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Visualization Trends Revealed in Info is Beautiful Awards

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David McCandless, founder of popular data visualization website Information is Beautiful, has decided to divvy out a $30,000 cash money dollar pot to the winners of the inaugural Information is Beautiful awards. If you’re not familiar with the site or David McCandless, pop on over to his TED talk here. It’s incredibly inspiring, and had a…

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5 Tips to Help Make Super Infographics

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When I think of an infographic I immediately think of this super stunning visual graphic that tells some kind of story. What separates those average infographics from the truly exceptional ones boils down to the narrative. You can have the most visually stunning graphic, but if the data fails to engage the reader all that effort in dressing it up will be in vain. When creating an infographic, the quality of the finished good is always determined by the quality of the content that was used to create it.

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Is Context to Design as Samson’s Hair was to Samson?

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Aesthetically pleasing images surround us. They’re often used as ploys to encourage the purchase of a new perfume, eat at certain fast-food chains or drive a new type of car. We can’t help it. The prettier things are, more often than not they are easier to believe as desirable…right?

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Big Data means Advanced Data Visualization

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The last few years have been particularly exciting for data visualizations. We’ve witnessed a boom in the popularity of infographics and in tools to help create everyday visualizations for practical purposes. With all these exciting developments it’s difficult not to wonder what the future of this field will look like.

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Pinterest Popularity Makes a Case for Visualization

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Last week, Pinterest showed the entire Internet love by opening up their sharing platform to all — no invitations required. It’s a great move for what statistics say is the fastest growing social start-up site ever (at least for now). Currently, the sometimes so-called “scrap-booking site” generates four times more revenue per click than Twitter, and a whopping…

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The 3 Phases of Infographic Design

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Ever wondered about what goes into the process of making an infographic? Try Google-ing “process of creating a data visualization” and you’d be hard pressed to find a good explanation. Maybe the reason why it’s so difficult to find a good resource is because no real formal process exists. Yet despite the lack of a formal process, there are some distinct phases that designers go through when creating these visualizations.

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Capturing Memories (and People) with Visualization

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I am constantly blown away by advances in visual technology and what they inspire people to create. Gabriel Barcia-Colombo’s so-called “collection of human beings” is one such example. In an effort to preserve memory, Barcia-Colombo uses video to create the illusion of miniature people — particularly his friends — encased in ordinary objects, such as…

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