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How to Tell a Powerful Story with Data Visualization

How to Tell a Powerful Story with Data Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it

In the age of Big Data, folks are often overwhelmed by the volume of data sources, charts, and graphs thrown at them every day. Enter data visualization – the ability to condense, analyze, and share data that makes an impact. Throughout history, data visualization has been used to document everything from health crises to the effect of colors on mood.

But what exactly does data visualization do and how can you leverage it to grow your business? Are data visualization and infographics the same thing? Read on to learn more, plus discover some fascinating examples.

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Chris Biddy's curator insight, October 28, 2014 4:30 PM

Very insightful look at the what, how and so what of data visualization. Another example of how a good visualization makes data digestible!

Marco Favero's curator insight, October 28, 2014 4:52 PM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Learning From Mistakes in Visualization

Learning From Mistakes in Visualization | visual data | Scoop.it

Doing data visualizations correctly takes careful consideration. Incorrectly visualizing something can be misleading, embarassing, and even damaging to reputations. In order to do it correctly, it can often be useful to think about the visualization from several different angles before settling on the final version.

Looking at good examples of data visualization is certainly a great way to learn, but equal value can be found in examining visualizations that didn’t work so well.

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Use Infographics To Boost Your Credibility And Traffic

Use Infographics To Boost Your Credibility And Traffic | visual data | Scoop.it

According to Wikipedia, infographics are “graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.”

Simply put, it means taking data, organizing it, and making it visually digestible by converting it into graphs, charts, maps, and visual stories. Without having to read large amounts of text, the viewer can easily process the information that is being shared and is given the chance to explore a topic in a highly engaging way.


Visit the link to learn why and how infographics work, the benefits of infographics and the process behind creating them, including best practices and examples...

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The Future of Infographics: Better Ways to Present Content

The Future of Infographics: Better Ways to Present Content | visual data | Scoop.it

In terms of visual data and design, instead of making the content or story fit into an infographic, we need to consider what is the best way to present the data or story.


What medium does the content best lend itself to?


To make this shift in finding better ways to present content, we need to change our mindset and our language. When we talk about infographics, we should categorically refer to them as creative pieces to help being confined to a predetermined content format. These formats can include videos, quizzes and other interactive elements that will make the infographic stand apart from the masses.

Visit the link for some strategies and examples of infographics that are on the right path and take an approach that is different than most of the infographics on the web.

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The Amazing Work of John Grimwade, Director of Information Graphics at Conde Nast Traveler

The Amazing Work of John Grimwade, Director of Information Graphics at Conde Nast Traveler | visual data | Scoop.it

John Grimwade is graphics director of Condé Nast Traveler magazine (based in New York) and has his own information graphics business (www.johngrimwade.com).

He has produced infographics for more than 30 major magazines and several books. Before moving to the United States, he worked for 14 years in newspapers in London (including six years as head of graphics at The Times). He co-hosts the annual Malofiej “Show Don’t Tell” infographics workshop in Pamplona, Spain, and teaches information graphics at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Source: Alberto Cairo, The Functional Art, 2012...

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Five of the Most Important Infographics of the 19th Century

Five of the Most Important Infographics of the 19th Century | visual data | Scoop.it

Data visualization is not a new phenomenon. For centuries, artists and historians, educators and scientists have been creating illustrations to better communicate complex information.


From Emma Willard’s “Picture of Nations” to Dimitri Mendeleev’s Periodic Table, historical infographics continue to inspire and educate today. Here is a look at some of the most influential and beautiful infographics from the 19th century...

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Olivier Vandelaer's curator insight, February 8, 2013 5:28 AM

certainly Mendeleev’s Periodic Table

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20 Great Infographics of 2012

20 Great Infographics of 2012 | visual data | Scoop.it

Though it's coming to a close, 2012 has certainly been an eventful year, with everything from elections and the Olympics, to scientific breakthroughs and major weather events making headlines.

To review some of these events and happenings in a visual format, here are twenty of the best static infographics from the past year...

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30 Infographic Resumes for Inspiration

30 Infographic Resumes for Inspiration | visual data | Scoop.it

A few years back, presenting an infographic résumé was something completely unthinkable, even if you were applying to a job where creativity and graphic skills were important. It simply didn’t happen. Then, with the rise of the online portfolios and social networks, it became more common to present professional background and skills with a more visual appeal.


Today, infographics seem to be everywhere and web services will transform your social media activity and LinkedIn profile into visual displays, making it possible for those without the necessary graphic abilities to have their own illustrated curriculum.

Though popular, the resume as infographic trend is fairly new to employers, so the best option for most professionals is to look at them as a supplement to the traditional format. If you decide to create your own, look around for examples- they range from the complex to those with a more minimalistic approach. Both types can be effective, if the objective is to stand out from the crowd...


Visit the link for a gallery of varied and creative infographic resumes for creative and graphic design inspiration.

