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10 Easy Tools to create infographics

10 Easy Tools to create infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Before developing software or a website you may need to visualize it or show it to your colleagues, investors or customers. This is a compiled list of 10 infographics tools to make the process easier.

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10 of the Best Sources for Infographic Inspiration

10 of the Best Sources for Infographic Inspiration | visual data | Scoop.it
Information graphics or “infographics” are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge.

Infographics help us absorb facts and figures in the most effective way possible. They come in extremely handy when you need to explain complex information, numbers or data rather quickly and effectively. One cool way to get inspired is to look at some of the best infographics out there.

Infographics are an excellent way to add humor or irreverence to tell a great story in short possible way. However, infographics can be pretty hard to design since you have to gather together a lot of information and make it look good. Today we're to sharing the top places to see some great visual graphics and also find inspiration to create your own...

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A Carefully Selected List of Recommended Tools

A Carefully Selected List of Recommended Tools | visual data | Scoop.it
When I meet with people and talk about our work, I get asked a lot what technology we use to create interactive and dynamic data visualizations.

At Interactive Things, we have a set of preferred libraries, applications and services that we use regularly in our work. We will select the most fitting tool for the job depending on the requirements of the project. Sometimes a really simple tool is all you need to create something meaningful. On other occasions, a more multifaceted repertoire is needed. But how does one choose the right thing to use? An endless list of every tool available, does not answer that question and a recommendation from a friend is oftentimes more valuable.

That’s why we have put together a selection of tools that we use the most and that we enjoy working with. We called it selection.datavisualization.ch. It includes libraries for plotting data on maps, frameworks for creating charts, graphs and diagrams and tools to simplify the handling of data. Even if you’re not into programming, you’ll find applications that can be used without writing one single line of code. We will keep this list as a living repository and add / remove things as technology develops...

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Data Journalism Handbook: Tips for Working with Numbers

Data Journalism Handbook: Tips for Working with Numbers | visual data | Scoop.it
Today sees the release of the Data Journalism Handbook - a unique collaboration of data journalists from around the world, including the Guardian's data team.

In this extract from the book, former BBC reporter and author Michael Blastland explains how to start with data - and how to enjoy yourself in the process...

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15 Useful Infographics For Designers And Developers

15 Useful Infographics For 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,[1] such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. With an information graphic, computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians develop and communicate concepts using a single symbol to process information. In this article you will find 15 useful infographics for designers and developers.

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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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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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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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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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DensityDesign | Research

DensityDesign | Research | visual data | Scoop.it

DensityDesign is a Research Lab in the design department of the Politecnico di Milano. It focuses on the visual representation of complex social, organizational and urban phenomena. Although producing, collecting, and sharing information has become much easier, robust methods and effective visual tools are still needed to observe and explore the nature of complex issues. Our research aim is to exploit the potential of information visualization and information design and provide innovative and engaging visual artifacts to enable researchers and scholars to build solid arguments. By rearranging numeric data, reinterpreting qualitative information, locating information geographically, and building visual taxonomies, we can develop a diagrammatic visualization—a sort of graphic shortcut—to describe and unveil the hidden connections of complex systems. Our visualizations are open, inclusive, and preserve multiple interpretations of complex phenomena. DensityDesign is committed to collaborating with other researchers and organizations devoted to academic independence and rigor, open enquiry, and risk taking to enhance our understanding of the world.

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Plot.io - Data Visualization made Fast, Fun and Easy!

Plot.io - Data Visualization made Fast, Fun and Easy! | visual data | Scoop.it
Data Visualization made Fast, Fun and Easy!

We are making it ridiculously easy to visualize data and share your insights on the web.

Eavesdrop on our Twitter stream @plot_io for updates. Or drop us an email at help@plot.io.

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Infographic: What Tools Developers Actually Use

Infographic: What Tools Developers Actually Use | visual data | Scoop.it
The folks at BestVendor.com interviewed 500 developers and compiled this profile of the tools that they actually use. A few stalwarts predominate, such as Git, Eclipse, AWS, Dropbox, ...

But there were a few surprises too, including 23% using Notepad++ as their text editor and 8% using Heroku to host their apps. Many of the categories are wide open. All of those surveyed are from companies of less than 100 people from around the world.

