Infographic Design #1 – Interactive Map of live flight data
From http://www.fastcodesign.com/: Kiln and the Guardian explored the 100-year history of passenger air travel, and to kick off the interactive is an interactive infographic map that uses live flight data from FlightStats. The map shows all current flights in the air right now. Nice. Be sure to click through all the tabs. They’re worth the watch and listen, with a combination of narration, interactive charts, and old photos.
Infographic Design #2 – Data visualisation of whaling ships
From http://www.theguardian.com/: This Stunning Data Viz Captures 200 Years Of Oceanic Exploration. For hundreds of years, ships have cut the ocean’s salty waves, ferrying Ishmaels by the million between coasts and continents. As this striking data viz infographic shows, their wanderings, when traced, result in an astonishingly accurate map of the world. The visualization was created by Ben Schmidt, an assistant professor of history at Boston’s Northeastern University. Schmidt, who is expert in using visualization techniques to explore the history of the 19th century, took [Tweet “data on over 200 years worth of ocean journeys”] available through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), traced them out, and combined them into a single image.
What is an infographic?
Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture. http://en.wikipedia.org
Top trends in infographics
A few trends in Infographics for 2014…
1. Quality will be focused more than Quantity
Our standards have risen considerably. Quality will be focused all the more than quantity. Companies should stop making Infographics just for the sake of making it, but must be super serious about each design. Brands need to use Infographics to communicate important data or messages. It is better to create 1 or 2 Infographics per month, than to publish dozens of low quality designs.
2. No more just Digital
Don’t get shocked if you see an Infographic printed tee shirt or in booths, or handouts, leaflets, or any other of beat medium. 2014 isn’t just about going digital. Visual communication would not be confined in online media, but will also get an exposure via offline opportunities. And when it comes to sharing a message, or communicate, Infographics have even made their way to textbooks and learning modules, where mostly interactive Infographics are used.
Infographics are also good for using in workplace as a substitution for employee handbooks, expressing company goals, or quarterly reports.
3. Motion is Better than Static
Motion graphics will be the norm in 2014. Video Infographics or Animated Infographics are going to dominate the year and beyond. It is extremely beneficial for websites to have a Video Infographic on their homepage which would embellish their web traffic all the more. Of course, once again think about a good content for your motion graphic. Good content and relevant data are absolutely crucial for your Video Infographic to win.
So with all said and done, these were some Infographic trends that will dominate 2014 and beyond!
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