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January 02 2014

07:30

Webydo vs. WordPress vs. Wix: Who Wins The Web Design Race? (Infographic)


  

The web design industry is changing. Web design was once dominated by hand-written code, using tools that were pimped text-editors at best. Then tools evolved to help web designers spare some of the repetitive tasks of hand-coding and support them more by offering auto-completion or syntax-highlighting. It’s only since a few years that we see tools which are able to achieve much more than that. A new generation of website builders has arrived to help people not only stint on coding but dismiss it completely. But, not all website creators are equal. Webydo, who wants to be the center of your web design business, has teamed up with visual.ly to show the state of the industry as of today in a comprehensive infographic. Lets’s take a deeper look into it. It’s worth it…

November 28 2013

11:00

Infographics Galore: Worth a Thousand Words, But Costs Only $27!


  

Infographics are the new craze these days. Run a blog and publish an infographic almost regardless of its topic: People will come running. Never before have infographics become viral so easily and in these numbers. I personally feel a little fatigue, when being confronted with yet another infographic. Still, a well-made one gets me easily and sucks me in. The advantages of infographics are clear. They offer information in a format that is best supported by both halfs of your brain. That’s why these pieces of content appeal to everybody, the logical thinkers and the creative chaotics alike. Are infographics a viable way to gain traffic to your site? Absolutely.

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November 07 2013

15:25

40 Infographics & Cheat Sheets For Social Media Marketers

Today, social media is more than a platform for friends to meet. Businesses all over the world are taking advantage of social media platforms to market their goods, services, websites, tools or wares. Thousands of people use social media and spend many hours a day on different social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and so on. Social media is a powerful platform to market your goods and services whether you are running a big business or have just started up a small business. Social media is a sure way to success.

In this round up, we are presenting for you some useful cheatsheets and infographics for social media marketers especially. These infographics and cheatsheets will help you learn more about trends in social media and how you can give your brand an increased exposure and let your message spread all over the world. Enjoy!

The Most Thorough Social Media Dimensions Cheat Sheet Ever

Pinterest: How eTailers Can (and Should) Use it to Their Advantage

Twitterverse Infographic

The Ultimate Social Media Size Cheat Sheet

2013 Social Media Cheat Sheet

Social Media Networking Site Cheat Sheet

A Complete Cheat Sheet for All Social Media

Social Media Sizing Guide for Designers and Marketers

The 4 Cs of Social Media

Leveraging Social Media to Showcase Your Expertise

Email Marketing Knocks Out Social Media in 5 Rounds

Social media is going corporate

Choosing The Most Effective Social Media Platforms

Social Media Monitoring Tools

Your Cheat Sheet for the New Facebook Page Timeline Design

Complete Social Media Design Cheat Sheet

Google Plus Design Cheat Sheet 2013

Google+ for Business

The Viral Marketing Cheat Sheet

Social Media vs Traditional Media

What Today’s Social Landscape Can Offer Small Businesses Tomorrow

The Noob Guide to Online Marketing

The Psychology of Social Commerce

Social Media For Business In Two Camps: Too Much and Not Enough

Copywriting Cheat Sheet: How to Write for Email, Social and the Web

How to Show Your Clients the Value of Facebook in 7 Easy Steps

Why and How Consumers Like and Subscribe

Your Cheat Sheet for the New Facebook Page Timeline Design

The Top Benefits Achieved in Social Media in 2013

How Much Time, Money Do Small Businesses Spend on Social Media?

Manage Social Media the Easy Way in 2013

Why Your Business Must Go Social?

The Conversation Prism

Social Compass

Facebook Shortcuts

How To Get More Likes On Facebook

10 Strategic Mistakes On Twitter

Social Spam: What It is and How to Avoid It

Social Media Brandsphere

Pinterest Images Cheat Sheet Infographic

October 30 2013

13:10

Responsive Design: Getting it Right

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A lot goes on in the background in order for a site to appear correctly on a range of different viewing devices with different screen sizes. American users now spend an average 1.4 hours per day online using a mobile device. Therefore, you stand to lose customers if your site does not apply responsive design. The aim of responsive design is to provide the best user experience possible.

