Data Visualization and Infographics Resources

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Data visualizations and infographics can make complex datasets easier to understand and comprehend. By creating a graphical represenatation of data and statistics, complicated concepts and information can make more sense in less time.

Many visualizations focus on representing a specific set of data or statistical information. Others focus on less-concrete topics, providing a visual representation of abstract concepts. Generally speaking, the first type appear more like graphs or charts and the latter are often more creative and imaginative.

But visualizations and infographics can be used poorly, too. Putting in too much information (or not enough), using improper formats for the information provided, and other failures are common. Below are more than 25 useful resources for infographics and data visualization. Most are galleries of effective graphics though some also provide how-to information for information designers.

Also consider our previous articles:

1. Data Visualization Sites

Here are some blogs and website that provide great information for information designers, including how-to articles, visualization showcases and galleries, and other resources. Some even include tools for creating your own visualizations.

Strange Maps

Strange Maps3 features only map-based graphics, both modern and historical. The commentary accompanying the maps is what really makes the site interesting, especially on the historic maps.

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Wall Stats

Wall Stats7 includes original infographics depicting discretionary spending in the United States. The graphics are also available in poster form. They also provide coverage of other infographics about political and economic topics.

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Visual Complexity

Visual Complexity10 – This site showcases infographics and data visualizations from a wide variety of sources and has nearly 700 projects included. Graphics are categorized to make finding specific projects easier and plenty of information is included about each image.

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Cool Infographics

Cool Infographics14 is an awesome blog that chronicles infographics and data visualizations from all over the web. They cover almost every topic you could think of. Posts are tagged to make it easier to find the specific kinds of graphics you’re looking for.

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Data Mining

Data Mining18 is a blog that covers data visualization, social media and data mining. They aggregate tons of infographics from other sites, including National Geographic and The Economist.

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Edward Tufte

This site21 presents a wide variety of infographics from multiple sources interspersed with other images. The commentary about the graphics is what sets it apart, and there are some incredibly interesting images included.

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Infographics News

Infographics News24 is dedicated primarily to news infographics. They also cover news related to data visualization and unusual infographics.

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Information Aesthetics

Information Aesthetics27 is a blog that details beautiful infographics and data visualizations from all over the web. Grahpics featured include political, financial and econimic, and other visualizations, dating as far back as December 2004.

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Chart Porn

Chart Porn30 features charts and graphs from all over the web, all beautifully designed and covering a wide variety of topics. Posts are categorized by topic and source to make it easier to find specific charts.

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Behance Network

The Behance Network34 has tags for Information Architecture and specifically for infographics. They have dozens of graphics in either category from a selection of graphic artists.

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Good Magazine

Good Magazine37 presents some of the most interesting original infographics out there. They’ve created infographics on everything from water issues to the growth of food stamps to Obama’s effect on voter turnout.

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Matthew Ericson

The blog41 of infographic designer Matthew Ericson that includes visualizations created by others as well as himself. Recently featured visualizations include a map of murders in New York City and an industrial production data visualization.

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NiXLOG Infographics

NiXLOG44 has a great infographics section that includes an aggregation of infographics from all over the web. There’s also an original infographic of the evolution of Apple computers and their adoption by consumers.

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Virtual Water

Virtual Water47 is a specialized blog covering the usage of the virtual water content infographic poster and the information it contains. They provide the info from the poster as well as links to publications that have used it (in whole or in part) and other infographic-related content.

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History Shots

History Shots50 is a commercial site that sells infographic and visualization products (posters, notecards, etc.) for a variety of topics. Most of their images focus on historic events, time periods and subjects and you can browse based on political, military, sports, or general graphics. It’s an incredibly interesting site and you can zoom into the graphics shown to read them onscreen.

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Flowing Data

Flowing Data54 offers up some amazing infographics and visualizations, with their own dedicated category. They’ve covered the best beer in the U.S., wine personality profiles, the Kennedy family tree, and the religious geography of the United States, among tons of other awesome graphics.

