Visualization Techniques and Practice
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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 10 Commandments of Do-It-Yourself Design for Marketers [and Oth...

The rapidly growing user bases of photo-centric sites like Instagram and Pinterest, and the recent photo-centric redesign of Facebook's news feed are just two o
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Data Visualization: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report

The slides provide an overview on the Data Visualization trend for HorizonWatching Community members. Summary information about the Data Visualization trend is
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Visual Note-Taking 101 from SXSW 2010

Slides and audio from a SXSW panel featuring Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, Mike Rohde, and Austin Kleon.
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How to Make Social Media Infographics That Get Noticed

How to Make Social Media Infographics That Get Noticed | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
Social media infographics are all the rage, but many of them are terrible. Mark Smiciklas, author of The Power of Infographics explains how to do it right.
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Interview with author of "The Power of Infographics"

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Is Data Visualization Art?

Is Data Visualization Art? | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

Data Visualization is driven by data. Its form is often derived from optimizing the efficiency of inputting data (and information about that data) into a human brain. It is a very pragmatic practice, built around numbers and logic.


And yet it is beautiful. It evokes emotions. It can be aesthetically pleasing, or hideous. It communicates complex concepts and provokes thought. It is consumed for enjoyment. Some visualizations even share similarities with poetry.

There are several stages in the life cycle of data visualizations, and while the core of the practice is driven by rational thinking, any number of stages in the process have opportunities for subjective decisions or artistic interpretations...


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, January 24, 2013 7:42 PM

An overview of the creative and artistic processes involved in data visualization...

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An infographic explores the state of infographics

An infographic explores the state of infographics | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

It turns out 2012 was a huge year for the infographic—internet culture likes its data presented with charming representative imagery. 


Business, technology, and social media comprised the most popular topics for this exploding medium, according to data, Singapore searched the term “infographic” more than any other global city. 
The year’s most popular infographic was “What Are the Odds,” which explores how improbable it is that you (or this infographic, for that matter) came into existence in the first place...


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Kristin Newton's curator insight, February 12, 2013 5:58 AM

Is the younger generation becoming more visual and less dependent on words? Or is "a picture worth a thousand words" just a faster way to communicate?

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Can you trust an infographic?

Can you trust an infographic? | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

A pictorial display of statistics, the infographic is a huge hit in the internet age.

But as one on rape figures has recently shown, they can be highly misleading.



A picture apocryphally speaks a thousand words, but its 21st-century counterpart – the infographic – often says much less. It's no surprise that the grabby and easily shared format has taken off in the internet era, and thlatest graphic to go viral is one on a tough and complex problem: rape and criminal justice...


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An Infographic about Infographics

An Infographic about Infographics | Visualization Techniques and Practice | 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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Nonprofit Storytelling with Infographics

Nonprofit Storytelling with Infographics | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
One powerful way to tell your orgs story is with an infographic. Here are five tips and five tools for creating effective infographics,
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A few great tips from John Haydon about creating and sharing compelling infographics - advice from Best Friends Animal Society.

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Why Infographics Rule - Forbes

Why Infographics Rule - Forbes | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
Humans are visual creatures. Most of us process information based on what we see. 65 percent of us are visual learners, according to the Social Science Research Network.
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Infographics are the buzz word this week.  This post highlights some advice from experts about how to get your infographic to go viral.

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Six ways data journalism is making sense of the world, around the world - O'Reilly Radar

Six ways data journalism is making sense of the world, around the world - O'Reilly Radar | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
When I wrote that Radar was investigating data journalism and asked for your favorite examples of good work, we heard back from around the world. I received emails from...
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Article has a good collection of examples and case studies.

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6 Tips for Being More Visual With Social Media (Infographic)

6 Tips for Being More Visual With Social Media (Infographic) | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
Ideas for creating engaging visual content, then getting your fans share them and promote your brand.Get the latest blog articles on business ideas and...
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"users are more likely to engage with brands if they post pictures"

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Ferananda's comment, December 23, 2012 2:49 PM
Great tips Beth, thank you. I love the new level of challenge that working with visuals bring.
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InstaBRAND: The Rise of Visual Storytelling in a Content Marketing ...

InstaBRAND is an 37 page eBook written by Christian Adams for brand and social media managers on the growing trend and importance of crafting a visual storytell
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Visual Communication

Visual Communication | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
See-Suite. Visual Communication Strategies
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Noland Hoshino has an excellent visual communications pinboard http://pinterest.com/nolandhoshino/visual-communication/

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Artists use data to make political statements

Artists use data to make political statements | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

Big data can feel impersonal, overwhelming and cold. But stark statistics are now being used to make intimate statements through art and public advocacy.


The past few years have seen the widespread availability of a large amount of data, thanks largely to the internet.

Census reports are easily searchable, campaign polling is expertly parsed and analysed, and online dating behaviour provides a glimpse into human sexuality.


