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20 Must See Infographics For Web Designers

20 Must See Infographics For Web Designers | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics, they provide valuable information, and take less than few minutes to consume that information. Its one of the best methods, for gaining an indepth understanding upon a topic without the need to read long winded blog posts or reading through a book.



The focus of this article is upon web design related infographics, which every designer must check out, because they each provide valuable information following the infographic format.

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40 must-see vídeos about data visualization and infographics

40 must-see vídeos about data visualization and infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Visual Loop's selection of keynotes, TED Talks, and interviews by some of the top names in the field:


From Visualoop.com:

  • After the success of our collection of data visualization presentations a few weeks ago, we decided to push even further our research of multimedia resources and take the risk of selecting some videos. And we say risk, because the abundance of data visualization videos on the Internet is simply mind-blowing.
  • Just think about it: How many events are there about information visualization? Dozens, maybe hundreds every year. Then, add the documentaries, interviews and educational videos, and soon you’ll realize, like we did, that this list could easily be up to one hundred or more.
  • That means that a lot of good stuff was left behind, so apologies for that – but feel free to leave your recommendations in the comments section. Also, please note that some of these videos are over one hour long.
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5 Free Tools for Creating Infographics

5 Free Tools for Creating Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Generally, people don’t have the time or energy to sit and plow through pages or screens of text; they want to be able to ingest information as quickly and easily as possible. With the recent rise of infographics (information graphics), what used to require an avalanche of stats or analyses to dissect, can now be interpreted and relayed into an easy-to-read, fun, and visually appealing schematic – and an excellent content marketing concept. Infographics, when designed well, can be applied to different online sites and social networks.

Summarized at the article are 5 free tools (with links) that allow you to start creating simple infographics or explore the potential of data visualization...

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The Tools Needed To Get You Started in Using Infographics

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Infographic Design: Finding a Guide

Infographic Design: Finding a Guide | visual data | Scoop.it

The emphasis on infographics in content marketing is at an all-time high, and the idea of displaying information graphically to convey complex data is not new. Edward Tufte, the American statistician and noted pioneer in the field of data visualization, references in his book- The Visual Display of Quantitative Information- a diagram created in 1869 by Charles Joseph Minard which shows Napoleon’s march to Moscow in the War of 1812. Tufte considers this diagram as perhaps the best statistical graphic ever drawn, and it’s still in use as a teaching aide today.

With the flood of attention on infographics, it’s important for marketers to quickly adapt their content strategies. One of the most effective guides I’ve seen so far was published by Brafton. This guide does a great job of explaining the need for good design, ways to approach content and design, and most importantly to marketers, ways to measure effectiveness.
It takes strategic planning and great design to stand out among the other 592,999,999 infographics out there and these resources can help you...

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40 Beautiful Infographic Designs

40 Beautiful Infographic Designs | visual data | Scoop.it
An information graphic in its simplest form is a visual interpretation of data.

Though an incredibly useful form of data presentation, infographics have traditionally been an underwhelming sector of the design world.

That being said, there are some brilliant designers out there who have turned this form of data visualization into beautiful and creative works of art.

In appreciation of those designers who find beauty in data, here is a collection of 40 curated infographic designs that aim to inspire...

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Interaction Design for Data Visualizations

Interaction Design for Data Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it
Interactive data visualizations are an exciting way to engage and inform large audiences. They enable users to focus on interesting parts and details, to customize the content and even the graphical form, and to explore large amounts of data. At their best, they facilitate a playful experience that is way more engaging than static infographics or videos.

Several ideas and concepts of interaction design for data visualizations are presented in this post, using 11 examples from the web. The overall concepts featured include:

  • The Basics: Highlighting and Details on Demand
  • Making More Data Accessible: User-driven Content Selection
  • Showing Data in Different Ways: Multiple Coordinated Visualizations
  • Showing Data in Different Ways: User-driven Visual Mapping Changes
  • Integrating Users’ Viewpoints and Opinions

Visit the complete article for numerous links, useful visuals and specific details on how to understand, implement and evaluate interactive design elements used in data visualization design.

