Infographics, data visualizations, and interactive visual projects are popular for a reason. They capture imaginations, command attention, and teach new things. Above all, however, they are simply fun to look at. If you’ve spent some time getting lost in all of the projects on Visually’s community page, you know what I mean. As visual content has exploded in popularity over the past few years, so have the places to discover the best ones. Check out five of our favorites below. 1. I Love Charts Curated by: Jason Oberholtzer, Cody Westphal, “Chartists in Residence” | @ilovecharts I Love Charts is one of the best known visual blogs on the web. Created by Jason Oberholtzer and Cody Westphal in 2009, the Tumblr has been going strong ever since. There are multiple posts every day from either Oberholtzer, Westphal, or their team of Chartists, who contribute a wide range of content. I Love Charts:... keep reading
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Infographics, data visualizations, and interactive visual projects are popular for a reason. They capture imaginations, command attention, and teach new things. Above all, however, they are simply fun to look at. If you’ve spent some time getting lost in all of the projects on Visually’s community page, you know what I mean. As visual content has exploded in popularity over the past few years, so have the places to discover the best ones. Check out five of our favorites below.
One of the topics I was asked about recently by Vocus was about the influence of visual content. I wanted to add some color to my original remarks, which you can find here. Visual content is the fancypants new term for what we used to call rich media, and it’s in fact a subset of [...]
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Test do decide if your content should be visual or not.
Robin Good: Here is a handy short guide to nine free infographic creation tools that can be utilized to create enticing visuals, word charts and data-based infographics without having special technical skills.
Brands are increasingly focusing their efforts on using distinct imagery to educate and engage their audiences. A picture really is worth a thousand words and Pinterest, the online pinboard, has taken center stage.
SumAll.org and Humanitarian Tracker teamed up with WIRED UK to visualize data about the killing of women and girls in Syria.
Image via WIRED UK
SumAll.org has been working with Humanitarian Tracker since early 2013 to analyze causes of death for civilians in the Syria crisis using crowdsourced and verified data. Our work was featured in the July 2014 issue of WIRED UK in an infographic titled War’s Wheel of Destruction, which illustrates the causes of death for women and girls. The infographic highlights specific types of killings, identifying them as targeted attacks, in pink, or collateral damage, in yellow.
War’s Wheel of Destruction from WIRED UK (July 2014). Copy - Madhu Venkataramanan; Illustration - Signal Noise.
Crowdsourcing Crisis Data Collection
Crowdsourcing is all the rage. Yet while usually associated with funding creative projects or providing resources to students, crowdsourcing can also be leveraged as a critical tool in times of crisis. From the earthquake in Haiti to Hurricane Sandy, citizens and civic techies have joined together to use crowdsourcing as a way to quickly gather information in times of crisis. The data collected from these sources can send rapid alerts to humanitarian organizations, while also providing critical information for journalists, stakeholders and citizens.
SumAll.org’s partner Humanitarian Tracker is a crowdsourcing initiative developed by Syrian-Americans based in the United States. Syria Tracker, a project of Humanitarian Tracker, has been crowdsourcing information on casualties in Syria since April 2011; they rely primarily on existing networks and organizations in Syria that submit online reports to their website. They also carry out data-mining of social media and produce separate aggregate reports on deaths and other violations. Syria Tracker makes all of its aggregated and disaggregated data available on its website.
For more information on female, and other, killings in Syria, see our white paper: Rising Proportion of Female Deaths in Syria and our interactive dashboard. Additional information on this project is available on SumAll.org’s website.
Infographics can be powerful communications tools for fundraisers. Done well, they can express complex issues in a compelling way and demonstrate impact. A form of curation, they can also demonstrate a charity's expertise on its subject. They are one way that charities and nonprofits can harness 'big data' - theirs, and that of others. They also tend to be shared widely via digital media. Which fundraising infographics have we missed? Find us at www.fundraising.co.uk.
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Howard Lakes awesome collection of fundraising infographics.
What is Visual Note-taking? Made With Paper by danyadsmith “ This is a series of visual notes from Sunni Brown’s Visual Notetaking 101 - Module 1. I discovered visual thinking and visual note-taking...
Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.
Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less analyze. And so that’s one big reason the company just hired NYU machine learning expert Yann LeCun as director of Facebook’s new AI laboratory, an eminent practitioner of an artificial intelligence (AI) technique known as “deep learning.”
“Yann LeCun's move will be an exciting step both for machine learning and for Facebook, which has a lot of unique social data,” says Andrew Ng, who directs the Stanford Artifical Intelligence Laboratory and who led a deep-learning project to analyze YouTube video for Google. “Machine learning is already used in hundreds of places throughout Facebook, ranging from photo tagging to ranking articles to your newsfeed. Better machine learning will be able to help improve all of these features, as well as help Facebook create new applications that none of us have dreamed of yet.”