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Thursday
Jun142018

Giveaway: Design Better Charts in PowerPoint

The giveaway for June is ONE FREE PASS to my complete class on Skillshare, 44 minutes for all 10 lessons! Students with a Free Access Link can watch the complete class for free without a Skillshare Premium Membership.

Register on the Giveaways Page by June 30, 2018 to be entered.

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 time lapse of the sample file I use for demonstration in the class. This will give you an idea of how the data visualization design principles are applied to a bar chart in PowerPoint:

Monday
Jun042018

The Family Banners of Westeros

The Family Banners of Westerns infographic

The Family Banners of Westeros infographic from UK Feather Flags describes the meaning behind the designs on the flags from the popular HBO television show Game of Thrones.

Here is an excellent infographic that we have designed which takes a look at the meanings of the family banners of Westeros from the amazing television show called Game of Thrones. Learn all about the House Lannister banner, the House Stark banner, the House Targaryen banner and more by checking out this piece.

Thanks to Dave for sending in the infographic!

Friday
May252018

Digital Photography 101

Digital Photography 101 infographic

The Digital Photography 101 infographic from The Backdrop Store is a great primer for newcomers to the basics of photography.

This is a great use of an infographic as a high level summary that invites people to your website and to their much more detailed Digital Photography 101: The Definitive Guide for 2018

I usually advise against full color photos in infographics because they are visually noisy, and multiple photographs add multiple color palettes to one infographic design. However, in this case the topic is specifically about photography, so the use of photos is very relevant and appropriate. Notice the simple color scheme of the rest of the infographic so the photos can stand out and don't compete against the basic design.

Wednesday
May232018

The Real Cost of Unproductive Meetings

The Real Cost of Unproductive Meetings infographic

Meetings are important to a companies success no matter what the size; however, unproductive meetings can be extremely costly. STL produced The Real Cost of Unproductive Meetings infographic as a guide to help put on the most effient meeting possible to avoid a large financial impact.

They're not only far-too-frequently used and often a little bit dull, but those corporate meetings could be costing your business thousands (or even millions) every year.

A study by Bain & Company back in 2014 found that 15% of a businesses' time is spent on meetings, and that number has been increasing steadily for many years. Given the value we place on this time, how much of it is actually productive

For our latest infographic, we decided to take a look at the true cost of meetings, and present a formula for the perfect meeting - so, if you simply must hold one, at least you can make sure it's as productive and cost effective as possible.

Overall, a good infographic with some good data and information.

However, I take issue with how some of the data is visualized. In the Financial Impact section, vertical bars are shown to represent the cost of meetings. These bars don't accurately represent the values being shown with the $12 bar half the height of the $527 bar. Either the design just eye-balled the size of the bars, or this is a non-zero baseline bar chart that starts somewhere around $300. This is cvisually misleading to the audience, especially when the scale isn't shown.

The footer infomation is missing both a Copyright (or Creative Commons) license and the URL to either the company or the infographic landing page is missing. How are readers suppsed to find the original post?

Thanks to Dave for sending in the link!

Tuesday
May152018

Evolution of the English Alphabet

Evolution of the English Alphabet infographic

Matt Baker, the creater of the Evolution of the English Alphabet chart, traced the English alphabet all the way back to Proto-Sinaitic in 1750 BCE. This chart is a simplified version of his complete work called Writing Systems of the World and both can be found on UsefulCharts.com.

I made this chart last year as a bonus award on Kickstarter but am now making it available as a free download. Just right click on the above image (or long press on your mobile) and then select save.

UPDATE: I shared this on Twitter and it's my first tweet to reach over 10k RT's! Anyway, here's a few comments based on the feedback I've received:

