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The 5 Key Ingredients of Great Infographics

The 5 Key Ingredients of Great Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Everyone wants a great infographic. Generic as it sounds, it's overwhelmingly true.

Commissioners — the companies that hire designers or design firms to create infographics — want great results, whether it’s social media sharing, coverage by large websites and media or even achieving specific goal conversion rates. Designers want to work on and ultimately create a great piece that they are proud to include in their portfolio. And end users… well, they just like to look at great things that are beautiful, informative, original and shareable, ideally all at once. So how do you make a great infographic?


Much has been discussed about creating viral infographics and the role that story, data and design play, but viral doesn’t always equal “great” in a more conservative sense: a solid, informative, ethical piece that is beautifully designed and flawlessly executed.

Creating an infographic that is successful in the eyes of the client, design firm and audience is often elusive — but not impossible. At Visual.ly, the process starts out each project trying to do just that, and from the most successful projects (and the experience of going through not-so-successful ones), they extrapolated what are the key ingredients of producing infographics with the desired results.


Read further to learn more about the 5 key elements, including and how they each contribute to successful visualizations:

  • the idea
  • the data
  • willingness to let go & refine/filter data
  • honesty and humility
  • trust
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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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Tips to make top visualizations from the New York Times

Tips to make top visualizations from the New York Times | visual data | Scoop.it
The New York Times is often regarded as one of the top developers of infographics.

Over the years, they have been the recipients of tons of prestigious awards. But don’t just take my word for it; at the 2012 Malofiej 20 awards, the New York Times was awarded an impressive eight gold medals and Best of Show. So what’s the secret of the New York Times’ success?

In an effort to answer this question, data visualization designer, Andy Kirk, highlights some of the things that the New York Times is doing right, and the top five most important ones are summarized in this post...

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Top 3 Common Mistakes of Infographic Designers

Top 3 Common Mistakes of Infographic Designers | visual data | Scoop.it

An infographic is a very useful tool to present data to people in an easier manner using visuals. It combines facts via words and accompanied logically by graphic designs into one image.

In this article, we will take a deeper look into what infographic really is and what it should be, and of course the top 3 common mistakes that designers commit when they create those...

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55 Striking Data Visualization & Infographic Poster Designs

55 Striking Data Visualization & Infographic Poster Designs | visual data | Scoop.it

Data visualizations (or infographics) provide a great way to visualize a topic that would be hard to understand when reading in another format.

 

Infographics are present in media sources such as magazines, television, books, posters, signs, and anything with complex information. For some, it’s much easier to visualize information, data, or knowledge with graphically- and with creativity, designers can come up with different ways to illustrate a subject...

 

The power of a good infographic should not be underestimated- the following collection was based on the interest level and quality. We have included some of the most interesting infographics around for your viewing pleasure...

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