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Randy Krum
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Data Visualization and Infographic Design

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The Caffeine Poster infographic

Wednesday
Mar072018

Which Sci-Fi Movie Should I Watch?

Which Sci-Fi Movie Should I Watch flow chart

Which Sci-Fi Movie Should I Watch flow chart from Fish 4 Parts is a reccomendation of a Sci-Fi films based on your genre of choice. 

If you’re wondering which film to watch tonight or this weekend, there’s a few we’d like to recommend. According to your taste, of course! We’ve focused on the best of Sci-Fi. If you fancy some Sci-Fi horror, comedy, action or something a bit different, but don’t know what to watch, take a look at this graphic!

Thanks to Dave for sending in the link!

 

Friday
Mar022018

The Texas Infographic

The Texas Infographic

Happy Texas Independence Day! March 2, 1836 was when when sixty delegates signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. This event marked Texas’ independence from Mexico.

The Texas Infographic was a joint project between History.com and NeoMam Studios as a summary of the major facts about Texas.

The layout is a little jumbled for my taste, but the key facts are all included. I prefer a clear story path so the readers know where to look to follow the information.

Wednesday
Feb212018

16 SEO Myths You Should Ignore Completely

16 SEO Myths You Should Ignore Completely infographic

SEO or Search Engine Optimization can be a tricky subject. The 16 SEO Myths You Should Ignore Completely infographic from My Biz Niche gives some clarity to some popular misconceptions.

From the very beginning, the world of SEO has been rife with myths that have somehow managed to pass themselves off as facts and fool a whole generation of webmasters and even SEO practitioners. After proving itself indispensable in increasing traffic and achieving prime rankings in the SERPs, SEO should be free of these myths by now. But several Google algorithm updates have passed, and these myths still stand and continue to mess with the heads of webmasters and SEO practitioners alike.

This is a very text-heavy topic and design. There's no data to visualize, but the descriptions are short, and easy to understand. If readers want more information, that's available on the website.

Found on Rocks Digital!

Tuesday
Feb202018

Aflac Brunch Commercial #BadDataViz Error

Pancakes ≠ Eggs!

This commercial really bugs me! When you visualize information, you need to get the data visualization right! Don't tell people that Aflac is like the pancakes, and then highlight the eggs in the data visualization!

This comes from the shortened version I've seen through the CBS app of this longer commercial, which doesn't make this error. The long commercial is fine.

Whoever shortened this commercial, just didn't care enough to get it right!

Tuesday
Feb062018

The ICO Explosion of 2017

4 Years of ICO Activity infographic

ICO, or Initial Coin Offering, is a method of fundraising that doesn't sell equity of the company, but selling things called "tokens" or new forms of cryptocurrency. The method has been around for years, but the actual boom didn't start until mid 2017.The 4 Years of ICO Activity infographic from The Next Web shows a summary of the investments made. The video version below gives a more detailed timeline of when and where the companies obtained their investments.


Token sales and initial coin offerings (ICO) were certainly the hottest buzzwords of the year for thousands of recreational cryptocurrency enthusiasts and seasoned investors alike. But have you ever wondered precisely how much money was poured into this trend this year? There’s a visualization that can give you an idea.

Cryptocurrency startup Elementus has compiled a nifty animated visualization that shows every token sale that has successfully raised at least $100,000 since 2014. The graph also displays the entire cashflow that went into these ICOs, with detailed month-by-month information for the past four years.

As you will notice in the video below, following some minor activity for the first three years, all hell breaks lose around May 2017. You can see tens of ICOs kick off around the same time, securing millions in financial backing from cryptocurrency enthusiasts and investors.

To put all of this data together, Elementus went straight to the source and collected this information first-hand, gleaning the figures directly from the Ethereum and Bitcoin blockchains.

We searched for every token, crowdsale, and multisig wallet we could find,” wrote Elementus founder and UPenn adjunct lecturer Max Galka. “We then identified the corresponding owners and added up the total amount of contributed funds – taken either from the blockchain itself or as reported by the fundraiser.”

Found on thenextweb.com

Sunday
Jan282018

Design Better Charts in PowerPoint Class on Skillshare

This week I launched my first class on the Skillshare platform. Data Visualization: Design Better Charts in PowerPoint is a 10-lesson class covering how to apply data visualization design principles specifically to the default charts created in Microsoft PowerPoint. Too many people click the chart button and think they're done!

If you know of anyone else that’d be interested to learn how to Design Better Charts in PowerPoint, I’d appreciate if you’d share the link with them too. Thanks!

Class Description:

Most PowerPoint charts suck! Your company spends a huge amount of time and resources on research and data analysis, but when it comes time to present your results, the default charts from PowerPoint are nothing special. Learn how to apply core data visualization design principles to create charts that clearly make your audience go “Ah-Ha!”

If you’re just using the default chart templates in PowerPoint, you’re making a big mistake. Your charts will look like the same default charts your audience sees in every other presentation, and it makes you and data look generic. Those default chart are only meant to be the starting point (you have to start somewhere), but you need to customize your charts to effectively communicate your own insights and key message to your audience in a unique, memorable way.

This course will focus applying data visualization design best practices to charts created in Microsoft PowerPoint. 

  • Choose a Key Message
  • Write a Good Title
  • Remove the Chart Legend
  • Reduce Visual Noise
  • Use Color with Purpose
  • Add Chart Elements

If you’re not familiar, Skillshare is an online subscription learning community with thousands of classes on everything from business to graphic design to fashion – it’s the Netflix of learning. You can use THIS LINK to see my class and sign up and get two free months! That's plenty of time to take my class and try out a few others. Once you're a member, you have access to all of classes that Skillshare offers, and there are thousands of them.