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Hannes's comment, October 2, 2012 2:09 AM
Great article, I really like the idea of interactive information with details on demand. As an interaction designer I always try to balance content management and usability. Here are some interesting examples that made me consider a complete information surface vs a deep level on demand architecture.
JongWon Kim's comment, October 9, 2012 7:39 PM
really beautiful!!
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Infographic: 50 People Shaping The Future Of Design

Infographic: 50 People Shaping The Future Of Design | visual data | Scoop.it
In our design issue last year, the Co.Design 50 laid out 50 of the most influential designers in America. This year, as a sequel, we took it upon ourselves to highlight 50 people who are shaping the future of design.

That sounds like a funny task. But our staff was after people pushing the boundaries of their discipline into promising new directions. 

We think that if you look at the ideas each one of these people represents, you’ll find a broad narrative about how design is changing--how businesses are using design in surprising ways, how our interactions with computers and handheld devices are evolving, and how high-tech processes are working their ways into once-static disciplines.

To map out all of these people for our October 2012 issue, we tapped Ben Gibson, the designer behind Popchart Labs. I think you’ll agree that Ben did a superb job, and came up with an elegant solution for charting all of the myriad disciplines that each of these remarkable people touch upon. Enjoy!

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9 tips for designing awesome infographics

9 tips for designing awesome infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics is a way of presenting information using graphics. They tell a deeper and broader story than text alone, and usually take up less space as well.

They can also communicate your information more quickly even If your audience can’t read well or doesn’t know the contained language that well.

You will need at least a basic knowledge of grids, layouts, elements and principles of design, color and typography. Also you will have to follow the same creative process as usually: understand the brief, research, ideate, sketch, refine.

Read the complete article to find out what else can be done to make your infographics more efficient...

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Why Flawed Infographics Are Superior to Perfect Ones | PBS

Why Flawed Infographics Are Superior to Perfect Ones | PBS | visual data | Scoop.it

This infographic from Floor Gem blasts the Transportation Security Administration's prodigious terribleness (prodigious in the sense that the TSA is a terribleness prodigy, on the level of Bobby Fischer and chess).

 

There's nothing that inherently lends this data to the infographic form. It's flawed. There's nothing that that the graphicality adds to the data. But, the infographic is just so good-looking, its imperfections don't matter. It affects you. You remember it. And that's really what counts when it comes to communicating data.

 What's striking and common in these and other visualizations is that their almost-fatal flaw -- persuasion by cherry-picking information -- is so plain to see that it, ironically, leads viewers to think more critically about the data-selection process, a phenomenon as valuable as the data itself.

The flawed infographic goes from factually misleading to leading you straight to the right question. So put on your critical thinking hats and have a look at both infographics...

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Benefits of Using Infographics

Benefits of Using Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Information graphics, or Infographics as they are commonly known, has become the most popular and effective tool for online communication. This term refers to the graphical or visual representation of any information or data. Graphics have been in use, even before the advent of technology; however, the presence of online tools has definitely made it easier and simpler today. Just like people use graphs and diagrams in real life, they can be added to online presentations as well. Rather than explaining or presenting something in written form you can use attractive graphs and graphics.

A careful observation of the world around you can tell you that how popular and appealing the graphics are in today’s digital world. It has been noticed that short and clearly written information, with interesting graphics is more appealing than lengthy texts. But what makes Infographics so popular?

Read on to discover the features that make them so popular...

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10 Artists, 10 Years: Color Palettes

10 Artists, 10 Years: Color Palettes | visual data | Scoop.it

Ten extraordinary years of art history - the Impressionists, Neo - Impressionists and Post - Impressionists were responsible for a revolution in color. Within this colour trend visualisation, each chart represents an individual painting with the five most prominent colours shown proportionally...

