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20 Great Visualizations of 2011

20 Great Visualizations of 2011
As the popularity of visualizations grows, so does their range and quality. Here’s a list of 20 of the best Static Visualizations, Interactive Visualizations, and Information Videos from 2011. (Note: while they are numbered for your convenience, the entries are not ranked.) Static Visualizations Often, static infographics are created without much thought, just as fodder to get clicks on the web. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Interactive Visualizations Interactives are in a different league from static infographics. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Information Videos Information Videos are a great way to tell a story. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Drew Skau is a PhD Computer Science Visualization student at UNCC, with an undergraduate degree in Architecture. To complete the subscription process and receive your ebook, please click the link in the email we just sent you. Download our exclusive eBook to learn how to make your content work harder. Related:  Visualizations

Data Visualization Blog | Visual.ly Content alone does not make a great video; you need a great video design that make a visual statement combining design and data visualization to deliver a story. Designers often get a little excited and put too much fancy design to fill in the space. The best content marketing brands are the ones that know how use content to drive conversions and pushing the boundaries. Keep in mind, quality = attention span. “Bosch Envision 360 VR” – Bosch Auto Parts The new Bosch Envision windshield wiper blade sharpens night visibility and offers extreme weather safety. “Morton Salt Girl’s 100th Birthday” – Morton Salt For 100 years, we’ve celebrated life’s moments with the Morton Salt Girl — from birthdays to holidays to the everyday. “Autodesk Forge” – Autodesk Autodesk came to Visually to help translate the features of their new Forge platform into vignettes with fantasy machinery... keep reading

50 Great Examples of Data Visualization Wrapping your brain around data online can be challenging, especially when dealing with huge volumes of information. And trying to find related content can also be difficult, depending on what data you’re looking for. But data visualizations can make all of that much easier, allowing you to see the concepts that you’re learning about in a more interesting, and often more useful manner. Below are 50 of the best data visualizations and tools for creating your own visualizations out there, covering everything from Digg activity to network connectivity to what’s currently happening on Twitter. Music, Movies and Other Media Narratives 2.0 visualizes music. Liveplasma is a music and movie visualization app that aims to help you discover other musicians or movies you might enjoy. Tuneglue is another music visualization service. MusicMap is similar to TuneGlue in its interface, but seems slightly more intuitive. Digg, Twitter, Delicious, and Flickr Internet Visualizations

Booz & Company - A global management and strategy consulting firm 3 Representational Models That Affect Usability A few weeks ago while talking about visual perception and memory, I mentioned how the mental models your audience hold affect how they perceive your designs. Today I want to expand on the topic and consider the conceptual model of the designer as well as the interaction model or where designer and audience meet. Before getting to the details let’s quickly define each of the 3 models. Mental model— how users think a system will workConceptual model—how designers develop a system to workInteraction model—how people actually interact with a system Mental Models A mental model represents a persons thought process for how something works. We all use mental models to predict how systems work. For example if you sit inside a car you have a mental model about how that car should work. You expect to find an ignition, which you’ll likely turn on with a key. Even though you’ve never been in that particular car it shouldn’t take you more than few seconds to figure out how to turn it on and drive it.

The Centre for Independent Studies The Ultimate Guide to Biking and Cycling [INFOGRAPHIC] Biking's a total blast, but how do you get started or push to the next level? We’ve got all you need to know (including three workout plans!) for any rider, beginner to pro. Illustration by Laura Culhane. Want to learn more? This post is presented in partnership with ICEdot. All The Productivity Tips You Need In 9 Infographics Ever notice how some people come across as having their act together? They are able to get their work done on time, every time. They have the time and energy for 100 different things. Yet, they always seem non-frazzled, non-overwhelmed, and non-frantic. Do you console yourself with the thought that these are a special breed of people with a special DNA sequence? 1. One of the most frantic and chaotic times in most people’s day is the morning. 2.Your mouth as the gateway to productivity Believe it or not, what you put in your mouth can affect your productivity. 3. Eating healthy is not enough. 4. A good night’s sleep is key to not only our well-being but to our productivity as well. 5. Clutter and disorganized workspaces are time suckers and cause frustration, leading to decreased productivity. 6. Research has proven that multi-tasking causes a 40% drop in productivity levels. 7. Most workplaces use meetings to brings employees together for a certain purpose. 8. 9. And here’s a BONUS one.

