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A Tool For Building Beautiful Data Visualizations

A Tool For Building Beautiful Data Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it
Visage makes infographics easy, and they customize palettes for free.

If you’re an art director at a media outlet, odds are you have to assign and commission each data visualization you publish. That gets time-consuming, even when the graphic in question is nothing but a small pie chart running alongside a feature story.

Visage, a newly launched platform, provides custom templates for graphics. There are myriad tools on the market that do this (for a gander at 30 of them, check out this list), but Visage is the latest, and it's gaining traction with designers at Mashable, MSNBC, and A&E...

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Sang Lee's curator insight, June 17, 9:58 PM

I will try this later. 

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16 Of Science's Best Infographics, From Ancient Greece To Today

16 Of Science's Best Infographics, From Ancient Greece To Today | visual data | Scoop.it
Throughout history, the best data visualizations have served as the public's window onto a complex world.

In a time when everything from the endangerment of the Juggalo to Carrie Bradshaw's shoe collection is turned into a clever little chart, it can be easy to dismiss infographics as trendy and inconsequential. But since ancient Greece, the best data visualizations have furthered popular understanding of science, serving as the nonacademic public’s key to knowledge. Some vintage infographics were even used as political tools, effecting social change through educational campaigns.

Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight, now on view at the British Library, takes us through the history of data visualization, focusing on themes of public health, weather, and evolution. From a millennia-old illustration of the “Great Chain of Being” to a 2008 NASA animation of the oceans' currents, we see how data visualizers have always sought to turn dense and impenetrable scientific information into accessible, beautiful images, using good design to make learning smoother.

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Why Infographics Are So Popular? [Infographic]

Why Infographics Are So Popular? [Infographic] | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics has grown in popularity at an increase of 800% between 2010 and 2012 with no sign of stopping. This following infographic designed by Graphs.net reveals some reasons why infographics have become such a hot topic on the Internet.
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5 Fascinating Font Infographics

5 Fascinating Font Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Typefaces are one of the most important, yet underappreciated, elements when it comes to creating incredible web and graphic designs. While most people think about the aesthetic of their design, color choices, and functionality, few people think about the ability of typeface – on its own – to convey a message. Fonts make up words but they are communicators themselves, and the font choice you make can either make or break your website/digital communication.


Check out these 5 infographics to know a little bit more about where fonts came from, how they work, and why they’re so important.

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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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Why Infographics are a Great Way to Show the History of the World

Why Infographics are a Great Way to Show the History of the World | visual data | Scoop.it

 Often, complex stories are more easily communicated, understood and, ultimately, remembered, when they take visual form.

Aside from data and words, infographics use images and graphical representations. Those key elements – images, words and numbers – operate as a system for simplifying information, revealing new patterns, and producing new knowledge in various fields. In fact, they might not have always been called “infographics,” but info/data-based visualizations have always been around.

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20 Informative and Useful Infographic Maps

20 Informative and Useful Infographic Maps | visual data | Scoop.it

'We've gathered 20 Informative and Useful Infographic Maps with some unique subjects. They are well designed and contain some very helpful information.'

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The Anatomy of a Great Infographic

The Anatomy of a Great Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

Created by the team behind Graphic Design Degree Hub, this self-referential infographic shows us how to create a great one. 

According to this chart, it’s all about having reliable and compelling information, giving an issue a new perspective, and a main purpose—a task which is pretty challenging in itself. 
Informative in nature, this infographic also pokes fun at charts with unreliable statistics—such as how 85% of Iceland’s population which agrees that making up figures is bad. 

See the rest of the infographic at the article or view it in its entirety here

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5 Easy-To-Use Websites For Infographics

5 Easy-To-Use Websites For Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Communicating effectively in our era of information overload means moving beyond static words and numbers. Images and graphics carry meaning in a way that cuts through verbal clutter. That’s why infographics have become such powerful tools, used by companies large and small to communicate with employees, customers and the broader public.

Traditionally, creating infographics has required the services of a skilled design professional and a sizable budget for expert time and talent. With a range of new web services, the cost and complexity of creating infographics has fallen dramatically.

Infographics can be useful for explaining business processes and logistics, or for explaining the size, scope, scale or nuance of a project or service. Here are five of the best tools for putting together your own business infographics.

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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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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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An Infographic About Infographics

An Infographic About Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

A picture is worth a thousand words, and Californian digital marketing agency, Bixa Media, have illustrated (pun intended) by creating an infographic about the importance of… well, infographics.


Based on the company’s research and insights, they found that visual data is absorbed 60,000x faster than text and people will only read about 20% of the text on a page.

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5 Science Infographics Everyone Should See

5 Science Infographics Everyone Should See | visual data | Scoop.it

The best science infographics make data digestible, accessible and visually appealing, without skimping on the relevant facts.


Some are for scientists, organizing massive amounts of data in a way that’s powerfully useful; while others are designed for a lay audience, illustrating complex concepts simply, like the science behind the Higgs Boson or evolution. It’s in this latter category that science infographics are making the most obvious widespread impact.


Here are five science infographics for non-scientists that will change the way you see the world.

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Elsie EMC's curator insight, May 20, 2013 6:51 PM

Very interesting and easy to understand for non-sciemtists.

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See The Ancient Roots Of Modern Infographics In "Book Of Trees"

See The Ancient Roots Of Modern Infographics In "Book Of Trees" | visual data | Scoop.it
Manuel Lima's The Book of Trees takes us back to the earliest, nature-inspired frameworks of data visualization.

The first great Age of Infographics took root 1,000 years ago inspired variously by quests to categorize scientific knowledge, organize Greco-Roman scholarship and, weirdly, trace family bloodlines so that aristocrats could avoid incest as defined by Vatican rule-makers.