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Top Ten Best Visualization Tools for Social Media, Blogosphere, Internet & News

Top Ten Best Visualization Tools for Social Media, Blogosphere, Internet & News | visual data | Scoop.it
Art, maps,imagery and graphs add context and a visual component to numbers, locations, and information.

With as much influx of data we contend with on a daily basis, visualization tools allows our brains to take a rest while perceiving content in a different light. In essence, visualization allows us to stop and smell the pixels, in spite of the fact we might learn a few things along the way.

Visualization is a technique to graphically represent sets of data that makes it easier to read and understand. Tools for visualization exist in search, social networks, online communities, mobile apps and desktop applications.

Check out of some of the most unique visualization tools available today...

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Data Visualization Network of Resources

Data Visualization Network of Resources | visual data | Scoop.it

A network of links to data visualization resources (blogs, companies, people, tools, frameworks, books…). The network is based upon the words people use to tag these links using Delicious social bookmarking service.

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Brockhaus Encyclopedia Infographics

Brockhaus Encyclopedia Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Martin Oberhäuser is an award-winning information- and interface designer working and living in Hamburg, Germany.

During and after his graduation from the university of applied science in Würzburg Martin worked for various Advertising- and Design-studios in Frankfurt, Hamburg and San Francisco. Working as a freelance designer since 2006, Martin founded his own design studio oberhaeuser.info in 2011 based in Hamburg.

During his career Martin worked for clients like Adidas, Audi, BMW, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Infomotor, MySpace, Nokia, Nordstrom, Samsung and others.

Martin‘s work is inspired by his passion for complex data visualization and information design. He describes his work philosophy like this: "Information is beautiful and life without information is impossible. But it needs someone to filter the mass of information around us and turn it into something read and useable. This is what I do in my work: I create well structured Information design that is easy to use and fun to look at."

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Data and visualization blogs worth following

Data and visualization blogs worth following | visual data | Scoop.it

A few years ago, I shared 37 data blogs you should know about, but a lot has changed-some blogs are no longer in commission, and many new blogs have sprung up.

This current and updated list is restricted to blogs that have updated in the past two months and are at least four months old...

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Miso project: make Guardian-style infographics and data visualisations

Miso project: make Guardian-style infographics and data visualisations | visual data | Scoop.it
The Miso project has been launched by our interactive developer team. But it won't just affect developers.

See how it could help your data journalism... Here on the Guardian's data team, we've wanted to help you visualise our data and create new viz styles for a long time. And now, thanks to some great work by the Guardian's Interactive team, that dream has moved one step closer.

This week, developers Alastair Dant and Alex Graul launched the first part of the Miso project. In this piece, Alex explains it is a 'Set of Open Source tools designed to make it faster and easier to create high quality interactive and data visualization content'...

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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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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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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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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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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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Data Visualization: 20+ Useful Tools and Resources

Data Visualization: 20+ Useful Tools and Resources | visual data | Scoop.it
There are plenty of cool technologies available to collect and examine data.

Both web and desktop applications have provided some really great interfaces to fall in love with data mining, and with the rise in popularity we have noticed an increased number of infographics created over the past few years.

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Updated Comparison of Data Visualization tools

Updated Comparison of Data Visualization tools | visual data | Scoop.it

One of the most popular posts on this blog was a comparison of Data Visualization Tools, which originally was posted more then a year ago where I compared those best tools only qualitatively. However since then I got a lot of requests to compare those tools “quantitatively”.

However I quickly realized that such “quantitative” comparison cannot be objective. So here it is – the updated and very subjective comparison of best Data Visualization tools, as I see them at the end of 2011.

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Review: Designing Data Visualizations

Review: Designing Data Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it
Here's how a rookie experienced his first introduction to visualization from Julie Steele and Noah Iliinsky's new book Designing Data Visualizations. What he learned and how this helps him to move forward.

It would be a good primer for people who are already working with data and looking for guidance about making their work more accessible; another group of people who might find themselves overwhelmed by the amount of choices they have to make while working on visualizations: designers with little knowledge about visual perception and how to apply its’ principles to their work.

Julie and Noah manage to introduce the basics of visualization in a very accessible and comprehensible way. Furthermore, the slim format and of the book makes it a great read for your next flight or train ride.

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