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My Infographics Obsession

30 tools in 30 days

If you follow my Twitter feed closely, you’ll probably notice that I love infographics and retweet them a lot. So when I came across this article Top 16 Tools to Create Infographics, I’ve become kind of obsessed and have been playing around with these tools quite a bit lately. Another article from the Daily Tekk provides an even better list of Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources. Some are super cool and easy to create true Infographics, while some are a bit more  data visualization tools or other charting tools. Regardless of the categories, it’s a good list, and got me thinking . . .

This month my goal is to test out a new tool each day and try to make something cool using each one. I have 16 to start with so that means I need 14more to review. If you know of any you think I should try out, just let me know. As I set out on this journey, my plan of attack is first to classify the tools into some logical buckets. Here’s what I think we’ve got:

IInfographic on Infographicsnfographics – showing stats and stuff in a pretty manner (like the one shown right by Ivan Cash)

1. http://piktochart.com/

2. http://visual.ly/

3. https://www.fluxvfx.com/ – video infographics

Self Visualization – pulling from social networking sites

4. http://vizualize.me – visualizes your LinkedIn profile

5. http://vizify.com – visualizes your Tweet profile

6. http://www.photostatsapp.com/ – visualizes photos on your phone

7. http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/ – visualizes your LinkedIn connections

8. touchgraph.net – visualizes your Facebook friends

Diagrams creates flowcharts, wireframes, site navs (like Visio – but free!)

9. http://creately.com/

10. https://cacoo.com/

Maps

11. http://www.statsilk.com/

Data Visualization – charts & graphs

12. www.hohli.com

13. http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/community

14. http://www.google.com/publicdata/directory (using public data)

Word Clouds

15. http://www.tagxedo.com/

16. http://www.wordle.net/

Now that we have some logical buckets, it’s time to start creating my graphics. Easier said than done, as I have to come up with some interesting data for each one. Anyhow, stay tuned to see what I come up with. And wish me luck.

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    1. This from Wikipedia. If it is on wikipedia then it must be true :) Visualization is any tcuinhqee for creating images, diagrams, or animations to communicate a message. Visualization through visual imagery has been an effective way to communicate both abstract and concrete ideas since the dawn of man. Examples from history include cave paintings, Egyptian hieroglyphs, Greek geometry, and Leonardo da Vinci’s revolutionary methods of technical drawing for engineering and scientific purposes.Visualization today has ever-expanding applications in science, education, engineering (e.g. product visualization), interactive multimedia, medicine, etc. Typical of a visualization application is the field of computer graphics. The invention of computer graphics may be the most important development in visualization since the invention of central perspective in the Renaissance period. The development of animation also helped advance visualization.

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