Manuel Lima's illustrated history The Book of Trees (Princeton Architectural Press) chronicles how Medieval-era designers instinctively used trunk and branch diagrams to impose order on the explosion of new data. One millennium later, tree-based graphics continue to pack considerable punch as information delivery systems.

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The Top 20 Infographics of 2013

The Top 20 Infographics of 2013 | visual data | Scoop.it

'Like most recent years, 2013 has been packed full of infographics. Some were about current events, others just covered cool topics. A lot of those infographics turned out pretty awesome, so here are 20 of our 2013 favorites.'

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Terheck's curator insight, December 26, 2013 5:43 AM

Some very nice infographics

Andreas Maniatis's curator insight, December 27, 2013 1:35 PM

8. Don't Smoke (http://visual.ly/dont-smoke) is definitely my favourite.

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, January 1, 4:29 AM

Very nice...

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8 Of The Year's Most Creative Infographics

8 Of The Year's Most Creative Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

'The Best American Infographics offers 165 pages of dry facts and figures transformed into eye candy. Here are eight of our favorites.'

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INFOGRAPHIC: Top 6 Reasons Why Infographics Are Ineffective

INFOGRAPHIC: Top 6 Reasons Why Infographics Are Ineffective | visual data | Scoop.it

The point of an infographic is to use visual cues to convey information more clearly and readily than would be possible using text alone. Great infographics can be absurdly simple or dizzyingly complex, so long as they’re intelligible and coherent.

The Internet has democratized many things, for better and for worse. So far, the democratization of infographics has been for worse. 

Many are utterly pointless, amounting to little more than a bunch of bullet points dressed up with ugly colors. Others are simply inane, applying bar charts and pie charts seemingly at random to answer questions that no one was asking in the first place.

Still others are so bewildering as to make one yearn for a good old block of text instead. But to me, the most galling of all are those that imply some sort of relationship or equivalence between a bunch of numbers that have almost nothing to do with one another.

In many cases, they leave you with a poorer understanding of the topic at hand than you possessed before you read them.

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Interactive Inspiration: the Information is Beautiful Awards 2013

Interactive Inspiration: the Information is Beautiful Awards 2013 | visual data | Scoop.it

A data visualization challenge has released the longlist of selected projects: the Kantar Information Is Beautiful Awards, set up in 2012 by journalist David McCandless, in collaboration with Aziz Kami, Creative Director at Kantar.

In this second edition, there were 5 categories (data visualization, Interactive, motion graphics, Infographics and tools) and we decided to dedicate this edition of Interactive Inspiration to some of the projects selected precisely in the Interactive category...


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ChristopherBell's curator insight, October 30, 2013 8:24 PM

If you haven't seen this you need to!  Checki it out.

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How to be an educated consumer of infographics: 'The Best American Infographics 2013'

How to be an educated consumer of infographics:  'The Best American Infographics 2013' | visual data | Scoop.it

Cultivating the ability to experience the 'geeky rapture' of metaphorical thinking and pattern recognition.


The art of visual storytelling by way of good information graphics is the focus of Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, New Yorker writer, and Scientific American neuroscience blog editor Gareth Cook who has set out to highlight the very best infographics produced each year, online and off.  The Best American Infographics 2013 is now out, featuring the finest examples from the past year — spanning everything from happiness to sports to space to gender politics — with an introduction by none other than David Byrne. Accompanying each image is an artist statement that explores the data, the choice of visual representation, and why it works.


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Fàtima Galan's curator insight, October 17, 2013 3:43 AM

"The very best [infographics] engender and facilitate an insight by visual means — allow us to grasp some relationship quickly and easily that otherwise would take many pages and illustrations and tables to convey. "

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How to Turn Infographics Into Effective Teaching Tools

How to Turn Infographics Into Effective Teaching Tools | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics have already established themselves as engaging news and marketing tools, but they are also entering the education space in new and exciting ways.

A good graphic can fit these standards by reinforcing to students that their conclusions should be grounded in evidence and by challenging their ability to organize a hierarchy of systems, a.k.a. the ability to tell what pieces of information are the most important.

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Mack James's curator insight, September 28, 2013 6:15 AM

Infographics is a very interesting way of presenting information. Students can really learn to dig deep into specific information and facts and create infographics to show what they have learned. GREAT!!!!!

Fàtima Galan's curator insight, October 2, 2013 9:21 AM

"The goal of the system is to help students distill the most important pieces of information from any given text and form a conclusion."

Elda Romero's curator insight, November 16, 2013 4:53 PM

Awesome tool for student projects.

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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 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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13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics

13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

The problem with the infographics is that they’re normally static images. But with HTML5 these infographics are changing and becoming even more awesome.

Take a look at this one for example. This article shows screenshots, but as soon as you go to the actual website, you will see movement while you scroll, you can interact with several elements and you will be able to quickly follow up on a source.

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Lyndsay Rees-Jones's curator insight, July 11, 2013 6:58 AM

Power of the visual

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9 Infographics for Designers

9 Infographics for Designers | visual data | Scoop.it

The use of visual design elements can simplify complex information and make it easier to digest.

This collection of infographics for designers covers topics from SEO tips to logo evolution and a Serif vs. Sans battle.

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10 Online Tools to Create Infographics

10 Online Tools to Create Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics have become extremely popular online tools to create a compelling visualization by conveying a message much more effectively than a stand alone written article or photo.  

They must be well-designed and appealing to the eye; these 10 online tools below will aid you in creating infographics to champion your cause and convey a visual message...

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