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Big Data’s Impact in the World

Big Data’s Impact in the World | visual data | Scoop.it
For those who can make sense of the explosion of data, there are job opportunities in fields as diverse as crime, retail and dating.

What is Big Data? A meme and a marketing term, for sure, but also shorthand for advancing trends in technology that open the door to a new approach to understanding the world and making decisions. There is a lot more data, all the time, growing at 50 percent a year, or more than doubling every two years, estimates IDC, a technology research firm. It’s not just more streams of data, but entirely new ones. For example, there are now countless digital sensors worldwide in industrial equipment, automobiles, electrical meters and shipping crates. They can measure and communicate location, movement, vibration, temperature, humidity, even chemical changes in the air...

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3 Ways to Utilize Infographics for Your Business

3 Ways to Utilize Infographics for Your Business | visual data | Scoop.it

1. Instead of a sea of text talking about how your company helps clients, create a visual representation of such facts. In other words −show don’t tell− the reader why your company is the best choice for their needs.
2. Use an infographic to label and explain the benefits of a particular type of machinery or product. The graphic could not only explain the product, but also include key information on how each piece efficiently works to save the client time, money and resources. Research shows that customers choose and even stay loyal to companies who make their lives easier.
3. Create a typographic and chart-based infographic to display the results of company research, case studies or successful sales statistics. Check out the article and infographics for more information...

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Global Design Trends 2011 {An Infographic}

Global Design Trends 2011 {An Infographic} | visual data | Scoop.it
From vintage-themed photographs, to vibrant vector graphics, here's an infographic detailing the top global design trends of the year.

After 8 years, 17 million images and over 200 million downloads, Shutterstock is one of the world’s leading marketplaces for visual media. We have artists and photographers from more than 100 countries, and customers in more than 150. But perhaps most significant about these milestones is that it has led to thousands of image searches each day – giving us valuable insight into design trends around the world.

From vintage-themed photographs, to vibrant vector graphics, here’s an infographic detailing what visual stories were told over the last year.

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Infographics as a Creative Assessment

Kathy Schrock's ISTE presentation...

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words: Infographics as a Creative Assessment.


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2 GE Infographics Offer Hints About The Future Of Data-Driven Management

2 GE Infographics Offer Hints About The Future Of Data-Driven Management | visual data | Scoop.it
GE has been riding the infographics train for all its worth, creating a slew of remarkable charts illustrating everything from health ailments and how their linked to how good different countries are at innovating.

But they’ve rarely turned the lens onto the company’s own data, which makes these two experiments, by Ben Fry’s company Fathom, so interesting. Both look deep into the welter of data that GE’s products create everyday, and in so doing, offer a little glimpse into what could be possible when infographics make their way from Internet fad to management tool.

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Aaron Koblin: Artfully visualizing our humanity | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Artist Aaron Koblin takes vast amounts of data -- and at times vast numbers of people -- and weaves them into stunning visualizations.
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The Visual Thinking Revolution is Here!

The Visual Thinking Revolution is Here! | visual data | Scoop.it

An article that espouses what I thinking and thus the name of my curated site. There is a Visual Revolution going on with a movement from text to pictures and beyond!

We are in the midst of a “Visual Thinking Revolution” and leaders in all types of organizations are embracing visual thinking as a literacy of the future.


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Ingenious Infographic: U.S. Highways, Mapped Like A Subway System

Ingenious Infographic: U.S. Highways, Mapped Like A Subway System | visual data | Scoop.it

The graphic language of the London Underground map is so iconic that "[insert any network or process here] visualized as a London Underground map" has become a design cliché. So why are we writing about the latest iteration, a Tube-style map of U.S. interstate highways, created by Cameron Booth? Because, clichéd or not, visualizing this particular system in this way is actually damned useful.

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Why “Infographic Thinking” Is The Future, Not A Fad

Why “Infographic Thinking” Is The Future, Not A Fad | visual data | Scoop.it
We get a lot of infographic pitches. Almost all of them suck. Why?

Because while they may well be "information plus graphics," they often lack what designer Francesco Franchi calls "infographic thinking." This isn’t just "how to make some numbers and vector graphics look clever together." It’s a narrative language--it’s "representation plus interpretation to develop an idea," to quote Franchi. He’s the art director of IL (Intelligence in Lifestyle), the monthly magazine of Il Sole 24 ORE, one of Italy’s top financial newspapers, and if you look at his work, you quickly get the sense that he knows what the #*(@ he’s talking about. He lays out his thoughts on "infographic thinking" in this video podcast from Gestalten...