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Many Eyes

Many Eyes58 is a data visualization site that offers tools for creating your own visualizations as well as for browsing infographics created by others. There are already thousands of visualizations included on the site.

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The New York Times

While you’ll have to search around a bit to find the best infographics on The New York Times62 site, it’s definitely worth the effort. They have some of the best infographics in the business representing and breaking down really complex data sets so their average reader can easily understand what’s actually going on.

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Nicolasrapp.com

nicolasrapp.com66 is an information design blog that covers primarily the infographics and data visualizations the author creates for The Associated Press.

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DataViz

DataViz70 showcases images of beautiful data visualizations from all over the web. No commentary is included, but the images really speak for themselves.

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iGraphics Explained

iGraphics Explained74 – This blog aims to shed some light on the world of infographics and data visualizations by explaining their effectiveness and how they were done. They showcase some beautiful graphics from sources all over the internet, so it’s a great place to go for inspiration and to see what kinds of graphics work and which kinds don’t.

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Simple Complexity

Simple Complexity78 – This site showcases data visualizations that take complex data sets and display them in an easier-to-understand format that can help make sense of their true meaning. They showcase infographics from all over the net, as well as posting some how-to articles on creating better infographics.

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Well-formed Data

Well-formed Data82 – This blog covers interface design, infographics and data visualizations, and statistics in general. The commentary accompanying the graphics is especially interesting, often delving deeper into the topics the visualizations cover.

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Information is Beautiful

Information Is Beautiful85 – This blog celebrates beautiful information design, infographics, and data visualizations. They cover a wide variety of topics, create their own visualizations, and showcase those designed by others.

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3. Flickr Pools for Infographics

Flickr pools can be a great source of information and inspiration. The ones featured below are dedicated to infographics and data visualizations, and most include examples from all over the world and a variety of different eras. They’re an excellent place to go to get ideas or see what infographics trends are around the globe.

Infografia | Infographics89 – A pool with more than 700 infographic images, posted by 120+ members.

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Infografistas.com / Infographics News93 – This pool has nearly 350 items posted, all data visualizations and infographics from a huge variety of sources.

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Visual Information97 – A pool with nearly 650 items posted. There are visualizations for everything from restaurant spending to library maps.

