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Paula Scher’s Paintings of Distortions

Paula Scher’s Paintings of Distortions | visual data | Scoop.it

Map making is not just about creating visual representations of physical spaces, but can also be about documenting impressions and emotions. Paula Scher, a partner at Pentagram and one of the most influential graphic designers of her generation, has a new book, MAPS, that conveys the rich, complex feelings she has for the process of map making itself. As she writes in the introduction, “I began painting maps to invent my own complicated narrative about the way I see and feel about the world. I wanted to list what I know about a place from memory, from impressions, from media, and from general information overload. They are paintings of distortions.”

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Data visualisation: in defense of bad graphics

Data visualisation: in defense of bad graphics | visual data | Scoop.it
Well, not really - but there is a backlash gathering steam against web data visualisations. Is it deserved?

 

Are most online data visualisations, well, just not very good?

It's an issue we grapple with a lot - and some of you may have noticed a recent backlash against many of the most common data visualisations online...

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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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It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It

It's Not What You Say, It's How You Say It | visual data | Scoop.it

The demand for public data has been accompanied by a desire to present it in more visually appealing and easy to understand ways...

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Data Visualization [Video Infographic]

As everyone is talking about curation, data visualization is nothing else but the visual cousin of the same trend... attempting again to help us make greater sense of the overwhelming amount of data we are swimming in.

Here is a great video infographic reminding us of what data visualization is all about.

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Resume Infographics, A Passing Trend of the Future?

Resume Infographics, A Passing Trend of the Future? | visual data | Scoop.it
Are resume infographics a passing trend or the future? How did they evolve? And how can we take advantage of them right now?

When it comes to infographic resumes, the critics haven’t entirely weighed in yet. Commenters on posts predicting infographics as the resumes of the future point out the difficulty of reading some infographics. Not to mention the fact that certain industries, like accounting and business, may not appreciate the creativity preferring the straight up, cut-to-the-chase resume. So, what are the latest thoughts on the infographic resume, and how can you adapt them to your needs?

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A Collection Of Infographics That Are Actually Well Designed

A Collection Of Infographics That Are Actually Well Designed | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics are a trend nowadays and almost everyone can create one in a jiffy with some interesting facts and a design program, but to design a great one takes a little bit more than that.
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Visual Analytics - The new frontier?

Visual Analytics - The new frontier? | visual data | Scoop.it

Massive sets of data are collected and stored in many areas today. As the volumes of data available to business people or scientists increase, it becomes harder and harder to use the data effectively.

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Crayons under the spectrophotometer

Crayons under the spectrophotometer | visual data | Scoop.it

Starting with a fresh box of twenty-four Crayola crayons I measured each with an i1 pro spectrophotometer to create a set of spectral power distributions (SPD) of the reflected light. You may not know this, but a spectrophotometer is good for much more than creating screen and printer profiles.

This is what a box of crayons looks like broken into it's spectral components.

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Visual Data Tools, Inc. Announces the Mac App Store Release of DataGraph

DataGraph is an innovative, powerful, and user friendly graphing and charting application for Mac OS X. It minimizes the fuss and frustration associated with creating clean and accurate publication quality graphs and charts and is a great companion for Excel, Numbers or any of the big statistical packages. Even if you already have the data in a spreadsheet, it is typically faster to copy the data into DataGraph and graph it there than to use the built in functions of your spreadsheet application.

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10 Infographics Geared Toward Designers

10 Infographics Geared Toward Designers | visual data | Scoop.it
News designers and web developers know that a good informational graphic is more than just flashy images or statistics slapped on a three dimensional bar graph.

The best infographics should attract an audience’s attention with simple, relevant images, and hold their attention with a compelling story told in visual shorthand. Strong infographics have concise, accurate headlines that let readers know the significance of the story at a glance. At the core of a truly captivating infographic is the grain of truth it conveys. For this reason, designers in particular should enjoy and learn something about their craft from these 10 clever design-focused infographics.

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5 reasons to use an infographic as a press release

5 reasons to use an infographic as a press release | visual data | Scoop.it
Not only will it communicate your client’s message more effectively, but also it help your message stand out among a crowded field of pitches.

 

Why are infographics so effective? And why should you consider doing a press release in infographic style? Here are five reasons...

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The Anatomy Of An Infographic

The Anatomy Of An Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics channel information in a visually pleasing, instantly understandable manner, making it not only powerful, but extremely beautiful.

Once used predominantly to make maps more approachable, scientific charts less daunting and as key learning tools for children, inforgraphics have now permeated all aspects of the modern world.

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A Content Marketing Autopsy of a Popular Infographic

A Content Marketing Autopsy of a Popular Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

Let’s start with a challenge: Without mentioning other colors, describe the color orange. Seriously, try it. Go on.
Impossible, right?

Now imagine describing not only what an infographic is but also what makes a good one.

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Analog Infoviz: Hand- Painted Visualizations

Analog Infoviz: Hand- Painted Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it
What Warhol has to do with lost loves, boat building and the VCR.

