Infographics: How to Strike the Elusive Balance between Data and Visualization

They started out as a social media experiment and then suddenly everyone wanted a piece.

A couple years back, if you dropped the word ‘Infographic’ or ‘Dataviz’ in a conversation, you would have been greeted by a good number of confused looks even if you were among other web designers.

Today, so many infographics have gone viral that it’s practically impossible to ignore them. You’ll find them tweeted by your friends who want to share an interesting new find, promoted by companies eager to display their growth trends and utilized by even the White House for its progress reports.

No matter what you are searching for online, whether employment statistics or endangered animals, you are sure to find an infographic for it. If you, miraculously, aren’t able to recall any that you have seen, take a look at this list of the 10 best infographics of 2011 via Nowsourcing to catch up.
Infographics spice up ‘boring’ data

Infographics are useful because they turn historically lengthy and tedious bulks of data in to something that’s much more interesting: a visual.

As a society heading into the new decade, we want to read less and see more. While this doesn’t bode too well for book publishers, it’s opened a whole new creative area for designers.

An increasing number of companies and clients are recognizing the benefits of infographics and want their data jazzed up and dressed for the prom. They know that their assiduously compiled information has a far better chance of being read, appreciated, shared and widely circulated if it looks less like an annual report and more like the next big meme. And if you aren’t convinced yet, here’s an infographic on why you should use infographics.
You will need your existing skills. And more.

While the graphics used in infographics have become more eye-catching and sophisticated, they are not too different in purpose from the charts and graphs we used to make in high school. After all, the objective is still to present data in a more visually engaging and accessible way.

However, print and web designers are having a hard time transferring their existing skills to infographics because, as the many aspiring infographics designers will tell you, designing good infographics isn’t as simple as it looks. Sure, you still need the same essential aesthetic and technical skills but you should also be able to effectively translate data into visuals. Most importantly, you need to ensure that the infographic acts as an informative tool and not as a visual distraction.
The 7 rules of great infographic design…


They started out as a social media experiment and then suddenly everyone wanted a piece.

A couple years back, if you dropped the word ‘Infographic’ or ‘Dataviz’ in a conversation, you would have been greeted by a good number of confused looks even if you were among other web designers.

Today, so many infographics have gone viral that it’s practically impossible to ignore them. You’ll find them tweeted by your friends who want to share an interesting new find, promoted by companies eager to display their growth trends and utilized by even the White House for its progress reports.

No matter what you are searching for online, whether employment statistics or endangered animals, you are sure to find an infographic for it. If you, miraculously, aren’t able to recall any that you have seen, take a look at this list of the 10 best infographics of 2011 via Nowsourcing to catch up.

Infographics spice up ‘boring’ data

Infographics are useful because they turn historically lengthy and tedious bulks of data in to something that’s much more interesting: a visual.

As a society heading into the new decade, we want to read less and see more. While this doesn’t bode too well for book publishers, it’s opened a whole new creative area for designers.

An increasing number of companies and clients are recognizing the benefits of infographics and want their data jazzed up and dressed for the prom. They know that their assiduously compiled information has a far better chance of being read, appreciated, shared and widely circulated if it looks less like an annual report and more like the next big meme. And if you aren’t convinced yet, here’s an infographic on why you should use infographics.

You will need your existing skills. And more.

While the graphics used in infographics have become more eye-catching and sophisticated, they are not too different in purpose from the charts and graphs we used to make in high school. After all, the objective is still to present data in a more visually engaging and accessible way.

However, print and web designers are having a hard time transferring their existing skills to infographics because, as the many aspiring infographics designers will tell you, designing good infographics isn’t as simple as it looks. Sure, you still need the same essential aesthetic and technical skills but you should also be able to effectively translate data into visuals. Most importantly, you need to ensure that the infographic acts as an informative tool and not as a visual distraction. Leer más “Infographics: How to Strike the Elusive Balance between Data and Visualization”

More Creative and Useful Infographic Maps

Last week, we had a roundup of some very creative infographics. Today’s post is a follow-up on even more inspiring and informative infographics that will leave us giving some things a second thought. Infographics are a great source to look up; the visual representations of a particular topic helps us find the information needed at a quicker pace.

