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Beyond the Infographic: 12 Parallax Scrolling Sites that Inform, Engage & Entertain

Beyond the Infographic: 12 Parallax Scrolling Sites that Inform, Engage & Entertain | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics: love them or hate them, you can’t escape them. With the rise of the infographic at all time high (a reported mention of ‘infographic’ every 1.7 seconds on the 16th Aug), many are now asking where next for this visual medium?

For many, Interactive HTML5 Infographics are the next stage in the evolution of the infographic, a sentiment I personally agree with. However, today I’m going to look into another engaging type of content that is crushing it when it comes to social sharing, brand engagement and back link acquisition: parallax scrolling landing pages...

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Join us !! Scrollshow creates an elegant appraoch using parallax scrolling.. It's the first panoramic presentation editor on iPad.
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There’s Something About Yellow

There’s Something About Yellow | visual data | Scoop.it
Maroon. Chartreuse. Marigold. Cerulean. There are many colors to choose from when designing infographics and data visualizations.

Is there such a thing as the “right” colors or the “wrong” colors to use? I’m not going to tell you that my favorite color is better than yours, but there is something special about the color yellow...

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Get your daily infographic fix with these great sites

Get your daily infographic fix with these great sites | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics, aka data visualisation as an art, are incredibly popular in the media. They share information in an easily digestible format that makes for interesting blog posts, great content to share on social networks and a way to freshen up that tired press release.

If you are a fan of infographics you may not want to wait for them to go viral by appearing on blogs like Mashable or The Next Web. Wouldn't it be cool to find them first and for once share them with your friends before they'd already seen it?

Well then, you should head over to sites dedicated to publishing inforgraphics at a daily rate. Here are some of my favourites..

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Defining The Future Of Infographics

Defining The Future Of Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Ross Crooks, cofounder of the infographics firm Column Five, rounds up some of the most interesting trends impacting the discipline.
Now that everyone loves them, early adopters and forward thinkers want to know what is next for the infographic. Is this just the beginning of a visual revolution, or have they already jumped the shark? This is an important question, especially for those who are making large investments in the medium, such as publishers and marketers...

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17 Eye-Opening Examples of Content Visualization

17 Eye-Opening Examples of Content Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it
Visualized content is popping up all over the web lately, and it's no surprise.

But does every piece of visual content you produce have to be as complex as a full-blown infographic? No way. And does every piece of visual content even have to highlight data? Negative.

Sometimes the concept you're trying to explain just lends itself to a more visual representation, and these types of portrayals can often make the concept much easier to follow and understand by your audience.

There are many ways you can make your content more visually appealing and effective. Some are simple, and some are more complex. Either way, visualized content is hot. Here are some awesome examples of content visualization to motivate you to start thinking more with your eyes.

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Worth Checking Out: 'Visual Complexity' Blog

Worth Checking Out: 'Visual Complexity' Blog | visual data | Scoop.it

VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web. I truly hope this space can inspire, motivate and enlighten any person doing research on this field.


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Infographic Of The Day: The Best Design Tools On The Market

Infographic Of The Day: The Best Design Tools On The Market | visual data | Scoop.it

Designers, in many ways, are quintessential first adopters and ideal test customers: They're technically savvy and demanding, with an extreme attention to detail and polish. Please them, and it's pretty certain that you've got a great product on your hands.

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How Pop Chart Lab Made That Amazing Apple Infographic

How Pop Chart Lab Made That Amazing Apple Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

Patrick Mulligan takes us step-by-step through the process of transforming a slew of data into a stunning chart.
After 18 months of putting together charts on everything from beer to professional wrestlers, we’re often asked at Pop Chart Lab how we come up with this stuff. Our method varies a bit from chart to chart, but there are some tools and processes that serve us well.

Here, we detail how we assembled our latest product chart, “The Insanely Great History of Apple.”

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20 Essential Infographics & Data Visualization Blogs

20 Essential Infographics & Data Visualization Blogs | visual data | Scoop.it

In the tradition of Inspired Mag’s huge lists, here goes a new one – all the blogs with cool data visualization eye candy in the same place! Enjoy and leave some comments with suggestions, questions and so on.

