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Infographic: 29 Ways To Be Creative

Infographic: 29 Ways To Be Creative | visual data | Scoop.it

Creativity is defined as the ability to create, but sometimes, we seem to lose that ability all of a sudden. 

Luckily, Jordan-based art director Islam Abudaoud has created a useful infographic that teaches us ways to stay creative. 

Titled ‘29 Ways To Stay Creative’, the infographic illustrates the “creative process and methods to keep a person moving forward and motivated to keep doing more”. 

For more information, check out the infographic at designtaxi.com...

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Jacqui Hogan's curator insight, March 14, 2013 7:26 AM

EVERYone can be creative. 

Robin Martin's curator insight, April 28, 2013 5:22 PM

Love this inforgraphic! Very "creative!!"

Julien CHARLES's comment, May 16, 2013 4:40 AM
Really interesting and inspiring - Thx a lot.
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Artists use data to make political statements

Artists use data to make political statements | visual data | Scoop.it

Big data can feel impersonal, overwhelming and cold. But stark statistics are now being used to make intimate statements through art and public advocacy.


The past few years have seen the widespread availability of a large amount of data, thanks largely to the internet.

Census reports are easily searchable, campaign polling is expertly parsed and analysed, and online dating behaviour provides a glimpse into human sexuality.


Now more artists are using these impersonal details to make an impassioned statement; visit the article link for examples.

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Astrakhan's comment, February 9, 2013 12:44 AM
DataScientists = Data Artists
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Tomorrow’s world: A visual guide to the next 150 years

Tomorrow’s world: A visual guide to the next 150 years | visual data | Scoop.it

As we begin a new year, BBC Future has compiled 40 intriguing predictions made by scientists, politicians, journalists, bloggers and other assorted pundits in recent years about the shape of the world from 2013 to 2150.


They range from the serious to the fanciful, from the exciting to the petrifying.

And to get a gauge on how likely they are to happen, we asked the special bets department at British betting firm Ladbrokes to give us their odds on each prediction coming true.


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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 8, 2013 3:23 PM

Be prepared for the future...

Anthony Burke's curator insight, January 29, 2013 12:12 AM

How many of these will come true,,,ha...ha I remember some of the great predictions in the past that never made it, whilst the unpredicted did. Anyone remember the "atomic" egg that would fit in a box to power all your household power needs? Anyone remember all the free time we were going to have to manage because robots and AI would be doing all the work?

Guillaume Decugis's comment, January 29, 2013 9:33 PM
And flying cars for the year 2,000? ;-) Great infographic nevertheless. Thanks for sharing!
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A Remarkable Animation Of The History Of The Universe

A Remarkable Animation Of The History Of The Universe | visual data | Scoop.it
There’s so much we know that we’ll never see. We can extrapolate the concept of the Big Bang--the explosion of everything in the universe from a focused point.
So projects like Beginning, an animation by Grzegorz Nowiński from Novina Studio, are remarkably important. It tells a sort of good parts version of the history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the rise of humankind. Not only is the piece pure visual delight filled with stark textures and fine particle effects that look particularly stunning when projected on water, Beginning is a grounding piece of context--somewhat imagined, sure--but the sort of imagined thing that very much centers our perspective of reality. The average person sort of knows what the Big Bang looked like because of projects like this one, even if Beginning is far more stylized than photoreal.
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This project is an intriguing visualization incorporating sound, photography, and projection- view the animation at the link (FastCompany) and read more on the process involved in creating this 4.5 minute history of the universe...

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Olivier Vandelaer's curator insight, December 18, 2012 12:37 AM

This project is an intriguing visualization incorporating sound, photography, and projection- view the animation at the link (FastCompany) and read more on the process involved in creating this 4.5 minute history of the universe...

cafonso's curator insight, December 19, 2012 3:53 AM

A história do Universo em 4,5' 

Jean-Michel Bayle's curator insight, December 29, 2012 8:57 AM

A voir absolument avant la fin de l'année 2012 ... Bonne Année 2013

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Beautiful, Nonsensical Infographics by Chad Hagen

Beautiful, Nonsensical Infographics by Chad Hagen | visual data | Scoop.it

As any graphic designer surely knows, the Internet is home to at least as many bad (or non-) infographics as it is a source for clearly-articulated, visually-compelling ones. This twofold criteria is the subject of Chad Hagen's "Nonsensical Infographics": they're certainly a treat for the eye... but the mind, not so much. Rather, as the title of the series suggests, the vibrant geometries are intended to be metacommentary on the opacity of these purportedly digestible graphics.