The pages are split up into elements, such as the header, the image galleries and the product descriptions. Each element of design stands out in a functional way which seamlessly transfers the same look and feel across the various viewing devices. Images resize automatically to scale and can be expanded and further inspected in detail. User friendly elements are prominently positioned such as the ‘buy Now’ buttons, the product star ratings and the search field. Navigation needs to be intuitive and the ability to swipe between similar or related buying options is crucial.

In order to assist our customers in being able to make quick and informed buying decisions, we should take a closer look at Responsive Design and the key Elements that are crucial to site success.

Responsive Design: Getting it right

September 24 2013

13:00

Graphics and Lyrics: How to Make Eyegasmic Infographics

Graphics play a role in our Internet learning experience. Images have become part and parcel of the information acquisition process in our lives. Normally, graphics like pictures and drawings are used as aids and not the main tool for learning. They are just appendices that help people understand the information that is being fed to them.

That was the general idea before the influx of the Internet. The pre-Internet idea is dominated by the belief that graphics are just ‘aids.’ But it has surprised learning purists that graphics can be very good tools as main information sources. Thanks to the Internet, we now have Infographics!

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From Brafton

Infographics or information graphics are visual and artistic representations of data or knowledge. They are presented in a creative, quick and witty manner using diagrams, charts and design elements. Infographics are filled with drawings, vector and flat-design images, sketches, icons and texts to facilitate the learning experience better and more fun.

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The average tourist can quickly and, with fun, go through the city using an infographics-designed map, or take researching student who could quickly grasp the use of colors for advertising.

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What makes infographics eye-gasmic is that they use design elements like colorful charts, dandy diagrams, flamboyant flowcharts and intelligent icons. This makes it easy for the readers to process the data because their eyes are fed with the simplicity of the design. Infographics turn away from text-heaviness and eye-sore font spacing and gives the eyes a lot of creative breathing room.

Finding the info

The first thing you take note when making an infographic is the info. That is elementary knowledge. Information, which comes before the graphics, should be correct, interesting and relevant. The graphics would totally fall and suck if you’re data is as intelligent as Patrick Star.

So how do we find intelligent data? Consult Einstein or Stephen Hawking? That would be a very good idea. But since most of us are ‘busy’ enough to even stand up and remove ourselves in front of our own computer tables, we might as well make the most out of what we have. We could browse blogs that provide us with relevant data, tweets, books, or we could just Google things out!

But if you are really frustrated and has enough bucks to hire a freelance researcher, might as well do it.

The best way to gather data for your infographic details is through search engines. There are a lot of search engines to choose from and Google is probably the best and most picked choice. Of course, after typing in your search query, you will be bombarded with thousands, even millions of results. Now you need to sift those information out so that your research will stand.

As a rule of thumb, Wikipedia is not really suggested as a main source (Sorry, Wikipedia fans). As much as possible, use .org, or .edu domain names. Try to consider the status of the website. If you are looking for web-design related topics, you wouldn’t choose a website which has few followers, right?

Next is you need to filter what you need. You need to choose the relevant, interesting and precise data for this. The reason is very elementary. No one will read you infographics if they are boring and wrong.

Try looking on these:

The Skeleton

Okay, this part isn’t anatomy; you’re still at 1stwebdesinger. The skeleton is just a step in making an eye-gasmic infographic. This is the part where you need to arrange the data you have collected into an organized story or flow. Each datum must point to another and so. The rule of thumb in infographic-making, there should only be six main points or parts as a maximum.  You should determine these six parts. You need to list six of the best and most interesting facts you have. The trick here is, if a data bores you, it will bore everyone. If it entertains you, it will still bore everyone, so you might as well look for a better one. This will ensure sustained interest and readership and would not result into brain explosions due to information overload.

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Once arranged, the data must be represented in a visual format. It is very advantageous to make an outline and think of the needed graphics for your work. You also need to process data and make them graphs, flowcharts and comparisons. Remember that a good organization is as good as the design itself. If your data is as peaceful as Syria, try again. Make them as easy as possible to understand.