CS294-10 Visualization - CS294-10 Visualization Sp11 From CS294-10 Visualization Sp11 Visual media are increasingly generated, manipulated, and transmitted by computers. When well designed, such displays capitalize on human facilities for processing visual information and thereby improve comprehension, memory, inference, and decision making. In this course we will study techniques and algorithms for creating effective visualizations based on principles and techniques from graphic design, visual art, perceptual psychology and cognitive science. There are no prerequisites for the class and the class is open to graduate students as well as advanced undergraduates. Announcements Check out the Visualization Gallery and add any interesting visualizations you find on that page. Schedule Jan 19: The Purpose of Visualization [ Readings | Slides ] Assigned: Assignment 1 (due Jan 26 by 9am) Jan 24: Data and Image Models [ Readings | Slides ] Jan 26: Visualization Design [ Readings | Slides ] Due (by 9am): Assignment 1 Jan 31: No class Information

The health hazards of sitting Visualizing Trouble Many technologies and forms of communication experience a painful, necessary moment. Synthesizers endured A Flock of Seagulls. The internet had its GeoCities moment. And now data visualization has given us charts like the first one below, which comes from a site called JobVine. It’s colorful, and it sure looks like an infographic, but it’s nearly incomprehensible. This is what can happen when the tools that allow people to create new content—music, websites, data visualization—become available to the masses. It’s an exciting, noisy time for dataviz. Here’s how it goes. Next, everyone starts overdoing it—using the newfound tools regardless of usefulness or appropriateness, just because they’re trendy. Eventually, however, people get better at using the technology, make important breakthroughs, and ultimately pull it to a better place. Still, Tufte’s principles probably aren’t enough anymore.

Visual Representation . Unfortunately, world class educational materials are normally hidden behind payment systems or in expensive textbooks. If you want this to change, you should . Except as otherwise noted, this work is copyright of Alan Blackwell and The Interaction Design Foundation (Chr. 1. "Adaptation" means a work based upon the Work, or upon the Work and other pre-existing works, such as a translation, adaptation, derivative work, arrangement of music or other alterations of a literary or artistic work, or phonogram or performance and includes cinematographic adaptations or any other form in which the Work may be recast, transformed, or adapted including in any form recognizably derived from the original, except that a work that constitutes a Collection will not be considered an Adaptation for the purpose of this License. 2. 3. The above rights may be exercised in all media and formats whether now known or hereafter devised. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Tech hotshots: The rise of the dataviz expert - Network World Computerworld - A picture's worth a million data points. That's the mantra, anyway, in business analytics these days. As the big data trend intensifies and analytics become more ingrained in corporations, the need for people who can present data in easily intelligible ways is rising. Last fall, Gartner predicted that there would be 4.4 million big data jobs by 2015, many requiring new, nontraditional skills like data visualization. But what exactly is data visualization? Ironically, it's hard to get a clear picture of a data visualizer. "Data visualization" as a requirement in job descriptions increased 12% over the past six months, according to Todd Nevins, co-founder of ICrunchData, a jobs board that specializes in data analytics positions. The information technology department isn't driving this train -- at least not so far. A graph designed by dataviz guru Stephen Few uses stacked bars in simple colors to help viewers easily make comparisons between three sets of data.

Iramuteq — IRaMuTeQ The Art of Data Visualization: How to Tell Complex Stories Through Smart Design The volume of data in our age is so vast that whole new research fields have blossomed to develop better and more efficient ways of presenting and organizing information. One such field is data visualization, which can be translated in plain English as visual representations of information. The PBS “Off Book” series turned its attention to data visualization in a short video featuring Edward Tufte, a statistician and professor emeritus at Yale, along with three young designers on the frontiers of data visualization. Titled “The Art of Data Visualization,” the video does a good job of demonstrating how good design—from scientific visualization to pop infographics—is more important than ever. In much the same way that Marshall McLuhan spoke about principles of communication, Tufte talks in the video about what makes for elegant and effective design. One of his main points: Look after truth and goodness, and beauty will look after herself. What does Tufte mean by this? Related Content:

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