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Data visualizations are effective ways for inputting information into a human’s brain, and as Visual Analytics Researcher at Tableau Software and Visual.ly advisor Robert Kosara says, visualizations are what makes our world real . But even when the people who created the visualization are being honest, we can’t always trust what our eyes are showing us. We’ve evolved our visual perceptual system over millions of years (some other animals see optical illusions too) and it is extremely effective at what it does, but it still has some quirks. Sometimes it takes shortcuts to make things efficient, and those shortcuts are exposed in optical illusions. In a data visualization context, illusions are dangerous because they can make us see things that aren’t really there in the data. Good practice helps us to avoid these optical illusions, but occasionally they can still sneak in through design choices, or just quirks in the way data lines up.
Typography is the foundation of design on the web. Back in 2006, designer and founder of iA Oliver Reichenstein even went so far as to proclaim "web design is 95% typography ." It's imperative, then, to have a thorough, grounded education in optimizing and utilizing typography to create a balanced, harmonious, accessible hierarchy of content, when working on the web . To help you improve and learn more about typography, we have compiled 25 useful tools and resources, from fundamentals to modular scales.
Hi, I’m David Margolis, the creator of Slide Guru. I’m glad you found your way to my website. As a Presentation Specialist, I’ve spent the last 10 years designing high-level presentations, delivering executive keynotes, developing corporate pitches, creating brand guidelines and innovating presentation systems across a wide variety of industries that include Advertising, Sport, Finance and Telecoms. Over my career I’ve designed over 50,000 slides. On this website you will find an extensive slide gallery, featuring over 1,000 professionally designed slides that I’ve extracted or adapted from my slide portfolio.
Sharebar Share When you’re stuck, in a rut or brain drained, it’s hard to be creative on demand. Here are some resources that may give you ideas and strategies for approaches to visual design. You may find inspiration for designing an entire course, a title screen, a job aid or a way to make an abstract concept concrete.
Dear NASA, The visualization community has noticed your insistence on using rainbow color scales for representing continuous data. This is a plea to you (and anyone else doing the same thing) to stop. On the surface, the logic behind using a rainbow color scale makes sense: the more colors there are, the easier you would expect it to be to see detail in a huge range of data.
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Educational animations are animations produced for the specific purpose of fostering learning . The popularity of using animations to help learners understand and remember information has greatly increased since the advent of powerful graphics-oriented computers. This technology allows animations to be produced much more easily and cheaply than in former years. Previously, traditional animation required specialised labour-intensive techniques that were both time-consuming and expensive. In contrast, software is now available that makes it possible for individual educators to author their own animations without the need for specialist expertise.
Creating Animations in PowerPoint to Support Student Learning and Engagement (EDUCAUSE Quarterly) | EDUCAUSE.eduKey Takeaways Judicious use of animation can support teaching goals and further engage students in classroom presentations. PowerPoint, although one of the most frequently used presentation programs around, is rarely used to its full advantage by faculty. Creating custom animations in PowerPoint is easy with a few pointers and some practice. Multimedia software has become an essential part of today's teaching and learning process. While many interactive multimedia software programs certainly exist, PowerPoint is one the most widely available and used programs today.
Note: This is cross posted at Smart Blog on Education. Educational transfer is the point of education, right? If students can’t use what we’ve taught them in new, real-life situations, then we end up with students who are good at school and bad at life. Recent research from National Academies Press reminds us that one of the best ways to promote transfer is to balance students’ cognitive load while they consume or create multimedia. Every time students are presented with a new idea or situation, the following three processes happen simultaneously: · Extraneous processing – This type of processing handles all of the “extra stuff” that occurs within a situation.
Whether you are a facilitator or a designer-developer of training materials, your basic communication tools are: visuals (static or animated) and words (printed or narrated). Is learning better when you add graphics to your lessons? When you display an effective visual, is it better to explain it with audio narration or with text? When are animated visuals more effective than a series of still visuals? In my next few articles in this series, we’ll look at what research has to say on these issues. Guideline: Augment Words with Relevant Visuals
How to map connections with great circles There are various ways to visualize connections, but one of the most intuitive and straightforward ways is to actually connect entities or objects with lines. And when it comes to geographic connections, great circles are a nice way to do this.
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Fortunately, it isn’t required to go to design school in order to be a graphic designer. A good foundation in graphic design history, theory, and practical application will help you hit the ground running. There are plenty of resources available in which you can learn graphic design on your own.
Take any e-Lesson — show it to five people and ask them what they think. My bet is you will get five different opinions about the quality of the courseware. But, wait!
I don’t like PowerPoint. I’m happy to admit that; in fact I proclaim it loudly whenever I have the opportunity. PowerPoint became popular because it made presentations easy, but I would argue that it makes them too easy, encouraging and enabling presenters to dumb down what they have to say, letting the slides speak for them and condensing complicated arguments into simplistic bullet points from which the audience is continually distracted by a jumble of irrelevant images, sounds, and animations. It doesn’t have to be this way — and if we’re going to use PowerPoint in the classroom, we can’t allow it to be this way.