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The Info Graphics Pool101 – This seems to be the largest Flickr pool dedicated to infographics and data visualizations, with more than 700 members and 1800+ items included.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/14/monday-inspiration-data-visualization-and-infographics/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/08/02/data-visualization-modern-approaches/
  3. 3 http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/
  4. 4 http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2009/07/27/402-homeland-is-where-the-heartland-is/
  5. 5 http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2009/07/12/398-bridge-to-nowhere-a-map-of-golden-gate-jumpers/
  6. 6 http://strangemaps.wordpress.com/2009/06/06/388-us-states-as-countries-of-equal-population/
  7. 7 http://www.wallstats.com/blog/
  8. 8 http://www.wallstats.com/blog/a-visual-guide-to-the-financial-crisis/
  9. 9 http://wallstats.com/389yearsago/
  10. 10 http://www.visualcomplexity.com
  11. 11 http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/project_details.cfm?id=660&index=660&domain=
  12. 12 http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/project_details.cfm?id=686&index=686&domain=
  13. 13 http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/project_details.cfm?id=650&index=650&domain=
  14. 14 http://www.coolinfographics.com/
  15. 15 http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2009/9/2/surface-area-required-to-power-the-world-with-solar-power.html
  16. 16 http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2009/8/27/beer-comparison-porter-vs-stout-100-more-infographic.html
  17. 17 http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2009/8/25/us-energy-use-decreases-in-2008-infographic.html
  18. 18 http://datamining.typepad.com/
  19. 19 http://datamining.typepad.com/data_mining/2009/08/the-human-journey.html
  20. 20 http://datamining.typepad.com/data_mining/2009/08/visualizing-moods-on-twitter.html
  21. 21 http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a?topic_id=1
  22. 22 http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0003JL&topic_id=1&topic=Ask+E.T.
  23. 23 http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0002w4&topic_id=1&topic=Ask+E.T.
  24. 24 http://infographicsnews.blogspot.com/
  25. 25 http://infographicsnews.blogspot.com/2009/07/most-original-infographics-are-not.html
  26. 26 http://infographicsnews.blogspot.com/2009/07/graphics-for-4th-of-july.html
  27. 27 http://infosthetics.com/
  28. 28 http://infosthetics.com/archives/2009/08/congress_speaks_words_spoken_in_the_110th_congress.html
  29. 29 http://infosthetics.com/archives/2009/08/typologies_of_intellectual_property_visualization_of_recent_us_patent_office_data.html
  30. 30 http://chartporn.org/
  31. 31 http://chartporn.org/2009/08/21/european-economic-weather-map-updated-aug-09/
  32. 32 http://chartporn.org/2009/08/12/kennedy-family-tree/
  33. 33 http://chartporn.org/2009/08/10/drug-venn/
  34. 34 http://www.behance.net/Search?realm=infographic
  35. 35 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Borsa-Italianaa--0_2-beta/64251
  36. 36 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Memento-Density-Design/157261
  37. 37 http://www.good.is/magazine
  38. 38 http://www.good.is/post/transparency-the-best-and-worst-cities-to-look-for-work/
  39. 39 http://www.good.is/post/transparency-the-growth-of-food-stamps/
  40. 40 http://www.good.is/post/transparency-is-cash-for-clunkers-working/
  41. 41 http://www.ericson.net/content/
  42. 42 http://www.ericson.net/content/2009/06/the-king-of-pop/
  43. 43 http://www.ericson.net/content/2009/06/homicides-nyc/
  44. 44 http://www.nixlog.com/infographics/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nix/153923147/
  46. 46 http://www.nixlog.com/apple/
  47. 47 http://www.traumkrieger.de/virtualwater/
  48. 48 http://www.traumkrieger.de/virtualwater/
  49. 49 http://www.traumkrieger.de/virtualwater/
  50. 50 http://www.historyshots.com/index.cfm
  51. 51 http://www.historyshots.com/Parties/index.cfm
  52. 52 http://www.historyshots.com/otherartists/4022.cfm
  53. 53 http://www.historyshots.com/union/index.cfm
  54. 54 http://flowingdata.com/category/visualization/
  55. 55 http://flowingdata.com/2009/09/02/the-world-of-seinfeld/
  56. 56 http://flowingdata.com/2009/08/28/total-eclipse-of-the-heart-flowchart/
  57. 57 http://flowingdata.com/2009/08/26/how-does-the-internet-see-you-personas-from-mit-media/
  58. 58 http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/
  59. 59 http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/visualizations/brown-vs-board-of-education
  60. 60 http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/visualizations/endangered-species-by-country-2
  61. 61 http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/visualizations/number-of-children-unimmunized-for-2
  62. 62 http://nytimes.com
  63. 63 http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/03/03/us/20090303_LEONHARDT.html
  64. 64 http://www.nytimes.com/ref/us/20061228_3000FACES_TAB2.html
  65. 65 http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/03/10/us/20090310-immigration-explorer.html?hp
  66. 66 http://nicolasrapp.com/
  67. 67 http://nicolasrapp.com/?p=738
  68. 68 http://nicolasrapp.com/?p=698
  69. 69 http://nicolasrapp.com/?p=692
  70. 70 http://dataviz.tumblr.com/
  71. 71 http://dataviz.tumblr.com/post/178368359
  72. 72 http://dataviz.tumblr.com/post/175429902
  73. 73 http://dataviz.tumblr.com/post/175060725
  74. 74 http://igraphicsexplained.blogspot.com/
  75. 75 http://igraphicsexplained.blogspot.com/2009/08/arctic-sea-whos-wiser.html
  76. 76 http://igraphicsexplained.blogspot.com/2009/08/show-dont-tell.html
  77. 77 http://igraphicsexplained.blogspot.com/2009/07/operation-panthers-caw.html
  78. 78 http://simplecomplexity.net/
  79. 79 http://simplecomplexity.net/effective-venn-diagram-mythical-creatures/
  80. 80 http://simplecomplexity.net/employment-change-industry/
  81. 81 http://simplecomplexity.net/sankey-diagrams/
  82. 82 http://well-formed-data.net/
  83. 83 http://well-formed-data.net/archives/338/x-by-y
  84. 84 http://well-formed-data.net/archives/300/visualizing-randomness
  85. 85 http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/
  86. 86 http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2009/swine-flu-latest-visualized/
  87. 87 http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/timelines/
  88. 88 http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/the-billion-dollar-gram/
  89. 89 http://www.flickr.com/groups/infografias/
  90. 90 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gersonmora/3862626997/in/pool-infografias
  91. 91 http://www.flickr.com/photos/23761279@N02/2544127108/in/pool-infografias
  92. 92 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ledfish/3681765183/in/pool-infografias
  93. 93 http://www.flickr.com/groups/856209@N23/
  94. 94 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rajkamalaich/3867840522/in/pool-856209@N23
  95. 95 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ffranchi/3842469598/in/pool-856209@N23
  96. 96 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rajkamalaich/3811689794/in/pool-856209@N23
  97. 97 http://www.flickr.com/groups/visualinformation/
  98. 98 http://www.flickr.com/photos/infojocks/3833848632/in/pool-visualinformation
  99. 99 http://www.flickr.com/photos/gersonmora/3702252913/in/pool-visualinformation
  100. 100 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rajkamalaich/3554207556/in/pool-visualinformation
  101. 101 http://www.flickr.com/groups/16135094@N00/pool/
  102. 102 http://www.flickr.com/photos/8364195@N04/3877507961/in/pool-16135094@N00
  103. 103 http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/930343189/in/pool-16135094@N00
  104. 104 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tutu22/3853254787/in/pool-16135094@N00

