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Real Life Infographics That Brilliantly Visualize Data Using Physical Objects

Real Life Infographics That Brilliantly Visualize Data Using Physical Objects | visual data | Scoop.it

A look at infographics that brilliantly display data using physical objects, a technique that can simplify information. 
Visit the original list by Freeyork for more, including a pie chart made from actual thanksgiving pies, information about water usage and fast food visualized with handmade paper objects and stacks of sugar cubes depicting the amount of sugar in food and drinks, among others.

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Daily Overview: Captivating Satellite Images of Earth

Daily Overview: Captivating Satellite Images of Earth | visual data | Scoop.it
If you like spending hours on Google Maps looking at the Earth from space, then you’re going to fall in love with a new website called The Daily Overview – an online initiative featuring breathtaking satellite images of our cities and the impact human activity has on our planet.
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Software Studies: ImagePlot visualization software

Software Studies: ImagePlot visualization software | visual data | Scoop.it

ImagePlot is a free software tool that visualizes collections of images and video of any size. It is implemented as a macro which works with the open source image processing program ImageJ.

ImagePlot was developed by the Software Studies Initiative with support from the National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA).

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Keiichi Matsuda: Augmented Hyper-Reality

Keiichi Matsuda: Augmented Hyper-Reality | visual data | Scoop.it

Watch the designer’s films that depict a future in which a virtual layer of data is a continual presence in our lives 

For our latest issue we met designer and filmmaker Keiichi Matsuda, who creates films that depict a future in which our everyday lives are densely stuffed with information via a digital overlay, in an effort to spark debates about how technology can and should shape our world.

Now, everyone has a camera in their phone, and can produce and distribute their own content,” he says. “I was thinking about how that could be applied to architecture, to the creation of space. What if an ordinary person could not only customise their own house, but their own street?"

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Infographics: The Good, the Bad, and the Fluffy – Part 2

Infographics: The Good, the Bad, and the Fluffy – Part 2 | visual data | Scoop.it

In my earlier write-up on “Infographics: The Good, the Bad & the Fluffy,” I went over 5 things that weed out a good infographic from the bad & the fluffy for a content audit.

They include:

-Compelling data that tell a story.
-An infographic that’s relevant to the brand.
-Simple, clean design.
-Rich graphics.
-Succinct and engaging copy.
After developing this list, I was naturally interested in finding out what the folks I rub elbows with on a daily basis think about these visual displays of information. Following is a roundup of infographics chosen and critiqued by a few of my SF colleagues along with my comments based on the criteria above.

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Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information

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Visually harnessing the power of digital information in Manuel Lima's new book...

In our multimedia-saturated times, the way we experience information constantly shifts. Using Google to instantly settle a debate or Facebook-stalking exes are just a couple common examples of the type of purely contemporary phenomena resulting from the ways digital formats have replaced traditional platforms. Another natural offshoot, the wash of infographics and meme-driven charts, also reflects growing obsessions with these vast quantities of facts and figures, and the tremendous potential for shaping how we understand our world. Manuel Lima's new book, Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information, explores the history of visually representing information and how imagery can interpret data.

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