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Information is Beautiful Award Winners 2013

In an information-obsessed society, a new crop of artists is representing visual data in engaging, imaginative ways. In June, we were pleased to announce this year's Information is Beautiful Awards. It's a competition, open to the public, that was founded last year by data visualizer David …

Data Visualization

Infographic Mania: The Week In Extremely Digestible Data

Infographics galore! From data on life expectancy at birth, to facts about the Earth's lifespan.<p>The Creators Project likes to keep its eyes on the excess of infographics floating around the web, though there are often so many out there that singling one out as extraordinary feels like a misstep …

Visualizing Substratum

As part of my internship at Interactive Things, I was offered the opportunity to work on a purely self-directed project. I decided to create a …

Natural Language Processing

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Description<p>Since 2004, the US has been practicing in a new kind of clandestine military operation. The justification for using drones to take out …

The Five Best Libraries For Building Data Visualizations

Starting out in data visualization can be a difficult thing to do. Here’s what you need to know.<p>This story contains interviews with data visualization professionals Moritz Stefaner, Scott Murray, Benjamin Wiederkehr, partner at design and technology studio Interactive Things, data visualization …

100 Diagrams That Changed the World

Since the dawn of recorded history, we’ve been using visual depictions to map the Earth, order the heavens, make sense of time, dissect the human body, organize the natural world, perform music, and even concretize abstract concepts like consciousness and love. <b>100 Diagrams That Changed the World</b></i> …

Explorations of People Movements

In 2010, I surveyed visual explorations of traffic, and it was all about how cars, planes, trains, and ships moved about their respective landscapes. …

The Best Data Visualizations of 2014

It's always tough to pick my favorite visualization projects. I mean, it's a challenge to pick and rank your favorite anything really. So much …

Animated Map Visualizes NYC’s Raging Workaholism

The city that never sleeps inhales and exhales like a single giant organism, in this animated map of hourly populations in Manhattan–at work and home.<p>A new animated map, Breathing City, beautifully visualizes the cliché of New York as the “city that never sleeps.” The map displays a 24-hour cycle …

How Designers Turn Data Into Beautiful Infographics

Behind the scenes of information architects’ creative processes.<p>The best infographics are clear, easy to digest, and eye-catching. But the process of distilling data into a neat little chart, bar graph, or venn diagram usually requires pages and pages of messy preparatory sketches, which are rarely …

Isotype (picture language)

<b>Isotype</b> (International System Of Typographic Picture Education) is a method of showing social, technological, biological and historical connections …

11 Most Useless And Misleading Infographics On The Internet

Everybody loves infographics. Facts (and assertions) just spring to life when you make them into cool pictures. But this powerful tool is all too …

Infographics

How to Make Your Data Pretty? Utilize These Data Visualization Tools

Tired of showcasing the same old boring tables to your management? A spice of colors and layout brings life to data representation. If you need to …

10 Fascinating Data Visualization Projects

1. Rich Blocks, Poor Blocks<p>2. Google Flu Trends<p>3. LOTRProject<p>4. GE Healthymagination Submissions<p>5. U.K. Same-Sex Marriage Bill<p>6. U.S. Gun Killings in …

These Hand-Drawn Postcards Are a Data-Viz Dream

A day is more than a matter of hours, minutes and seconds. It’s subway rides taken, text messages sent, slices of pizza eaten, hours of Netflix …

New Tools to Visualize the Data Center

Graphic visualization of complex data environments may push the role of resource management away from the specialists and toward mainstream data users

Management

Every country's debt, mapped

Unless you are dead inside, you love government debt data visualizations and this one from HowMuch.net is an excellent one, showing each country scaled to its debt-to-GDP ratio:<p>The basic idea of this ratio is that a bigger, richer country can probably afford to borrow more money than a smaller, …

New tool lets you visualize just about anything in 5 minutes (maybe less)

There’s a new web tool called Raw that makes it really easy to do some advanced visualizations on data in just a few minutes. (Hat tip to Nathan Yau …

First Pillar of Mapping Data to Visualizations: Data Attributes

Every chart’s selection begins with one common factor: the data. A chart tries to tell a story about your data, but people often run into problems …

5 infographics and slideshares that expose the real strengths and limitations of big data

Is big data a good source of customer intelligence, or is it just adding to the noise? Many marketers and market researchers are actively debating …

Big Data

Beyond The Pie Chart: Creating new visualization tools to reveal treasures in the data

<i>This is the first in a series of articles for UX Magazine about data visualization and related disciplines. Future articles will explore emerging</i> …

Pinterest 101: The Ultimate Guide on the Power of Pinning INFOGRAPHICS

Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps us discover and save creative ideas for all of our interests, from fashion to food to crafts. With …

35 Hilarious Yet True Infographics

Truth always has a way of making itself known. Sometimes though, seeing the truth presented to us in a novel way can make us have a much better …

Infographics

This fascinating map shows where in Europe couples get married, and where they don't

A bundle of data on Europe's regions from the European Statistical System was released a little earlier this month, and it's crammed with interesting nuggets of information on Europe's social and economic position.<p>One of those is where people are and aren't married in the European Union. Eurostat …

Europe

Selecting Smart Color Schemes for Infographics Design

A new course from Adobe Software Trainer and Instructor Sally Cox delivers top-notch instructions on designing an infographic. In the course, <i>How to</i> …

The best infographics of 2015, and why we can’t stop looking at them

You’re not alone. We’re obsessed too. Over the last few years, a steady stream of illustrated charts, diagrams, maps, and process drawings have fed and fostered a raging appetite for infographics. Gareth Cook, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and a former editor at <i>The Boston Globe</i>, has been sifting …

Infographics

The Map Of Literary Genres Every Book Nerd Needs

Cross the mighty Sea of Publishers to get to Romance.<p>"I was always interested in maps and infographics," Martin Vargic told The Huffington Post, "and the elegant, multilayered way they can portray large amounts of information about the world we live in."<p>Vargic is a 17-year-old artist from Slovakia …

Books

All The Productivity Tips You Need In 9 Infographics

Being a leader of a company or organization is certainly a difficult and often frustrating position – but it can also be tremendously …