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The value of data visualization

The value of data visualization | visual data | Scoop.it
David McCandless has the rare ability to make sense out of our world with words and images.

As a data journalist and information designer with a killer sense of humor ("My pet-hate is pie charts. Love pie. Hate pie-charts"), his talk at Social Commerce Summit Europe was a hit. We wanted more, so we put the following interview together. Enjoy!

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Challenges Are Beautiful: visualise the economic crisis & win $5,000

Challenges Are Beautiful: visualise the economic crisis & win $5,000 | visual data | Scoop.it
Can you make current financial panics more visible and understandable?

Debt crises. Wall Street occupation. The collapse of the Eurozone. There's a ton of information, numbers and data flying around about the financial system, but not much understanding. It's hard to see what's going on.

So we've teamed up with this blog to offer a data-visualization challenge.

Can you make sense of money panics?

We give you the data. You supply the creativity. If your entry wins, there's $5000 available in prize money.

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The world of Wikipedia's languages mapped

The world of Wikipedia's languages mapped | visual data | Scoop.it
What happens if you map every geotagged Wikipedia article - and then analyse it for language use?

Mark Graham and the team at the Oxford Internet Institute (who've mapped zombies and every geotagged picture on Flickr) decided to find out as part of their research into the state of the internet - and then break it down by different languages.

Graham, who also runs the blogs floatingsheep.org and zerogeography.net looked at Wikipedia in the Middle East, North Africa, and East Africa in the November 2011 versions of the Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, English, French.

Each one of the yellow dots represents the "human effort that has gone into describing some aspect of a place".

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Google Releases Think Insights Trend & Research Hub

Google Releases Think Insights Trend & Research Hub | visual data | Scoop.it

Google has graduated Think Insights from beta. This tool now compiles real-time data from Google search and other platforms, combining those facts with additional studies, infographics, and more.

Users can find the site at ThinkwithGoogle.com, and then explore tools that focus on different sectors of the virtual world. Google described the site as an "information and resource hub for marketers" in the Official Google Blog post announcing Think Insights' graduation.

The post also indicated that Google will continue to use the site as a data-centric storehouse for "consumer trends, marketing insights, and industry research."

That storehouse is filled with specific insights from Google (frequently compiled as infographics) as well as studies, reports, a research library, a fact and statistic sheet, and planning tools. While some of the information comes directly from Google, a large portion of the studies are the result of independent or collaborative research...

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The Best of 2011 | Spatial Analysis

The Best of 2011 | Spatial Analysis | visual data | Scoop.it

As 2011 draws to a close it is worth reflecting on what, I think, has been a defining year for mapping and spatial analysis. Geographic data have become open, big, and widely available, leading to the production of new and interesting maps on an almost daily basis. The increasing utilisation of technology such as Google Fusion Tables has made it easier than ever to map data. Sadly the number of bad maps is on the increase as a result (largely thanks to the web’s preference for the Mercator projection and push-pins) and I hope things will improve (over to you Google!) next year. To inspire another year of mapping, and in no particular order, here is the spatialanalysis “Best of 2011″. The maps here have been popular, engaged users, innovated, and raised the bar for cartographic standards. I bet I have missed some so feel free to link to your best map in the comments section.

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A Line Walks Into a Bar

A Line Walks Into a Bar | visual data | Scoop.it
We all know visualizations can be a great way to represent data, but some visualizations are better than others at certain data.

Sometimes, a bar chart is better than a line chart. This is because visualizations don’t just represent data, they also represent qualities of data.

 

One of these qualities is the degree of continuity. There are three main levels of continuity that data can have.

-Continuous: These are values like Temperature or Time. They can be subdivided into infinitely small increments.
-Discrete: These are values like Number of Elephants. They have a set amount of accuracy, often nothing smaller than 1. Usually each member of these values is numbered, not named.
-Categorical: These are values like States or Fruits. These are also discrete, but the values are different enough from each other to each have a name.


Now that we know we have these levels, and we know what they are, how do we visualize them best?