If you're already a Skillshare member, then you already have access. Please check out my class, and share with your network of friends and co-workers. Follow me on Skillshare to catch any future class I post as well!

Here's a quick timelapse of the sample file I use for demostration in the class. This will give you an idea of how the data visualization design principles are applied to a bar chart in PowerPoint:

I want to thank Skillshare for inviting me to record the class, and the support they provided for planning, editing and promoting the class.

I have more video projects and big news to announce planned for this year, so stay tuned!

Friday
Jan262018

Top Reasons Startups Fail

The Top Reasons Startups Fail infographic

It takes more than just a good idea for a startup to succeed. Forbes analyzed 101 failed startups and found that The Top Reason Startups Fail, was the lack of need for their product. Launching a startup takes a lot of preparation and research. Make sure you are fully prepared before starting your own.

Down through the years, some startups really struck gold. When Accel Partners invested $14.8 million in a website called "thefacebook.com" back in 2005, they made a return of $5.6 billion - 378 times their original outlay. More often than not, however, startups tend to fail brutally. According to CB Insights, 70 percent of upstart tech companies fail, usually about 20 months after first raising financing. The failure rate is even worse for consumer hardware startups with 97 percent of seed crowdfunded companies failing or turning into "zombies".

CB Insights delved into a compilation of startup failure post-mortems by founders and investors to shed light on why many ventures grind to a halt. The following infographic shows the top-20 cited reasons for failure with products or services that do not serve a market need in first position. Not all startups are lucky enough to attract financial backing as lucrative as Accel Partners' investment in Facebook; in 29 percent of cases, they simply run out of cash. Having the right people onboard from the outset can make a massive difference when it comes to success and ploughing ahead without the right team is the third most frequently cited reason for a startup ending in failure.

For a good infographic, sometimes all you need is a nice clean chart. This design uses a simple bar chart to clearly visualize the data. No gridlines. No axis titles. No value axis labels. No chart legend! It's a horizontal bar chart to allow room for the text labels to be easily read by the audience. All of the information needed is displayed directly in the chart itself.

Found on Forbes.

Friday
Jan192018

Ikigai - Visualizing the Japanese Concept of Life's Purpose

 

Ikigai is a Japanese concept that explains how a person can enjoy life. To illustrate this concept, a 4-sided Venn diagram was created by Dan Buettner (below), showing what it takes for one to discover their own. However, David Mccandless saw the original diagram and found it flawed. Above, we have his version of Ikigai- Japanese concept to enchance work, life & sense of worth diagram where he has theorized what should be inserted in the missing gaps, as well as giving the sections different sizes to more accurately represent the importance of each.

Ikigai is an interesting self-development concept from Japan, a prism for potentially seeing how to bring satisfaction, happiness & meaning to life. The direct translation is the “happiness of being busy.”

The original diagram was created by British community activist Marc Winn in 2014 from a TED Talk on Longevity by writer Dan Buettner.
 

Sadly, pedantically, the four-way Venn in the diagram is broken, from a technical POV. If you look closely, two sectors – love & paid for, good at & world needs – don’t intersect uniquely.

So I fixed that and theorised what those missing sectors might contain, while making a few other tweaks.

Got stuck a bit with “what the world needs” category which has a touch of entrepreneurial zeal about it. Not everyone can impact ‘the world’. But couldn’t come up with a variation that worked.

What’s interesting is that two intersections make something positive – passion, mission etc. But three intersections create a discomforting pinch point i.e. if you good at something, it’s what you love and what the world needs, but doesn’t earn you money, you’re “struggling”.

 

Found on Information is Beautiful

Thursday
Jan112018

Abita Beer Release Calendar 2018

Abita Beer Release Calendar 2018

In case you're not familiar with Abita Beers, it's a fantastic brewery out of Louisiana. In addition to a core set of beers, they make a number of seasonal brews that are only available certain times of the year. This visual Beer Release Calendar is your visual guide to when you favorite brews are in season!

The new year is here and we're looking forward to another great year of brews! We've been hard at work behind the scenes planning for 2018 and wanted to share some of what we've been working on. Our 2018 Beer Release Calendar is everything we'll be releasing and boiled down to one single sheet. It's our brew bible! Of course, most of your favorites are back, but as you'll see we're bringing some beers you might recognize out of retirement and releasing a ton of new beers. In all, we'll brew and package 31 beers in 2018 and that's not counting the tons of beers we'll be experimenting with and releasing on our pilot system here at the brewery.

I really like this design. The colors come from the individual beer labels, and I appreciate the additional visualization of the available sizes. I appreciate the repeated guide to the monthly column at the bottom. The cursive font, rotated 90° is hard to read.

The gradient bars are a nice touch since those brews don't have a hard end date, they're only available until supply runs out. It looks like the designer accidentally left a few of those as gradient to white instead of gradient to the background tan color.

Tuesday
Jan022018

Securing Your CryptoCurrency Trading Account

Securing Your CryptoCurrency Trading Account infographic

There's a lot of hype and investor interest in cryptocurrencies right now. Binance.com is one of the major trading platforms that allows you to exchange one currency for another (like exchanging bitcoin for litecoin), but securing your account is very important. Like cash, if thieves get your cryptocurrency, it's gone forever. 

I love that they are sharing the best practices for Securing Your Trading Account in this simple, helpful infographic! This is a part of their site FAQ, and there's no separate explanation. Everything is included in the infographic. These are really good practices for any CryptoCurrency trading site, not just Binance!

The design is a little text heavy, because there's no numeric data to visualize, but the text description are short, direct to the point and easy to understand.