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The science of infographics is an interesting beast. Infographics' level of success is always based on how much and how well they communicate their data—the classic form follows function. In this series, I reversed these roles—form is king and dictates what the infographic communicates. Welcome to the world of fictional visual information.


Visit the complete article for more beautiful + nonsensical infographics, as well as links for further research and more images...

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Best Practices in Data Visualization

Best Practices in Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it

In this new world of exploding data volumes, the ability to make sense of all this data and effectively communicate insights from it is a highly valued skillset. Communicating trustworthy insights includes choosing the appropriate data visualizations to tell a story or make a key point. That may seem trivial at first, but in fact, it is quite powerful. In some fields such as research, healthcare or military, the use of data and visualizations has specific guidelines since misinterpretations could impact human lives.

Most of the time getting data visualizations right is not a life and death matter, but it is important. There are several highly-regarded thought leaders with excellent reading material on this topic, including Stephen Few and Edward Tufte. If you have not read any of their books and you are in an analytics/business intelligence profession, consider this a “must do” before you build another report or dashboard.

In the meantime, read the article at the link for more details, a few of the most common mistakes and some best practices to keep in mind...

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Infographics and Visualizations as Tools For the Mind

Infographics and Visualizations as Tools For the Mind | visual data | Scoop.it
Designing an infographic or a data visualization is an act of engineering. Does this idea sound strange to you? Sometimes it does when I present it in lectures and classes. Many people tend to think that I am indulging in some sort of vague game of metaphors, but I am not. I say it quite literally. I believe that an infographic is a tool in a very similar way that hammers, saws, and screwdrivers are tools: They are instruments we devise and build to extend our capacities beyond their natural limits, to accomplish feats that would be extremely difficult — or even impossible — if tried without their aid. We humans are natural-born cyborgs. We are used to getting raw materials from the environment (whether that’s iron and wood, or information and data) and giving them shapes that are adapted to certain goals or tasks.

Think about it this way: Tools are not always actual objects designed to help us with physical activities. A notebook, whether it is a Moleskine or an Evernote digital document, is a tool that expands our memory. A digital calculator, whether it is an inexpensive machine bought in the nearest Dollar Tree or an app downloaded to your iPhone, frees you from the burden of having to retain and execute many complex mathematical algorithms. Non-physical tools (or sets of tools and practices), such as statistics and the scientific method, evolved to let us gaze beyond what we would normally see, and to overcome our deepest biases and lazy habits of mind. The same is true for great visual displays of information...

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How NASA Makes Scientific Data Beautiful

How NASA Makes Scientific Data Beautiful | visual data | Scoop.it

How do you make education interesting and, more importantly, beautiful? When it comes to the work of NASA, attracting enthusiasts isn’t difficult with the usual visuals of bright stars and colorful planets on hand. Look no further than the recent awe over Mars rover Curiosity’s high-res pictures to see proof of humanity’s fascination with space.

But not all of NASA’s data is packaged into a neat little photos. In fact, some of the organization’s most important findings about space come back in the form of numbers, beamed in by one of the many satellites orbiting our planet. And this information is brought to life by the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) — a team of scientists and animators that turns numerical data into a dynamic graphic or video.

The SVS is not only an active and creative tool for NASA outreach — it has even gone viral. Earlier this year, the SVS team received information from a project team called Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean, or ECCO, which uses mathematical tools to better understand how the ocean’s circulation patterns change over time. The result was Perpetual Ocean, a detailed and moving video interpreting a year’s worth of the ocean’s current patterns in minutes...

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Celebrate the 2012 London Olympic Games with These 14 Infographics

Celebrate the 2012 London Olympic Games with These 14 Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
The 2012 Olympics are ramping up in England, and so are the visualizations of all the data related to the games.

