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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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The Difference Between Infographics And Their Simpler Cousins

The Difference Between Infographics And Their Simpler Cousins | visual data | Scoop.it
At Co.Design, we get tons of pitches for our "Infographic of the Day" feature. A good 90% of them don’t make the cut because they aren’t really infographics.

Sure, debating what is or isn’t a "real" infographic can quickly become as pointless as arguing about how many angels fit on the head of a pin. But drawing meaningful distinctions between clearly different forms of communication allows us to draw out the strengths in those differences. An "infauxgraphic" sounds like an impostor, trying (and failing) to pass itself off as something better. But a "digital poster" is simply itself: a simple, bold collection of graphic statements. Sure, many of them are hideous. But so are many infographics. "The method itself is never right or wrong," Citraro tells Co.Design. "The only thing that warrants a value judgement is the method’s effectiveness for conveying information to an audience."

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Dazzling Infographics Design Elements: Vector Resources

Dazzling Infographics Design Elements: Vector Resources | visual data | Scoop.it

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly.

The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture. In newspapers, infographics are commonly used to show the weather, maps, site plans, charts and graphs for statistical data.


These infographic element kits are all editable vector shapes in organized file formats, for use in presentation, print files or web site graphics.

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Arabian Gazette's curator insight, May 19, 2013 9:52 AM

May your next Infographic be done in a breeze!

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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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Creating Engaging & Sharable Graphics

Creating Engaging & Sharable Graphics | visual data | Scoop.it

When it comes to creating graphics for visual social networks, there are a few key ideas you should keep in mind to increase your reach and engagement. Your audience wants to be educated. They want to be inspired.


Of course, depending on the network in which you are promoting your content, the visual itself may be the entire piece of content, thus making it equally as important as the content it contains. 

This is largely the case when it comes to social networks like Instagram, Pinterest and Vine. While all three allow for the option to link to more information in the comments, caption or description sections, the visual is the content for all intents and purposes since you can’t depend on someone clicking for more information.

When it comes to creating graphics for visual social networks, there are a few key ideas you should keep in mind to increase your reach...

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 12, 2013 7:41 AM

Some great tips to keep in mind when creating graphics.

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Top 10 Video Infographics of 2012

Top 10 Video Infographics of 2012 | visual data | Scoop.it

In the great tradition of end of year blog posts, here's a feature on the top 10 video infographics of 2012.


Over the year, I’ve curated 222 videos on this site [videoinfographics.net], and reviewed hundreds more. As part of my process of watching and curating so many infographic videos, I started to keep my own 3-star ranking system of these videos in a spreadsheet to help me keep track of those that I think are the most outstanding. The result was about 60 3-star videos in 2012. That’s too many to feature in a top X list so I turned to the Likes and Comments of my top ranked videos (and in doing so eliminated videos only featured on YouTube since YouTube comments are pretty much trash). This resulted in a list of 10 videos that had triple digit Likes on their Vimeo pages.

Voila! A top 10 list. So, in a ascending order, here are the top 10 most liked animated video infographics featured here in 2012, including number of Likes and Comments for each (as of December 30, 2012).

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Infographic Design Vector Elements: Resources for creating visualizations

Infographic Design Vector Elements: Resources for creating visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it

A collection of resoureces and links to free infographic design vector elements, including various graphics, charts, labels, pictograms, symbols, maps and more- for use in designing infographics and data visualizations.

Simply open the files in a vector based program and edit...

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Dazhi Jiang's curator insight, December 12, 2012 10:35 AM

Infographic resources

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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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Information Graphics | Design Week

Information Graphics | Design Week | visual data | Scoop.it

The infographic is, as this book explains, a mode of communication universally loved by newspaper and magazine art directors, data analysts and the ancient Egyptians.

Data visualisation is on the-up it claims, brought on by statistical data becoming more readily available, more demand for the processing of data, and the increased use of visual interactive user interfaces to access digital archives, all backdropped by a communication trend which is ‘shifting towards generally shorter texts in combination with charts and images,’ according to editor Sandra Rendgen...

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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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Making Sense of the Data

Making Sense of the Data | visual data | Scoop.it

'It's about having a holistic, functional system.'

To frame this series, I'd like to share with you the Two Things about web measurement. Since first thinking about this, I've revised them a few times, but I think I've settled here:
Thing #1: There are no independently meaningful metrics. It's about combining them to answer questions.
Thing #2: Anything can be a source of data.

I believe that if you stick to these two things as non-negotiable truths, you'll get the most out of the measurement you do...

 

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Belle Chua's curator insight, January 2, 2014 4:19 AM

Crafting your way to understand and making sense of web measurement

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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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Resume Infographics, A Passing Trend of the Future?

Resume Infographics, A Passing Trend of the Future? | visual data | Scoop.it
Are resume infographics a passing trend or the future? How did they evolve? And how can we take advantage of them right now?

When it comes to infographic resumes, the critics haven’t entirely weighed in yet. Commenters on posts predicting infographics as the resumes of the future point out the difficulty of reading some infographics. Not to mention the fact that certain industries, like accounting and business, may not appreciate the creativity preferring the straight up, cut-to-the-chase resume. So, what are the latest thoughts on the infographic resume, and how can you adapt them to your needs?

