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How to use visualization techniques for nonprofits in areas like data analysis, learning, facilitation, and innovation
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The usefulness of pie charts, in two pie charts

The usefulness of pie charts, in two pie charts | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
In case Business Insider's attack against pie charts had too many words for you.
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Don't use pie charts

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Worst Infographic | A collection and reviews of the worst infographics on the internet

Worst Infographic | A collection and reviews of the worst infographics on the internet | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
Reviews of the worst infographics on the internet. Know of a terrible infographic? Why not submit it for review?
Beth Kanter's insight:

You can learn a lot from looking at bad examples as well as good ones.

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Suzi Shapiro's curator insight, June 14, 2013 10:03 PM

Bad information and bad visuals make for confusion

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The Science of What We Do (and Don't) Know About Data Visualization

The Science of What We Do (and Don't) Know About Data Visualization | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
There are still open questions, but the research can provide some answers about what works.
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Visualization is easy, right? After all, it's just some colorful shapes and a few text labels. But things are more complex than they seem, largely due to the the ways we see and digest charts, graphs, and other data-driven images. While scientifically-backed studies do exist, there are actually many things we don't know about how and why visualization works. To help you make better decisions when visualizing your data, here's a brief tour of the research.

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 9, 2013 12:07 PM

Proving that data visualisation is more of a science than an art.

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Data Storytelling: The Ultimate Collection of Resources – Juice Analytics

Data Storytelling: The Ultimate Collection of Resources – Juice Analytics | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
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This is a comprehensive, but well curated list of resources for data storytelling.  Worth a deep dive or two

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Data visualization guidelines – By Gregor Aisch – International Journalism Festival | School of Data - Evidence is Power

Data visualization guidelines – By Gregor Aisch – International Journalism Festival | School of Data - Evidence is Power | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
Evidence is Power
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The deck from Gregor Aisch's workshop on data visualization.  This 176 slide powerpoint deck goes through why and how to select particular types of charts.   Practical advice on color and use of maps too.


Chart advice particularly useful:


Charts
  • Avoid 3d-charts at all costs. The perspective distorts the data, what is displayed ‘in front’ is perceived as more important than what is shown in the background.
  • Use pie charts with care, and only to show part of whole relationships. Two is the ideal number of slices, but never show more than five. Don’t use pie charts if you want to compare values (use bar charts instead).
  • Always extend bar charts to zero baseline. Order bars by value to make comparison easier.
  • Use line charts to show time series data. That’s simply the best way to show how a variable changes over time.
  • Avoid stacked area charts, they are easily mis-interpreted.
  • Prefer direct labeling wherever possible. You can safe your readers a lot time by placing labels directly onto the visual elements instead of collecting them in a separate legend. Also remind that we cannot differentiate that much colors.
  • Label your axes! You might think that’s kind of obvious, but still it happens quite often that designers and journalists simply forget to label the axes.
  • Tell readers why they should care about your graphic. Don’t waste the title line by just saying what data is shown.
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The More You Automate, The Less You Curate: Sense-Making Requires Manual Effort

The More You Automate, The Less You Curate: Sense-Making Requires Manual Effort | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
Beth Kanter's insight:

I've been using Harold's model "Seek, Sense, Share" to explain the process of content curation to nonprofits.   He first published it back in 2011 and I actually made my New Year's resolution for professional learning (http://www.bethkanter.org/seek-sense-share/)


In 2011, I had noticed that I needed to pay more attention to training my attention and to be more intentional about how I was sharing information.   The Seek-Sense-Share framework really helped me.   When I discovered content curation, I realized that I was doing it, but from reading Robin Good's work - I wasn't doing well. 


I connected Harold's framework to content curation  -- http://www.bethkanter.org/content-curation-101/ because like everything else I learn, I am turning around and using it in training - so I thought it was perfect.


Harold has updated his model and fine-tuned it for content curation.   