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Why Your Blog Needs an Infographic and How to Make it Happen

Why Your Blog Needs an Infographic and How to Make it Happen | visual data | Scoop.it

An infographic is a visual representation of information. Consumers see infographics every day when they stop at a stop sign, read the weather report in the newspaper, or look at a chartor graph. Businesses are now beginning to create infographics to put on their blogs to help draw in readers. Infographics work well for a few reasons:

-They work well when you are trying to report complicated or boring information. These are typically the two types of articles that are most difficult to read, so showing the information pictorially tends to help keep readers engaged and help them understand the information easier and without frustration.
-They can help show the creativity of your company. This will help make your company more appealing to consumers and help improve the visibility of your brand. After all, the longer people stay on your site the better chance you have that they will return.
-An infographic works the same way as a traditional article in terms of SEO. If someone links back to your infographic, your SEO will improve (and people are much more likely to share an infographic than a big block of text).
Just about every blog has tapped into the infographic mania that has taken over in 2012, but creating an infographic isn’t easy. Many blogs cannot afford to hire a web designer to create an infographic, so they are forced to do the design on their own. This can make for a more confusing piece of text than a traditional article if done incorrectly. Consider how to create a successful infographic...

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Accurate Maps vs. Useful Maps

Accurate Maps vs. Useful Maps | visual data | Scoop.it

“The aim of the cartographer is to give a graphic expression to the features of the landscape.” You wouldn’t want to use his maps to trek through the Sierras, but in recognizing how our understanding of the natural world is intimately and inextricably linked to the confines of our manmade constructs, Rangel’s work strikes me as true, which might not be as practical as a traditional map, but it certainly might be more useful...

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SOPA Defeated: The Day The Internet Stood Still [Infographic]

SOPA Defeated: The Day The Internet Stood Still [Infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it
The SOPA bill that threatened to destroy the internet has finally be taken down after a long period of protesting.

Just what exactly did it take to make Congress finally listen to us? Check it out in the infographic below.

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Seven Tools for Creating Data Visualizations

Seven Tools for Creating Data Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it

Digital tools have faciliated an easier way to visually represent complex data and information in ways at are logical and intuitive.  This blog post outlines tools that students can use (read: free!) along with basic tutorials to demonstrate their functionalities. 


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How to Turn a Static Visualization Into a Successful Animation

How to Turn a Static Visualization Into a Successful Animation | visual data | Scoop.it
Liz Burow teaches information design and collaborative design studios at Parsons School of Design in New York, NY.

Short animations are one of the best tools out there for explaining ideas, but they aren’t used often enough for fear they’re too advanced. Yet, creating animations can really help designers understand the power of storytelling, beyond what can be accomplished with creating static visualizations. By adding time to the design ‘canvas’, one can start to understand how they are the director of an explanation, not just a designer of information. And while perfecting the skills of a storyteller and motion-graphic artist takes years, basic storytelling, argument building and dynamic visualization techniques can be learned fairly quickly and effectively...

Here are five key principles in using animations successfully.

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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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What Is Visualization?

What Is Visualization? | visual data | Scoop.it

This seems like a straightforward question, but it’s proven to be a difficult one to answer. Even visualization researchers don’t have a clear definition.


Is it synonymous with information graphics? Does visualization have to be computer generated? Does data have to be involved, or can it be abstract? The answers vary depending on who you ask.


Visualization is a medium. It’s not just an analysis tool nor just a way to prove a point more clearly through data.


Visualization is like books. There are different writing styles and categories, there are textbooks and there are novels, and they communicate ideas in different ways for varied purposes. And just like authors who use words to communicate, there are rules that you should always follow and others that are guidelines that you can bend and break...

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Patrice Mitrano's curator insight, January 30, 2014 5:16 AM

De très nombreux exemples d'infographies, malheureusement pas toujours aboutis. A croiser avec d'autres infographies ou représentations sur des sujets identiques ou bien à rapprocher des données sources.

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Map orientation: When true north is NOT at the top

Map orientation: When true north is NOT at the top | visual data | Scoop.it
We got an excellent comment from a reader this week about maps that are not drawn with true north at the top.

 

We've all be 'turned around' when navigating in semi-familiar or unfamiliar territory.  How to we reorient ourselves?  When the map is NOT facing north, there typically better be a compelling reason that will help the map users to orient themselves to their particular spatial circumstances (oftentime they are reference maps for tourists).  Do you prefer maps to always face north?  Why or why not?  What does this say about our mental maps and spatial thinking patterns? 


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Infographic Events Calendar 2011-2012

Infographic Events Calendar 2011-2012 | visual data | Scoop.it

Outstanding calendar-map infographic from Infographer.ru, a Russian infographics site and design agency in Moscow (view in English). The Infographic Events Calendar 2011-2012 shows many (but not all) visualization, data and infographic conferences and events around the globe.

