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Typographical Infographics That'll Make You Go "Wow!"

Typographical Infographics That'll Make You Go "Wow!" | visual data | Scoop.it

Words are a really powerful tool to express what you think, but an even more powerful weapon to visualize your main thoughts and concept are graphics. To be more specific a rich combination of beautiful typographical signs, letters and symbols. By using different fonts, sizes and styles it’s possible to create stunning typographical infographics. All you need is an awesome idea and some prior knowledge on the topic to visualize your thoughts and present them to your audience.

Typographical infographics are much more than simple pictures with captivating statistics. These creations enhance the world of creativity and artistry through their precision and succinctness. With the help of elegant design and familiar associations, they turn complex graphics into easily digestible messages. Just don’t be afraid of experimenting with letters and stunning design approaches. Choose the composition and layout that reflects your theme best and let your imagination fly...


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Karen Dietz's comment, April 13, 2012 5:21 PM
Love this Michele! Thanks for curating it. The article is giving me lots of ideas :)
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My Pleasure Karen enjoy xxx
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12 Creative Examples of Video Infographics | Design Inspiration

12 Creative Examples of Video Infographics | Design Inspiration | visual data | Scoop.it

An infographic is one of the best tools to present data about anything. Not only are they attractive for viewers but also include large amounts of data.

Many think that an infographic is just a graphic design created using photoshop but you can also present data using video software. Video infographics can be very eye-catching and useful for people.
Today we bring together video infographics which are all easy to understand and some of them are presented with amazing songs...

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HistoryShots: Visual graphics and visual histories

HistoryShots: Visual graphics and visual histories | visual data | Scoop.it

HistoryShots creates elegant graphics and diagrammatic art that visually tell stories about subjects, time periods and events.
Their work has won numerous design awards and is frequently cited in books, magazines, and on the web. Each piece is hand-crafted with great attention to data, detail, colors, design and printed on high-quality, fine-art paper...

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包含天文地理的圖表網站,資料細瑣混亂,實際的幫助不大,但有一點趣味性。

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9 Powerful Free Infographic Tools To Create Your Own Infographics

9 Powerful Free Infographic Tools To Create Your Own Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Create infographics, free tools for data visualization and analysis including charts, data visualisation tools, icon archives and more infographics software to start creating your own infographics.

 

A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Infographics:

By presenting information in a compact and creative format, infographics are able to quickly convey knowledge and engage its viewers. Most Infographics are fun to read and provide valuable information.

Important to marketers, submitting unique infographics to the web that have to do with your niche, is one of the best things you can do for online marketing!

Below you will find a set of tools you can use to create your own infographics...

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The Value of Data Visualization [infographic video]

The Value of Data Visualization [infographic video] | visual data | Scoop.it
How do you make knowledge powerful? This cool Motion Graphic describes the value of data visualization.


It looks at the challenge of communicating information and how it becomes especially difficult when trying to convey a message full of complex data, which is often difficult to interpret quickly and clearly to the naked eye.

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We Are Here Now / Spatial Information Design Lab / Columbia University

We Are Here Now / Spatial Information Design Lab / Columbia University | visual data | Scoop.it

Always checking your favorite sites for updates, or checking in with Facebook or Foursquare? You’re not alone and Columbia’s Spatial Information Design Lab can prove it. In addition to sharing your whereabouts, your geographic mark provides insight in examining the psycho-geography and economic terrain of the city.

For their social media study, the Lab used the Foursquare and Facebook Application Programming Interfaces (API’s) access location-based data to determine where social media users broadcast that they are “Here Now”, and have transformed that data into a graphic language that provides a sense of how the city is organized with regards to how people travel around the city, where there are employment and commercial centers, and seasonal preferences...

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Data visualisation DIY: our top tools

Data visualisation DIY: our top tools | visual data | Scoop.it
Just starting out in visualising your data? Looking for something simple to use?

