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The Art Of Timelines For Learning The Art Of Timelines For Learning Sharebar Click for large version on Wikipedia Now that infographics have entered our consciousness, we no longer need to think of timelines as events placed on a generic horizontal arrow. I recently wrote an article about the visual language of timelines, which got me thinking about how we can use them effectively in adult learning. Why use timelines?
The Visual Language of Timelines The Visual Language of Timelines Time is often considered to be a subjective experience—it seems to pass quickly or it drags on and on. Structuring time with timelines, however, provides a sense of stability and objectivity. It’s a way to give temporal events a framework so we can show how occurrences relate to each other. Essentially, timelines provide a way to tell a story.

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Color Hex - is a free color tool providing information about any color. Just type any color values (view full list here) in the search field and ColorHexa will offer a detailed description and automatically convert it to its equivalent value in Hexadecimal, Binary, RGB, CMYK, HSL, HSV, CIE-Lab, Hunter-Lab, CIE-Luv, CIE-LCH, XYZ and xyY. ColorHexa will also generate matching color schemes such as complementary, split complementary, analogous, triadic, tetradic and monochromatic colors. So you will be able to know what colors best suit with the one you chose. It is also possible to blend colors together or create a gradient between them (see examples below).
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Illusions in Data Visualization Data visualizations are effective ways for inputting information into a human’s brain, and as Visual Analytics Researcher at Tableau Software and 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. Illusions in Data Visualization
47 Top Typography Tools and Resources 47 Top Typography Tools and Resources 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.
About David Margolis - The Slide Guru 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. About David Margolis - The Slide Guru
Sharebar 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.

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Presentation design blog Idea Transplant Presentation design blog Idea Transplant Yesterday, Microsoft finally released a full version of Office for iPad, including PowerPoint. Unlike a previous release for iPhone, this version allows you to create and edit documents. I blogged before about the strategic mistake of Microsoft restricting its Office products for its own operating systems, and I think the recent change in CEO might have something to do with the sudden release of the iPad app which was rumoured to have been ready for a long time. So what do I think? First of all, the design looks great. It is a good blend of the iOS environment with Microsoft-specific UI elements (ribbon).
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. Dear NASA: No More Rainbow Color Scales, Please Dear NASA: No More Rainbow Color Scales, Please
VRA Resources VRA Resources Resources General Reference and Administrative Intellectual Property Rights/Copyright Metadata, Data Management and Cataloging Digital Collections and Collection Development Education and Professional Development General Reference and Administrative ^ top of page Intellectual Property Rights/Copyright Intellectual Property Rights Committee
Educational animation 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) |

Key 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.
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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. Using Digital Media to Enhance Educational Transfer


How To Create a Realistic Money Effect in Photoshop The classic illustration style used on money is something I’ve always wanted to figure out how to replicate in Photoshop. There’s plenty of Photoshop tutorials that show how to create a basic halftone line effect, but they never quite capture that authentic engraved look with plenty of shading and tone.
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This site aims to make high quality PowerPoint slideshows, presentations and other resources available for the teaching of Physics, Chemistry and Biology according to the 2011 GCSE specifications. It also contains slideshows for KS3 Science and A Level Physics. All of these resources can be used on interactive whiteboards and can be downloaded after a small yearly subscription has been taken out. LATEST NEWS - This site now contains syllabus-specific slideshows for EVERY UNIT from the current AQA, OCR Gateway, EdExcel and OCR 21st Century courses. GCSE slideshows PowerPoints for the AQA, OCR and EdExcel 2011 GCSEs with more to come! Education Using Powerpoint - High quality PowerPoint slideshows and resources for the teaching and revision of GCSE and KS3 Science and A Level Physics
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