects and planners could employ the technology during post-occupancy walkthroughs or preliminary design presentations."

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The YouTube Of Data Visualization Is Here

The YouTube Of Data Visualization Is Here | visual data | Scoop.it
A new site called Dadaviz aims to make quality visualizations just as social and discoverable on the web as video or music.

Where do you go on the web if you want to see great data visualizations? With a few exceptions, like Reddit's Data Is Beautiful subforum, there is no one-stop destination for quality data viz on the web.

But Dadaviz aims to change all of that. Aiming to be a portal for the best visualization content on the web, it also want to teach big advertisers to harness the power of data to sell their brands...

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Google adds London to its growing list of 3D-mapped cities

Google adds London to its growing list of 3D-mapped cities | visual data | Scoop.it

Google Maps has now added London to an impressive roster of 3D-mapped cities that also includes Paris, Rome, New York and Los Angeles. By piecing together 45-degree aerial imagery, the Google mapping team has been able to recreate entire cities.

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

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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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, August 22, 10:00 AM
Here's why the Internet works, "... because open standards allow every network to connect to every other network.  (So far...)   This is what makes it possible for anyone to create content, offer services, and sell products without requiring permission from a central authority.

It levels the playing field for everyone and it’s the reason why we have a rich diversity of applications and services that many of us enjoy today.

Source:  Internetsociety.org    ~  D 

Well Connected Mom's curator insight, August 22, 5:04 PM

Curious how the Internet started?  These maps of servers show the progression.

Coolwired's curator insight, August 31, 7:04 AM

This informative site sheds light on the pervasive workings of the Internet.

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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.

More information at the link.

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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) !

paul babicki's curator insight, July 25, 4:21 PM

An incredible graph!

http://netiquetteiq.blogspot.com

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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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Nicholas Felton Had 95,000 Conversations Last Year And Mapped Each One

Nicholas Felton Had 95,000 Conversations Last Year And Mapped Each One | visual data | Scoop.it
Life quantification pioneer Nicholas Felton's latest annual report is his most ambitious to date.

For the last nine years, Nicholas Felton--who you may know best for inspiring the Facebook timeline or creating the life-logging app Reporter--has been recording some aspect of almost every moment of his life. And each year, he turns this data into a elegant, printed book that visualizes the year called The Feltron Report...

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19 Maps That Reorganize the Way We See the World

19 Maps That Reorganize the Way We See the World | visual data | Scoop.it

Most maps focus on demographics, geological makeup, and natural phenomena such as temperature and wind. No one focuses on other matters though, such as the alphabetic makeup of states when you sort their names in various ways. Break the names apart and put them back together. Examine the parts to gain a vision of the whole.

Find more maps, information and takeaways at the article.

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Vincent Lahondère's curator insight, August 14, 7:31 AM

De curieuses cartes !!

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Graphing New Yorkers' Lives Through the Open Data Portal

Graphing New Yorkers' Lives Through the Open Data Portal | visual data | Scoop.it
The I Quant NY blog mines NYC's massive data clearinghouse to visualize issues facing city dwellers, from education to eating.

Ben Wellington is the man behind I Quant NY, a blog dedicated to telling the stories hidden in New York City’s Open Data Portal, a clearinghouse of more than 1,300 data sets from city agencies. Started by the city government in 2011, the open data initiative’s goal is to facilitate government transparency and increase civic engagement.

The blog itself comes out of a stats course Wellington teaches at Pratt Institute’s graduate program for city and regional planning, where he uses these data sets in coursework. Covering everything from gender divides in Citi Bike usage to finding the farthest point away from a Starbucks in Manhattan, Wellington’s larger mission is to get people thinking critically about the numbers that, if analyzed right, can be the key to understanding New York City.

He spoke to CityLab about his blog, his hope for the open data movement, and some of his favorite data sets.

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Before and After: Mapping LA 100 Years Ago and Today

Before and After: Mapping LA 100 Years Ago and Today | visual data | Scoop.it

'Any map-lovers looking to lose track of time for a few hours should say hello to the newly-arrived USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer, which allows users access to a treasure trove of maps of cities across the nation and lets users load multiple maps and toggle the transparency of each, so you can see the old map overlaid on the map of today. Go back to the turn-of-the-century maps of Los Angeles to find the old ranchos, or to the '40s and '50s to see old Pacific Electric lines. Compare pre- and post-Dodger Stadium maps of Elysian Park; see cartographic evidence of the lake at Westlake Park before it was split in half by Wilshire Boulevard, or of Los Feliz spelled Los Felis. It's all here, for the casual, time-sucking perusal of the public. We've collected a few of our favorite greater Los Angeles details into a handful of colorful before-and-afters below. We'll look closer at specific neighborhoods in the coming days...'

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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. 


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