What data visualisation tools are out there on the web that are easy to use - and free? Here on the Datablog and Datastore we try to do as much as possible using the internet's powerful free options.

That may sound a little disingenuous, in that we obviously have access to the Guardian's amazing Graphics and interactive teams for those pieces where we have a little more time - such as this map of public spending (created using Adobe Illustrator) or this Twitter riots interactive.

But for our day-to-day work, we often use tools that anyone can - and create graphics that anyone else can too...

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6 Reasons Why Infographics and Data Visualization Works

6 Reasons Why Infographics and Data Visualization Works | visual data | Scoop.it

The visual nature of the human species is highlighted by just how much people love sharing infographics and interesting data visualizations. This is demonstrated by the widespread adoption of infographics for linkbuilding and viral marketing. If people have a choice between something that is visually compelling and easy to digest they are going to choose that over other forms such as written word that takes longer and more energy to digest.

Ever wonder why infographics and data visualization have become so popular over the last year or two? Here is a quick overview of a few of the reasons why visualization is important, highlighted with an infographic by J6Design...

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26 Interesting Infographics for Web Designers and Developers

26 Interesting Infographics for Web Designers and Developers | visual data | Scoop.it
Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly, and are easy to understand.

Infographics are sources of interesting information, when you are in need of some. Reading boring, long, colorless articles isn’t so attractive and interesting than reading and viewing facts and numbers in an illustrated way. Not only an illustrated way, but a very creative, attractive and super-appealing way.

All of them have been designed not only to look good, but also to expose the maximum information and data possible. These infographics were made by some very talented designers, with creative minds and superb skills.

While there are lots of really interesting and cool infographics on various topics, in this post we have only gathered awesome infographics which are of interest to web designers and developers...

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Big data analytics on your iPad? There's an app for that...

Big data analytics on your iPad? There's an app for that... | visual data | Scoop.it
Through its new "Visual Analytics" offering, SAS seeks to deliver high-power data crunching through less-expensive hardware. That information then cab be shared through an iPad app.

Big data analytics on your iPad?

Yes, thanks to what SAS calls "Visual Analytics."

Leave it to the business intelligence gurus at SAS - an acknowledged global leader with a swelling customer base and sales now well over $2 billion annually - to make number crunching not only a graphic but simpler and faster with software that can run on less expensive hardware.

"Visually explore data at the speed of sight," SAS says in its announcement.

And to share the knowledge, enterprise users can keep employees in the loop with their iPads thanks to a specially designed app.

What's the need for SAS' latest offering?

As companies deal with more and more data in a variety of forms from an increasing number of sources (thus "big data") such as social media, mobile shopping and ecommerce, figuring out what to do with the information is becoming more daunting...

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12 Inspirable Infographic Designs

12 Inspirable Infographic Designs | visual data | Scoop.it
Let’s be honest, we tend to get bored with reading too much text and it’s rather difficult to understand descriptive information especially if they signify numbers or statistics.

To make things easier, we use graphs, illustrations and flowcharts to make them visually appealing yet, at the same time, easy to understand. One of the latest online trends that graphic designers make use of are infographics.

Infographic design is such a designer’s creative act every designer should try to attempt to design infographic to influence themselves. Today’s article shows you some beautifully graphed Infographic Design to inspire designers...

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8 Interactive Infographics Created with HTML, CSS and Javascript

8 Interactive Infographics Created with HTML, CSS and Javascript | visual data | Scoop.it
The term infographics comes from Information Graphics. Infographics are referred to graphic visual representation of data, information and knowledge.

These graphical representations allow us to obtain the data or knowledge in a very effective way. The idea of such infographics is not very rare in our daily life; rather before it hit the virtual zone of web designing it can be seen in our real life. For example, we can name maps, various types of signs, train routs where we can find the use of such technique to show and explain the information in a very clear manner.
These infographics can be created with the help of various kinds of web design languages. Web languages like HTML, CSS and JavaScript can be used in order to create such interactive infographics. For the websites that have features like showing some signs or maps on the web pages, this technology is brilliant. It is proved to be very useful for the websites that want to share some kind of data or information with its viewers in a form of a graphical representation...

