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Favorite Digital Maps of 2013

Favorite Digital Maps of 2013 | visual data | Scoop.it

'The digital maps we loved in 2013 didn't simply illustrate novel or useful information. They did it in ways we'd never seen before, manipulating time, dimensions, perspective, even the atmosphere. These maps weren't just interesting in content; they were innovative in design. That's our new bar for 2014.

So this December, instead of sharing our top 10 maps of the year, we're looking at 10 ways we've learned to think about maps in entirely new ways. This may well have been the year when maps ceased to impress us for what they convey and began to stun us instead for how they did it.'

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Design Resources: Web-Based Color Tools

Design Resources: Web-Based Color Tools | visual data | Scoop.it

One of tne of the most important things designers work with is color. Every element they draw, type, or generate with a computer, gets a color. It is impossible to create anything visual without making color decisions. And to make things harder, estimates of the total number of discernable colors range from one hundred thousand to ten million. Add issues of human perception and color vision deficiency, and you could get a headache doing anything with colors, let alone building a color scale for data.


Luckily, you have some great tools at your disposal to help with color decisions. These tools incorporate different approaches, so each one is good at slightly different things. There are two main classes of tools for dealing with color. The first class is intended to help with design decisions, and the second class covers data driven color scales.

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Ehab Roufail's curator insight, July 31, 2013 7:49 AM

Great online tools for colour selection with a difference.

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Why Historical Maps Still Matter So Much, Even Today

Why Historical Maps Still Matter So Much, Even Today | visual data | Scoop.it

With 150,000 or so old print maps to his name, David Rumsey has earned his reputed place among the world's "finest private collectors." He continues to expand his personal trove as well as the digitized sub-collection he makes open to the public online — some 38,000 strong, and growing.


He's created a series of interactive maps that layer old prints onto the Google Earth and Google Maps platforms, and this summer he plans to launch a geo-referencing tool (similar to one recently introduced by the British Library) that lets users get involved in the digital mapping process themselves.

While preparing for this next expansion of his online map empire, Rumsey remains fascinated by "the power of putting these images up and letting them go," he says.

"Maps have a way of speaking to people very straightforward," he says. "You don't have to have a lot of knowledge of map history or history in general. To me they're perfect tools for teaching history to the public."

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10 Infographics Visualizing Digital Education

10 Infographics Visualizing Digital Education | visual data | Scoop.it
Education has become increasingly dependent on the Internet and digital formats – especially higher education, though high school courses and even some elementary classes are provided through the web. It was an inevitable evolution, thanks to the capabilities of information sharing and communication online – even more so now that large video file uploads and live streaming are a reality.

These 10 infographics discuss different points about this topic, seeing how digital technology has changed education. They pose the question: Is this evolution positive or negative?

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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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2011 T0P0L0G1ES : nicolas maigret

2011 T0P0L0G1ES : nicolas maigret | visual data | Scoop.it

The exhibition T0P0L0G1ES brings together works dealing with issues of perceptible representations of digital data, by exploring the connections between concrete space and immaterial spaces of information.

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Video: How ‘augmented reality’ will make boring cities beautiful | SmartPlanet

Video: How ‘augmented reality’ will make boring cities beautiful | SmartPlanet | visual data | Scoop.it
One of the most sophisticated demos of augmented reality to date transforms a drab model cityscape into a colorful, bustling metropolis...
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Dos and don’ts: 5 tips for successful infographics for sustainability

Dos and don’ts: 5 tips for successful infographics for sustainability | visual data | Scoop.it

It is no longer a secret that to communicate effectively we need a combination of words, numbers and images; hence the popularity of infographics. In the field of sustainability and corporate responsibility, where communication is overburdened with indicators and statistics, this mix is particularly suited to getting messages across to both experts and new audiences. Indeed, adopting a variety of formats reflects broader trends in digital communications...

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Bytes Sized: Information Storage, Visualized [infographic]

Bytes Sized: Information Storage, Visualized [infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it

We are living in the information age. The amount of information stored, transfered, and processed is growing at a staggering rate.


From the common megabyte to the mind-boggling yottabyte, this infographic serves as a guide to understanding the world of bytes!

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A Remarkable Animation Of The History Of The Universe

A Remarkable Animation Of The History Of The Universe | visual data | Scoop.it
There’s so much we know that we’ll never see. We can extrapolate the concept of the Big Bang--the explosion of everything in the universe from a focused point.
So projects like Beginning, an animation by Grzegorz NowiƄski from Novina Studio, are remarkably important. It tells a sort of good parts version of the history of the universe, from the Big Bang to the rise of humankind. Not only is the piece pure visual delight filled with stark textures and fine particle effects that look particularly stunning when projected on water, Beginning is a grounding piece of context--somewhat imagined, sure--but the sort of imagined thing that very much centers our perspective of reality. The average person sort of knows what the Big Bang looked like because of projects like this one, even if Beginning is far more stylized than photoreal.
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This project is an intriguing visualization incorporating sound, photography, and projection- view the animation at the link (FastCompany) and read more on the process involved in creating this 4.5 minute history of the universe...

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Olivier Vandelaer's curator insight, December 18, 2012 12:37 AM

This project is an intriguing visualization incorporating sound, photography, and projection- view the animation at the link (FastCompany) and read more on the process involved in creating this 4.5 minute history of the universe...

cafonso's curator insight, December 19, 2012 3:53 AM

A história do Universo em 4,5' 

Jean-Michel Bayle's curator insight, December 29, 2012 8:57 AM

A voir absolument avant la fin de l'année 2012 ... Bonne Année 2013

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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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infographics + data visualization at the adobe museum of digital media

infographics + data visualization at the adobe museum of digital media | visual data | Scoop.it

'inform: turning data into meaning' is an exhibition on infographics and the quantification and visualization of data from the digital world- curated by thomas goetz, executive editor of wired magazine, the exhibition is the most recent addition to the adobe museum of digital media (ADMA), and represents the inaugural show of the online museum's 'curator in residence' initiative.

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Hierarchy of Digital Distractions | Information Is Beautiful

Hierarchy of Digital Distractions | Information Is Beautiful | visual data | Scoop.it

The Hierarchy Of Digital Distractions explores and visualizes the subtle, invisible structure I use to prioritize one digital distraction over another. Check out its page on MoMA and press some buttons. (if you tweet, use #ttmhierarchy).

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