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Mixed Skillsets Produce Great Infographics

Mixed Skillsets Produce Great Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Accurat is a design agency and consultancy based in Milan, Italy, transforming data into meaningful stories, and developing multimedia narratives and interactive applications.

 

Our studio doesn’t have a formal information visualization education background. The four associates have majors in completely different fields: Architecture, Sociology, Design and Economics.

This is a strange skill composition for a design studio, but indeed it’s what brings novelty in Accurat’s body of work.

When working on information visualization, this multifaceted background clearly emerges, leading to the design of unorthodox visual metaphors, where our focus is on the data analysis, theories and storytelling side.

 

In practice, this translates into a very straightforward process in the design of the visualizations: instead of starting with a selection of the most proper metaphor among widely used models of graphs, charts and tables, the visual starts with the story we want to tell, without any constriction from a chosen format. This way, it’s way easier to break rules, merge ideas together and come up with naive but powerful and new visual schemes...

 

Read the complete article for a detailed and comprehensive look at this unique approach to vizualization, storytelling and the process it takes to achieve successful and creative results, as explained with project examples and case studies.

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Top 3 Common Mistakes of Infographic Designers

Top 3 Common Mistakes of Infographic Designers | visual data | Scoop.it

An infographic is a very useful tool to present data to people in an easier manner using visuals. It combines facts via words and accompanied logically by graphic designs into one image.

In this article, we will take a deeper look into what infographic really is and what it should be, and of course the top 3 common mistakes that designers commit when they create those...

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12 Creative Examples of Video Infographics | Design Inspiration

12 Creative Examples of Video Infographics | Design Inspiration | visual data | Scoop.it

An infographic is one of the best tools to present data about anything. Not only are they attractive for viewers but also include large amounts of data.

Many think that an infographic is just a graphic design created using photoshop but you can also present data using video software. Video infographics can be very eye-catching and useful for people.
Today we bring together video infographics which are all easy to understand and some of them are presented with amazing songs...

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12 Inspirable Infographic Designs

12 Inspirable Infographic Designs | visual data | Scoop.it
Let’s be honest, we tend to get bored with reading too much text and it’s rather difficult to understand descriptive information especially if they signify numbers or statistics.

To make things easier, we use graphs, illustrations and flowcharts to make them visually appealing yet, at the same time, easy to understand. One of the latest online trends that graphic designers make use of are infographics.

Infographic design is such a designer’s creative act every designer should try to attempt to design infographic to influence themselves. Today’s article shows you some beautifully graphed Infographic Design to inspire designers...

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5 Infographics That Teach Us How To Use Infographics

5 Infographics That Teach Us How To Use Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Visually-compelling content can take many forms, from creatively produced videos to engaging Facebook photos. Today, we thought we would give a quick course in one of the the highest forms of visually powerful content: Infographics. Mashable defines infographics as graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge used to present complex information quickly and clearly. Infographics are becoming more common in the building industry, particularly on websites and blogs catering to architects and designers.

The best infographics try to articulate one of five key communications challenges. Read the complete article for an example of each of these challenges in action on popular industry websites...

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18 Infographics that You Can Actually Learn From

18 Infographics that You Can Actually Learn From | visual data | Scoop.it
While today’s infographics often form a complex narrative and include a series of information displays, they still need certain core attributes.

What are the secrets to these useful, graceful infographics?

While today’s infographics often form a complex narrative and include a series of stats, charts, and graphs, they still need certain core attributes, and both the most simple data visualizations and the components of a complex infographic can help us to see best practices. Great infographics offer your audience a compelling visual experience that’s as simple as possible, and is organized in a visual hierarchy.

Though few infographics hit the mark across the board, there’s a teachable point stashed in each example — whether the infographic includes a textual narrative or a bare bones map. Let’s set out to see what lessons these infographics illustrate for us.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 21, 2013 9:07 PM

Infographics are a great way to make information visible. I love that they create a snapshot of basic facts and ideas. We can use them to create much larger narratives in our classrooms. Getting students to create them is a good way to demonstrate understanding and make connections between ideas.

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10 great examples of data visualization design

10 great examples of data visualization design | visual data | Scoop.it

Not only do these graphics breakdown large amounts of complex data into clear, digestible chunks for the viewer, they also leave a world of possibility when it comes to creating something the viewer will remember. Big data analytics can lead to a lot of insightful information, educating the viewer on an entire topic without boring them with excess information and unnecessary backstory.

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bancoideas's curator insight, September 25, 2013 2:12 PM

La estética no es un "agregado" de una #idea, mira estos 10 ejemplos de visualización de datos

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Infographics and Statistics in Website Design

Infographics and Statistics in Website Design | visual data | Scoop.it

Quality website is based on three fundamental postulates: design, development and content. The latter has a greater impact on users rather than the first two since its changeable nature, at first place, attracts and wins users over...

