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How meta: An infographic explains the infographic phenomenon

How meta: An infographic explains the infographic phenomenon | visual data | Scoop.it
Readers of PR Daily are no strangers to infographics. In fact, pretty much everyone who uses the Internet is familiar with them. They’re a relatively new, easy and often interesting way to present content.

And so it makes that someone has created an infographic about … infographics.

It’s from Brent Csutoras, a social media marketing consultant and entrepreneur, and although the text is a bit small, it offers insights on a variety of areas related to the trend.

For instance, the font of nearly all infographics is some form of Serif.

At least it’s not Comic Sans.

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The World of Photography: 17 Infographics for Everybody

The World of Photography: 17 Infographics for Everybody | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics have been popular for several years and probably, they will be forever and ever. Infographics arrange information in a form of a big poster with eye-catchy and amusing illustrations.
About a year ago we published a post with a collection of 9 cool infographics for photographers. Each of them presented some useful tips and interesting facts on photography-related topics. Now we’re going to showcase you another portion of inspiration: 17 new infographics for photographers about photography are entirely at your services. It seems that during this year photography community penetrated the beauty and the usability of infographics. And now you can enjoy more infographics which cover a wider range of questions.

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YouTube Website: One Hour Per Second, Is The Future Of Infographics

YouTube Website: One Hour Per Second, Is The Future Of Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

We've posted a lot of great infographics over the years. The format, which typically combines statistical information in a fun animated layout, is very popular. People enjoy learning important statistics, but no one wants to feel like their in school. Infographics are a way for the reader to feel like they're learning while also feeding their need for entertainment.
And now YouTube has gone and blown up the traditional infographic with a new form of animated information sharing that I can only assume will come to be known as the "video infographic." It has video elements, but is also clearly inspired by the infographic format. And it may just be the perfect marriage...

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Location heat maps: show travel time data clearly and simply

Location heat maps: show travel time data clearly and simply | visual data | Scoop.it
Mapumental location heat maps: centre the map anywhere in the UK, then show users how quickly they could get to work, school, town, or places of interest.
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50 Informative and Well-Designed Infographics

50 Informative and Well-Designed Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

It’s impossible to comprehend complex data or analyze large amounts of information, if we only use words or texts. Information graphics or better known as infographics are visual explanation of data, information or knowledge. These graphics are excellent visual tools for explaining huge amounts of information where complex data needs to be explained immediately and clearly.

Infographics are one of the most challenging types of graphic design because the creation process alone is pretty intensive. Researching data is a very lengthy procedure of getting information that takes both your time and dedication for obtaining resourceful and correct data. After that, the designer must be able to create a strong visual impact that precisely displays the information in way that is rational and blend with the overall design.

We are truly delighted to show you these brilliant and informative infographics created by various talented individuals. Here’s a collection of 50 infographics that are creatively designed, colorful, lively, shocking and educational. Let’s have some visual feast!

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What Makes a Good Infographic?

What Makes a Good Infographic? | visual data | Scoop.it

Not even the experts agree. Despite sharing a common goal – to create solutions that meet their respective communication objectives – designers fight over the most basic notion in information design: what does and what doesn’t constitute an infographic?

Among the different approaches to visualization, one design element stands out in dividing the schools of thought: decoration.

Business intelligence expert Stephen Few sums up his disdain for the ornamentation of infographics: “When visualizations are used primarily for artistic purposes, they are not what we call data visualizations or infographics, which are terms that have been in use for a long time with particular meanings.”

Another highly visible figure, David McCandless, has popularized artistic visualizations and introduced data as a storytelling category to a wider audience. He describes his work:

“I love taking all kinds of information – data, numbers, ideas, knowledge – and making them into images. When you visualize information in this way, you can start to see the patterns and connections that matter.”

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Real-Time Insights Finder | Think Insights with Google

Real-Time Insights Finder | Think Insights with Google | visual data | Scoop.it

A Google developed tool that hubs up all the great complimentary Google tools to understand the key target consumer, where and how they spend time. 

Great marketing starts with greater understanding of people and their behavior. Today, search trends and online activity are a window into the attitudes, perceptions and needs of your consumers. We've brought together our fast, free insights tools to help you make sense of this data and start gaining valuable insight in real-time. It’s the difference between guessing and knowing...

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Making Sense of the Data

Making Sense of the Data | visual data | Scoop.it

'It's about having a holistic, functional system.'

To frame this series, I'd like to share with you the Two Things about web measurement. Since first thinking about this, I've revised them a few times, but I think I've settled here:
Thing #1: There are no independently meaningful metrics. It's about combining them to answer questions.
Thing #2: Anything can be a source of data.

I believe that if you stick to these two things as non-negotiable truths, you'll get the most out of the measurement you do...

 

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Crafting your way to understand and making sense of web measurement

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Google Maps Mania: Create Your Own Aerial Imagery Map

Google Maps Mania: Create Your Own Aerial Imagery Map | visual data | Scoop.it

MapKnitter is a free and open source tool for aligning and creating maps from overhead images.

