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10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations

10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations
The author's posts are entirely his or her own (excluding the unlikely event of hypnosis) and may not always reflect the views of Moz. Hello there! I'm Miranda Rensch, Product Manager at SEOmoz and lover of visual communication. Communicating visually is one of the most effective ways to explain complex concepts and relationships, and can be a great way to explain your services/products and create valuable site content. I often use diagrams and whiteboarding in order to communicate new features and concepts internally with my team. I've compiled a list of tools you can use to create visualizations, or simply use to communicate visually with your teammates. Tools for creating simple infographics and data visualizations 1. Piktochart is a web-based tool that has six decent free themes (and a whole bunch more for the paid version) for creating simple visualizations. 2. Easel.ly is another free web-based tool for creating infographics. 3. 4. 5. [Bonus!] Tools for diagraming and wireframing

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Microsoft SketchInsight lets you build a story with interactive sketches Microsoft is putting its SketchInsight interactive whiteboard system on display at the company's TechFest event this week. Designed as a system for storytelling, SketchInsight is a prototype project straight out of Microsoft's research labs. SketchInsight simply lets you tell a story using interactive sketches on a whiteboard. In Microsoft's demonstration the company shows how you could use this to present a story by drawing sketches that turn into animations. The system can mine data from a database and suggest options for charts, diagrams, and other visualizations.

15 Free Infographic Design Kits Here we are presenting some infographics design kits for you that you can download and use for free. With the help of Infographics, you can easily and effectively represent financial data, workflow and processes. However, designing Infographics from the scratch can be a tedious and time consuming task, and for the graphic designers and web designers, time is a precious commodity that they must utilize in the most appropriate manner. In order to create Infographics, you need to draw charts, graphs and diagrams along with icons and symbols that would certainly consume loads of time.

17 Free Awesome Data Visualization Tools: Free Software 1. StatPlanet StatPlanet is an easy-to-use, interactive data visualization and mapping software. StatPlanet can be used to create maps, dashboards, charts, and graphs to bring your data to life. Download Visio Stencil and Template for UML 2.2 Updated December 27, 2013. Check what's new in the Update Log. The UML stencil for Microsoft Visio supports complete UML 2.5, i.e. UML use case diagram, class diagram, package diagram, object diagram, composite structure diagram, interaction diagram, sequence diagram, communication diagram, interaction overview diagram, activity diagram, state machine diagram, component diagram, deployment diagram, profile diagram, timing diagram, and all symbols of the UML 2.5, specified in OMG Unified Modeling Language (OMG UML), ptc/2013-09-05, as well as all previous UML versions, UML 2.4, UML 2.3, UML 2.2, UML 2.1, UML 2.0, UML 1.5, UML 1.4, UML 1.3 and UML 1.1. The Visio stencils can also be used for SoaML and other UML profiles and dialects. The stencil also contains several non-normative UML symbols, that are not specified in the standard, but used in some UML books and papers.

{Tech Tips} How to Create a Custom Facebook Cover I have received several questions about this. Though I am a Photoshop user (read: novice) and no longer use free sources, I LOVE this method and have done most everything with this service! In the video I use PicMonkey. It rocks! Here is a brief tutorial so you can see how to make your very own Facebook cover (that fits and doesn’t get cut off and is totally custom!). You can also use this same website to create custom photos with borders and writing.

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 Data Visualization Beginner’s Toolkit #2: Visualization Tools (Note: if you are new to this series, the DVBTK doesn’t teach you how to do visualization. Rather it is meant to help people find a less chaotic and more effective path towards the acquisition of the necessary skills to become a data visualization pro. To know more, make sure to read the introduction to the series first.) The Back of the Napkin “Inspiring! It teaches you a new way of thinking in a few hours — what more could you ask from a book?” — Dan Heath,author of Made to Stick “With style and wit, Dan Roam has provided a smart, practical primer on the power of visual thinking. — Daniel H.

26 Ways to Use Visuals in Your Social Media Marketing Have you noticed more photos on social networks? Do you have a visual component as part of your social media marketing strategy? Do you need some help in getting started or maintaining momentum in sharing more visual content and in creating a visual conversation with your audience? In this post, you’ll find 26 tips, an A-Z guide, for getting started with a visual strategy . Chart and image gallery: 30+ free tools for data visualization and analysis November 7, 2013 03:21 PM ET The chart below originally accompanied our story 22 free tools for data visualization and analysis (April 20, 2011). We're updating it as we cover additional tools, including 8 cool tools for data analysis, visualization and presentation (March 27, 2012) and Six useful JavaScript libraries for maps, charts and other data visualizations (March 6, 2013). Click through to those articles for full tool reviews.

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