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20 Powerful Infographic Design Kits

20 Powerful Infographic Design Kits
Infograpics have become so popular these days and as a result more and more high quality infographic design kits are made available to help designers. Infographics can be used very effectively to present complex data in a nice visual and powerful way. It is done using hand-picked design elements that relate to the data they represent e.g. demographic data can be effectively illustrated using small carefully colored human icons as overlay on a simplified map. Online marketers love infographics for their ability to go viral on social networks and often they are offered as easy to embed code making it fast and simple for e.g. bloggers to share them in posts… very useful value oriented way to build links and online presence. Infograpics designs are also used commercially in information products. The huge availability of amazing infographics makes it critical to stand out and have a unique and clever design. Tips and Tricks for designing great Infographics Infographics Design Elements

How to Create Good Infographics Quickly & Cheaply Everyone is building infographics, why not me? I actually asked myself this question the other day, and my initial answer was, "Because I have absolutely no graphic design ability at all." Well, honestly that answer kind of pissed me off. Who Cares About Your Infographic? Now, no infographic post is complete without the requisite section where we talk about the "Who Cares?" Is your Idea going to be too long? Create your ideas and content with these questions in mind. The Search for an Infographic Solution My search began for a web-based program that can help me. Free or nearly freeNo annual commitmentsWeb basedEasy to use, drag and drop, and no Photoshop required I found a few that fit the criteria, and tried them out. Google Docs After doing some queries, I found that you can build a simple infographic with Google Docs. Easel.ly Easel.ly is a pretty neat program that allows you to create an infographic from a blank slate or with their templates. Infogr.am Piktochart.com Paid Solutions Summary

46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences). The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency. It’s curious they haven’t really “caught on” in schools considering how well they bridge both the old-form textbook habit of cramming tons of information into a small space, while also neatly overlapping with the dynamic and digital world. So if you want to try to make infographics–or better yet have students make them–where do you start? The 46 tools below, curated by Faisal Khan, are a good place to start.

5 Infographics on Web Accessibility for Designers When you are designing a site you have a hundred little details to keep in mind. But it isn’t all about concept design and launch. It is also about making sure whatever you create has the maximum web accessibility possible for your users. Which is a whole other set of guidelines you have to follow, apart from the design process itself. Don’t get caught making common pitfalls. Web Accessibility for Designers View Larger WebAim is a Utah State University based organization dedicated to creating an accessible online world for people with disabilities. Accessibility Challenges In Email Design View Larger Addressing a challenge often skirted over by design blogs, this typographic uses a retro infromation pamphlet look to talk about the different kinds of disability you will encounter (Visual, Physical and Cognitive/Neurological), and provide helpful statistics on each. What Is Web Accessibility? Anatomy Of Effective Web Design Color Contrast View Larger

Top 50+ Tools for Creating Infographics Telling your story in visual form through the use of infographics has been one of the hottest trends in recent times. Given the tremendous information available online, people are now more interested to get information through colorful and interesting graphics, instead of words and numbers. Creating infographics, however, requires tremendous analytical and creative skills plus the ability to convert these data and information into interesting visuals. The good news is, there are available resources online that you can use to help you create infographics. If you want to view some excellent examples of a well-designed infographics, then checkout our previous post on the following topics: These are online applications that you can use to generate charts, graphs and tables. 01-AmCharts A set of free JavaScript/HTML5-based chart tools that can cover most of your needs, whether designing static infographics or developing embeddable “live” dynamic charts. 49-Number of You ask, we count.

22 free tools for data visualization and analysis You may not think you've got much in common with an investigative journalist or an academic medical researcher. But if you're trying to extract useful information from an ever-increasing inflow of data, you'll likely find visualization useful -- whether it's to show patterns or trends with graphics instead of mountains of numbers, or to try to explain complex issues to a nontechnical audience. There are many tools around to help turn data into graphics, but they can carry hefty price tags. The cost can make sense for professionals whose primary job is to find meaning in mountains of information, but you might not be able to justify such an expense if you or your users only need a graphics application from time to time, or if your budget for new tools is somewhat limited. If one of the higher-priced options is out of your reach, there are a surprising number of highly robust tools for data visualization and analysis that are available at no charge. Data cleaning