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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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Design Thinking Infographic by Infovision

Design Thinking Infographic by Infovision | visual data | Scoop.it
A new infographic all about Design Thinking (sometimes also referred to as divergent thinking) by Infovision.

 

Design Thinking has led to many of the innovations we have become (very) accustomed to; think the computer mouse and almost anything turned out by Apple Inc.

But design as a means to drive innovation isn’t limited to products. Designing processes, services and even whole organizations from a user-oriented mindset can lead to innovation as well as cost savings and competitive advantage.

But what does design thinking look like? And what does it involve? In this infographic, Infovision, in collaboration with design practitioners, academics and speculators, outline the anatomy of the design process...

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Create infographics that demand attention with these online tools

Create infographics that demand attention with these online tools | visual data | Scoop.it

Want to create an attractive infographic but don’t have the budget to hire a professional designer?

Then you should try using an infographic-creation tool.

If your small business is looking for an eye-catching and easy to comprehend way to teach, inform, and inspire others about its products and services, infographics might be a good solution. Infographics can be more effective and memorable than other ways to present data, making them particularly effective for online audiences.

To create an infographic, you should make a list of possible ideas that you want to get across, create the initial draft or skeleton, color scheme it, and research your content from authoritative sites. Then it’s time to select your design platform.


Read about three online tools that can help you create stunning infographics...

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What not to do when designing infographics for the web

What not to do when designing infographics for the web | visual data | Scoop.it
With the rampant usage of the internet these days, most people get information using it for it is the easiest way to acquire one.


Infographics, visual representations of information, data or knowledge are an important tool in teaching, in business, in giving inspiration and in presenting information. It is one of the most strongest ways to communicate with complex data.


However, the effectiveness of an infographics greatly relies on how it is designed. Hence, to aid designers, here is a list of what not to do to create a successful infographic or visualization...

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Latest Creative Infographic Trends: a visualization gallery

Latest Creative Infographic Trends: a visualization gallery | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics have become very famous the past years, and there have been have been numerous examples and posts showcasing inspiring and creative infographics related to certain topics across the internet.


This particular collection of designs includes 10 infographics that are not all focused on a specific niche subject, though they can all serve as examples of creative visualizations and innovative ways to convey information. Hopefully they will help inform or provide inspiration for any potential new and developing data visualization projects you may be working on...

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Data + Design: the Case for Creating Visualizations by Hand

Data + Design: the Case for Creating Visualizations by Hand | visual data | Scoop.it

Programs like Photoshop and Illustrator prompt perfection by bringing mathematics to bear on our inexact lines, make perfect circles out of our warbly loops, and create the exact #xxxxxx for our pixelated palettes.

While technology plays a big role in the data visualization world, it can come at a loss of variation: the unique stories that only our own hands can tell.

For designers and journalists, there are a number of good reasons to design by hand...


Last week, Pratt-educated street typographer Pablo A. Medina gave a lecture at New York’s Type Directors Club. His fonts — Cuba, Vitrina, North Bergen — are as irregular as the signs from which they hail. It’s an irregularity Medina acquiesces to in his artwork, in which he paints new messages using old, found fonts. Handmade designs are more personal, more expressive, more fun.

He’s not the first to notice. Famous artists like Greg Lamarche and Margaret Killigan, as well as underground grafitti artists around the world have all realized the beauty of creating by hand. It’s not perfect — and that exactly is the point.


In general, creating graphics the old-fashioned way is great for those who have not yet mastered software, and it enables more freedom of movement and, by extension, expression.

Even if you are too afraid to let a little bit of yourself out when designing data visualizations, mock up creations by hand. Designing visualizations this way can still be faster and have fewer limitations...


Read further to learn more about how creating images by hand saves time, electricity, and unnecessary labor, while allowing more opportunities for creative exploration and expression.

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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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The top 20 data visualisation tools

The top 20 data visualisation tools | visual data | Scoop.it

From simple charts to complex maps and infographics, Brian Suda's round-up of the best – and mostly free – tools has everything you need to bring your data to life...