The tool allows anyone to take a single aerial image or a series of aerial images and align them, with the help of Google Maps satellite view. Images maps created with MapKnitter can be exported in GeoTiff, TMS/OpenLayers, and JPG formats.

You can explore maps created with the tool by location and the most recent maps are also featured on the home page of MapKnitter.

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Visualization (Sensemaking) in Rapid Agile Learning Design

Visualization (Sensemaking) in Rapid Agile Learning Design | visual data | Scoop.it

Common definitions of visualization usually read something like, “to form a mental image,” thus we often think of visualization as being a simple solo technique, such as picturing “a dog eating a bone” or “a person doing the right thing.” However in an organization context, visualization is much more complex in that while it involves an image of the working environment, it is also a complex process that is very social in nature.

Visualization is often used interchangeably with sensemaking—making sense of the world we live and operate in, and then acting within that framework of understanding to achieve desired goals. Thus visualization is not just a shared (social) image with intent, it also implies ACTION. This framework can be used for building agile or rapid learning designs, fixing performance problems, implementing informal learning solutions, etc...

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2011: the year in data, journalism (and charts)

2011: the year in data, journalism (and charts) | visual data | Scoop.it

What were the data stories of 2011? Which figures gripped the headlines and defined the year? From Occupy to the tensions of the eurozone and the riots across England, the Datablog has covered it all. Here is our look back at 2011 in data.

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Open Source Intelligence Meets Real-Time News and Data Curation: SwiftRiver

Open Source Intelligence Meets Real-Time News and Data Curation: SwiftRiver | visual data | Scoop.it

SwiftRiver is a free and open-source intelligence platform that helps people curate and make sense of large amounts of information in a short amount of time.

In practice, SwiftRiver enables the filtering and verification of real-time data from channels such as SMS, email, Twitter and RSS feeds. It's especially useful for organizations that need to sort their data by their unique expectations of authority and accuracy, as opposed to popularity.

 

SwiftRiver allows you to discover, filter and present the information you want.

In SwiftRiver, these are "droplets." For example, common droplets in the river are tweets, Facebook updates, and blog posts. SwiftRiver determines all its attributes- for example, it can determine location, time, author and meaning (in the form of keywords) from a tweet. Once all the droplets are analyzed, you have the ability to filter them from a torrential river to a manageable stream.

 

Types of stories / output formats:

Text
Maps
Timeline
Graphs, Charts, Heatmaps
Gallery: Photos, Video, Audio


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With Infographic, Airbnb Turns Boring Facts Into Masterful Marketing

With Infographic, Airbnb Turns Boring Facts Into Masterful Marketing | visual data | Scoop.it
The company has experienced meteoric growth over the last year, fueled by global expansion. And they're good at telling the story.

A company’s annual report is a go-to reference when sizing up a company’s health and prospects. All those facts and figures arranged in black-and-white tables also make up the perfect cure for insomnia. Why do corporate documents have to be so boring? They don’t, as the info-data genius Nick Felton revealed in 2005, when he began issuing his own highly personalized form of annual reports chock full of biographical details presented with design gusto. (You may recall that Felton is also responsible for inspiring Facebook’s new Timeline format.) It took a few years, but companies are finally catching on to the idea of leavening snooze-inducing data with exciting colorful graphics and easy-to-read figures.

The latest to jump on the Felton bandwagon: Airbnb, which comprises a global network of local renters providing alternates to pricey hotel rooms. The big news here--rendered in eye-catching red--is that the three-year-old company is celebrating its 5 millionth nightly booking (4 million of which were made in the last year alone). That meteoric growth has a lot to do with its global expansion: 75% of its business now involves an international guest, host, or both--a fine argument for opening six new offices in major international cities by March 2012...

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12 Great Visualizations That Made History

12 Great Visualizations That Made History | visual data | Scoop.it
A look at some of the visualizations that broke new ground and played significant roles in changing history.

Most visualizations end up as passing follies that are significant in the short-term, but in the long-run they fade to the background with the rest of the noise. Occasionally, though, some visualizations end up in a perfect position to play a significant role in culture and history. Here are a few that have been fortunate enough to become significant.

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Envisioning the Future of Technology

Envisioning the Future of Technology | visual data | Scoop.it

Long Now Research Fellow Stuart Candy brought to our attention this visualization, which shows projections of what sorts of technologies will be available in the future, how soon, and how important they will be. It was created by London-based designer Michell Zappa, who leads a ‘technological trend bureau’ called Envisioning Technology. Their website explains that they seek to describe “where society is inexorably heading in the near future.”

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Information Visualization Animation

Information Visualization Animation | visual data | Scoop.it

Information visualization is all the rage recently with everyone trying to turn their data (or any data really) into a beautiful piece of art. Typically most of these projects fail at doing justice to the data they’re trying to visualize.

