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Infographic: The Sound of Color

Infographic: The Sound of Color | visual data | Scoop.it

Creating a color palette with your favorite music.


Color and music are both about evoking emotions; why not combine them? This infographic shows beautiful abstract visualizations, based on color palettes inspired by each album.

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Youcef Kébaïli's curator insight, April 24, 2014 5:40 AM

Couleurs et  Musiques évoquent des Émotions, cette infographie fait le lien entre les trois !

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, April 26, 2014 12:01 PM

This is amazing the correlation between sound and color translated into actual songs

Franco Llamas III's curator insight, May 31, 2014 9:09 PM

Data Visualization Infograph

 

Strength: Easy to follow and to understand, catches eye

Weakness: Not that much data on it, usually can only comfortably fit one or two pieces of data

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Creating Engaging & Sharable Graphics

Creating Engaging & Sharable Graphics | visual data | Scoop.it

When it comes to creating graphics for visual social networks, there are a few key ideas you should keep in mind to increase your reach and engagement. Your audience wants to be educated. They want to be inspired.


Of course, depending on the network in which you are promoting your content, the visual itself may be the entire piece of content, thus making it equally as important as the content it contains. 

This is largely the case when it comes to social networks like Instagram, Pinterest and Vine. While all three allow for the option to link to more information in the comments, caption or description sections, the visual is the content for all intents and purposes since you can’t depend on someone clicking for more information.

When it comes to creating graphics for visual social networks, there are a few key ideas you should keep in mind to increase your reach...

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 12, 2013 3:41 AM

Some great tips to keep in mind when creating graphics.

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An Infographic about Infographics

An Infographic about Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

The last in a series of infographics about visual data design, we have covered why it's useful to create them, created an embed code generator for you and written an article on promoting infographics. We felt a fitting end to the series would be - you guessed it - an infographic.


This infographic (about infographics of course) goes through 4 stages of creating an infographic: research, design, publishing and promotion offering tips at each stage. If you are thinking about making your own infographics this not only provides some great tips but acts as a good example of an infographic itself...

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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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HCL's curator insight, April 30, 2014 9:26 PM

Some good tips here...

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What not to do when designing infographics for the web

What not to do when designing infographics for the web | visual data | Scoop.it
With the rampant usage of the internet these days, most people get information using it for it is the easiest way to acquire one.


Infographics, visual representations of information, data or knowledge are an important tool in teaching, in business, in giving inspiration and in presenting information. It is one of the most strongest ways to communicate with complex data.


However, the effectiveness of an infographics greatly relies on how it is designed. Hence, to aid designers, here is a list of what not to do to create a successful infographic or visualization...

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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.

National Microscope Exchange's comment, February 18, 2015 12:00 AM
Superb Article
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A Journalist’s Guide To Infographics [INFOGRAPHIC]

A Journalist’s Guide To Infographics [INFOGRAPHIC] | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics can be great link building tools. Many folks assume that developing great infographics is too hard. In reality, it is pretty straight forward if you keep things simple, sweet, and to the point. You are going to need a good looking visual too. Covering a trending topic helps as well.

For the complete infographic that shows you how to develop quality visuals, make sure to visit the article link...

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The Process of Creating Data Visualizations

The Process of Creating Data Visualizations | visual data | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered how today’s beautiful visualizations are created? If you Google ‘process of creating a data visualization’, you’d be hard-pressed to find a good resource that describes it. And maybe the reason is that there is no such process — not a formal one, anyway.

Despite not having a required set of steps, here are three stages that the visualization creation proces goes through...

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Mariana Soffer's comment, June 27, 2012 8:31 AM
this is great
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Should You Make That Infographic?

Should You Make That Infographic? | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics and data visualization are more popular than ever these days, and on the flip side of this trend is the fact that for each amazing piece that gets published, there is at least one that… well, should never have seen the light of day.

Bad data visualizations can be misleading, confusing — or simply wrong.

Good ones, on the other hand, can be helpful, informative, or both — and fun, to boot.

So, we decided to create a little bit of that joy—and be a little meta—with a simple infographic about whether or not to make an infographic...

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How to create an infographic for your blog

How to create an infographic for your blog | visual data | Scoop.it
What is an infographic?

Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. Why are infographics so popular?

With so many online messages competing for our attention, eye-catching graphics are one way of grabbing your reader’s attention. People want their information quicker and using visuals are an excellent way to do this. Infographics can help your audience absorb information at a glance and they are ideal for sharing across multiple social media platforms...

