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5 Resources For Infographics & Data Visualization

By on June 24, 2014 in content marketing with 0 Comments
Illustration of brain in man's head

Image from “What is Consciousness?” an infographic, on the Information Is Beautiful website.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is an infographic worth?

If it’s well-designed a whole lot more, because an effective infographic conveys information, including seemingly dry content, like research data, statistics, and step-by-step instructions, in an way that entertains, engages and educates.

It’s no surprise that infographics are popular fodder on the web — the best of the bunch are highly shareable and can quickly generate buzz for your business. They’re also great bait to boost your search engine optimization.

For more information on the benefits of  infographics, refer to my post Why You Should Be Using Infographics.

Five websites for infographics

Creating a successful infographic is both an art and a science.

Here are five excellent sources for gaining insights about infographics.

Cool Infographics

logo for Cool Infographics website

This popular site is by Randy Krum, author of Cool Infographics: Effective Communications With Data Visualization and Design (Wiley). The site highlights good examples of data visualizations found on the internet and in print and has a nice list of sites and software applications for designers.

Daily Infographic

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True to its name, this site publishes a new infographic every day. Designs here cover wide-raging subject-matter, from serious to funny. You can sign up to receive a daily infographic by email.

Data Visualization

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An excellent source of news and research about infographics and data visualization. It’s published by Interactive Things, a Swiss-based design and technology studio. Along with extensive information and examples of outstanding information design projects, the site offers tools and datasets. You can geek out on this one.

Information is Beautiful

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If you’re looking for stunning, meaningful and frequently provocative infographics, this is your go-to source.

The guy behind this site, David McCandless is “interested in how designed information can help us understand the world, cut through BS and reveal the hidden connections, patterns and stories underneath. Or, failing that, it can just look cool!” McCandless’ books, Information is Beautiful and The Visual Miscellaneum, are well-regarded references on data visualization.

Well-Formed Data

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Dedicated to “information aesthetics, interactive visualization, and how the web transforms our understanding of information,” this is another great resource for graphics geeks, especially for those who want to get inside the mechanics of how infographics are created. Posts also include videos and interviews with experts in the field.

Your two cents

Do you know of other useful resources for infographics? I’d love to hear about them. Your comments welcome.

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About the Author: Deni Kasrel is seasoned (slightly spicy) specialist in digital/online communications. .

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