Robin Good found it put into context - and related to the need for some sort of human intervention - to pick, select, and contextualize content - not just aggregate.   I always appreciate Robin's great reminders about the need to be "brains on" when comes to curation.


Curation is not clicking, not cut and paste, not mindless sharing.  You have to be disicplined about being intentional - and focus.   



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Martin Gysler's comment, May 15, 2013 4:57 AM
Yes Deborah, I totally agree with you.
Robin Martin's comment, May 15, 2013 10:28 AM
Absolutely agree!
Robin Martin's comment, May 15, 2013 10:28 AM
Absolutely agree!
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Visual Storytelling--The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design - Smashing Magazine

Visual Storytelling--The Do's And Don'ts Of Infographic Design - Smashing Magazine | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
Infographics are visual representations of information, or “data viz” as the cool kids call it these days.

 

Here's a great article on how to create infographics, or tell a story using 'data viz.'

 

Translating data into a story is tough work and this article gives us some fabulous tips on how to do it.

 

Not a graphic designer? Don't worry -- as a business person the more you know about how to create a great data viz story, the better you can tell a graphic designer or graphic scriber what you want.

 

Another reason I like this article is because it actually mentions the need to create a storyline for your visual, and know before had what the key message is you are trying to deliver.

 

The storytelling points the article leaves out are the storytelling devices of metaphor, analogy, contrast, and sensory material that are critical to a story's and an infographic's success.  These pieces are implied in the article, but need more direct discussion about.

 

Use this article as a great guide.  And if you want more detail, go dig into "Visualize This" by Nathan Yau (although it can be pretty technical).


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Data For Radicals | Data visualization tutorials with a social justice angle

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What I Learned from Drug Users

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I was recently in Kiev, for Tactical Studios, running a training on Social Media for the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, GIZ and Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe. To be fair, not everyone in the training was a...
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Creating Great Images With Quotes Is Like Creating Flags For Your Fans To Wave: 3 Free Tools To Create Your Own

Creating Great Images With Quotes Is Like Creating Flags For Your Fans To Wave: 3 Free Tools To Create Your Own | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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A few more image editing tools to add to this list

http://www.bethkanter.org/visual-content/

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medienfundgrube's comment, July 12, 2013 2:34 AM
https://findings.com/ seems to be quite interesting, too. Kind of quotes community.
Kate Williams's curator insight, October 28, 2013 7:01 AM

November's focus for Soical Biz is IMAGES (following the focus on Pinterest in October). There are some really helpful free tools available to help any entrepreneur, image-challenged or not, make an impact at image hungry social sites e.g. Pinterest, Facebook and Google+. There's no doubt images draw attention and drive visibility and traffic.

Maria Eva Blaiotta's curator insight, March 24, 2014 10:24 PM

Free tools which will help you create your own images with quotes.

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How To Create Presentation Slides That Are Out Of This World

Want to spice up your next corporate presentation? Take it from us, Make your next presentation Out Of This World! Download this Presentation for a Tweet here:

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Chantal Sim's curator insight, May 20, 2013 1:18 PM

As I always trying to make my presentation more remarkable than before, I think it is good tips for me and us. These are really nice to learn for your future presentation especially for those of who have presentation for this semester.

 

So if you are interested in making your presentation look fancy and effective, it will be worthy to see all the slides!

Chantal Sim's comment, May 20, 2013 1:20 PM
These are so valuable! Thank you for sharing this, appreciate so much that I can re-scoop.it!
Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, May 20, 2013 9:09 PM
You are welcome Chantal and hope it helps your curation!
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Creating Great Images With Quotes Is Like Creating Flags For Your Fans To Wave: 3 Free Tools To Create Your Own

Creating Great Images With Quotes Is Like Creating Flags For Your Fans To Wave: 3 Free Tools To Create Your Own | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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medienfundgrube's comment, July 12, 2013 2:34 AM
https://findings.com/ seems to be quite interesting, too. Kind of quotes community.
Kate Williams's curator insight, October 28, 2013 7:01 AM

November's focus for Soical Biz is IMAGES (following the focus on Pinterest in October). There are some really helpful free tools available to help any entrepreneur, image-challenged or not, make an impact at image hungry social sites e.g. Pinterest, Facebook and Google+. There's no doubt images draw attention and drive visibility and traffic.