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6 Sources of Data – and Inspiration – for Your Visual Content

6 Sources of Data – and Inspiration – for Your Visual Content | visual data | Scoop.it

Six in ten of us are visual learners: people who learn best when information is delivered through the eyes; by looking at images or videos, or reading. That’s just one of the reasons why visual content is so important in today’s content marketing world.

But constantly churning out visual content presents a challenge: you need to find meaningful data to fuel that content and, more importantly, you need to find stories within that data that tie into your brand’s values and strategic goals.


VIsit the link for six easy ways to find your next standout piece.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 16, 2014 1:49 PM

Make it visual and be seen.

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Infographic: A Beautiful Calendar Designed Around 12 Different Types Of Measurement

Infographic: A Beautiful Calendar Designed Around 12 Different Types Of Measurement | visual data | Scoop.it

Calendars come in all sorts of forms, from the purely functional apps on our smartphones to the propped-up desktop ones that are mostly just a means of delivering a new Far Side joke every day. The Units of Measure Calendar Poster, as its name suggests, isn’t the most straightforward one to categorize. Or even one that’s easy to recognize as a calendar at all.


It doesn’t leave any room for you to jot down appointments, though it does include all 365 days, which you can notch off one by one. Mostly, it’s just an exquisite graphical compilation of 12 different units of measurement, a tightly packed collection of diagrams and conversion tables and other neat looking things of the sort.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 28, 2013 1:34 AM

Useful for thinking about measurement AND its limitations.  ~  D

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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 2:39 PM
my pleasure
Charlley Luz's curator insight, July 20, 2013 3:26 PM

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 7:57 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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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 4:52 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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50 Well-Designed Infographics About Design

50 Well-Designed Infographics About Design | visual data | Scoop.it

Here are another roughly 6,000 words of design facts, figures, and information contained in an article of only 600 words. In other words, this article is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Alas, it’s still too small to contain all the well-designed infographics about graphic design, web design, photography, freelancing, and, of course, infographic design.


Each thumbnail links to the full-sized graphic on its original Website. For your convenience we’ve made each of those links pop open in a new tab or window. To return here, simply close that tab or window.

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Jay Stevens's comment, March 9, 2013 11:44 PM
this one is packed with so much useful stuff—thanks!
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The 16 Most Compelling Infographics Of 2012

The 16 Most Compelling Infographics Of 2012 | visual data | Scoop.it

2012 might be the year which we reached 'peak infographic'.

You can’t have an issue or a piece of data without putting it into a picture so it’s easier for people to understand. While this has mostly resulted in a glut of ugly graphics that don’t actually do anything with data (and you’ll see some of these below), it’s still an incredibly simple way to get information to you fast. And this year, some of our most compelling content has appeared in the format.

These are some of our favorites.

Lauren Moss's insight:

A curated infographic gallery from FastCompany...

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 22, 2012 3:09 AM

How do you tell a story with statistics?  How to you make visible the hidden and complex ideas hiding in the numbers?


Infographics is a solid answer for these questions. 


Take a look at some of the best!

Jean-Michel Bayle's curator insight, December 29, 2012 4:49 PM

A voir ... rapidement 

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How to Generate Good Ideas

How to Generate Good Ideas | visual data | Scoop.it

This spring, we set out to answer the question “Where do good ideas come from?” in the form of a motion graphic that would serve as a companion piece for a course we developed for Columbia University’s graduate program in Information and Knowledge Strategy (Visualization of Information).

We quickly realized that perhaps we needed to reevaluate the basis of this question before we answered it. The notion that good ideas simply come to people out of the blue didn’t satisfy us because it didn’t give adequate credit to the creative enterprise of the individual or group. Good ideas aren’t simply lying around like seashells on a beach waiting for us to pick them up nor are they so random.

We determined the better question to ask was “How are good ideas generated?” Good ideas—as we suggest in this video—are the result of the focused action that takes place in our brains. What better metaphor for this focus, we thought, than a prism?

With a bit of stretching the laws of physics and a lot of imagination, we set out to craft a story about how all those bits and pieces that pass through our brains can become good ideas...

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Data Visualization Techniques for Those Who Can't Draw

Data Visualization Techniques for Those Who Can't Draw | visual data | Scoop.it
In a post called, “Data Visualization and Data Art Continuum” the author quotes Stephen Few, a highly regarded data visualization expert:

“There is a distinction between data visualization (“the goal that data be visualized in a way that leads to understanding”) and data art (“visualizations of data that seek primarily to entertain or produce an aesthetic experience”).”

What he means is that there is a difference between eye candy infographics that are not conveying insights – and visualizing data. There is a tension between art/graphic design skills and visualization of ideas, insights, and concepts. He comes to the conclusion that: “There is no data visualization without graphic design and no data art without data.” I think there is a subtle distinction between “visual thinking” and drawing skills. Visualization of data requires visual thinking to be meaningful and you don’t need to be Picasso to be a good visual thinker and share your ideas in a drawing.

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The Value of Data Visualization [infographic video]

The Value of Data Visualization [infographic video] | visual data | Scoop.it
How do you make knowledge powerful? This cool Motion Graphic describes the value of data visualization.


It looks at the challenge of communicating information and how it becomes especially difficult when trying to convey a message full of complex data, which is often difficult to interpret quickly and clearly to the naked eye.

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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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Animation: Word as Image

Challenge! Create an image out of a word, using only the letters in the word itself. Use only the graphic elements of the letters without adding outside parts.


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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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