 

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Why Your Blog Needs an Infographic and How to Make it Happen

Why Your Blog Needs an Infographic and How to Make it Happen | visual data | Scoop.it

An infographic is a visual representation of information. Consumers see infographics every day when they stop at a stop sign, read the weather report in the newspaper, or look at a chartor graph. Businesses are now beginning to create infographics to put on their blogs to help draw in readers. Infographics work well for a few reasons:

-They work well when you are trying to report complicated or boring information. These are typically the two types of articles that are most difficult to read, so showing the information pictorially tends to help keep readers engaged and help them understand the information easier and without frustration.
-They can help show the creativity of your company. This will help make your company more appealing to consumers and help improve the visibility of your brand. After all, the longer people stay on your site the better chance you have that they will return.
-An infographic works the same way as a traditional article in terms of SEO. If someone links back to your infographic, your SEO will improve (and people are much more likely to share an infographic than a big block of text).
Just about every blog has tapped into the infographic mania that has taken over in 2012, but creating an infographic isn’t easy. Many blogs cannot afford to hire a web designer to create an infographic, so they are forced to do the design on their own. This can make for a more confusing piece of text than a traditional article if done incorrectly. Consider how to create a successful infographic...

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Data-driven journalism and data visualization

Data-driven journalism anddata visualization by Jojo Malig on Prezi. Great visual presentation this...

Data journalism is not just graphics and visualizations; it's about telling the story in the best way possible.

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Angelica's curator insight, October 13, 2015 10:55 AM

As a student, I thought that this Prezi presentation had structured an informative lecture about the functionality of Data Journalism for students. In addition, The presentation contains a video that helps students to understand and analyzed this topic.

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Tips in Designing Effective Infographics

Tips in Designing Effective Infographics | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics have the ability to relay information in an artistic manner. creating a universal language to tell a story even with just one look at these visual representations.

The use of graphics gives an added beauty to the entire material. It is even made more significant with the use of valuable data that delivered to the public.

Aside from the facts and figures, what makes them even more impressive are the colorful graphics and smart manner of giving knowledge to people. For designers, we have here some tips to help you design effective infographics...

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The Anatomy of a Great Infographic

The Anatomy of a Great Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it

Created by the team behind Graphic Design Degree Hub, this self-referential infographic shows us how to create a great one. 

According to this chart, it’s all about having reliable and compelling information, giving an issue a new perspective, and a main purpose—a task which is pretty challenging in itself. 
Informative in nature, this infographic also pokes fun at charts with unreliable statistics—such as how 85% of Iceland’s population which agrees that making up figures is bad. 

See the rest of the infographic at the article or view it in its entirety here

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How to Create Infographics in 30 Minutes or Less

How to Create Infographics in 30 Minutes or Less | visual data | Scoop.it

From word clouds to network data visualizations, infographics have become a primary format for content in a relatively short period of time. Although the ‘infographic’ is nothing new, its proliferation and evolution has been nothing short of exponential in the past few years.

If you want to get a message across, whether it is for your business, blog, or book club, using an infographic can be the best way to do it. If you’re incapable of drawing a recognizable human stick figure, let alone an entire data visualization, you may be agonizing over the disturbing fact that infographics are all the rage.

It just so happens that there are many people out there who want to deliver a message using an infographic who do not have any artistic skills. It’s lucky for us that tools and resources have popped up all over the place to help even the most hopeless of us (like me) create beautiful infographics.

Visit the article link for instructions on how to do it in thirty minutes or less...

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How to Make an Infographic Worth a Thousand Words

How to Make an Infographic Worth a Thousand Words | visual data | Scoop.it

As the old saying goes about pictures being "worth a thousand words," so goes the story about infographics.


Infographics are a compelling way to represent complex information quickly and clearly. In an infographic, visual symbols and numbers are used with colors, fonts, and labels to make the data more useful. With the flood of information and exponential data points, it is imperative to focus people's attention on not just the valuable data, but the implications as well.

Storytelling is using a linear narrative to guide people- as the creative and performance marketing communities work together to make sense of data, we must not squander the opportunity that this format provides. We need to create meaningful infographics that minimize information anxiety by conveying the perspective in the most effective manner. Agencies are tasked with providing creative expressions that connect target audiences with meaningful content -- and infographics are by no means any different.