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Visualizations | 7 Billion & Counting

Visualizations | 7 Billion & Counting | visual data | Scoop.it

As the world population grows, its demographic makeup continues to change. In developed nations, longer life expectancy and lower fertility rates have already resulted in aging populations...

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Bloomberg And Frog Turn Raw Data Into Branding

Bloomberg And Frog Turn Raw Data Into Branding | visual data | Scoop.it

Tasked with creating a corporate page for Bloomberg, frog had to figure out the central theme of all its myriad businesses: Data, which they then used as a clever bit of branding.

The idea is that Bloomberg, in all of its businesses, provides data and information. So why not use that data as the actual branding itself..?

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The Search For Analysts To Make Sense Of 'Big Data' - NPR

Businesses keep vast troves of data about things like online shopping behavior, or millions of changes in weather patterns, or trillions of financial transactions — information that goes by the generic name of big data.

Now, more companies are trying to make sense of what the data can tell them about how to do business better. That, in turn, is fueling demand for people who can make sense of the information — mathematicians — and creating something of a recruiting war...

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Why Visual Trumps Verbal Brainstorming

Why Visual Trumps Verbal Brainstorming | visual data | Scoop.it

Visual brainstorming is about collaboratively-generating ideas, without using the spoken or written word. You might use objects, which teams put together to solve problems. You might use arts and crafts materials, such as colored construction paper, tape, string, card, pens, and the like. You might use people to create improvisational role-plays.

Visual brainstorming need not be limited to physical objects, such as new products. You may also use it to brainstorm processes, services, and activities. All you need is a little imagination and the ability to visualize problems.

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How To Design Your Own Infographics...

How To Design Your Own Infographics... | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics seem to be a real trend today, with new ones popping up daily on all sorts of subjects. From mortgages to ice cream, estimating software to infographics about infographics, there is very little now that hasn't been 'visualised' in some form. Many people don't realise that the term information graphic, or 'infographic' was first coined over 100 years ago, with the Coxcomb chart by Florence Nightingale in 1857 being one of earliest recognised examples. They have existed in many forms since then, but only in the past few years have infographics developed into the art form we know today.

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American Migration [Interactive Map]

American Migration [Interactive Map] | visual data | Scoop.it
Every year, close to 40 million Americans move from one home to another. This interactive map visualizes those moves for every county in the country.
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Infographics: The Good, the Bad, and the Fluffy – Part 2

Infographics: The Good, the Bad, and the Fluffy – Part 2 | visual data | Scoop.it

In my earlier write-up on “Infographics: The Good, the Bad & the Fluffy,” I went over 5 things that weed out a good infographic from the bad & the fluffy for a content audit.

They include:

-Compelling data that tell a story.
-An infographic that’s relevant to the brand.
-Simple, clean design.
-Rich graphics.
-Succinct and engaging copy.
After developing this list, I was naturally interested in finding out what the folks I rub elbows with on a daily basis think about these visual displays of information. Following is a roundup of infographics chosen and critiqued by a few of my SF colleagues along with my comments based on the criteria above.

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Animation: Word as Image

Challenge! Create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself. Use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts.


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d3.js ~ Examples of Visualization Types

d3.js ~ Examples of Visualization Types | visual data | Scoop.it

D3 is not traditional visualization framework. Instead of a system with all the features one may ever need, D3 solves the crux of the problem: efficient manipulation of data-based documents. This gives flexibility, exposing the full capabilities of underlying technologies such as CSS3, HTML5 & SVG.

With minimal overhead, D3 is extremely fast, supporting large datasets and dynamic behaviors for interaction and animation. And, for those common needs, D3’s functional style allows code reuse through a diverse collection of optional modules.

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Tips in Designing Effective Infographics

Tips in Designing Effective Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics have the ability to relay information in an artistic manner. creating a universal language to tell a story even with just one look at these visual representations.

The use of graphics gives an added beauty to the entire material. It is even made more significant with the use of valuable data that delivered to the public.

Aside from the facts and figures, what makes them even more impressive are the colorful graphics and smart manner of giving knowledge to people. For designers, we have here some tips to help you design effective infographics...

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