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Creating Infographics and Data Visualizations

Infographics

Simply put, an infographic uses visual cues to communicate information. They do not need to contain a certain amount of data, possess a certain complexity, or present a certain level of analysis. There is no threshold at which something “becomes” an infographic. It can be as simple as a road sign of a man with a shovel that lets you know there is construction ahead, or as complex as a visual analysis of the global economy.

Ritchie, Josh, et al. Infographics : The Power of Visual Storytelling, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2012.

Data Visualization

A visual representation of data or the practice of visualizing data. Common forms include pie charts, bar graphs, line charts, and so forth. However, relationships in data can be quite complex. For that reason, there is an opportunity to find unique ways to visualize these values to accurately portray such relationships. These visualizations enable us to detect trends, patterns, and outliers that we can use to derive insight.

Ritchie, Josh, et al. Infographics : The Power of Visual Storytelling, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2012.

 

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