Visit the complete article to learn more about the fundamental factors that contribute to successful infographics:..

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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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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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Open data journalism: creating engaging stories...

Open data journalism: creating engaging stories... | visual data | Scoop.it

Data is everywhere: from governments publishing billions of bytes of the stuff, to visual artists creating new concepts of the world through to companies building businesses on the back of it.

At the same time, journalism has undergone a transformation; it's not that long ago that the only way to get a story published by a major news organisation involved years of training and interning and generally slaving away until you get noticed and published.

These are the days of open journalism, reporters who can use the power of the web can produce stronger, better stories. Open journalism involves the person reading and commenting on the story as much as the original reporter, and with the power to shape and influence the news they see in front of them.

But how does that connect to data journalism? These are two segments of the same pie chart - and for data journalism to develop beyond just being the latest fad, it has to engage and involve the people reading the news as well as creating it...

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9 tips for designing awesome infographics

9 tips for designing awesome infographics | visual data | Scoop.it
Infographics is a way of presenting information using graphics. They tell a deeper and broader story than text alone, and usually take up less space as well.

They can also communicate your information more quickly even If your audience can’t read well or doesn’t know the contained language that well.

You will need at least a basic knowledge of grids, layouts, elements and principles of design, color and typography. Also you will have to follow the same creative process as usually: understand the brief, research, ideate, sketch, refine.

Read the complete article to find out what else can be done to make your infographics more efficient...

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10 Steps To Designing An Amazing Infographic

10 Steps To Designing An Amazing Infographic | visual data | Scoop.it
Information can be useful--and even beautiful--but only when it’s presented well. In an age of information overload, any guidance through the clutter comes as a welcome relief. That’s one reason for the recent popularity of information graphics.

Infographics are visual designs that help to explain complicated data in a simple way (mental-health emergencies at Burning Man, anyone?). But how are they created? What can we learn from the designer’s process? And what does an infographic designer know about storks delivering babies?

Over the last decade, Hyperakt has come to specialize in this type of design, and we’ve found a process that works for us. Read the complete article to learn how to go about creating an infographic in ten steps...

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Data Journalism Handbook: Tips for Working with Numbers

Data Journalism Handbook: Tips for Working with Numbers | visual data | Scoop.it
Today sees the release of the Data Journalism Handbook - a unique collaboration of data journalists from around the world, including the Guardian's data team.

In this extract from the book, former BBC reporter and author Michael Blastland explains how to start with data - and how to enjoy yourself in the process...

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Four Easy Visualization Mistakes to Avoid

Four Easy Visualization Mistakes to Avoid | visual data | Scoop.it
Creating a great visualization is not as hard as it seems.

Provided you have some interesting data and an effective tool with which to visualize it, a little bit of thoughtful design will lead to a decent result. That said, there are some mistakes that are very easy to make, but can ruin even a thoughtfully-made piece. Here are four data visualization mistakes you should avoid...

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What Makes a Good Infographic?

What Makes a Good Infographic? | visual data | Scoop.it

Not even the experts agree. Despite sharing a common goal – to create solutions that meet their respective communication objectives – designers fight over the most basic notion in information design: what does and what doesn’t constitute an infographic?

Among the different approaches to visualization, one design element stands out in dividing the schools of thought: decoration.

Business intelligence expert Stephen Few sums up his disdain for the ornamentation of infographics: “When visualizations are used primarily for artistic purposes, they are not what we call data visualizations or infographics, which are terms that have been in use for a long time with particular meanings.”

Another highly visible figure, David McCandless, has popularized artistic visualizations and introduced data as a storytelling category to a wider audience. He describes his work:

“I love taking all kinds of information – data, numbers, ideas, knowledge – and making them into images. When you visualize information in this way, you can start to see the patterns and connections that matter.”

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How To Design Your Own Infographics...

How To Design Your Own Infographics... | visual data | Scoop.it

Infographics seem to be a real trend today, with new ones popping up daily on all sorts of subjects. From mortgages to ice cream, estimating software to infographics about infographics, there is very little now that hasn't been 'visualised' in some form. Many people don't realise that the term information graphic, or 'infographic' was first coined over 100 years ago, with the Coxcomb chart by Florence Nightingale in 1857 being one of earliest recognised examples. They have existed in many forms since then, but only in the past few years have infographics developed into the art form we know today.

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