The Ancient Olympic Games started in 776 BC in ancient Greece. After being abandoned in 394 AD, they were reincarnated in the modern form we know in 1894. The tradition continues today, and hopefully will continue for as long as humanity exists. They are a wonderful celebration of human physical capability and achievement, with new records set without fail.

In anticipation of this year’s games, here’s a list of 14 infographics about the Olympics and their impact on this year’s host city, London...

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How to create an infographic for your blog

How to create an infographic for your blog | visual data | Scoop.it
What is an infographic?

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. Why are infographics so popular?

With so many online messages competing for our attention, eye-catching graphics are one way of grabbing your reader’s attention. People want their information quicker and using visuals are an excellent way to do this. Infographics can help your audience absorb information at a glance and they are ideal for sharing across multiple social media platforms...

 

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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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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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Leomi Chen's curator insight, March 5, 8:40 AM

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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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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10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations

10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it

Communicating visually is one of the most effective ways to explain complex concepts and relationships, and can be a great way to explain your services/products and create valuable site content.

Visit thelink for a list of tools you can use to create visualizations, or simply use to communicate visually with your teammates.

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Antoine Cheret's curator insight, February 13, 2013 1:09 AM

C'est une tendance de fond : la représentation graphique des données, éléments clés de l'entreprise, des compétences ou des valeurs... Mais que faire lorsqu'on manque de ressources (pas de graphiste/infographiste) en interne ou en externe ? Les 10 outils présentés sont intéressants, souvent gratuit et le post comprend en plus des conseils pour conceptualiser son infographie, étape indispensable avant même de passer à la réalisation.

Donny Anderson's curator insight, February 25, 2013 5:02 AM

I have used inforgr.am before.  You need to be ahead on the technology learning curve to do this well, but don't shy away from trying!

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Top 10 Video Infographics of 2012

Top 10 Video Infographics of 2012 | visual data | Scoop.it

In the great tradition of end of year blog posts, here's a feature on the top 10 video infographics of 2012.


Over the year, I’ve curated 222 videos on this site [videoinfographics.net], and reviewed hundreds more. As part of my process of watching and curating so many infographic videos, I started to keep my own 3-star ranking system of these videos in a spreadsheet to help me keep track of those that I think are the most outstanding. The result was about 60 3-star videos in 2012. That’s too many to feature in a top X list so I turned to the Likes and Comments of my top ranked videos (and in doing so eliminated videos only featured on YouTube since YouTube comments are pretty much trash). This resulted in a list of 10 videos that had triple digit Likes on their Vimeo pages.

Voila! A top 10 list. So, in a ascending order, here are the top 10 most liked animated video infographics featured here in 2012, including number of Likes and Comments for each (as of December 30, 2012).

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New research & maps provide a detailed look at how the brain organizes visual information

New research & maps provide a detailed look at how the brain organizes visual information | visual data | Scoop.it
How does our brain organize the visual information that our eyes capture? Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, used computational models of brain imaging data to answer this question and arrived at what they call “continuous semantic space” – a notion which serves as the basis for the first interactive maps showing how the brain categorizes what we see.The data on which the maps are based was collected while the subjects watched movie clips. Brain activity was recorded via functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), a type of MRI that measures brain activity by detecting related changes in blood flow. In order to find the correlations in the data collected, the researchers used a type of analysis known as regularized linear regression...
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Pedro Barbosa's curator insight, December 28, 2012 4:53 AM

Excellent articple about neuroscience - visual mapping.

Understanding our minds is important on all types of management tasks;)

 

Pedro Barbosa | www.pbarbosa.com | www.harvardtrends.com

Beth Kanter's curator insight, December 30, 2012 1:10 PM

Good points to make about why going visual is important

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Types of Graphs [infographic]

Types of Graphs [infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it
Graphs are a visual treat, as they can present complex information in a quick and easy manner. Mostly graphs are used to reveal a trend, compare statistics or they can be even used to establish relationship between two different variables.

There are several types of graphs and each graph has different display properties to represent the data. Based on the information, choose a graph that depicts data in an effective way.
This infographic shares some interesting information about different graph types.
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A clear and straightforward infographic on the different types of visual representations of data related to charts and graphs, as well as typical applications and best practices...