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Data as Narrative at SXSW Interactive

Data as Narrative at SXSW Interactive | visual data | Scoop.it

Nicola Hughes, at The Guardian, reminded us that until now the “roles of narrators, curators, and computers have been very differentiated, but now it is super smeared and undefined.” She also reminded us that “algorithms we use to sort through data are not apolitical. What you find on Google are things that are interesting to the public, but not necessarily in the public interest.”

 

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Four Easy Visualization Mistakes to Avoid

Four Easy Visualization Mistakes to Avoid | visual data | Scoop.it
Creating a great visualization is not as hard as it seems.

Provided you have some interesting data and an effective tool with which to visualize it, a little bit of thoughtful design will lead to a decent result. That said, there are some mistakes that are very easy to make, but can ruin even a thoughtfully-made piece. Here are four data visualization mistakes you should avoid...

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How Infographics Communicate « Science Is Everyone's Story

How Infographics Communicate « Science Is Everyone's Story | visual data | Scoop.it
A wave of infographics has hit the Internet. In this sea of visual information, how can one decide what differentiates a good infographic from a bad one? How can you decide whether or not to make an infographic of your own?

 

I believe the best infographics change readers’ perspectives.

Present information in ways that make sense to readers and lead them through your thought process.

Would you start a PowerPoint presentation with your last slide? Probably not. Expect your reader’s eye to travel through the infographic in sequence. Treat the infographic as a presentation that starts at the top of the page. Use design to draw readers’ attention to the sequence of ideas you want them to see...

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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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Information Graphics | Design Week

Information Graphics | Design Week | visual data | Scoop.it

The infographic is, as this book explains, a mode of communication universally loved by newspaper and magazine art directors, data analysts and the ancient Egyptians.

Data visualisation is on the-up it claims, brought on by statistical data becoming more readily available, more demand for the processing of data, and the increased use of visual interactive user interfaces to access digital archives, all backdropped by a communication trend which is ‘shifting towards generally shorter texts in combination with charts and images,’ according to editor Sandra Rendgen...

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What's Coming Up Next? Use Interactive Infographics To Stand Out ...

What's Coming Up Next? Use Interactive Infographics To Stand Out ... | visual data | Scoop.it

It is high time that webmasters face a fact that not entirely any Infographic will be a hit. There was a time when people had supposed a stress of a word Infographic. Soon, roughly any pennon in my feed had a word INFOGRAPHIC streamer a title. It is not a box now given not any Infographic goes viral nowadays.
So, does this meant that a date of Infographics was brief lived? Well, not really! Infographics do go viral if they have that reason of resplendence infallible with them. One such reason is a interactivity that is pushed along with any new Infographic...

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Mappable 3D Data Visualizations in Real-Time

Mappable 3D Data Visualizations in Real-Time | visual data | Scoop.it

If you ever get tired of boring, flat charts in a presentation, then you may want to look at them in 3D and 4D.  A new application, DataAppeal, could make the lives of researchers, students, developers, governments, and business representatives easier; and their data more understandable. DataAppeal is web-based application, off of GoogleMaps, that allows the user to map and complete geographic analysis using data, and visualize it in 3D and 4D models. It allows people to represent data in a new way that makes it easier to understand and actually see...

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A User-Generated Collection of Google Earth Imagery

A User-Generated Collection of Google Earth Imagery | visual data | Scoop.it

Stratocam, a program developed by former Google and Dreamworks employee Paul Rademacher, allows visitors to take their own aerial snaps with the help of Google Earth and later vote for their favorite photographs from the community of images.
Below are photos of natural wonders such as Mount Vesuvius, the Amazon and Tibet. There are a number of images displaying a more human presence on Earth such as farming plots in Saudi Arabia, the city of Baghdad and the canals of Venice.

