Information graphics (i.e. inforgraphics) takes boring data and statistics and dresses them up with graphics, illustrations, and colors. The advantage is that with a quick glance you can grasp the essence of the information being dished out.
But infographics aren’t about data visualization alone; they are also a lot about creativity. Angela’s post on 10 Awesome Free Tools To Make Infographics shows that there are enough tools for the job, but crafting an infographic is an art form in itself.
At MakeUseOf, we frequently showcase infographics which simplify the complex technological world. If you have already fallen in love with this visual language, then let’s feast our eyes on some of the best infographic blogs and websites that showcase the coolest ones.
See the popular caffeine poster, and thank Randy Krum for making it and the blog that highlights some of the best examples of data visualizations and infographics found in magazines, newspapers and on the Internet.
The site says it’s about an infographic each day. You can subscribe to their feed or get one delivered to your inbox each day. The infographics are collected from different sources on the web and categorized. The collection is growing and you can find quite a few good ones in it. I liked the one on Steve Jobs.
It’s not only infographics the way we usually see it, but also colorful charts, maps, graphs, and other forms of visual data displays that makes up this site. If you go by the categories, then this site has a very large collection which originally started out with the mesh of economics and graphic design, but now has a diverse range of topics. Some categories are devoted to well known sources of infographics like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. My recommendation: go over to the Humor section first (e.g. The Procrastination Flowchart).
The site gives you a more “˜visual’ way of going over a collection of information graphics. The site looks at these data charts as projects and currently indexes around 751 of them. The site has a more scientific bent because it seeks to understand the visual language by studying different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web.
Simple Complexity is an individual blog that has posts and resources aiming to reduce the complexity of data. A lot of it deals with the visual representation of data. The Visualization Gallery has a large collection of graphics arranged as thumbnails which you can click and go to the larger versions.
Again, a collection of infographics scouted out from the corners of the web. But here, you can also submit your own creations via a submission form. The site is fairly new, but is building up with a small but interesting section on video infographics.
This is a nicely done professional site that seeks to collect projects that represent data or information in original or intriguing ways. True to their words, some of the infographics on the site are really unique as the site is not simply about the colorful chart type of infographic but also any form that relates to creative design and information.
This is a blog by Nathan Yau who is a visual and social data enthusiast. He has his own projects on the site along with the ones collected from other websites.
The interactive design company behind this website is also into design and creation of infographics so you can expect to find a lot of original stuff here for some well known clients. The best way to explore this site is through the categories and tags on the right sidebar.
AllTop is an online aggregator and thus a more efficient way of keeping up with all the great infographic links on the web. Most of the above sites also get a space here and you can catch all the updated headlines here. So, if you like infographics do bookmark this site for infographic news.
Infographics are not only about creating stunning graphics from statistical information. They are also a handy tool to make all that boring data a bit more interesting. Also, as I have found out from my browsing, an infographic is a better retention tool when you want to remember a whole lot of data and correlate it with each other.
Do you see the value of infographics? Let us know about any nice ones you might have come across.
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