50 most stunning examples of data visualization and infographics
“A picture is worth a thousand words”, if I had a penny for every time I heard that!! There is so much data in the world today that it has become impossible for us to analyze them with patience. Data as we perceive it, need not be boring, bland and cumbersome to remember. To make complex things seem simple, is Creativity and using pictures to represent data has been an age old method to analyze data in a fun way.
From navigating the web in an entirely new dimension to understanding how the human brain works; from peeking into how Google has evolved to analyzing the inner working of the geeky mind, Infographics has completely changed the way we view content and visualize data.
Today, information is ubiquitous; it surrounds the world as we know it. It surround us in the media, in published works both pedestrian and scientific, in road signs and manuals. What if there were ways in which we can transform this raw information into something more illustrative and visually stunning.
Information graphics or infographics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics are used where complex information needs to be explained quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education. They are also used extensively as tools by computer scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians to ease the process of developing and communicating conceptual information. They illustrate information that would be unwieldy in text form, and act as a visual shorthand for everyday concepts such as stop and go.
Although they were being used heavily only in children’s books, where pictures convey more information than the text themselves, they are also common in scientific literature, where they illustrate physical systems, especially ones that cannot be photographed such as diagrams of inner workings of a subsystems, astronomical diagrams, and images of microscopic or sub-microscopic systems.
Modern maps, especially route maps for transit systems, use infographic techniques to integrate a variety of information, such as the conceptual layout of the network, destination points, and local landmarks. Traffic signs and other public signs rely heavily on information graphics, such as stylized human figures, icons and emblems to represent concepts such as yield, caution, and the direction of traffic. Technical manuals make extensive use of diagrams and also common icons to highlight warnings, dangers, and standards certifications.
The terms Data visualization and Infographics are used interchangeably, the former means the study of visual representation of data and the latter is its representation per se.
In this article, I have showcased some of the most creative infographics and data visualization examples, along with some really effective tools to help you improve your skills in creating infographics. Enjoy the journey!
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Twitter has revolutionized the way we look at social media. It has improved interaction and elevated collaboration to a whole new level. This Twitter Infographic tries to show the different types of twitter users out there, with a humorous twist. Using the twitter mascot was a clever ploy and adds a visual interest many infographics with their overuse of circles seemingly choose to ignore. eye-catching, clever and entertaining – what every infographic seeks to be.
Arguably, the most awesome Ad service agency we have seen, BSA has evolved to a whole new level in two years, completely changing the way we interact with our advertisers. They recently celebrated their second birthday and what more could make things better than looking at their success in an artistic manner. In today’s Internet, promoting your site, your self or your company can be tricky. BSA has done a decent job of this with this company infographic.
Achieving over 300,000 sales in the first couple of days, iPad has definitely become the most popularly sold gadget after the iPhone. But, at an exorbitant price of $729 for a mid-range iPad, here’s a look at what you’ll have to do to earn the scratch to get one.
How does your choices affect your digital life? This infographic tries to answer this question in a very interesting and fun manner. It maily answers these questions:
- What kind of batteries should I use?
- How much and what kind of memory will I need?
- How do I connect to my existing gadgets and computers?
- How will it work in my car?
- Do I have an available connection?
- Where can I add a new gadget?
This infographic sports a very detailed and large collection of information on the top earners for world football (soccer for US fans). It showcases crisp graphics with vibrant colors that pop from a neutral gray background; and easy-to-find information make this a winner of a sports infographic.
Underskin is an infographic that traces the routes of eight different systems within the body (Digestive, Respiratory, Arterial, etc.), and highlights the major connection points.
The king of all puzzles, but the most annoying realisation once solved, the Rubik’s cube has been puzzling us for years. However, this infographic is Simple and right to the point. Exactly the opposite of Rubik’s Cube. What puzzle solver from the 80s wouldn’t have wanted this infographic on their wall. Well, okay, only the nerdy ones. But you still have to appreciate the simple style of this image. The 2.25″ x 2.25″ square that took over world.
This infographic depicts the average growth rate for color: 2.56% annually. For maximum understandability and to make it simpler, Crayola’s Law states: The number of colors doubles every 28 years!
A new way of understanding the anatomy of the Airplane :)
How many countries have stuck satellites up into space, how many of those satellites are working, part-working or just bits of junk? This graphic may help to shed some light on this.
This is one of my favorites. Its a Flash Application and It shows the browser share of various browsers from the time it started to the time it started looking more like a dominance thing. A cool online tool for viewing historical browser market share statistics. Witness the demice of Internet Explorers dominant control of the market with this intelligent custom visualisation. This somewhat reminds me of the Firefox logo.
Its XKCD, and I dont need to explain further :)
A number of designers have attempted to design a visual, infographic resume, and while this is certainly not mainstream (yet), it is gaining some momentum.
For those of you who saw Avatar, I’m sure you are bamboozled about how the 3D glasses work and what the heck it actually is. Well, think no more. This, one of a kind infographic might help you understand the working of the glasses better.
The art of listening, learning and Sharing.