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Cool idea of contributing to google earth

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Jer Thorp: Make data more human

Jer Thorp: Make data more human | visual data | Scoop.it
TED Talks Jer Thorp creates beautiful data visualizations to put abstract data into a human context.

At TEDxVancouver, he shares his moving projects, from graphing an entire year’s news cycle, to mapping the way people share articles across the internet.

Jer Thorp’s work focuses on adding meaning and narrative to huge amounts of data as a way to help people take control of the information that surrounds them.

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Visualising Advocacy | Drawing by Numbers

Visualising Advocacy | Drawing by Numbers | visual data | Scoop.it

Drawing by Numbers is a data visualization resource for activists. It features tools, infographic ideas, and advice on working with data & information in campaigning and journalism.


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OpenStreetMap Overlays Turn Digital Maps into Watercolors

OpenStreetMap Overlays Turn Digital Maps into Watercolors | visual data | Scoop.it

No one can really debate the functionality of Google Maps, nor doubt its engine power, but as to the question of its graphic design, that’s another matter entirely. Yet, it’s leagues ahead of OpenStreetMap (OSM) and further still ahead of the other “competition” (Bing Maps)–that is, until now. Stamen Design has developed unique map skins which make OSM the most aesthetically pleasing digital maps available.

With three different styles, including Toner and Watercolor options, Stamen Maps add a sheen to OSM that had not previously existed before, turning a standard (i.e. unpretty) interface into a graphically subtle, yet sumptuous medium of transport. The high-contrast black and white Toner maps of New York, for example, embody the city’s moodier, pulp representation in film noir, comic books, and serials. The watercolor mode renders the rational planning of cities inexact and even “warm”, nullifying the precision of the grid as amorphous city blocks bleed into one another and the edges of bridges and infrastructure are reduced to squiggles. There’s also Terrain, for all those nostalgic for the good old days of MapQuest, which, funnily enough, has embraced open-source mapping with data retrieved from OSM. Best of all, the overlays are all Creative Commons-licensed, meaning that they can be used and integrated on any website.

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Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization and Statistics

Visualize This: The FlowingData Guide to Design, Visualization and Statistics | visual data | Scoop.it

There are lots of books on visualization that describe best practices and design concepts, but what do you do when it comes time for you to actually make something?
If you don't know how to use the software in front of you, the abstract isn't all that useful. And with growing amounts of data, it's becoming more important to be able to make sense of and communicate with it all.
In his new book, Visualize This, Nathan Yau teaches you how to create graphics that tell stories with real data, and you'll have fun in the process. Learn to make statistical graphics in R, design in Illustrator, and create interactive graphics in JavaScript and Flash & Actionscript.
Yau draws from his experience as a graduate student in statistics and his work with major news organizations for an engaging, data-first approach. After all, visualization is about the data it's based on...

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A Weathervane Wall Turns Wind Patterns Into Data Art

A Weathervane Wall Turns Wind Patterns Into Data Art | visual data | Scoop.it

We can generally tell if the wind is blowing north, south, east or west, but on a smaller scale, currents are a lot more complicated. And that’s something I didn’t really appreciate before Windswept.
Windswept is an art installation at San Francisco’s Randall Museum that celebrates the intricacies of wind interacting with architecture. To create the effect, designer Charles Sowers deployed 612 freely-rotating anodized aluminum arrows on a 20'x35' grid, each serving as a “discrete data point” of extremely local airflow to form “a kind of large sensor array.”

With all of these data points firing at once, the result is fascinating and a touch hypnotic. Whereas I’d expect the entire wall of arrows to point the same way, they never do. Instead, it’s more like watching the Plinko of air currents, with every peg offering a largely unpredictable--but in retrospect inevitable--possibility...

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