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Cameron Chapman is a professional Web and graphic designer with over 6 years of experience. She writes for a number of blogs, including her own, Cameron Chapman On Writing. She’s also the author of The Smashing Idea Book: From Inspiration to Application.

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    Hey great info-graphics collection. You missed a new one called http://ChartsBin.com which launched 2 days before this post.

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    Did I miss something or did this article go from “1. Data Visualization Sites” to “3. Flickr Pools for Infographics”? What’s #2?

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    i need to draw graphs using java

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    Found another site call Infographics Showcase – http://www.infographicsshowcase.com

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    Great round-up of some of the Data Visualization and Infographics Resources available.

    Check out http://businessintelligence.me/category/featured/ for some examples of how to use dashboards to create visualizations of your data sets.

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    Great round-up, an I leave another suggestion: Visual Loop (http://visualoop.tumblr.com/ ).

    Cheers!

    @TSSVeloso

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    Yahoo and Bing to anylyse as a seo from where and how much traffic i am getting so that i can improve them and at the same time i can show results more visually and creatively.

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    Wow, this has a ton of information.

    I didn’t see a section for resource sites. I get a lot of information from Dashboard Insight. The majority of the articles are dashboard-related, but they also discuss business intelligence and data visualization in general. Similar in nature to Smashing Magazine, but with a narrower scope.

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    Great collection.
    If you would like to boost your design process in seconds. Check out this info-graphic design template: http://bit.ly/World-infographic

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    InfographicsShowcase

    February 23, 2011 12:18 pm

    We are a newcomer but we are well-trafficked and post critical reviews every week on submitted infographics. We hope we add something to the mix rather than just reposting an infographic.

    Infographics Showcase.

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    The best food ever

    June 28, 2011 3:16 pm

    Excellent information over again! I am looking forward for more updates=)

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    This is great list of data visualization resources.

    Another great data visualization tool to add to this discussion is for business users and can be found here: http://www.lavastorm.com/solutions/data-visualization

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