Only after looking at this infographic, i understood the magnitude of popularity, WoW a.k.a World of warcraft has. The creators of WoW, Blizzrd entertainment have created a revolution in the MMoRPG industry. Take a look at this awesome statistics
The space has always enchanted us with amazing new possibilities of perception. The cosmic world is a huge experience in itself. The space nerd in me can’t stop looking at this however. Stunning / beautifully drawn info-graphic of the past 50 years of space exploration.
Twitter has seen an immense growth within a very short amount of time. Whether it’s the web we are surfing or the TV, there is somebody somewhere talking about twitter. I am an avid user of twitter since the design boom caught up I use twitter to meet like minded people, share content and stay informed about current news and any events that might be of interest to me.
Below you will find a visual guide to twitter which highlights some of the ways twitter can be helpful either for personal use or business.
Practicing good nutrition keeps your mind sharp, your body fit, and your life long. The same could be said for consuming media.
PETA a.k.a People for Ethical Treatment for Animals is a non profit animals rights group which works on protecting animals and liberating them from any kind of evil/ non-domestic treatment. They are doing a great thing, however there are some things which cannot always stay away from the radar. Take a look
The human brain is arguably the most complex control system ever modeled. Nobody yet understands to a satisfactory level how it works at the molecular level. Although so many attempts and theories have been proposed, its still under speculation and empirical stages.
The graphical history of the American Flag shows a circular timeline of when changes were made over the years and when stars were added.
Take a look at which cities in the US have sustainable, self-contained water supplies, and which cities are forced to turn to outside help.
Last year, important internet cables connecting Europe to Asia were mysteriously severed, resulting in days of outages for millions of internet users. It was a stark reminder that, no matter how instantaneously our information seems to travel, it is, in fact, moving through cables on the bottom of the ocean.
And, while the internet might seem like the cutting edge of technology, it’s interesting to note that information has been traveling this way since the first telegraph cables were laid across the Atlantic ocean in the 19th century.
In this infographic, we look at how information moves now, and how it moved 100 years ago.
This is pretty cool and needs no explanation at all.
This is a simple, good infographic that seeks to explain why traffic on freeways slows to a crawl without any apparent reason to drivers.
Google has perhaps more than any other company, become “The Internet Company.” It’s grown hand in hand with the internet and its entire business model has from the start been totally focused on the internet as a delivery platform. This infographic explains eveything you need to know about the giant.
A visual summary of a man, his children’s movements over a period of an hour during Christmas.
He used a marked-out equally-spaced grid in masking tape and filmed them moving via video across the grid for an hour. He then reviewed the video and plotted their movements on each minute of the video’s timecode onto a ‘room map’ with corresponsing grid.
This timeline shows the 50 years of building frenzy by happy kids and kids-at-heart, all the milestones from the LEGOLAND themed sets to TECHNIC and MINDSTORMS NXT, as well as all kinds of weird curiosities about the most famous stud-and-tube couple system in the world.
You have a blog. You compose a new post. You click Publish and lean back to admire your work. Imperceptibly and all but instantaneously, your post slips into a vast and recursive network of software agents, where it is crawled, indexed, mined, scraped, republished, and propagated throughout the Web. Within minutes, if you’ve written about a timely and noteworthy topic, a small army of bots will get the word out to anyone remotely interested, from fellow bloggers to corporate marketers.
Here’s how the whole process goes down:
It illustrates the intricate, interwoven relationship between businesses and their brands. It is a self-promotional poster that was sent out to prospective and existing clients. The idea was to avoid marketing cliche and instead focus on the creative process. A visual stream of consciousness provided the solution.
Here is a great infographic about how your body reacts to stopping smoking and when it actually starts to recover. It a great combination of a timeline with a description of the symptoms that smoking quitters experience over the period of time.
Here are a few awesome motion graphics which I found quite creative and inspirational:
1) Little Red Hiding Hood
2) State of the Internet
3) Google’s Master Plan
4) Did you know?
5) Do Good Design (via Amber from Twitter)
Data visualization can be beautiful, elegant and descriptive. There are a variety of ways to visualize data. Tables, histograms, pie charts and bar graphs are being used every day, in every project and on every possible occasion.
Here are a few links to resources which will help to create such awesome data visualization techniques and infographics.
This article presents some spectacular data visualizations and infographics which manage to combine a strong visual appeal with the effective presentation of information.
What can we expect? Which innovative ideas are already being used? And what are the most creative approaches to present data in ways we’ve never thought before?
Let’s take a look at the most interesting modern approaches to data visualization as well as related articles, resources and tools.
We found the following 16 apps both visually stunning and delightfully useful.
All the blogs with cool data visualization eye candy in the same place!
In this article, Sneh Roy is going to walk you through the anatomy of an infographic, its different levels and sub-levels and a 5-step process to ensure that your infographic is not only conceptually sound, but accurate and easily understood.
Translate abstract data into a 3D, easy-to-understand illustration in this great tutorial
Merge form and function to create outstanding modern infographics. In this tutorial you will learn that data doesn’t have to be boring, it can be beautiful! Learn how to use various graph tools, illustration techniques and typography to make an accurate and inspiring infographic.
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Stunning infographics like these can go viral relatively quickly. If you’re a designer, make sure you upload your infographic file onto a cloud storage solution. This helps to make sure your infographic can be seen even in spikes of traffic.