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The Design Behind 'How Many Really' | BERG

The Design Behind 'How Many Really' | BERG | visual data | Scoop.it

'How Big Really' is a solid, easy to digest punch of information that translates unknown quantities into something instantly recognisable. 'How Many Really' is the second part of the experiment, and this is a little write up of the design process.

How many really is an entirely different beast to How big really. Rather than each dimension being a solid, one shot hit, the value is in backing up simple visuals with interesting narratives. We spent almost as much time on the written aspect of stories as we did on the aesthetics and interaction. I hope it gives a little context to numbers and figures we often take for granted. Please do have a browse around!

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6 Reasons Most Infographics Don't Cut It

6 Reasons Most Infographics Don't Cut It | visual data | Scoop.it

You can also use infographics to tell a (short) story. That's OK, as long as it's compelling and doesn't work better as a text narrative. The 20 things worth knowing about beer doesn't need numerical data to be interesting. (Note, may be best viewed at home.)

But many other infographics just slop together some random facts and figures without contributing much at all. The whole point of an infographic is that you can convey something visually that's difficult to convey with just text. A few cutesy icons and some stats do not an infographic make. Well, not a good one, anyway...

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Paula Scher’s Paintings of Distortions

Paula Scher’s Paintings of Distortions | visual data | Scoop.it

Map making is not just about creating visual representations of physical spaces, but can also be about documenting impressions and emotions. Paula Scher, a partner at Pentagram and one of the most influential graphic designers of her generation, has a new book, MAPS, that conveys the rich, complex feelings she has for the process of map making itself. As she writes in the introduction, “I began painting maps to invent my own complicated narrative about the way I see and feel about the world. I wanted to list what I know about a place from memory, from impressions, from media, and from general information overload. They are paintings of distortions.”

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Analog Infoviz: Hand- Painted Visualizations

Analog Infoviz: Hand- Painted Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it
What Warhol has to do with lost loves, boat building and the VCR.

Our understanding of the world at large takes shape through our understanding of the interconnectedness of various cultural patterns — aesthetic movements, political ideologies, technological innovations, literary traditions, and everything in between...

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The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design

The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design | visual data | Scoop.it

Companies large and small are using infographics to build their brands, educate their audience and optimize their search engine ranking through link-building. This is why learning how to design a good infographic is a must, and avoiding the common pitfalls of infographic design could mean the difference between landing a big client and losing them entirely.

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When Maps Shouldn’t Be Maps

When Maps Shouldn’t Be Maps | visual data | Scoop.it

Often, when you get data that is organized by geography — say, for example, food stamp rates in every county, high school graduation rates in every state, election results in every House district, racial and ethnic distributions in each census tract — the impulse is since the data CAN be mapped, the best way to present the data MUST be a map. You plug the data into ArcView, join it up with a shapefile, export to Illustrator, clean up the styles and voilà! Instant graphic ready to be published.

...But sometimes the reflexive impulse to map the data can make you forget that showing the data in another form might answer other — and sometimes more important — questions.

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10 Infographics Geared Toward Designers

10 Infographics Geared Toward Designers | visual data | Scoop.it
News designers and web developers know that a good informational graphic is more than just flashy images or statistics slapped on a three dimensional bar graph.

The best infographics should attract an audience’s attention with simple, relevant images, and hold their attention with a compelling story told in visual shorthand. Strong infographics have concise, accurate headlines that let readers know the significance of the story at a glance. At the core of a truly captivating infographic is the grain of truth it conveys. For this reason, designers in particular should enjoy and learn something about their craft from these 10 clever design-focused infographics.

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The Anatomy Of An Infographic

The Anatomy Of An Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics channel information in a visually pleasing, instantly understandable manner, making it not only powerful, but extremely beautiful.

Once used predominantly to make maps more approachable, scientific charts less daunting and as key learning tools for children, inforgraphics have now permeated all aspects of the modern world.

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Designing Quality Infographics: Tips, Resources and Inspiration

Designing Quality Infographics: Tips, Resources and Inspiration | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics are graphic visual representations of data and information. They come in extremely handy when you need to explain complex information, numbers or data rather quickly and effectively.

Infographics are used worldwide from magazines to metro stations. A great infographic can render complicated information easily understandable and engrossing.

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The Making of an Infographic: Visualizing US/China Trade

The Making of an Infographic: Visualizing US/China Trade | visual data | Scoop.it

Recently our friend Jess created a visually stimulating infographic for Mint.com on US/China trade patterns. As you would imagine the numbers are a little lopsided in favor of China and it’s easy to see this in the clearly detailed sankey diagram and geographic area charts (red denoting imports and green being exports).

Also interesting for all you design folks, is a video Jess put together showing a video capture of the many steps that go into creating such a fine work. Check out the quick video below, then click the infographic at the bottom to see how these two global trade giants compare.

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How to Create an Infographic

How to Create an Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics are some of the most passed around pieces of content on the internet. If you browse popular social bookmarking sites like Reddit, Digg or StumbleUpon, you’ll find that infographics are regular staples of their most popular posts.
Infographics get linked to. They get passed around. They generate buzz and they generate readership.