  • If you want to print it, here's a high-res versionEnglish title | Latin title
  • You're free to use the chart however you like so long as you don't sell it and so long as you give credit to either me (Matt Baker) or this website (UsefulCharts.com). I'm releasing it under a Creative Commons license.
  • Fyi, the above chart was actually just a simplified promo for a much larger chart - a Writing Systems of the World poster. So, if you're concerned about the fact that thorn, wynn, or any other letters are missing, rest assured that they were indeed included on the main chart.
  • If you have questions about why certain letters evolved the way that they did, I actually did a YouTube video on the topic. As for why so many of the letters flipped, it's because they used to be written in both directions. But with the introduction of ink, left to right eventually became standard (less smudging if you're right-handed).
  • The fonts used include ProtoSinaitic (free), Alphabetum (commercial; used for the Ancient Greek/Latin lines) and Google Noto (free; used for Phoenician).
  • "Shouldn't you have titled this 'Evolution of the Latin Alphabet?'" Well, yes, that would have been correct as well. But it's also not incorrect to refer to an "English alphabet". Obviously, many European languages use the same Latin script. But some use a slightly different number of letters. When one is referring to the set of Latin letters used for a particular language, it's ok to refer to that set as the "[language name] alphabet". (Update: I've included a version above with the title "Latin Alphabet" for those who would prefer it.)
  • Many linguists provided feedback throughout the project, including Peter T. Daniels, one of the world's foremost experts on writing systems. You can find the full list of contributors here.
  • I support a charity that does great educational work in rural Sri Lanka. If you're looking for a way to say thanks, consider making a donation. Or, if you purchase any of my other charts (including the Writing Systems of the World poster), a $1 donation will automatically be made.

 

Found on UsefulCharts.com

Wednesday
Apr182018

Animated Visualization of First Leaf Appearance

Animated Visualization of First Leaf Appearance

Spring is coming! Jeremy White at the NY Times has animated data from the USA National Phenology Network showing the average dates of "first leaf" across the U.S.

In some cases, an animated data visualziation is better at communicating the data to the audience than a static design. This animation clearly shows the progression of Spring across the country and you can understand the data within seconds.

Friday
Apr132018

Creating Clickable Social Cards

Creating Clickable Social Cards infographic

The How to Create Clickable Social Cards infographic walks you through the process of using the AnyImage.io site to create social media cards for any of the major social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

AnyImage is a unique web-based tool that enables you to transform regular images into clickable social cards, linking to any web page of your choice. The cards can be shared on a number of social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ 

study by Facebook themselves reported that users were able to increase traffic from the platform by a whopping 250%, simply by using clickable social cards. Thanks to AnyImage, you can begin creating your own cards in just a matter of seconds (for free). 

We’ve created this useful infographic (below) to explain exactly how AnyImage works. Enjoy! 

This is a fantastic use of an infographic as How-To explanation for a company's product or service! Most products have at least a small learning curve, and a clear infographic design can help get your customers over that initial hurdle using your service.

Monday
Apr022018

The Most Successful US State for Sporting Wins

The Most Successful US State For Sporting Wins infographic

The Most Successful US State for Sporting Wins infographic shows which state's professional teams have the most wins within the "Big Four" sport leagues. The "Big Four" consists of Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, and the National Football League. To find these statistics, PlayUSA researched the winners from the sports leagues since each competition began, then divided the winning teams by their state of origin.

Go Big Four or Go Home

Studying the wins of each state within the big four leagues across the decades, the research ranks all states who have had at least one win within these leagues and ranks them from most to least successful. To accompany this, PlayUSA have tapped into the loyalty of sports fans across the USA, delving into their views regarding politics on the pitch, and which sports Americans typically support outside of the Big Leagues.

Whilst the big leagues dominate U.S. sporting news and viewership, are they the be all and end all? The survey revealed that this might not be the case.

22% of men surveyed said they also follow Major League Soccer, although only 10% of women do the same. Another contender for fandom is college level sport, as 41% prefer watching this compared to the Big Four. In the Southeast, this stat is even higher, at 52%, compared to 33% of Northeastern respondents. However, when analysing the results by league, 72% of NFL fans from the Southeast favoured the Big League over the college level equivalent.

 

Thanks to Jessica for sending in the link!

Friday
Mar162018

Where Constituent Input Ends Up


Where Constituent Input Ends Up infographic

 

Have you ever tried to reach out to Congress? There are multiple ways to contact them, but with the high volume of constituent input, there has to be a way to filter it. Where Constituent Input Ends Up flowchart from Flowing Data tells the story of how they organize and reply to the input they recieve. 

 

When you have input to send Congress, you have a number of communication options available to you: phone, email, social media, etc. Many of the bigger issues have dedicated sites that help automate some of the process, which of course leads to a large volume of input that lands in a congressperson’s voicemail, inbox, and notifications tab. Where does it all go?

The OpenGov Foundation looked into it and produced the From Voicemails to Votes report. The flowchart above is part of the report. Full version here.

 

Found on Flowingdata.com/

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!