The best examples of infographics are maps which clearly illustrate the topic in a very clear and succinct manner — and stand out from the rest. Here is a collection of some great examples of infographical maps for your inspiration and perhaps future art projects. Enjoy!


by Aquil Akhter
http://www.noupe.com/graphics/more-creative-and-useful-infographic-maps.html

Last week, we had a roundup of some very creative infographics. Today’s post is a follow-up on even more inspiring and informative infographics that will leave us giving some things a second thought. Infographics are a great source to look up; the visual representations of a particular topic helps us find the information needed at a quicker pace.

The best examples of infographics are maps which clearly illustrate the topic in a very clear and succinct manner — and stand out from the rest. Here is a collection of some great examples of infographical maps for your inspiration and perhaps future art projects. Enjoy!

Creative Infographic Maps

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Tips for Effective Storyboarding

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much could I get for a strip of eight?

Whether you’re working on an interactive project, commercial TV spot, animation, or indie film – storyboards are an effective way to quickly tell a story, show an animation sequence, or describe a user experience. Storyboards are particularly effective at visually communicating action, timing of dialogue and voice-over, and camera movement in a scene. Early on in the production process, they are necessary to tell the story and communicate the concept. Later on, they serve as a guide to produce the final work – and they often include technical notes and markup. Detailed storyboards make sure everyone is on the same page and can often prevent major pitfalls that affect production and cost.

In this article you will learn how to create storyboards and present them. At the bottom of the post you’ll find free storyboard templates available for download.


Animated fire
Image via Wikipedia
Author Joshua P.
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, how much could I get for a strip of eight?

Whether you’re working on an interactive project, commercial TV spot, animation, or indie filmstoryboards are an effective way to quickly tell a story, show an animation sequence, or describe a user experience. Storyboards are particularly effective at visually communicating action, timing of dialogue and voice-over, and camera movement in a scene. Early on in the production process, they are necessary to tell the story and communicate the concept. Later on, they serve as a guide to produce the final work – and they often include technical notes and markup. Detailed storyboards make sure everyone is on the same page and can often prevent major pitfalls that affect production and cost.

In this article you will learn how to create storyboards and present them. At the bottom of the post you’ll find free storyboard templates available for download. Leer más “Tips for Effective Storyboarding”

Huge Infographics Design Resources: Overview, Principles, Tips and Examples

Imagine what would happen if you were speeding on a highway, and trying to read a traffic sign that contains too much information, would you be able to read the information exactly? Compare if you were just seeing a place name, a mileage, or an arrow-sign, which one would be more effective for you? Well, that’s just a simple instance.

Simply due to the unclear information given, anyone who sees and reads it could miss the important message on it. Data visualization to overcome this has been used worldwide for many years, where a complex piece of information needs to be delivered fast and clear.

Infographics Design Resources

We can see in recent years that patterns of communication are becoming more effective, delivering information that people need to know. Nowadays the information itself appears more prominently in a conceptual graphic model called infographics, in the hope that people will understand better through data visualization and information. But sometimes it still confuses people as to the real message that the author intends to convey to the public, which, in the end, will result in misleading information. In this article we’ll talk about infographics.


Imagine what would happen if you were speeding on a highway, and trying to read a traffic sign that contains too much information, would you be able to read the information exactly? Compare if you were just seeing a place name, a mileage, or an arrow-sign, which one would be more effective for you? Well, that’s just a simple instance.

Simply due to the unclear information given, anyone who sees and reads it could miss the important message on it. Data visualization to overcome this has been used worldwide for many years, where a complex piece of information needs to be delivered fast and clear.

Infographics Design Resources

We can see in recent years that patterns of communication are becoming more effective, delivering information that people need to know. Nowadays the information itself appears more prominently in a conceptual graphic model called infographics, in the hope that people will understand better through data visualization and information. But sometimes it still confuses people as to the real message that the author intends to convey to the public, which, in the end, will result in misleading information. In this article we’ll talk about infographics. Leer más “Huge Infographics Design Resources: Overview, Principles, Tips and Examples”