A common question is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practice – and to practice, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, get introduced to 20 different tools for creating visualisations: from simple charts to complex graphs, maps and infographics. Almost everything here is available for free, and \you may have installed already...

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Randy Rebman's curator insight, January 28, 2013 9:33 AM

This looks like it might be a good source for integrating infographics into the classroom.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 12, 2013 12:40 AM

A great tool for building infographics.

Caroline Matet's curator insight, April 22, 2013 1:08 PM

Le top 20 des outils pour faire ses propres data visualisations

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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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The Functional Art: Information Graphics & Visualization: Multiple shapes and projections

The Functional Art: Information Graphics & Visualization: Multiple shapes and projections | visual data | Scoop.it

A few days ago, I tweeted about the beautiful map shown- Hurricanes and Tropical Storms since 1851. I added a note about the projection, which may be unusual for someone who was born in Europe, the US, or Continental Asia, as it is centered on the South Pole. Rob Simmon, a data visualizer at NASA Earth Observatory, replied: "I disagree with the map projection choice, far too much distortion of the data, especially in the Northern Hemisphere." That's a legitimate concern. Distorsion is a major challenge when designing maps.

I gave Rob's comment some thought, as it is somehow related to the core idea in The Functional Art: Information graphics are tools; before choosing visual shapes to encode data we should define the tasks our graphics should help readers with.

Additionally, in interactive visualizations we may want to explore information from different angles. In the video lectures that you get with the book, I point out that designers usually forget that sometimes it may be necessary to represent data more than once, with different kinds of charts, maps, and diagrams, each adapted to a particular function...

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Most Popular Design Blogs by Twitter + Facebook Followers [infographic]

Most Popular Design Blogs by Twitter + Facebook Followers [infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it
Computers Infographics popular design blog, blog, blog design, facebook, twitter.

TechKing published before an infographic with the most popular web design blogs and their followings on both Twitter and Facebook. Now they decided to update that data visualization and see where those same blogs stand today...

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Analyzing the Top 30 Infographics on Visually

Analyzing the Top 30 Infographics on Visually | visual data | Scoop.it
Ever wonder what makes an infographic successful? Why do some infographics accumulate more than 1 million views and others, barely 100?

We’ve talked about viral infographics before, from a creative process standpoint: the story, data and design of an infographic all play a role in whether it will appeal to the masses, as does the way it is promoted.

But what does viral content have in common? There are more than 16,000 graphics and visualizations on Visual.ly, so comprehensive analysis would take some time. A good place to start is at the very top. Looking at the top 30 pieces of content on the site should yield some clues that will guide more analysis in the future.

The primary statistic used is unique pageviews accumulated since the Visual.ly website launched in July 2011. Each of the top 30 graphics received more than 23,000 unique pageviews. Most of the success of a properly promoted graphic happens within the first week or two of being published, so the length that a particular piece has been on the site will not make a substantial difference in performance here. Also, note that none of the most popular uploads are interactive graphics or videos.

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Conceptualizing Information into Infographics Design

Conceptualizing Information into Infographics Design | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics, or information graphics, are designed to make information simpler to comprehend. There are multiple choices regarding how to represent information with infographics, and, in a world where infographics are quickly growing in popularity, it is important to choose the right one for a specific type of information.

If you do, you too may have the opportunity to witness the power of infographics in the modern world...

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Even simple charts can tell a story

Even simple charts can tell a story | visual data | Scoop.it
Regardless of your politics, this chart is a great example of how data can tell a story. It's a very simple graph by the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life showing the changing attitudes about same-sex marriage. It shows that in the past couple of years, people have begun to be in favor of same-sex marriage.

I'm showing this chart because it so clearly represents the story of the data. The eye is immediately drawn to where the "oppose" and "favor" lines cross. Other obvious choices for this data would have been a stacked bar chart or a side by side bar chart as shown here (which I created with the source data just as examples)...

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