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The 30 data viz blogs you can't miss | Visual Loop

The 30 data viz blogs you can't miss | Visual Loop | visual data | Scoop.it

As data visualization expands its reach – through the rise of Massive Online Courses, the countless events and, most significantly, the interconnection between different disciplines and knowledge fields that produce inspiring works and innovative projects -, it’s only natural that the number of folks writing about it keeps rising.

There are literally hundreds of interesting blogs out there, covering all the aspects surrounding the production of quality, effective data visualizations.

Visit the link to find a collection of resources and interesting projects that give a pretty good idea of how vast and rich the data visualization community is...


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Nathalie Prinet-Houairi's curator insight, December 18, 2013 5:02 AM

Data visualization is now critical. My favorite of those blogs are Storytelling with data, and Ilovecharts (quite funny although not necessarily business related)

Nobuyuki Kawagashira's curator insight, January 8, 2014 8:15 PM

We can learn data visualization news from other bloggers.

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, February 15, 2014 2:54 AM

A great library of visualization tools and practices...

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Infographic Resource Kits For Designers

Infographic Resource Kits For Designers | visual data | Scoop.it
To create a full infographic requires a lot of research and time. You have to expend the effort of crawling through Google to locate crucial bits of information and statistics.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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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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Infographics: Harnessing the Power of Visual Communication

Infographics: Harnessing the Power of Visual Communication | visual data | Scoop.it

Is there any way to explain why a traditional post on Twitter containing text information obtains approximately 60 Tweets, while the same data displayed with infographics receives close to 600 Tweets?


Research has proven that the human brain processes visuals 60,000 times faster than text. We decode language in a linear (and therefore slower) manner, yet we are able to process multiple images simultaneously. There are physiological reasons why we prefer visuals: the human retina comprises over 150 million cells. The neurons we use for vision make up 30% of our grey matter; neurons for touch comprise only 8% and neurons for hearing, a mere 3%.


Every single infographic has the potential to reach some 15 million people, especially when linked to the world’s most powerful social networking sites, and marketing professionals are fully aware that when it comes to emotionally connecting and engaging clients, visuals are the way to go...

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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 6:44 PM
this one is packed with so much useful stuff—thanks!
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Why Infographics Rule: Marketing & online resources

Why Infographics Rule: Marketing & online resources | visual data | Scoop.it

Humans are visual creatures.

Most of us process information based on what we see and 65 percent of us are considered visual learners.


Social media has created this intense desire and opportunity to share what we learn. Most of us enjoy sharing ideas, especially when there’s a video or a photograph or drawing.


Sure, we’ll share something that’s written: a blog post or tweet or status update, but how many times have you heard of one of those going viral? Mostly, you hear about funny or compelling photos or videos catching fire.

If you can’t create one of those, then you  may want to look into creating an infographic...

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Addressing the marketing value of infographics, this narrative shares a first-hand account of experiences with online infographic design tools and resources, and provides a number of various links for further research and exploration...

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Pam Ivey's curator insight, January 28, 2013 1:31 AM

All about infographics - they're only going to become more and more popular.

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2012 In Data Visualizations

2012 In Data Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it

Data visualizations. Infographics. Maps. Information design. 

No matter how you call it, 2012 was the year data science and design started going steady.

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A curated selection of 20 well-designed visualizations...

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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 5:35 AM

Infographic resources

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All You Need to Know About Infographics: Tips, Tutorials, Guides

All You Need to Know About Infographics: Tips, Tutorials, Guides | visual data | Scoop.it

Let’s be honest, we don’t like to read big pieces of text. Text-heavy graphs are rather difficult for understanding, especially when dealing with numbers and statistics. That is why illustrations and flowcharts are often used for such kind of information.

An infographic, or a visual representation of study or data, like anything else, can be done right or wrong. How to create a successful infographic? A good idea and a good design.


Stop by the link for more on what defines an infographic, what contributes to its popularity, as well as the various types of infographics and references for tutorials and best practices.


Additional topics covered include:

  • The major parts of an infographic
  • How to create an infographic
  • Developing ideas & organizing data
  • Research & sources
  • Typography, graphics & color
  • Facts & conclusions
  • Designing & Editing
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HC's curator insight, April 30, 2014 9:26 PM

Some good tips here...

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The top 20 data visualisation tools

The top 20 data visualisation tools | visual data | Scoop.it

From simple charts to complex maps and infographics, Brian Suda's round-up of the best – and mostly free – tools has everything you need to bring your data to life...

A common question is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practice – and to practice, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, get introduced to 20 different tools for creating visualisations: from simple charts to complex graphs, maps and infographics. Almost everything here is available for free, and \you may have installed already...

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Randy Rebman's curator insight, January 28, 2013 12:33 PM

This looks like it might be a good source for integrating infographics into the classroom.

Caroline Matet's curator insight, April 22, 2013 4:08 PM

Le top 20 des outils pour faire ses propres data visualisations

National Microscope Exchange's comment, February 18, 12:00 AM
Superb Article
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10 Best Tools for Creating Infographics

10 Best Tools for Creating Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
We have a list of 10 Best Tools for Creating Infographics. Making infographics from scratch can be a tough as and not all the people can do it.

This is where some tools can help — numerous resources are available to help you while designing and creating infographics. Graphics and visualization samples from each website are included in this list, so you can visit each link and see the infographics directly from the source.

Check out this list of 10 Best Tools for Creating Infographics, and find the ones that suit your needs the best...

