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Data Visualization, Infographic Design, Visual Thinking, Product Development and Marketing professional fascinated by good infographics.  Always looking for better ways to get the point across.

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Friday
Dec122014

When to Use JPEG, GIF, & PNG Image File Types

When to Use JPEG, GIF, & PNG Image File Types infographic

Image file types are confusing to many people, but the Know Your File Types: When to Use JPEG, GIF, & PNG infographic from WhoIsHostingThis? Is here to save the day. Too many people just JPG image file because they don’t understand the differences.

Trying to save space on image files?

It can be tough to know exactly which filetype is the best to use. If you save your image as the wrong type, you could end up blurring a beautiful photo, losing all the detail of your logo, or turning a transparent background black.

If you’d like to know exactly which is the perfect image filetype to use for which images, and save a lot of space and bandwidth in the process while maintaining a quality image, check out the handy reference below for the facts.

Great topic for an infographic! A complex, confusing subject that needed the infographic design treatment to simplify the information.

The URL to the infographics landing page should be included in the footer so readers can find the original, full-size version from sites that don’t link back to the original source.

Found on LifeHacker

 

Thursday
Dec112014

How to Take Better Holiday Photographs

How to Take Better Holiday Photographs infographic

There are many moments in life that we love to capture with a photograph. The How to Take Better Holiday Photographs infographic from Sykes Cottages is a cheat sheet to help you get the most out of each photo you take. 

Holidays mean different things to different people. For some, they’re about discovering new cultures, unearthing ancient history and indulging in fine local cuisine; whilst for others, they’re a chance to lounge on the beach, read a few chapters from a book, and do very little. But whatever you get up to on holiday, one thing’s for sure: you’re bound to take at least a few holiday photographs.

Whether you’re a snap-happy amateur or a kitted-out professional, capturing your holiday is important. To help you rookies take holiday pictures you’ll be proud of, we’ve created a handy guide on how to take better holiday photographs- check it out below.

Great “How-To” infographic that’s easy to read and understand. The hand-drawn, watercolor look also helps visually imply that the complex information will be easy to understand.

Thanks to Leanne for sending in the link!

Friday
Dec052014

Top Ten Christmas Life Hacks

Top Ten Christmas Life Hacks infographic

The Top Ten Christmas Life Hacks article and infographic from Kid Rated shares some great tips & tricks for the holiday season! Use condiment bottles for icing! Brilliant!

Here at KidRated we have plenty of suggestions of where to go with kids during the holidays. But there will always be those days around Christmas when the weather is awful, you have so much to do, or even you have eaten too much that even the idea of leaving the house would never cross your mind.

So, because at KidRated we really do like to help our brilliant readers and viewers, we have come up with our top ten Christmas life hacks to help you through the holidays. Kids will love doing them so much that you might as well put your feet up and enjoy the few minutes of peace and quiet. It won’t last long.

Clear design that’s easy to follow! I would have cut back on some of the text, but they needed to include enough of the directions for people to be able to follow on their own.

The infographic isn’t currently part of the article page, and that seems like a major mistake. The infographic should be helping to drive traffic and links to the article page.

Thanks to David for sending in the link!

Wednesday
Nov192014

Convert Your Street Bike into a Café Racer

 Convert Your Street Bike into a Café Racer infographic

Looking for a project? Have a street bike laying around? Then why not change it into a Café Racer?!? The Convert Your Street Bike into a Café Racer infographic from Fix gives some great before and after pictures of the conversion.

It was in the U.K. during the 1960s that a new style of motorcycle was born. Racing enthusiasts took their Triumphs and BSAs and added all sorts of racy-looking accessories and engine tuning components. Not content with a bike that just looked like a racer, the owners would often have impromptu races between the many cafés that dotted the English countryside.

Although café racers come in many custom forms, there are some commonalities that run throughout the design. With the lowering of the handlebars and changing of the gas tank and seat, the outline of the bike becomes more curved. It is important that the café racer is not clumsy in appearance. With parts brought toward the center of the bike, the bike becomes more visually aggressive. The gas tank and “humpback” seat (described below) mirror each other, accentuating the curved look.

