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Infographic: The World’s Largest Languages

Infographic: The World’s Largest Languages | visual data | Scoop.it

Graphics director Alberto Lucas Lopéz has created the following infographic for South China Morning Post, depicting languages as populations. 

Based on data from language research project Ethnologue, the infographic shows 23 out of more than 7,000 languages in the world as there are at least 50 million individuals who use these 23 languages as their first language.

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Branding with Infographics: How to Build a Visual Language for Your Company

Branding with Infographics: How to Build a Visual Language for Your Company | visual data | Scoop.it
We have entered an age where visual communication is essential for any company. The need to tell complex stories quickly, effectively, and in a way that engages people is not just prevalent, it is universal. Brands that learn and utilize visual communication as a tool to distribute their message and inspire audiences will run circles around those who struggle to find their voice in the medium. Beyond the necessity to embrace information design, infographics also present an incredible opportunity to strengthen your existing branding efforts by developing a unique graphic style to be implemented throughout the company. Consistently creating arresting infographics that can easily be identified with your brand provides an incredible advantage in ensuring that the content your company produces, whether for marketing, customer education, or sales collateral, is both familiar and well received.

How do you get started in building a visual language? Read the complete article for five key considerations to ensure your approach is holistic and successful..

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A Visual Thesaurus of the English Language

A Visual Thesaurus of the English Language | visual data | Scoop.it

One of the very first examples of visualization that succeeds in merging beauty with function is Visual Thesaurus, a subscription-based online thesaurus and dictionary that shows the relationships between words through a beautiful interactive map.

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Interactive Maps Show How English Words Translate Across Europe

Interactive Maps Show How English Words Translate Across Europe | visual data | Scoop.it
Here's a fun language web toy to while away your afternoon. Type in an English word, and you'll see a map of how that word translates in different parts of Europe.

James Trimble created the European Word Translator, which uses Google Translate to source its translated words. He notes that the system isn't perfect; some of the words may be incorrect, and sometimes it may pull words that are used in non-European dialects of the language. Plus, it only provides one translation per language per word—so watch those words that have more than one meaning in English. Still, it's a fun way to track similarities and differences across languages—and to find lots of quick translations.

Visit the link for more 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 world of Wikipedia's languages mapped

The world of Wikipedia's languages mapped | visual data | Scoop.it
What happens if you map every geotagged Wikipedia article - and then analyse it for language use?

Mark Graham and the team at the Oxford Internet Institute (who've mapped zombies and every geotagged picture on Flickr) decided to find out as part of their research into the state of the internet - and then break it down by different languages.

Graham, who also runs the blogs floatingsheep.org and zerogeography.net looked at Wikipedia in the Middle East, North Africa, and East Africa in the November 2011 versions of the Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, English, French.

Each one of the yellow dots represents the "human effort that has gone into describing some aspect of a place".

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Word Clouds Considered Harmful

Word Clouds Considered Harmful | visual data | Scoop.it
The New York Times senior software architect would like the newest "mullets of the Internet" to go back from whence they came.

So what’s so wrong with word clouds, anyway? To understand that, it helps to understand the principles we strive for in data journalism. At The New York Times, we strongly believe that visualization is reporting, with many of the same elements that would make a traditional story effective: a narrative that pares away extraneous information to find a story in the data; context to help the reader understand the basics of the subject; interviewing the data to find its flaws and be sure of our conclusions.

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