Now more artists are using these impersonal details to make an impassioned statement; visit the article link for examples.


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Astrakhan's comment, February 9, 2013 3:44 AM
DataScientists = Data Artists
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Data Analytics & Big Data: An infographic guide

Data Analytics & Big Data: An infographic guide | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

The quick reference guide to big data and data analytics; from the definition to the history and future applications of big data.


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Aurélia-Claire Jaeger's curator insight, January 31, 2013 3:03 AM

Superbe infographie pour un résumé en image !

Shawn Neville's curator insight, January 31, 2013 10:49 AM

Big Data clarity from Deloitte....

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6 Illuminating Big Data Infographics

6 Illuminating Big Data Infographics | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

Is Big Data still a big mystery to you? 

In recent years, the volume of information coming into companies has exploded, so that many IT organizations are dealing with extremely large sets of data. 

IT leaders are rethinking many aspects of how they manage and deliver information, from investments in infrastructure and analytics tools to new policies for organizing and accessing data so they can deliver more of it, faster. They are concerned that if they don't have the right tools and architectures to deal with all that information, then big data can be a big problem. Check out these infographics on Big Data to see the impact...


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Aurélia-Claire Jaeger's curator insight, January 21, 2013 2:28 AM

Et en plus, c'est beau !

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, January 21, 2013 10:46 AM

The ability to access and translate BIG DATA will hold the possibility of making teams more successful.  What is IT doing to make it happen?

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7 Data Visualization Tools You Can Use In The Classroom

7 Data Visualization Tools You Can Use In The Classroom | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

No matter what happens, there will always be a demand for data visualization tools. Data on its own can be pretty boring and brightening it up with images and other visual tools, it can make normally inaccessible information much easier to digest. (Editor’s Note: It’s also great for information reading literacy, and the new Common Core demand for multimedia “texts.”)


There are a number of fantastic tools out there that will present your data in an accessible manner. All of the tools listed below are free and chances are you’ve used one or two of the tools mentioned before.


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bancoideas's curator insight, January 17, 2013 8:34 AM

Muy interesante!

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Free online tools for visualization and infographics

Given at the Society of News Design conference in Cleveland, 2012
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Infographic Design Vector Elements: Resources for creating visualizations

Infographic Design Vector Elements: Resources for creating visualizations | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

A collection of resoureces and links to free infographic design vector elements, including various graphics, charts, labels, pictograms, symbols, maps and more- for use in designing infographics and data visualizations.

Simply open the files in a vector based program and edit...


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Dazhi Jiang's curator insight, December 12, 2012 5:35 AM

Infographic resources

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5 Ways to Get Your Infographic to Go Viral

5 Ways to Get Your Infographic to Go Viral | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
Tweet Tweet Any time you hear someone mention infographics you’ll usually hear the word viral in the same sentence. The idea is that great infographics just go viral.
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Wnat your infographic to go viral?  Here's some tips.

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Types of Graphs | Graphs.net

Types of Graphs | Graphs.net | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
Graphs are a visual treat, as they can present complex information in a quick and easy manner. Mostly graphs are used to reveal a trend, compare statistics or
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Beth Kanter's curator insight, December 30, 2012 4:07 PM

Handy cheat sheet for picking the right chart and graph.  Text description and infographic.    

Stephen Dale's curator insight, December 31, 2012 4:21 AM

A useful overview of different types of graphs and where they might be used.

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Vera Solutions

Vera Solutions | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it
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Vera Solutions is a social enterprise aimed at improving the monitoring-and-evaluation (M&E) systems of organizations working in health, education, development, and human rights. We work with both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, both implementers and funders, building their capacity to collect, analyze, and disseminate program data. We believe in the power of data to transform the quality of programs being delivered.


The founder was named 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinehoward/2012/12/17/30-under-30-meet-the-innovators-disruptors-and-brightest-stars-of-2012/

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The 16 Most Compelling Infographics Of 2012

The 16 Most Compelling Infographics Of 2012 | Visualization Techniques and Practice | Scoop.it

2012 might be the year which we reached 'peak infographic'.

You can’t have an issue or a piece of data without putting it into a picture so it’s easier for people to understand. While this has mostly resulted in a glut of ugly graphics that don’t actually do anything with data (and you’ll see some of these below), it’s still an incredibly simple way to get information to you fast. And this year, some of our most compelling content has appeared in the format.

These are some of our favorites.


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Lauren Moss's curator insight, December 21, 2012 5:40 PM

A curated infographic gallery from FastCompany...

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 21, 2012 10:09 PM

How do you tell a story with statistics?  How to you make visible the hidden and complex ideas hiding in the numbers?


Infographics is a solid answer for these questions. 


Take a look at some of the best!

Jean-Michel Bayle's curator insight, December 29, 2012 11:49 AM

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