So how do you actually go about creating an infographic?

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Infographic of Infographics

Infographic of Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics are a relative young medium. But they are already reaching a certain level of maturity and adopting various conventions. This meta-graphic takes a look at various trends, common elements and visual devices that are becoming commonplace. Now that we know what an infographic is, the real question is where will they go next?

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Spirals for Periodic Data

Spirals for Periodic Data | visual data | Scoop.it

The common wisdom in visualization is that to find periodicity in data, it should be displayed on a spiral whose period the user can control. Repeating patterns are easy to spot on a spiral, and its layout suggests repetition. But are spirals really the most effective way of finding periodic patterns?

Here is an interactive version that lets you compare spirals against a rectangular layout to find out for yourself.

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Philosophical Ideas to Shapes & Colors

Philosophical Ideas to Shapes & Colors | visual data | Scoop.it

Genis Carreras uses minimal graphic design to explain some of the world's thorniest philosophical ideas, from relativism to atheism. It takes the Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy 28,250 words to explain the relativism. It takes Genis Carreras 32 words and a single image: an ingenious blur of overlapping gray circles on a gray background. If you ask me, he doesn’t even need the text.

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Infographics – The Latest Designing Avenue

Infographics – The Latest Designing Avenue | visual data | Scoop.it
The reason for this is the great throughput of online businesses with just the right amount of “eye-candy”. Certainly though, this eye-candy must be used properly. A simple methodology has changed online business forever, “Infographics”.

Infographics can be visualized as some of the charts and graphs that most of us would have seen, and used too while using different Microsoft products like Word & PowerPoint. But, of course, as the time changes the trends change too. So, just as Web 1.0 has transformed into Web 2.0; the infographics today are much more sophisticated than the ones from yesteryear i.e. those simple pie charts and bar graphs...

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A Content Marketing Autopsy of a Popular Infographic

A Content Marketing Autopsy of a Popular Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

Let’s start with a challenge: Without mentioning other colors, describe the color orange. Seriously, try it. Go on.
Impossible, right?

Now imagine describing not only what an infographic is but also what makes a good one.

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Data visualisation: in defense of bad graphics

Data visualisation: in defense of bad graphics | visual data | Scoop.it
Well, not really - but there is a backlash gathering steam against web data visualisations. Is it deserved?

 

Are most online data visualisations, well, just not very good?

It's an issue we grapple with a lot - and some of you may have noticed a recent backlash against many of the most common data visualisations online...

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It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It

It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It | visual data | Scoop.it

The demand for public data has been accompanied by a desire to present it in more visually appealing and easy to understand ways...

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A Collection Of Infographics That Are Actually Well Designed

A Collection Of Infographics That Are Actually Well Designed | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics are a trend nowadays and almost everyone can create one in a jiffy with some interesting facts and a design program, but to design a great one takes a little bit more than that.
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Enough with the so called 'infographics,'

Enough with the so called 'infographics,' | visual data | Scoop.it

Good infographics visualize contextual relationships and patterns found in data for the purpose of helping readers understand complex information quickly and clearly. Infographics are not a visual style for dressing up data. Rather, they are design solutions that employ visualization as a means for enhancing readability and understanding. Those who create and inspire some of the best examples of infographics today (Edward Tufte, Nigel Holmes, Stephen Few, the entire NYT graphic staff…) would tell you that they spend more time and thought on research and data analysis for their graphics than the actual production of the visuals themselves.

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Tools for Creating Great Infographics

Tools for Creating Great Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Current resources, websites and mapping tools for creating infographics online...  Have you used any of these? If so, which is your favorite?

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Amazing Infographics by James West

Amazing Infographics by James West | visual data | Scoop.it

James West is a graphic designer that loves to create clean, smart and effective designs for digital and print projects.

Here are three nicely designed infographics that I stumbled upon recently via James’s portfolio.

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Statistical Website’s Emerging Standard

Statistical Website’s Emerging Standard | visual data | Scoop.it

ONS (Office for National Statistics, UK) launched its new website: clean, structured, with visual & interactive elements.
New statistical sites, like Italy’s Istat (August 2011) and now ONS- as well as older ones– like Swiss Stats (Federal Statistical Office FSO) or French INSEE - follow more of a standard based on a navigation by themes.

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DataAppeal: Visualizing Geospatial Data in 3D

DataAppeal: Visualizing Geospatial Data in 3D | visual data | Scoop.it

DataAppeal is a recently launched web-based visualization application which enables users to produce three- and four-dimensional data maps and animations. It is based on concepts emerging from the 2010 book "The Exposed City: Mapping the Urban Invisibles" by Dr Nadia Amoroso who is the site's founder.

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Insights From a LinkedIn Data Designer | Chart.io

Insights From a LinkedIn Data Designer | Chart.io | visual data | Scoop.it

Anita Lillie is a data visualization designer at LinkedIn. Before LinkedIn, she spent time at the Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto for the Data Insight group. Her masters thesis work at the MIT Media Lab (in the Hyperinstruments group) looks at music as data in order to create maps of music libraries.

We had the opportunity to sit down and speak with her about her work and her thoughts about the world of data visualization.

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