Visual Thinking Archive - a set on Flickr: "This group of visuals has been designed and produced by me (David Armano). You are welcome to use the visuals for presentations, slideshows and blogs posts. Please provide proper attribution and a link is always appreciated."
If you like clever data visualizations, you’ll love Visual.ly, a startup that lets you find and make infographics with all kinds of web-based data.
The site aims to be a repository for graphically organized information on the web, as well as a marketplace and community for publishers, designers, researchers and everyday web users.
Visual.ly contains three main components. First, it’s a search engine for web-based infographics. Second, it’s a silo of data from government agencies, non-profits and other research- and data-focused entities.
Third, Visual.ly is a web-based platform for creating infographics of your own — no graphic design experience or software required.
Already, the site boasts a collection of 2,000 infographics in its indexed and searchable galleries, as well as 60,000 users who signed up for beta access.
Here’s a demo of the site:
In a release, co-founder and CEO Stew Langille said, “We knew we were onto something big, having seen the power of data visualization work so dramatically across the Web.”
The service’s main infographic creation tool will launch in a few months.
Not only does the site aggregate and help you find great infographics, it also lets you make infographics of your own using various types of data. A demo of this capability can be seen right now with the Twitter Visualizer, a tool that lets you build and customize Twitter infographics.
Right now, you can use Visual.ly’s Twitter tool to generate infographics based on yours and others’ Twitter usage. For example, here’s a visualization showing my tweet data compared to data from Tal Siach, a Visual.ly co-founder:
Been getting a ton of requests for ‘how to’s and guides for creating decent visualizations and information designs. Made me think: maybe I could do some workshops in this area. I like developing ideas and working with people. Could be fun!
(Microscopic, dark and unimaginably far away, these tiny celestial objects should be impossible to spot. But thanks to extreme telescopy, deep data analysis, and ingenuous hacking, astronomers have now detecting over 500 bizarre and exotic alien worlds thousands of lights years away. So cool!)
Social networks in every country might live on the same Internet, but that doesn't prevent differences in online customs and culture from developing along geographic borders.
Ongoing market research service Global Web Index has mapped these differences in the infographic above (click it to enlarge).
The research, run by London-based consultancy Trendstream, has conducted six waves of surveys about global consumer adoption of the Internet and social media in 36 markets. It used data from its February 2011 surveys of between 750 and 2,000 online users in each market to define three behavior types: messagers, groupers and content sharers.
In some countries, many of them Asian, most people were focused on content sharing. Others, like the UK and Canada, had more people who put a greater emphasis on sending messages.
Trendstream also used data from the survey to map social network penetration in each country that it surveyed.
Does the way any country uses social networks surprise you? Let us know in the comments.
Ran the first enhancing visual presentation in lectures workshop today, seemed to go well and evaluation forms were positive.
Some participants asked for more practical examples of how to enhance the presentation of some materials - will do that next time if people send me stuff in advance - if anyone who was there would like me to do something anyway - would be happy to see what I can do.
Number of people interested in using cartoons - will blog something about tools for that soon.