You might say numbers were never your thing, but it would be wrong not to admit infographics and data visualisation are incredibly impacting ways to communicate important information to many people in way that’s easy to comprehend – whether it’s for a news agency, non-profit organisation or your next client.
It’s important for graphic designers in the current climate to offer a variety of skills, and we have no doubt that being able to create effective data visualisations would be a unique and sought-after skill to add to your list.
We’ve admired loads of great infographics here on Digital Arts, such as the winners of the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards, London agency Templo’s digital infographics for the United Nations, and socially important, witty hand drawn graphs by Mona Chalabi (like the one below).
Copenhagen infographic agency Ferdio have launched the archive of data visualisations templates to give you a little help to create your own data visualisations – and to figure out what those obscure labels mean. Ferdio work with brands like Google, Unicef and YouTube to build websites, publications and presentations with simple and playful data visualisations.
DataVizProject is a free website (currently in beta), so you can easily find an infographic that suits your data and figure out how to create one yourself – while learning the family, function, shape and input of each visualisation. For example, the Sociogram is in the 'diagram' family, and its function is to visualise 'correlation'.
But the DataVizProject is not limited to data experts or heavy Excel users – it’s intended for everyone wanting to find new ways of visualising data, such as students, journalists, and graphic designers.
The online tool is home to more than 150 infographics so far, but it’s also a work in progress, so keep checking back as more examples will be added.