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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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Updated Comparison of Data Visualization tools

Updated Comparison of Data Visualization tools | visual data | Scoop.it

One of the most popular posts on this blog was a comparison of Data Visualization Tools, which originally was posted more then a year ago where I compared those best tools only qualitatively. However since then I got a lot of requests to compare those tools “quantitatively”.

However I quickly realized that such “quantitative” comparison cannot be objective. So here it is – the updated and very subjective comparison of best Data Visualization tools, as I see them at the end of 2011.

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7 Data Viz Sites to Inspire Your Creative Eye

7 Data Viz Sites to Inspire Your Creative Eye | visual data | Scoop.it
These sites help you find useful ways of interpreting big data, including infographics and other data visualizations.

In the age of data overload, "big data" and "data visualization" are major buzzwords, and they'll likely grow even bigger as we gather more information on a daily basis.

With data visualization on the rise, we rounded up seven sites to help you find useful ways of interpreting big data, as well as infographics that parse information into visually pleasing graphics...

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Essential Resources: Tools for Collecting and Handling Data

Essential Resources: Tools for Collecting and Handling Data | visual data | Scoop.it

This is part of a series of posts to share with readers a useful collection of some of the most important, effective and practical data visualisation-related resources.

This post presents a collection of useful tools, resources and references for gathering, cleaning and preparing your data for analysis and design.

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Seeing Color Through Infographics and Data Visualizations

Seeing Color Through Infographics and Data Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it

Color is a crucial part of our visual experience.

It indicates many things in our lives, from the ripeness of a banana, to how someone is feeling, to which subway line we should be on.


Not everyone sees colors the same way, and colors have drastically different meanings in different cultures, but one thing we all have in common: color is important. These visualizations all show us different things about colors.


Visit the original article for over a dozen infographics and links related to color psychology, trends and various uses and applications.

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Sylvie Mercier's curator insight, March 27, 2013 6:32 AM

Très joli !

Sara McLean, Allied ASID, CMG's curator insight, April 17, 2013 11:49 PM

visualizing color in unique ways is always a treat for the senses

Robin Martin's curator insight, April 28, 2013 8:26 PM

Nice!

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10 Infographics About Typography

10 Infographics About Typography | visual data | Scoop.it

Typography is a crucial component of great designs involving text, so knowing as much as you can about it is an important step to becoming a great designer. This roundup of infographics will help you discover new and interesting things (as well as reinforce and reiterate stuff you already know) about typography.


Click the Go to Source link under each infographic to navigate to the source of the infographic and to see the larger version provided by the creator of the infographic...

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10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations

10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it

Communicating visually is one of the most effective ways to explain complex concepts and relationships, and can be a great way to explain your services/products and create valuable site content.

Visit thelink for a list of tools you can use to create visualizations, or simply use to communicate visually with your teammates.

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Antoine Cheret's curator insight, February 13, 2013 4:09 AM

C'est une tendance de fond : la représentation graphique des données, éléments clés de l'entreprise, des compétences ou des valeurs... Mais que faire lorsqu'on manque de ressources (pas de graphiste/infographiste) en interne ou en externe ? Les 10 outils présentés sont intéressants, souvent gratuit et le post comprend en plus des conseils pour conceptualiser son infographie, étape indispensable avant même de passer à la réalisation.

Donny Anderson's curator insight, February 25, 2013 8:02 AM

I have used inforgr.am before.  You need to be ahead on the technology learning curve to do this well, but don't shy away from trying!

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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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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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20 Must See Infographics For Web Designers

20 Must See Infographics For Web Designers | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics, they provide valuable information, and take less than few minutes to consume that information. Its one of the best methods, for gaining an indepth understanding upon a topic without the need to read long winded blog posts or reading through a book.



The focus of this article is upon web design related infographics, which every designer must check out, because they each provide valuable information following the infographic format.

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Create stunning infographics with this collection of tips & tutorials...

Create stunning infographics with this collection of tips & tutorials... | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics represent graphically where data and information meets design. These visual representations are able to quickly and effectively share knowledge with your audience.


In this post, learn how to create stunning infographic with these very useful tutorials and articles. They will arm you with all the latest techniques and information to help you achieve your infographic design creation...


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Data Visualization and Infographics Resources

Data Visualization and Infographics Resources | visual data | Scoop.it
Data visualizations and infographics can make complex datasets easier to understand and comprehend. By creating a graphical represenatation of data and statistics, complicated concepts and information can make more sense in less time.

Many visualizations focus on representing a specific set of data or statistical information. Others focus on less-concrete topics, providing a visual representation of abstract concepts. Generally speaking, the first type appear more like graphs or charts and the latter are often more creative and imaginative.
But visualizations and infographics can be used poorly, too. Putting in too much information (or not enough), using improper formats for the information provided, and other failures are common. Visit the article link for more than 25 useful resources for infographics and data visualization. Most are galleries of effective graphics though some also provide how-to information for information designers...

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3 Places to Find Great Infographics to Share

3 Places to Find Great Infographics to Share | visual data | Scoop.it

Do you wonder where bloggers are finding all the cool infographics to share on their blogs? Here are three places you can search.

And just for fun, since no post about infographics could be complete without including an infographic, here's a visual explanation of what a good infographic should do...

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In Defense of Infographics

In Defense of Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Most data isn’t simple. When we hear that Americans donate over $300 billion a year to charity, our minds cannot grasp how much money that is unless we can visualize it. David McCandless lets us see how much money $300 billion is… by making it an infographic and comparing that amount to other amounts...

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