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I listed a few of the well-arranged infographics data-wise:

The Value of Being LinkedIn

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Profile of a Twitter User

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The Descent to Credit Card Debt

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Art-attack time!

After arranging your data, you could now proceed to the design. Most infographics have a portrait orientation. According to QuickSprout, vertical infographics are posted 28.9% more frequently than horizontal ones and are 41.7% to be more likely borrowed by other websites. This might just make sense that vertical infographics are more advantageous to post.

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Remember to use complementary colors. This color combination tends to attract most readers as the graphics is presented in a more readable and understandable manner. You should also use large fonts to be able to convey the message even if zoomed out.

It is also advisable to use creative icons, 3d and flat. All of the posts that I have uploaded to this site will matter. Typography, colors and flat design!

Here are a few inspirations to start with:

100 Million Professionals

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The Future Farm

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Pikes Peak Course

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Ancient Hebrew Cosmology

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The Kulula Airlines

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Titillating Title

Think of a titillating title! Attracting attention through titles is as good as attracting readers to read the whole work. Good titles would commonly tantamount to good articles. No one wants to read a boring article with a boring title.

In this step, you should consider the relevance of the title to the theme of the graphic. Think of puns, assonances, allusions to your title. Be creative as possible. Try to be funny and intelligent all at the same time. Common titles include “How to”, “Where to” and “Top 10s” as they tend to hit most search engines.

Tips

  • Catch the fish. Be an attention seeker. You must immediately grab someone’s attention by just your title.
  • Be relevant. No matter how unorthodox your title might be, try to stay in line, try to connect the title with the infographics.
  • Be short and quick. The shorter your title gets, the powerful it becomes.
  • Deviate from these tips. Try to be different once in a while.

Here a few inspirations:

Serif vs Sans: the final battle

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What The Flux? How The Flux Capacitor Works

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How Big Is Your Byte?

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A Day in the Life of a CEO

More inspiring infographics here!

Conclusion

Just like many writing disciplines, doing Infographics involve a great deal of attention to detail. Every bit of information is considered to be vital to the both the design and the content. A disharmony between the two will cause poor facilitation of data and, hence, confusion. In doing this kind of artform, one must consider every aspect of the design. The infographic artist should consider not only what is seen, but also what is learned. He should be aware of  his role to sort out and distribute information. He should know where to place what and when to place it. He should be well versed with research, writing and graphic designing, for these three, after all, are what makes an infographic.

August 05 2013

08:30

EWC Presenter: Free HTML5 Tool Lets You Create Great Presentations And More


  

Say farewell to Powerpoint, Flash or whatever tool you are currently using to create presentation slides, banner ads, infographics or product demos. EWC Presenter by HindSite Interactive is a powerful, web-based HTML5 editor that does not want any less than change the way you create professional content. The folks at HindSite say they are on a mission and you better believe them…

August 02 2013

13:10

12 Exceptionally Amazing Yet Interactive Infographics

Infographics is a new term that refers to the graphical representation of information or data; and this is the reason why it is called as Infographics i.e. Information Graphics. With the development in the field of information technology, the sphere of digital information has also been amplified. With the help of Infographics, website owners can easily present plenty of information and large data through an effective graphical representation.

Thus, we thought we should compile some amazing examples demonstrating interactive Infographics that have been created by using HTML, CSS and Javascript that make these Infographics more interactive and visually appealing. Enjoy looking into this collection and do let us know what you feel about this round up.

Your Daily Dose of Water

Future of Car Sharing

Organized Crime: THe World’s Largest Social Network

LRA Crisis Tracker

Is the Internet Awake?