How to Make a Landing Page That C.O.N.V.E.R.T.S. - Conversion Tips and Examples So you’ve got your marketing all set. You have paid search ads going, your pages are well optimized and generating good natural search, your Facebook ads are working, and you’re getting lots of traffic. (I know, this probably is a fantasy situation, but let’s go with it.) People are visiting your site, but for some reason, you’re not seeing your other numbers move at all. Not yet. You don’t want people to just visit your page. C = Clear Call to ActionO = OfferN = Narrow FocusV = VIA: Very Important AttributesE = Effective HeadlineR = Resolution-Savvy LayoutT = Tidy VisualsS = Social Proof In a famous scene from Glengarry Glen Ross, the man sent to train the hapless salesmen sums up his sales mantra – ABC: Always Be Closing. The call to action (CTA) is what you want visitors to do: Shop Now. Whatever it is you’ve decided will move people further along your conversion funnel. Considerations for strategy This is a very powerful (and easy) area to test. Considerations for design Doing it right

jude_birkett: 7 habits of highly effective... Curio I occasionally have a look at the keywords people have entered in Google that lead them to this site, and so I notice that someone searched for a comparison between Curio and Circus Ponies Notebook. Not knowing Curio, I had a short look at the program. The Pros Visual Metaphor with a lot of helpful features Curio is a little bit like Tinderbox — you manage your ideas visually in a free form format. And Curio really nailed working visually — the objects look beautiful, the styles are nice and it is fun to work with. This combination is really nice, especially if you have a graphic tablet, because the drawing pens are really great and fast to use. Excellent integration with other programs As far as I can see it, the integration with other programs is really well done. Project Management Features One of the additional meta-features of working visually are project management features. Dossiers Another meta-feature is a dossier you can create for each project. Many more nice details and features

Information Design Watch | March 7, 2012, 3:42 pm The Scientists Sketch By Henry Woodbury Data visualization consultant Lee De Cola has assembled a neat cross section of sketches by famous scientists. Sadly, many of the images are small, or culled of context. Comments (2) | Filed under: Art, Charts and Graphs, Diagrams, Illustration, Information Design, Maps, Scholarly Publishing, Visual Explanation December 27, 2011, 10:57 am The Infographic Dump I’ve been meaning to write about a spate of bad infographics I’ve been seeing recently in blog posts and social media feeds, but Megan McArdle beat me to it: If you look at these lovely, lying infographics, you will notice that they tend to have a few things in common:They are made by random sites without particularly obvious connection to the subject matter. As summarized in point 3 above, McArdle goes into some detail on the misuse of data. These graphs suffer from more than misappropriated data. p.s. December 25, 2011, 8:58 pm World Map Abstracted December 12, 2011, 10:05 pm

Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources (Categorized) This post is #6 in DailyTekk’s famous Top 100 series which explores the best startups, gadgets, apps, websites and services in a given category. Total items listed: 112. Time to compile: 8+ hours. Update: Be sure to check out our latest post on infographics: Infographics Are Everywhere – Here’s How to Make Yours Go Viral. I love a good infographic! There’s more to this article!

OpenDeviceLab.com - Locate, Contribute to and Sponsor an Open Device Lab (ODL) Teaching sequence for developing independence Stage 1: Explain “Explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog. You understand it better but the frog dies in the process.”EB White There are some definite pit falls to avoid in explaining things to kids. The biggest criticism of teachers talking is that it’s boring. But to suggest that teachers should therefore avoid explaining their subjects to students is a bizarre leap. This then is the aim of this post: How can we make our explanations better? The starting point in teaching any new concept or idea is lay the groundwork of propositional knowledge required. To determine whether learning has taken place we can either check whether the can remember what we’ve taught or whether they understand it. So then, what makes a great explanation? Clarity If an explanation is precise enough it is a lever capable of moving the world. There have been plenty of occasions when I’ve tried to show my students a duck, for them only to be able to see a rabbit. Be mindful though about why you’re asking questions. Relevance

Curio - Mind Mapping, Brainstorming, and Project Management Software for Mac OS X The Real World You have work projects and home projects, school classes to manage and book reports to research, vacations to plan and novels to write, web sites to design and lab results to organize. You currently use a collection of notebooks, your office whiteboard, scraps of sticky notes, oodles of browser bookmarks, and multiple documents scattered around your hard disk. You’re juggling it all, but organizing this information should be easier. A Better World! In Curio, create a project to represent your real-world project, then fill it with everything related to that project including notes, images, documents, web links, and much, much more. Anything placed into Curio can be associated with tags, flags, checkboxes, priorities, ratings, and start/due dates and durations, for fast and easy searching and task management. The best part is you are in complete control over your idea spaces. Thousands of customers around the world use Curio in a surprisingly diverse range of occupations.

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