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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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9 Of The World's Most Inspiring Infographics - Co.Design

9 Of The World's Most Inspiring Infographics - Co.Design | visual data | Scoop.it
Co.Design9 Of The World's Most Inspiring InfographicsCo.DesignTaschen is rolling out a book collecting some of the world's best infographics. Here's a taste.

We spend lots of time here at Co.Design hunting down the smartest and most creative infographics to feature daily, but we’re limited by what’s available on the web, what we have permission to publish, and what languages we (and you) can understand. Here to pick up where Infographic of the Day leaves off is Information Graphics (Taschen, April 2012), a 480-page doorstopper of a book that offers up a mind-boggling selection of infographics, many plucked from the furthest reaches of the media firmament. It has more than 400 examples, ranging from an illustration of stalled building projects in a Dutch design rag to a Nicholas Felton-designed chart of CNN.com traffic to a map of sonar and whale songs courtesy of a Danish geological institute.

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5 Infographics That Teach Us How To Use Infographics

5 Infographics That Teach Us How To Use Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Visually-compelling content can take many forms, from creatively produced videos to engaging Facebook photos. Today, we thought we would give a quick course in one of the the highest forms of visually powerful content: Infographics. Mashable defines infographics as graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge used to present complex information quickly and clearly. Infographics are becoming more common in the building industry, particularly on websites and blogs catering to architects and designers.

The best infographics try to articulate one of five key communications challenges. Read the complete article for an example of each of these challenges in action on popular industry websites...

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David McCandless' fabulous site~Information is Beautiful

David McCandless' fabulous site~Information is Beautiful | visual data | Scoop.it

David McCandless, is a London-based author, writer and designer. He has written for The Guardian, Wired and others. These days he is an independent data journalist and information designer. A passion of his is visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words.

David's pet-peeve?  ...pie charts. Love pie. Hate pie-charts. Hear hear!


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NYTimes Data Artist Jer Thorp on Humanized Data at the Intersection of Science, Art, and Design

NYTimes Data Artist Jer Thorp on Humanized Data at the Intersection of Science, Art, and Design | visual data | Scoop.it
On the poetics of probability, or what the architecture of the social web has to do with landing in Hawaii.

In his fantastic recent talk from TEDxVancouver, Jer Thorp — data artist in residence at The New York Times — takes us on a sweeping tour of his work and ethos, at the intersection of science, art, and design.

 

Among the projects are All The Names, Project Cascade, a New York Times initiative that visualizes the underlying structures of conversation and activity on the social web, GoodMorning!, a beautiful visualization of 11,000 “good morning” tweets sent over a 24-hour period, NYTimes: 365/360, which captures the top organizations and personalities for every year between 1985 and 2001 and the connections between them in a single graphic for each year, and Open Paths, which allows you to liberate your iPhone location data from Apple’s grip to own, use, or donate to meaningful research...

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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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The infographics behind the man: Nicholas Felton releases his new personal report

The infographics behind the man: Nicholas Felton releases his new personal report | visual data | Scoop.it

Some of us have relatives or distant friends that love to send out yearly newsletters about their family's activities, but if what if you could take that same information and make it visually arresting and informative?

That's what data visualist — and Facebook designer — Nicholas Felton does every year with the Feltron Report. Felton takes the patterns of his daily life and condenses them into a collection of infographics that aim to "visualize how his personality varies based on location and company." The latest version, which covers both 2010 and 2011, is part of a series that dates back to 2005, and if you want to examine them in their full glory, Felton even sells print editions. It's a creative — and beautiful — look at a life told in visual data...

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A Brief History of Infographics and Data Visualization

A Brief History of Infographics and Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics are, simply put, visual representations of data. They serve the purpose of clarifying and communicating complex ideas through a widely accessible medium.

A well-designed infographic is an incredibly effective way to distill the concepts of a highly-specialized field—computer science, math, statistics, biology—into a form that can be understood by almost anyone.

Infographics are a big part of the current world of graphic design and are growing in popularity across the web. But they are not a new concept—in fact, infographics have been an important part of visual culture for most of human history...

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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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Strata Week: Infographics for all

Strata Week: Infographics for all | visual data | Scoop.it
Visual.ly launches an infographic creation tool, San Francisco upgrades its open data initiative, and Stephen Wolfram offers a peek into more than 20 years of his personal data.

