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Randy Krum infographic designerRandy Krum

President of InfoNewt.
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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Tuesday
Jun152010

InfoChimps Data API BETA program launched!

InfoChimps.com has launched the BETA program for the use of their data through InfoChimps APIs.  The two initial data sets are Twitter and U.S. Census data.

Initial pricing has been announced for this introductory period, and there is a level for FREE access for anyone who want to experiment with the data.

Found on ReadWriteWeb

Tuesday
Jun082010

WTF is HTML5 and Why Should We Care? (infographic)

From Focus.com, WTF is HTML5 is a cool visual explanation of HTML5, how supported it is by different browsers and how it compares to Adobe Flash.

From an infographic design view, I don’t like the legend for the color codes in the browser matrix.  I shouldn’t have to look back and forth to figure out what feature is missing from a particular browser.

Thursday
Jun032010

Cool Infographics on an iPad at the Apple Store

At the Southlake Apple Store

I was at the Southlake Apple Store today because the battery in my Black MacBook was dying.  In fact, it was swelling up, getting extremely hot and randomly shutting the MacBook down.  That was a problem.  The laptop is 3 1/2 years old, which it puts it 2 years beyond the AppleCare warranty, so I had to buy a new battery.  The Apple genius told me that usually this type of battery last 260 cycles, and mine had lasted 484 cycles.  Not bad.

While I was there, I had to play with one of the new iPads, and of course had to make sure that Cool Infographics was displaying correctly.  Not only was it displaying correctly, but the display on the iPad makes the blog look amazing!

Here’s how to setup an icon on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch for the Cool Infographics blog: (screen shots from my iPhone)

 

Step 1:

View CoolInfographics.com in the Safari app and press the “+” icon at the bottom of the screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Press the “Add to Home Screen” button.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3:

Edit the name you want to display, and press “Add”.  (The icon is loaded automatically)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it!  You can move the icon to any of your screens, and always have easy access to the Cool Infographics blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday
May132010

Facebook's Maze of Privacy Settings Infographic

The NY Times just published this infographic tree that shows how complex the privacy settings on Facebook have become.  I’ve got to imagine that Facebook wants the PR credit for giving their users a lot of control over these settings, but then in reality they know that they are so complicated that hardly anyone will take the time figure them out.

It’s astonishing how much of your personal information becomes public if you don’t take the time to figure all of this out.

 

The ever-increasing complexity of the Facebook Privacy Policy is another example of how complicated the privacy issue is.  It’s a fine line that Facebook has to walk to utilize their members traffic for advertising and respecting their privacy.  It seems to me that advertising is winning.

Found on Fast Company

Thursday
May062010

The State of the Internet [infographic]

 

The State of the Internet is an infographic by Focus.com that shows mostly demographic information about who is on the Internet today.  I really like the “100 Circles” style to show percentages; it’s a far cry better than pie charts or bar charts.  The data is gathered from multiple sources, so it’s nice to see one infographic that shows it all.

Here we take a look at exactly who is using the Internet the most, how they are using it and how much the amount of usage is increasing. At a glance, we can see that there are the same number of men and women who use the Internet. However, their age, educational background and level of income may influence how much time they spend online.

Wednesday
Apr212010

The Social Media Effect

This was the original infographic, The Social Media Effect, from InfographicWorld that inspired part of yesterday’s post, The Visual FAQ of SEO.  This infographic maps out the process of what happens when social media gets excited about your posted content.

A great example of why I started the Cool Infographics blog in the first place.  Create a great place to find inspiration to create your own infographics.

Tuesday
Apr202010

The Visual FAQ of SEO infographic

A Visual FAQ to SEO is a great infographic from Matt at Datadial.net covering many of the different aspects of Search Engine Optimization for your web pages.

Images are a fantastic way to present data and abstract concepts, they’re a much clearer way of getting information across and more people take the time to digest it. I thought it would be a good idea to try to present solutions and explanations to the more common SEO questions that we hear from our clients.

The image covers everything from basic keyword research concepts, through site architecture, page optimisation, link building, SEO tactics, social media, and some basic SEO and PPC clickthrough stats and explantions.

Portions appear to be inspired by The Social Media Effect from Infographic World.  (Look for tomorrow’s post)

Found on Social Media Graphics

Friday
Apr162010

Social Media Prism 2.0 - German Version

The group at Ethority has taken the Conversation Prism from JESS3 and Brian Solis, and revised it to show the German social media scene.

The team from ethority, inspired by Brian Solis and JESS3’s Conversation Prism: The Art of Listening, Learning and Sharing, created a version designed specifically for the German market. The prism shows the landscape of social media in Germany with all the relevant conversation channels.

Also, the prism has been updated and expanded using many of the suggestions from the comments and emails.

Found on Social Media Graphics

Monday
Apr122010

Social Media Demographics - infographic

I like the “small squares” style used in Social Media Demographics for displaying demographic data.  The “by age” section is hard to read because it lines up so nicely with the site legend.  It’s also a little confusing to have the sites change axes for the different sections.

 

Numerous social media sites have witnessed explosive growth of their user bases in the last several years, but it’s a known fact that the type of user a site attracts varies greatly. Have you ever wondered which sites attract the most educated of social media users, or those that pull in the highest income? Below we map the demographics of the world’s most popular social media sites.

 

Is MySpace really that popular with the 0-17 crowd?  What year is the data from?

Found on Flowtown.com

Wednesday
Apr072010

Visualizing the Internet - infographic treemap

For their article, SuperPower: Visualising the Internet, the BBC created a treemap of the top 100 websites on the Internet based on unique visitors during the month of January 2010.

On the interactive version on the BBC site, you can mouse-over any of the site squares to see a pop-up of the numbers behind that site and choose to view each category individually.  The spreadsheet of the raw data from Nielsen is also available for download.

 

The data used to generate the interactive treemap visualisation were collected by the Nielsen company and covers the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil, US and Australia. The figures represent unique users for the month of January 2010.

The categories - such as retail, social networks, search/portal - were defined by the BBC. Because some websites have more than one use, they could fall within more than one category (e.g. Yahoo). However, the treemap only classifies them once.

The maps were produced using the Prefuse Flare software, developed by the University of California Berkeley.