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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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Data+Design: Bar Chart April is Now Live...

Data+Design: Bar Chart April is Now Live... | visual data | Scoop.it

The April contributions selected for the Data + Design Project are now live!

Each month we’ve been challenging a select group of designers to create something unique and interesting following some very simple rules: this month they used the standard bar chart and came up with some really unique designs and topics, ranging from crayons to surfing. For more on this fun project, or to see about being part of it, head to the main Data + Design page.
A special thanks to this month’s contributors- click any image to see a full-sized view...

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20 Websites Using Infographics

20 Websites Using Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Here are some awesome examples of how infographics make websites more effective and user-friendy.

 

Infographics include mean maps, diagrams, schemes and other methods of data visualization. Actually, almost any combination of text and graphics could work well, and a successful infographics is the one that makes things clear and easy to understand.

If you think that your website could benefit from infographics, but you need some inspiration before you get started, here are some awesome examples of how infographics make websites more effective and user-friendy.

As you may guess, it takes time and efforts to create infographics that are not confusing, but well organized and informative. So we believe that the more sources of inspiration you have, the better...

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Data + Design Project: Bubble Charts

Data + Design Project: Bubble Charts | visual data | Scoop.it
Here at Visual News, we’ve been looking for designers/illustrators to participate in an ongoing design series called the Data + Design Project.

Each month, a few designers are invited to create a data visualization piece, using data about a subject which interests them. Last month the theme was Bubble Charts, a style of graphic which plots data using points of varying sizes and locations to visually represent a value. We’re very excited about the beautiful, interesting and informative results we’ve received from this months four designers: Dan Matutina, Matt Naylor, Nate Luetkehans and Matt Chase.
Check out the designs contributed for “Bubble Chart March” below, then see the main Data + Design Project page for full-sized versions. You can always find the project through the link on our menu bar.

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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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9 Powerful Free Infographic Tools To Create Your Own Infographics

9 Powerful Free Infographic Tools To Create Your Own Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Create infographics, free tools for data visualization and analysis including charts, data visualisation tools, icon archives and more infographics software to start creating your own infographics.

 

A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Infographics:

By presenting information in a compact and creative format, infographics are able to quickly convey knowledge and engage its viewers. Most Infographics are fun to read and provide valuable information.

Important to marketers, submitting unique infographics to the web that have to do with your niche, is one of the best things you can do for online marketing!

Below you will find a set of tools you can use to create your own infographics...

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26 Interesting Infographics for Web Designers and Developers

26 Interesting Infographics for Web 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, and are easy to understand.

Infographics are sources of interesting information, when you are in need of some. Reading boring, long, colorless articles isn’t so attractive and interesting than reading and viewing facts and numbers in an illustrated way. Not only an illustrated way, but a very creative, attractive and super-appealing way.

All of them have been designed not only to look good, but also to expose the maximum information and data possible. These infographics were made by some very talented designers, with creative minds and superb skills.

While there are lots of really interesting and cool infographics on various topics, in this post we have only gathered awesome infographics which are of interest to web designers and developers...

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The Data + Design Project

The Data + Design Project | visual data | Scoop.it
Here at Visual News, we've been looking for designers/illustrators to participate in an ongoing design series called the Data + Design Project.

As an off-shoot of Column Five Media, we are ardent supporters of the union between data and design. Last month we started curating the Data + Design Project gallery as a way to show how flexible and beautiful data visualizations can actually be. With the Visual News website getting over 1.1 million monthly visitors, 13,000 Facebook fans and 2,900 Twitter followers, we hope this can become a valuable resource for inspiration.
Each month, a few designers are invited to create a data visualization piece, using data about a subject which interests them. We will be assigning a featured visualization theme at the beginning of the month, then it is up to the designer to decide how complex or simple they want to make their graphic based on that theme. Each week we will post another designer’s creation for all to learn from and enjoy...

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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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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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How to Design Infographics

How to Design Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Even if information is highly out of ordinary and attention-grabbing, if your content contains lengthy plain text without illustration or images whatsoever, the entire page becomes dull and unimaginative.

To sort this out, infographics help in routing information in a creative manner and in a style making your information easier to understand.

In a nutshell, infographics are visual representations involving data with applied design and style aspects to display written content. In forms of images plus text, some charts and other friendly resources, they extend the content of articles, usually of statistical data, and increase familiarity of readers in a way that elevates their comprehension. In this article, we will tackle how you can design effective infographics for your blog...

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Another Dimension: Paper Infographics by Pattern Matters...

Another Dimension: Paper Infographics by Pattern Matters... | visual data | Scoop.it

Singapore design team, Pattern Matters, just upped the ante in the realm of infographics with these dimensional pieces carefully crafted using Adobe Illustrator to plan things out and good ole construction paper, scissors and glue to piece them all together... with beautiful, unique and informative results.

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55 Striking Data Visualization & Infographic Poster Designs

55 Striking Data Visualization & Infographic Poster Designs | visual data | Scoop.it

Data visualizations (or infographics) provide a great way to visualize a topic that would be hard to understand when reading in another format.

 

Infographics are present in media sources such as magazines, television, books, posters, signs, and anything with complex information. For some, it’s much easier to visualize information, data, or knowledge with graphically- and with creativity, designers can come up with different ways to illustrate a subject...

 

The power of a good infographic should not be underestimated- the following collection was based on the interest level and quality. We have included some of the most interesting infographics around for your viewing pleasure...

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50 Excellent And Helpful Infographics

50 Excellent And Helpful Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

In this article you will see beautiful but also helpful examples of infographics. To create this kind of work must be able to outline very complex processes and have a very thorough graphic knowledge...

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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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Data visualisation DIY: our top tools

Data visualisation DIY: our top tools | visual data | Scoop.it
Just starting out in visualising your data? Looking for something simple to use?

What data visualisation tools are out there on the web that are easy to use - and free? Here on the Datablog and Datastore we try to do as much as possible using the internet's powerful free options.

That may sound a little disingenuous, in that we obviously have access to the Guardian's amazing Graphics and interactive teams for those pieces where we have a little more time - such as this map of public spending (created using Adobe Illustrator) or this Twitter riots interactive.

But for our day-to-day work, we often use tools that anyone can - and create graphics that anyone else can too...

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OpenStreetMap Overlays Turn Digital Maps into Watercolors

OpenStreetMap Overlays Turn Digital Maps into Watercolors | visual data | Scoop.it

No one can really debate the functionality of Google Maps, nor doubt its engine power, but as to the question of its graphic design, that’s another matter entirely. Yet, it’s leagues ahead of OpenStreetMap (OSM) and further still ahead of the other “competition” (Bing Maps)–that is, until now. Stamen Design has developed unique map skins which make OSM the most aesthetically pleasing digital maps available.

With three different styles, including Toner and Watercolor options, Stamen Maps add a sheen to OSM that had not previously existed before, turning a standard (i.e. unpretty) interface into a graphically subtle, yet sumptuous medium of transport. The high-contrast black and white Toner maps of New York, for example, embody the city’s moodier, pulp representation in film noir, comic books, and serials. The watercolor mode renders the rational planning of cities inexact and even “warm”, nullifying the precision of the grid as amorphous city blocks bleed into one another and the edges of bridges and infrastructure are reduced to squiggles. There’s also Terrain, for all those nostalgic for the good old days of MapQuest, which, funnily enough, has embraced open-source mapping with data retrieved from OSM. Best of all, the overlays are all Creative Commons-licensed, meaning that they can be used and integrated on any website.

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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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