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Visual Storytelling: A New Series from Column Five

Visual Storytelling: A New Series from Column Five | visual data | Scoop.it
Visual thinking can be applied to anything. The way we think about things visually is a matter of perspective. And perspective is the source of all great storytelling.

With our new Visual Storytelling series, we use information design and data visualization to bring a new perspective to the stories of everyday life. Some pieces will be serious, some humorous, but the aim is to provide a new way of telling stories that we can all relate to...

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11 of the Most Influential Infographics of the 19th-Century...

11 of the Most Influential Infographics of the 19th-Century... | visual data | Scoop.it
We live in a world steeped in graphic information. From Google Maps and GIS to the proliferation of infographics and animated maps, visual data surrounds us.

While we may think of infographics as a relatively recent development to make sense of the immense amount of data available on the Web, they actually are rooted in the 19th century.

Two major developments led to a breakthrough in infographics: advances in lithography and chromolithography, which made it possible to experiment with different types of visual representations, and the availability of vast amounts of data, including from the American Census as well as natural scientists, who faced heaps of information about the natural world, such as daily readings of wind, rainfall, and temperature spanning decades.

But such data was really only useful to the extent that it could be rendered in visual form. And this is why innovation in cartography and graphic visualization mattered so greatly...

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Are Our Transit Maps Tricking Us?

Are Our Transit Maps Tricking Us? | visual data | Scoop.it
Subway maps distort the reality on the ground for all kinds of reasons. What happens when we make decisions based on them?

London’s city center takes up about two percent of the city. On the Tube map, it looks four times as big.

Over in New York City, Central Park—which is a skinny sliver, much longer than it is wide—was depicted in some 1960s and ‘70s IRT maps as a fat rectangle on its side.

So public transit maps are distorted, quite on purpose. All of them enlarge city centers. Many use a fixed distance between stations out in the boonies, even if, in reality, they’re spaced wildly differently. Curvy lines are made straight. Transfers are coded with dots, lines, and everything in between.

According to Zhan Guo, an assistant professor of urban planning and transportation policy at NYU Wagner, certain cities allow for more flight of fancy than others. San Francisco and New York have a lot of geographic markers, so passengers will only accept so much map distortion.

New York’s grid system further discourages excessive futzing. In Chicago, the line is elevated, which leaves even less leeway. But in a place like London, with twisty streets, few geographical markers other than the Thames, and an underground system, you can pull a lot more over on people...

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Branding with Infographics: How to Build a Visual Language for Your Company

Branding with Infographics: How to Build a Visual Language for Your Company | visual data | Scoop.it
We have entered an age where visual communication is essential for any company. The need to tell complex stories quickly, effectively, and in a way that engages people is not just prevalent, it is universal. Brands that learn and utilize visual communication as a tool to distribute their message and inspire audiences will run circles around those who struggle to find their voice in the medium. Beyond the necessity to embrace information design, infographics also present an incredible opportunity to strengthen your existing branding efforts by developing a unique graphic style to be implemented throughout the company. Consistently creating arresting infographics that can easily be identified with your brand provides an incredible advantage in ensuring that the content your company produces, whether for marketing, customer education, or sales collateral, is both familiar and well received.

How do you get started in building a visual language? Read the complete article for five key considerations to ensure your approach is holistic and successful..

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An Illustrated Visualization of What Can Happen in a Single Second

An Illustrated Visualization of What Can Happen in a Single Second | visual data | Scoop.it

We’ve previously explored time and the scale of the universe, but what about the scale of time? Do we fully understand the 2.5 billion seconds most of us will experience in an average lifetime?

That’s precisely what prolific science author and illustrator Steve Jenkins playfully probes in Just a Second, a lovely and refreshing book for kids, doubling as a curious and enjoyable trivia compendium for grown-ups, and a fine addition to the year’s best children’s books. From the 5,085-foot water journey of a whale’s song to the 50 beats of a hummingbird’s wings to the 300-foot plunge of a peregrine falcon, the charmingly illustrated pages weave a kind of alternative metric system for telling time through the surprising things that happen in a single second — a measure that, as Jenkins points out, is a human invention...

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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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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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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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