Our understanding of the world at large takes shape through our understanding of the interconnectedness of various cultural patterns — aesthetic movements, political ideologies, technological innovations, literary traditions, and everything in between...

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The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design

The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design | visual data | Scoop.it

Companies large and small are using infographics to build their brands, educate their audience and optimize their search engine ranking through link-building. This is why learning how to design a good infographic is a must, and avoiding the common pitfalls of infographic design could mean the difference between landing a big client and losing them entirely.

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Visualization for supporting Scientific information

Visualization for supporting Scientific information | visual data | Scoop.it

Thanks to the progress that has taken place in the field of information technology in the last years, both the general and specialized public (e.g. research centres) have gained access to huge quantities of information. However, such data are useless to the user unless he/she knows how to interpret them easily and effectively.
Visualization should be understood as creating, through graphical means, visual representations of a concept, idea or a set of data that cannot be grasped or explained with the help of ordinary methods. Scientific visualization transforms abstract scientific data into image, for instance diagrams that represent mathematical functions or graphs that show communication networks.

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When Maps Shouldn’t Be Maps

When Maps Shouldn’t Be Maps | visual data | Scoop.it

Often, when you get data that is organized by geography — say, for example, food stamp rates in every county, high school graduation rates in every state, election results in every House district, racial and ethnic distributions in each census tract — the impulse is since the data CAN be mapped, the best way to present the data MUST be a map. You plug the data into ArcView, join it up with a shapefile, export to Illustrator, clean up the styles and voilà! Instant graphic ready to be published.

...But sometimes the reflexive impulse to map the data can make you forget that showing the data in another form might answer other — and sometimes more important — questions.

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Making Sense of Data via Infographic and Data Visualization

Infographics, animated data visualization and collaborative gathering and presentation of data represent the new frontier of information consumption cycle.

"The role of design is increasingly recognized as a way to accelerate innovative, efficient and scalable solutions to real-world problems. We are delighted to partner with Cooper-Hewitt to help elevate and champion the importance of design thinking." — Beth Comstock, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of GE.

Design and data visualization practices are therefore strategically critical to the emerging curation trend, as they are pivotal activities to help make sense of large amounts of data. 

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KAPTUR project

KAPTUR project | visual data | Scoop.it
This is the website for the JISC-funded KAPTUR project.

Building upon the work undertaken by the Digital Curation Centre, KAPTUR will discover, create and pilot a sectoral model of best practice in the management of research data in the visual arts. Led by the Visual Arts Data Service, the project will be undertaken in collaboration with four institutional partners, who will support the creation of the model, then apply, test and pilot it within their respective institutions.

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Design Bureau » Feltron’s Info-Graphic Wine Label

Design Bureau » Feltron’s Info-Graphic Wine Label | visual data | Scoop.it

For its 2010 Red, BFB wanted to be transparent and forthcoming about the wine it was selling. Even before deciding to put it on the label, Fesq had been collecting data on the vineyards, vintage conditions, ferments, and more since 2009. With Feltron's help, "The labels on these wines should tell you something about the wine inside, be honest about it, and maybe even help inspire a bit of wine research."

BFB's future labels will also feature the specialized info-graphic design. Each bottle's data set differs from that of the bottle next to it; thus, no two labels can be the same.

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Video Montage of Kinect Depth Data Visuals in 3D

Video Montage of Kinect Depth Data Visuals in 3D | visual data | Scoop.it
If you're looking for a visual one stop shop of everything the kinect has to offer, look no further than this great video pieced together by Perry Hobbman. Everything from point cloud data to particle effects and dispersion are included.
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Visualizing the Cloud

Visualizing the Cloud | visual data | Scoop.it
Visualizing the Cloud. Clouds too complex to grasp without visualization. Fine example courtesy DTrace.

I’ve worked on visualizations for a while, most recently with heatmaps for Joyent’s Cloud Analytics. While we’re using and enhancing these right now, we are also in a great position to continue developing new visualizations for cloud computing, given:

-Easy observability into all nodes via zones, and deeper analysis using DTrace.
-JavaScript and node.js to drive powerful visualizations.
-Large datacenters running interesting cloud computing workloads from a large variety of customers.

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Visual Analytics - The New Frontier?

Visual Analytics - The New Frontier? | visual data | Scoop.it

Massive sets of data are collected and stored in many areas today. As the volumes of data available to business people or scientists increase, it becomes harder and harder to use the data effectively.

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Enough with the so called 'infographics,'

Enough with the so called 'infographics,' | visual data | Scoop.it

Good infographics visualize contextual relationships and patterns found in data for the purpose of helping readers understand complex information quickly and clearly. Infographics are not a visual style for dressing up data. Rather, they are design solutions that employ visualization as a means for enhancing readability and understanding. Those who create and inspire some of the best examples of infographics today (Edward Tufte, Nigel Holmes, Stephen Few, the entire NYT graphic staff…) would tell you that they spend more time and thought on research and data analysis for their graphics than the actual production of the visuals themselves.

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