Maria Eva Blaiotta's curator insight, March 24, 2014 10:24 PM

Free tools which will help you create your own images with quotes.

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5 Tools For Creating Your Own Infographics

5 Tools For Creating Your Own Infographics | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
With these services, you don’t have to be a designer to create a high-quality, effective infographic.
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The Calgary Zoo Shares its Annual Report on Instagram

The Calgary Zoo Shares its Annual Report on Instagram | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
When preparing its 2012 Annual Report, The Calgary Zoo traded its traditional PDF for Instagram. See how their images encouraged engagement and learn what brands can take away from this creative approach.
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Julia Campbell's curator insight, May 22, 2013 10:51 AM

Very innovative use of Instagram by a nonprofit! 

DonorSnap's comment, May 22, 2013 5:45 PM
I don't know if I'd read a PDF on instagram. Interesting idea though.
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Charts and Graphs - Communication Skills Training From MindTools.com

Charts and Graphs - Communication Skills Training From MindTools.com | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
Learn how to use charts and graphs to communicate your message clearly and effectively.
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What chart should I use? 

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The Functional Art: Design and Infographics | Journalism Interactiv...

PRESENTER: Alberto Cairo (@albertocairo), Instructor, University of Miami. DESCRIPTION: Too many journalists still relate the word "design" to making pages an
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From a presentation at data journalism conference by Alberto Cairo

http://journalisminteractive.com/2013/live-blog-the-functional-art-design-and-infographics/

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John Dukovich's comment, May 3, 2013 9:46 AM
Good review of Dos and Don'ts. I had not seen the IE vs murder rate correlation before -- hope that drives the point home about causation vs correlation.
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Syllabus: Infographics - Spring 2013

Schedule and exercises for my Spring 2013 Infographics class at the University of Miami
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This is the syllabus for Alberto Cairo's infographics class at the University of Miami.  It is a combination of graphic design skills, information design, and information journalism.       There is an excellent, curated list of resources in the syllabus:


Blogs to follow 
http://owingdata.com/

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Sketchnote

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Marketing Maven. Connector. ideacamper. Blogger. Trafficking-Hater. God-Lover. Wife & Mom. Nerd. Goof. Dawn is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.
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focus on the image: maximizing social influence through visual content

Presentation created for ASTRA {American Specialty Toy Retailer Association} to discuss integrating visual content into social media strategy.
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Some good photo/smart phone tips. It also talks about how to visually brand your social channels ... 


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Data for-radicals-lesson-1

Data  Visualization  For  Beginners     Instructor:  @lisawilliams   Hashtag:  #D4R     h...
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Data For Radicals | Data visualization tutorials with a social justice angle

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10 Innovative Uses of Pinterest - Featuring Several Nonprofits

10 Innovative Uses of Pinterest - Featuring Several Nonprofits | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
Among Pinterest's 48 million users, here are 10 that have found innovative ways to use the social platform.

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Which infographic is right for you?

Which infographic is right for you? | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

That’s right, there’s more to infographics than a scrolling image full of facts and figures. Different types of infographics are consumed differently.

The right kind of infographic should match your data to your narrative and ensure that people take away your message after reading it.

While infographics may not come in that many shapes or sizes (600 x 1,800 pixels is the norm), that doesn’t mean there’s a stock standard infographic for you.  

Use the flowchart to help you decide which infographic is right for you...


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Visual Note-taking on the iPad

I take notes using my iPad -- in a very visual way. Using images as well as text, I draw the notes using my fingertip and a drawing application like Sketchbook
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Paul W. Swansen's curator insight, April 1, 2013 5:00 PM

I'm wondering if the newer 128gb version might be the best choice in the ever increasing mobile world.