Today, for the owner-rider wanting to replicate the ’60s look of a café racer, the good news is that there are many over-the-counter parts for the most popular bikes. Adapting some of these café racer parts to fit any bike is not out of the question but may require some basic engineering.

Great How-To design that makes everything visual! The sections are also broken up as separate images on the Fix.com site.

The infographic is missing any URLs back to the host site or the original infographic landing page.

Thanks to Jesse for sending in the link!

Monday
Nov102014

When is Best Time of Day to Mow Your Lawn?

When Is Best Time of Day to Mow Your Lawn? infographic

Did you know that your lawn needs time after you cut it to “heal” before the sun goes down? When is Best Time of Day to Mow Your Lawn infographic from Your Green Pal gives you information about cutting your lawn at all times of the day.

People ask me all the time, “when is the best time of day to mow the lawn?”  So I wrote a blog post that outlines the best times of day and the worst times.   To date its our most shared and read article we have written for ur blog.  So I decided that the the question needed some more attention.

I created this handy illustration that shows you the pros and cons of mowing the lawn during the early morning, late morning, mid day, afternoon, and early evening.

You can mow the lawn any time of the day, but there is an optimal time to cut it.

Check out this illustration and plan your lawn care accordingly….

This is a great informative infographic that stays focused and only tells one story really well. It focuses on the best times of day to mow, and only that story. It’s also valuable information that people are likely to share.

In the footer, it would be nice to cite the source of their information. Why is this data about time of day credible? I realize that GreenPal is a lawn maintenance company, but I’ve never heard of them. Also, a copyright (or Creative Commons) license statement and a URL link directly to the infographic landing page would be helpful.

Thanks to Clayton for sending in the link!

Friday
Oct312014

How to Make Your Shed Zombie Proof

How to Make Your Shed Zombie Proof infographic

How to Make Your Shed Zombie Proof from What Shed? is a fun, sharable infographic that ties their business (garden sheds) to the current obsession with zombies and Halloween!

Zombies seem to have become ever more popular in recent years, despite the fact that they are almost entirely fictional (unless you’re one of the small group of people that actually really believe they are real).

Anyway as its coming up to Halloween we thought we would do a small guide to help you protect yourself just in case you happen to be part of a Zombie Apocalypse this Halloween.

Good example of telling one story well in an infographic, and making the topic relevant to your business. There’s nothing wrong with choosing a fun topic, but it’s important to tie it back to your industry.

The footer should include the URL back to the infographic landing page so readers can find the original.

Thanks to David for sending in the link!

Wednesday
Sep242014

How To Be a Google Power User

How To Be a Google Power User infographic

Sometimes, no matter how you word your question, Google’s search engine’s results will not come up with what you are looking for. How To Be a Google Power User infographic from Who is Hosting This? tackles the Google search engine problem with a few tips and tricks to help you find the answers to the questions you are seeking.

It’s a familiar frustration for most of us: You type your precise, specific search terms into Google, and expect to find what you need on the first page.

Instead, you’re faced with millions of search results, and the first few links are so off-the-wall unrelated you wonder if you mistyped something.

But your search terms are correct, so why doesn’t Google know what you’re looking for? And how are you supposed to narrow down the millions of irrelevant results?

Luckily, Google has quite a few hidden tips and tricks for searching that will help you quickly find exactly the results you’re looking for.

Just by learning a few formatting and punctuation tricks, you can tell Google how your search terms are related, or exclude certain words or phrases. You can also narrow down your search with criteria like location or pricing, or use Google to search within a single website.

If you’re still not getting the results you need, Google has several other little-known features that can widen your search. Webmasters can easily find images for their websites and blogs with Google Images, and researchers need only visit Google Books or Google Scholar to search through print publications and research papers in any field.

Faster and more accurate searches aren’t the only benefit to becoming a Google power user. Google also has a few hidden functions you can unlock with the right search query, including calculations and conversions, stock quotes and sports scores, and film showings and flight statuses. With the right search, you can get immediate results telling you the current weather and today’s sunrise and sunset times, or quickly look up the definition of a word and get a translation into one of dozens of available languages.

With the time you save as a Google power user, you’ll even be able to fit in a game of Atari Breakout on Google Images. Just follow the steps int he infographic to find out how!