Enter data hero Michael Rigley, BFA of California College of the Arts’ graphic design program. His data visualization animation is does truth to the numbers in his piece about tracing what happens to the data that we spew into the digital landscape every day. Take a look at some of the sample screens from his animation and be sure to catch the video.

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Visualizing the Psychology of Color

Visualizing the Psychology of Color | visual data | Scoop.it
Courtesy of Painters of Louisville   At National Geographic, we are dedicated to unique and engaging forms of visual storytelling. Colors, of course, can be a powerful medium to convey meaning and trigger emotions.
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Infographic Of The Day: A Map Of NYC's Lost Subway Lines

Infographic Of The Day: A Map Of NYC's Lost Subway Lines | visual data | Scoop.it

This interactive map, created for the Transportation Nation project by Balance Media and John Keefe, deftly overlays these mysterious historical features over the MTA map we all know and love (and sometimes hate). Rolling over the map with your mouse causes the "real" subway system to ghost into the background, letting the "lost" stations and unbuilt lines leap into focus...

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Google Maps: Designing the Modern Atlas

Google Maps: Designing the Modern Atlas | visual data | Scoop.it
Since its launch in 2004, Google Maps has come a long way from its relatively simple beginnings as a simple pannable and zoomable road map of the United States and United Kingdom. Today we display business and transit networks, three dimensional cities, natural terrain, and much more. It is a map that serves pedestrians, motorists, tourists and locals alike. Soon it was not only used it as a "clean" map for wayfinding and browsing but also as a base for overlays, search results, directions, and personal customization—with sources from all over the web. In the same vein as Google's mission, we are organizing the world's information in a geographic context.

The work and evolution behind this ambitious undertaking is a combination of design vision, product strategy, engineering prowess, and ethnographic and usability research...

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Re.vu does more than create your CV, it lets you share your story with personalized infographics

Re.vu does more than create your CV, it lets you share your story with personalized infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
About.me was one of the very first services which made it easy to create a landing page for users online, featuring links to all of your social profiles. We have since seen a whole slew of similar services catering to niche markets. There’s Nogen0 for musicians, Central.ly, AboutOurWork and JustAbout.co for businesses.

Re.vu adds a new dimension, by allowing you to add a CV, import details from LinkedIn, and create an infographic representing your career, milestones, online presence and more.While we’ve taken a look at a Visualize.me, which offers a similar service using your LinkedIn data, Re.vu allows you to add more data manually.

Re.vu is a great tool for freelance writers, designers and photographers who want to showcase their work, or can also be the ideal accompaniment for someone who is looking for a job in a forward thinking company, that will be willing to veer away from the traditional CV...

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Infographic Of The Day: The Magic And Madness Of The Creative Process

Infographic Of The Day: The Magic And Madness Of The Creative Process | visual data | Scoop.it

Visual.ly has tipped us off to a fun little infographic by Virus Comix that uses the metaphor of a street map to show the many routes, stops, loops, and warning signs we encounter on the bumpy road to creative brilliance...

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Wanted: A Typographic Map of the World | Co.Design

Wanted: A Typographic Map of the World | Co.Design | visual data | Scoop.it

Chicago designer Nancy McCabe creates gorgeous maps of the world using (almost) nothing but words.
We love globes, but we despise reading them. All those extraneous symbols and endless topographic lines that could easily be confused with countries -- if not for Where in the World Is Carmen San Diego, we'd probably go on thinking Dar es Salaam is an island in Norway.

The global maps shown here are a promising antidote. Created by Chicago designer Nancy McCabe, they strip down the geography of the world to virtually nothing but words. Focus on a single continent and you can scan its vast array of nations, cities, and seas without the usual surfeit of visual interference. Blind grids shows latitude and longitude, keeping the whole thing from feeling too obscure and unmap-like.

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An Intimate Look at Infographics

An Intimate Look at Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

A well done infographic has the power to capture one’s acute attention span and convey information that would have taken longer to simply read (oh no, not reading!). However, for every brilliantly thought out and well executed mashup of art and data, there now seems to be an influx of mundane and formulaic counterparts infesting the very internet that we hold so near and dear.

Here we have an infographic that explores commonalities between the seemingly vast expanse of contrived infographics that appear to have spawned in mass over the past year. If you’re an infographic purest, view at your own risk...

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25 Best Infographics Of 2011 That Are Still Relevant Today

25 Best Infographics Of 2011 That Are Still Relevant Today | visual data | Scoop.it

The year of 2011 went very fast for us in the development world and I am sure some of you accomplished important things for your career during this year. But besides our personal achievements, the whole industry managed to reach something that was unthinkable around 10 years ago. To show you how the web progressed during the past year, I collected a series of infographics from the internet and hope, by the end of this article, you will realize what huge potential this year of 2012 has. Most of the images are not in full here, so you might want to click on them and read the whole infographic for an overall understanding of the presentations.

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