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6 Tips That Will Take Your Infographics from Chartjunk to Valuable Content

6 Tips That Will Take Your Infographics from Chartjunk to Valuable Content | visual data | Scoop.it
From saber-tooth tiger-bait to link-bait, infographics have come a long way. Here’s a guide to their invention, how to use them effectively, and how to avoid infographics that add to the “contentification” of social media rather than offering real insight.

Before there was writing, there were maps, as humans spread across the globe, traveling by land and sea. Then there were symbols signifying crops and livestock, illuminated church manuscripts, and the presentation of scientific data in graphs, histograms, bar and pie charts (which Florence Nightingale did not, as many have reported, invent).

Today infographics rule the social media share-sphere. They substitute for press releases and resumes, white papers and detailed surveys – there is even an infographic about infographics...

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12 Visualizations That Will Change the Way You View Scale

12 Visualizations That Will Change the Way You View Scale | visual data | Scoop.it

Scale is a simple concept. From a very early age, children know about big and small, heavy and light, more and less. Extreme scales, however, are another story.

Try to imagine, for example, the size of the universe… or $1 trillion made up entirely of dollar bills. Exactly. Grasping the actual quantities involved in extreme scales can be difficult, which makes managing scale in visualizations an interesting problem.

Here are 12 visualizations that try to show things at extreme scales.


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The Narrative Eros of the Infographic

The Narrative Eros of the Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

In 1976, neuroscientist Douglas Nelson definitively described the cognitive potency of the image as the pictorial superiority effect. He and others have shown that our brains are essentially hard-wired for visuals—the very architecture of our visual cortex allows graphics a unique mainline into our consciousness. According to Allan Pavio’s somewhat controversial dual-coding theory, imagery stimulates both verbal and visual representations, whereas language is primarily processed through only the verbal channel. While there has been considerable pushback to Pavio’s theory since its introduction in the 1970s, numerous experiments have shown that imagery activates multiple, powerful neural pathways of memory recall...

It is no surprise, then, that our media are now saturated with such infographics, both on-and off-line, as a host of publications such as The New York Times, Good, The Guardian, Wired, Time, The Economist, The Believer, and The Wall Street Journal all regularly depend on data visualizations to provide their readers with that on-the-spot, quasi-highbrow sociological analysis. As one might expect, the output is decidedly mixed. Faced with a glut of mediocre charts and diagrams, there is now a backlash among designers and journalists against the overuse of meaningless infographics...

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A Code of Ethics for Data Visualization Professionals

A Code of Ethics for Data Visualization Professionals | visual data | Scoop.it
Data Visualization is a relatively new field and as such, it has a lot of maturing to do. And part of that process is determining what is acceptable practice.

It is important to have a visible code of ethics because it establishes a standard of quality, helps us garner trust from clients, users and viewers, and gives our team a sense of confidence and pride in their work.

But how do you develop a visualization-specific code of ethics? In many ways, visualization is similar to journalism. In fact, many – if not most – large newspapers have created dedicated visualization departments, which produce some of the highest-quality data visualizations we see today. That’s hardly coincidental. Much like journalists, data visualization professionals have to collect data and information and then represent it to the public in the most truthful way possible...

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Infographic: What Colors Should You Use?

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Infographic: What Colors Should You Use?

‘The Psychology of Color’ explores what colors should and should not be used in interiors, and why certain colors are used in advertising.

According to the infographic, offices should be painted blue, as it is the “most productive color”. Living rooms should be painted lavender, to calm the nerves and offer relaxation. Yellow increases metabolism, and gives you energy.

The infographic also states that the color red: “evokes strong emotion, encourages appetite, passion or intensity”.

Black, white, silver and gold colors are often used for luxury items (Chanel, Prada, Michael Kors)—to enhance the feeling of sophistication...

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The 16 Best Science Visualizations of 2011

The 16 Best Science Visualizations of 2011 | visual data | Scoop.it
Toxic barbs on a cucumber’s skin, nanoscopic flakes of metal and a mouse’s technicolor eyeball (above) are just a few of 2011′s top science visualizations.

A panel of judges picked the best of more than 200 entries from 33 countries for the 2011 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

“I think because information technology tools and visualization tools have advanced, people have found ever-increasingly clever ways to display difficult scientific concepts,” said competition judge Thomas Wagner, a cryosphere scientist at NASA, in an interview provided by the contest.

Contest judges made their picks based on visual impact, originality and clarity. The winners, which include “people’s choice” awards as well as honorable mentions, were published online Feb. 2 in the journal Science.

The entries weren’t just limited to photographs. Contest categories also included illustrations, informational graphics, videos and even interactive video games.

See the best of these science and engineering visualizations in this gallery.

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In Defense of Infographics

In Defense of Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Most data isn’t simple. When we hear that Americans donate over $300 billion a year to charity, our minds cannot grasp how much money that is unless we can visualize it. David McCandless lets us see how much money $300 billion is… by making it an infographic and comparing that amount to other amounts...

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