 

The visualization site Visual.ly launched a new tool this week that helps users create their own infographics. Aptly called Visual.ly Create, the new feature lets people take publicly available datasets (such as information from a Twitter hashtag), select a template, and publish their own infographics.

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The Data + Design Project

The Data + Design Project | visual data | Scoop.it
Here at Visual News, we've been looking for designers/illustrators to participate in an ongoing design series called the Data + Design Project.

As an off-shoot of Column Five Media, we are ardent supporters of the union between data and design. Last month we started curating the Data + Design Project gallery as a way to show how flexible and beautiful data visualizations can actually be. With the Visual News website getting over 1.1 million monthly visitors, 13,000 Facebook fans and 2,900 Twitter followers, we hope this can become a valuable resource for inspiration.
Each month, a few designers are invited to create a data visualization piece, using data about a subject which interests them. We will be assigning a featured visualization theme at the beginning of the month, then it is up to the designer to decide how complex or simple they want to make their graphic based on that theme. Each week we will post another designer’s creation for all to learn from and enjoy...

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Why Is Data Visualization So Hot?

Why Is Data Visualization So Hot? | visual data | Scoop.it

Fundamentally, our visual system is extremely well built for visual analysis. There’s a huge amount of data coming into your brain through your eyes; the optic nerve is a very big pipe, and it sends data to your brain very quickly. Once that data arrives at the brain, it’s rapidly processed by sophisticated software that’s extremely good at tasks such as edge detection, shape recognition, and pattern matching.


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Data Science Is the New Black

Data Science Is the New Black | visual data | Scoop.it

As Tim O’Reilly tweeted last week, “Data Science is the new black.” Data has definitely got people talking and rethinking the implications, and that includes a growing number of leading journalists and journalism schools…and media funders.

 

Consider just three recent happenings:

-Earlier this year, data camps were held at both Columbia University and University of Texas.
-At the Mozilla Festival in London late last year, a team of developers, designers, and digital journalists set out to write the first Data Journalism Handbook.
-Just last month, the Global Editors Network announced the first data journalism awards.

 

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Data Visualization in Motion: Animated Infographics

Dataveyes is a start-up focused on interactive data visualization.

Data visualization turns large volumes of raw data into a meaningful piece. It creates a visual, esthetic and kinetic interaction, which directly reaches out to the user's intelligence.

At Dataveyes, we want to create a new visual grammar, a new way of telling stories with datas. We think this appears as necessary, for complex information is better memorized by the human brain through a visual form than words could ever be...

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Data : the 21st century oil !

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How To Creatively & Effectively Build Links Using Public Data

How To Creatively & Effectively Build Links Using Public Data | visual data | Scoop.it
Governments, non-profit and other organisations are under constant pressure to improve transparency and, as a result, are making vast amounts of data available to the public.

 

The range of data sets available is enormous, with 16 nations currently spear heading open data initiatives, and countless private organisations publishing data online – the US alone has published more than 400,000 data sets. This free data presents an opportunity for anyone with a creative mind to produce something of real interest and, in return, acquire quality inbound links to their website.

Furthermore, both the US and UK governments actively encourage their data to be used to create web based apps. These apps can be submitted to http://data.gov.uk or http://www.data.gov and many are rewarded with an authoritative link.

 

This article will look at how you can use public data to produce something of value and how to attract links by marketing your creation effectively...

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Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources

Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources | visual data | Scoop.it
I love a good infographic! After all, knowledge is power and the visualization of data makes absorbing information all the easier. Well-designed infographics have a way of pulling me into a subject I'd normally never care to know about.

As a designer I can attest to the crazy amount of time it takes to make a compelling, useful infographic. I have to say I knew about many of the great links, resources and tools I’ve linked to here on this post before but I dug deep and found some new and exciting infographic tools that I’m willing to bet you haven’t seen before. Items 1-5 under the Data Visualization Tools and Software category are sufficiently capable of arming even a novice designer with the ability to produce a powerful infographic (though I’m sure experts will find them handy as well). In short, if you love infographics, data visualization and information design as much as I do, you’re going to love this post...

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