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60 brilliant examples of infographics

60 brilliant examples of infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics are everywhere, and cover everything from biscuit-dunking to what makes Olympic swimmers tick. We've trawled the web to find the best of the bunch - just look what we've uncovered!
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Robin Martin's curator insight, April 28, 2013 8:24 PM

Thanks for the share. Love this for examples and ideas!

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Under the Radar: Keeping Ads from Ruining a Great Infographic...

Under the Radar: Keeping Ads from Ruining a Great Infographic... | visual data | Scoop.it

There’s no mystery here: companies want to sell things. Increasingly, they’re turning to infographics to do it. But overt advertising undermines everything infographics do best. Instead of informing and delighting the viewer with valuable data portrayed with graphical verve, ads cheapen and annoy. More often than not, they land the project deep in the Internet’s vast wasteland of unshared content.


Infographics aren’t just ads dressed up in new shoes, they’re something else: a refreshing, informative, fun, and shareable tool for communication that we can actually enjoy consuming. Also, when done right, infographics can still help bolster a company or product’s public image.

Here are some oh so subtly advertorial infographics that show you how to get the balance right...

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Aurélia-Claire Jaeger's curator insight, March 21, 2013 12:52 PM

Il n'y a aucun mystère: les entreprises veulent vendre. De plus en plus, elles se tournent vers l'infographie pour le faire. 
Mais l'intention publicitaire trop clairement affichée couplée avec une réalisation à l'économie nuit souvent à ce que l'infographie peut faire de mieux. Au lieu d'informer et de ravir le "spectateur" avec des données précieuses dépeintes avec brio, de nombreuses publications ennuyeuses ou banales vont simplement rejoindre la vaste friche de contenus non partagés sur internet.

Nous sommes inondés de publicité tous les jours, partout où nous regardons. Les annonces sont si répandues qu'elles ont perdu beaucoup de leur pouvoir. Les Infographies ne sont pas simplement des publicités habillées de nouveaux costumes, elles sont quelque chose d'autre: un outil informatif, rafraîchissant, amusant et partageable. 
Lorsqu'elles sont bien faites, les infographies peuvent encore contribuer à renforcer une image ou un produit. Voici quelques exemples qui vous montrent comment obtenir le bon équilibre.

(Traduction faite maison)

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The Intersection of Geography & Data: 2012's Best Maps

The Intersection of Geography & Data: 2012's Best Maps | visual data | Scoop.it

It's been an eventful year for cartography.


Development and disaster continue to mold the physical world, but for mapmakers, keeping up with geographic changes is busy work -- a tweaked direction here, a freeway exit there. It's very important busy work, as we learned this September when Apple reminded us not to take a good map for granted.


The intersection of geography and data, though, is just beginning to fill out. Together with interactive functions like sliders, timelines, and embedded information, the best new maps resemble Rand McNally's about as much as movies look like photographs. Creating an accurate representation of geography and infrastructure is only the tip of the iceberg.

What happens when you integrate statistics about rising seas, gang affiliations, metaphors and beer?


A whole new understanding of the way the world works. And some pretty sweet maps. Without further ado, the top favorite maps of the year...


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A gallery of different approaches to visualizing topics covering a broad range of data through cartography and mapping...

Examples are supplemented with a summary of the intent, process + graphics of each map, noting the elements that make for successful representations of specific concepts, ideas + data.

From urban issues to voting trends to navigation apps and software, maps are tools that can be highly effective in data visualization, as evidenced in this cartographic collection curated by the Atlantic Cities.

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Video Infographics: An example of animated data in charts and graphs

Video Infographics: An example of animated data in charts and graphs | visual data | Scoop.it

This promotional infographics video animation for the social video advertising company Ebuzzing is what I think of as a ‘dataviz’ style of animated video in that it essentially just animated various data in chart and graph form without much in the way of narrative story structure. Nice, clean illustration style, fun and engaging animations. Nice energy and pacing.

Visit the link to watch the video infographic...

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Satroni-SEO's comment, November 12, 2012 3:24 AM
This is an awesome post Lauren, Re-scooped methinks!
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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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Hans's comment, October 2, 2012 5:09 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 10:39 PM
really beautiful!!
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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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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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8 Interactive Infographics Created with HTML, CSS and Javascript

8 Interactive Infographics Created with HTML, CSS and Javascript | visual data | Scoop.it
The term infographics comes from Information Graphics. Infographics are referred to graphic visual representation of data, information and knowledge.

These graphical representations allow us to obtain the data or knowledge in a very effective way. The idea of such infographics is not very rare in our daily life; rather before it hit the virtual zone of web designing it can be seen in our real life. For example, we can name maps, various types of signs, train routs where we can find the use of such technique to show and explain the information in a very clear manner.
These infographics can be created with the help of various kinds of web design languages. Web languages like HTML, CSS and JavaScript can be used in order to create such interactive infographics. For the websites that have features like showing some signs or maps on the web pages, this technology is brilliant. It is proved to be very useful for the websites that want to share some kind of data or information with its viewers in a form of a graphical representation...

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