This is a great instructional, how-to infographic design. It’s informative, without making any kind of hard sales pitch for a companies products or services, and that usually leads to more sharing activity.  It would help to have the URL to the original infographic landing page in the footer.

The color scheme is spot-on with Google as the topic, and the sections are easy for readers to follow with minimal text. For example, the design shows you how to use the Search Operators using an example without a lengthy text explanation.

Found on Digital Information World and State of Digital

Friday
Sep122014

Grandma's Apple Pie Infographic Recipe

Grandma's Apple Pie infographic

Delicious and informative! The Grandma’s Apple Pie infographic from Task & Tool shares the recipe to delicious success when making apple pies as a visual, illustrated recipe!

This apple pie tastes delicious. It’s inspired by Grandma Ople’s Apple Pie. The 4.8 star rating from over 5000 reviews doesn’t lie - this recipe is fantastic. 

This is our first illustrated recipe. When I’m following recipes, I hate when I start cooking and then lose my place every time I need to find the next step on the recipe. The goal of this recipe design is to make it easier to find your place with helpful illustrations.

The other thing that bothered me is having to go from the recipe instructions to ingredients list to find the right quantity of each ingredient. Abigail designed these recipes with colored icons to help you go back and forth between the recipe design and the ingredient quantities easily.

Also, these recipes are designed to look pretty =)

Fun and delicious, a great combination! I love the use of the hand-drawn chalkboard look. It is a reminder of an old fashion teaching style with an old favorite, apple pie. Good use of color, and visuals (3D and 2D) with minimal words.

They have the TaskAndTool.com URL in the footer at the bottom, but it should include the URL to the actual infographic landing page on their site. Don’t make visitors search your site to find what they are looking for.

Thanks to Gavin for sending in the link!

Friday
Aug152014

This for That: A Guide to Cooking and Baking Substitutions

This for That: A Guide to Cooking and Baking Substitutions infographic

You’re cooking dinner and suddenly you realize you forgot an ingredient at the store! No worries, the This for That: A guide to Cooling and Baking Solutions infographic from eReplacementParts.com can help avoid the crisis by giving you easy solutions for the common missing ingredient.

Need an egg and your neighbor isn’t home? Check our guide to baking substitutions to see what else will do!

A fantastic topic for an infographic, and can be used as a handy guide.  The Online Lifespan of this topic should also last for years!  As a suggestion, knowing that people might want to keep a printout of this design in their kitchens, a PDF version would be a nice addition.

The ingredient illustration colors blend into the background too easily. The words are easy to read but the pictures are harder to see. The infographic is also missing it’s own url at the bottom of the graphic.

The infographic is well organized as well as balances graphics with words evenly.

Found on Lifehacker.com

Thursday
Aug072014

What are the Best Eyeglasses for Your Face Shape?

What are the Best Eyeglasses for Your Face Shape? infographic 

We can spend hours sitting in front of a mirror at the eyeglass store trying on every style of glasses they own… or we can read the What are the Best Eye Glasses for Your Face Shape? infographic from Zenni. Lets face it, our faces can’t pull off any look, so do yourself a favor and find the eyeglasses for your shape of face.

The general theme behind the infographic is to demonstrate that thought must be put into the frame design you’re planning on purchasing. By pairing your new frame design to the basic shape of your face, you’ll ensure that your eyeglasses are of a complimentary design - and help you look your best!

Eyeglasses are a fact of life for many of us. Beyond the benefit of clearer vision lies the ability to complement your facial features and overall look with eyeglass frames. In fact, there is some science behind selecting the appropriate frame that pairs nicely with the general shape of your face.

At Zenni Optical, we have constructed a simple way to determine which eyeglass frame will work best for you - all based on the basic shape of your face. Whether you have a “square face” that responds well to rounded or oval shaped frames in darker colors, or a “heart shaped” face that works well with oval or round shapes in lighter colors, you’ll be able to better choose the best eyeglasses for your face shape.

This is a great visual topic for an infographic!  If they had just tried to explain face shapes in text, it wouldn’t have worked at all.

A section on how to determine your own face shape would have been helpful.

Thanks to Daniel and Stacey for sending in the link!