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Data Visualization 101: Bar Charts

Data Visualization 101: Bar Charts | visual data | Scoop.it

'In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Bar charts are a highly versatile way to visually communicate data. Decidedly straightforward, they can convey the message behind the numbers with impact and meaningful clarity, making complex data easy to understand at a glance.'

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Fascinating Old Chart Maps World's Tallest Mountains, Forgets Mt. Everest

Fascinating Old Chart Maps World's Tallest Mountains, Forgets Mt. Everest | visual data | Scoop.it

This chart from the 1800s puts the world's biggest mountains and rivers in order. 

This beautifully illustrated chart: the Comparative Heights of the Principal Mountains And Lengths of The Principal Rivers in The World organizes the inherently unorganized, First published in 1823 by William Darton, this chart by W.R. Gardner rips the mountains from the skin of the Earth and re-arranges them in ascending height, while simultaneously doing the same for the globe's biggest rivers, ironing their kinks and curls in order to compare for length. This is Victorian data viz at its finest.

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The 11 Most Fascinating Charts From Mary Meeker's Epic Slideshow of Internet Trends

The 11 Most Fascinating Charts From Mary Meeker's Epic Slideshow of Internet Trends | visual data | Scoop.it
Facebook is the only major social network in decline. Saudis share more online than anyone. You check your phone 150 times a day. And more.


Every year, Mary Meeker and the team from KPCB unleash upon the world the mother of all slideshows, which aims to sum up The State of the Internet. This year's behemoth was born this morning, weighing in at 117 pages. Here are the 12 most interesting pages.

Check out the full report here.

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A Guide to Infographic Elements

A Guide to Infographic Elements | visual data | Scoop.it

When it comes to visualizing data, it’s important to pick the right graph and the right kind of data range. Make it too detailed, and information gets lost and the reader leaves confused. Too simplified, and your data’s integrity is weakened.


Choosing the right infographic element shouldn’t be an art but common sense. After all, it’s an infographic – readers should get the gist of things at first glance and not have to get crossed-eyed in making sense of things...

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General reference for basic visualization design elements, applications, and best practices...

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Types of Graphs [infographic]

Types of Graphs [infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it
Graphs are a visual treat, as they can present complex information in a quick and easy manner. Mostly graphs are used to reveal a trend, compare statistics or they can be even used to establish relationship between two different variables.

There are several types of graphs and each graph has different display properties to represent the data. Based on the information, choose a graph that depicts data in an effective way.
This infographic shares some interesting information about different graph types.
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A clear and straightforward infographic on the different types of visual representations of data related to charts and graphs, as well as typical applications and best practices...

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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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David McCandless' fabulous site~Information is Beautiful

David McCandless' fabulous site~Information is Beautiful | visual data | Scoop.it

David McCandless, is a London-based author, writer and designer. He has written for The Guardian, Wired and others. These days he is an independent data journalist and information designer. A passion of his is visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words.

David's pet-peeve?  ...pie charts. Love pie. Hate pie-charts. Hear hear!


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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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Schematic of Structures: Charting History's Most Significant Works of Architecture

Schematic of Structures: Charting History's Most Significant Works of Architecture | visual data | Scoop.it

Yet another creation has rolled off the powerhouse infographics assembly line over at Pop Chart Lab, and this time, the indefatigable taxonomizers of alcohols and famous quotes have turned their attention to works of architecture.

The Schematic of Structures organizes what the designers describe as "90 eminent edifices erected and perfected throughout history." Arranged by height, the infographic lines up some of the greatest works envisioned and built by man since prehistory, from the Neolithic Cairn of Barnenez and the Parthenon to more modern creations like London's Gherkin and the Burj Khalifa.

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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World | visual data | Scoop.it

If you’re a visual learner, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that.

A few of these maps are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.

If you enjoy this collection of maps, the Sifter highly recommends the r/MapPorn sub reddit. You should also check outChartsBin.com. There were also fantastic posts on Business Insider and Bored Panda earlier this year that are worth checking out. Enjoy!

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These Wonderful 3D Infographics Are Taller Than You

These Wonderful 3D Infographics Are Taller Than You | visual data | Scoop.it

Belgian studio Coming Soon is all about making it big. Their Hand Lettering creations filled a giant chalkboard with letters in a variety of fonts and styles. And with Infographics XXXL, they’ve taken actual graphs and blown them up to a huge size for a client that specializes in the research of nanobodies.

The result is that, instead of casually glancing at the same old pie chart or bar graph, shareholders have something to keep their gaze on the numbers, like a blurry scientist walking by human-size bars or holding up a literal piece of the pie.


See a selection of Coming Soon’s giant infographics at the article link.

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Jennie Munson's comment, May 1, 2013 10:57 AM
very cool
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Vintage Data Visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era

Vintage Data Visualization: 35 examples from before the Digital Era | visual data | Scoop.it

Graphics, charts, diagrams and visual data representations have been published on books, newspapers and magazines since they've existed, not to mention old maps and scientific illustrations...


Despite the lack of tools such as the ones we have at our disposal nowadays, they are as inspiring and important as the best contemporary visualizations. Visit the article link for a gallery of vintage visualizations...

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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 20, 2013 9:39 AM
my pleasure
Charlley Luz's curator insight, July 20, 2013 10:26 AM

muito legal, os Infográficos antes de existir a internet. 35 exemplos de infográficos no papel :) Achei falta do Marcha para Moscou do Minard http://www.datavis.ca/gallery/re-minard.php ;

Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, July 20, 2013 2:57 PM

El brasileño Tiago Veloso, fundador de Visual Loop, nos ofrece 35 interesantísimas representaciones visuales de distintos fenómenos y eventos que permiten hacer un paseo por la historia de la ilustración científica.

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Infographics Become Easy As Pie, With This Disruptive Font

Infographics Become Easy As Pie, With This Disruptive Font | visual data | Scoop.it

Excel is my worst enemy, as I’m a firm believer that spreadsheets should be a punishment mandated only by the federal and state government tax code. And that’s a shame, because you can make some robust graphs in Excel.

FF Chartwell is like a graphing tool for the rest of us. There are no cells to highlight or windows for values. Instead, you simply type the values you want in a graph, separated by plus signs. Then, as easily as you would swap a font, you can highlight the numbers and instantly transform them into several different, sharp-looking graphs...

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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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The 7 Most Illuminating Economic Charts of 2011

The 7 Most Illuminating Economic Charts of 2011 | visual data | Scoop.it

My Magnificent Seven. Some bust myths. Others highlight a reality the media is ignoring. Enjoy!

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