Intacto 10 Years of History

Breathing Earth

Chile Mine: Rescue Day Operation

How to Make Eco-Friendly Rum

Who’s Using Dribbble

Google Analytics Guide

You Vs. John Paulson

June 29 2013

07:00

At A Glance: How To Secure Your WordPress Site [Infographic]


  


  

Securing your self-hosted WordPress site is absolutely essential. That’s the reason for our continuous coverage of this particular topic throughout the years. With WordPress becoming more and more dominant as the motor of today’s web, the topic stays at the top of our advice list. Throughout the last four years, the number of WordPress blogs having been hacked has more than doubled from 81,000 to over 170,000 per year. The fresh infographic by WPTemplate.com aggregates everything you need to know to properly secure your site and gives you a decent hint sheet to always keep your eyes on.

June 13 2013

06:02

9 Cool Infographics for Designers

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Here at WDL we love infographics and all the helpful data and stylish visuals contained within them. The use of visual design elements can simplify complex information and make it easier to digest. And this is why today we’ve rounded up a collection of infographics for designers. From SEO tips to logo evolution and a Serif vs. Sans battle, we’re sure you’ll find these inforgraphics useful.

On-Page SEO: Anatomy of a Perfectly Optimized Page

9 Cool Infographics for Designers

The Entrepreneurial Mindset

9 Cool Infographics for Designers

How to Woo a Designer

9 Cool Infographics for Designers

Wireframe, Prototype and Simulator Tools

9 Cool Infographics for Designers

Visualizing the School of Design

9 Cool Infographics for Designers

How Corporate Logos Evolve

9 Cool Infographics for Designers

Serif vs. Sans: the final battle

9 Cool Infographics for Designers

Shutterstock: Annual Design Trends 2013 Edition

9 Cool Infographics for Designers

Logo Wars – Battle Of The Brands

9 Cool Infographics for Designers

June 06 2013

07:30

Information Overload: A Great Infographic Is Worth a Thousand Words


  
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The web is crammed full of words. There is enough content to keep you reading until you take your last breath, even if that moment is still 100 years from now. So far for the good news ;-) The bad news is, the web grows faster than you could ever possibly keep up with. Sooner or later, any netizen will suffer from information overload. I know I do already. This will become a growing problem for brands and their communication strategies as they will need to cut their messages short or risk to not get noticed. If you ask me, one of the best ways to deal with this necessity is the infographic...

May 03 2013

11:58

No Matter of Luck: What To Consider In Mobile App Development [Infographic]


  
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There are gazillions of mobile apps out there. If you are looking for a specific use case or - not - you won't see any shortage in what you will be able to find. Thus, releasing a mobile app is not without risks. You need to create something outstanding to attract the users. But how do you know? How can you improve? Sure, you can always wait for shit storms to wipe away your Facebook page or you can rely on these nice one-star-ratings in app stores. Did you know, that 60 % of all apps in Apple's App Store have not once been downloaded. If I were you, I'd try to find alternatives to hoping and waiting (and failing) ;-)

April 11 2013

12:08

Photoshop CS6 Cheat Sheet

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Photoshop is one of the preferred tools of web designers, and like any other tool that is used over and over, it’s important to optimize one’s workflow by using keyboard shortcuts. So the good people at ZeroLag have put together a super handy Photoshop CS6 cheat sheet exclusively for WDL.

How to Read the Keyboard Shortcuts Key:

Photoshop Tool Shortcut = grey text

Action Shortcut = blue text

  1. Look for the Photoshop Tool Shortcut (grey text) or Action Shortcut (blue text) that you want to perform on the keyboard.
  2. If you want to use a Photoshop Tool Shortcut (gray text), press on the corresponding key. (Example: To access the “Type” Photoshop Tool, press the letter “T” key)
  3. If you want to use an Action Shortcut (blue text), hold down the Command key, then press on the Action Shortcut key you want indicated in blue text. (Example: To access the “Transform” Action Shortcut, hold down the Command key and press the letter “T” key)

How to Perform Other Shortcuts Not on the Keyboard:

Follow the indicated keys/actions next to the specific shortcut you want to perform. (Example: To “Switch Tools” hold down the Shift button while pressing a Photoshop Tool Shortcut, always indicated in grey text.)

Photoshop Cheat Sheet

March 24 2013

08:30

Facebook? I Don’t Care!


  
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The Maple Kind is a website with a distinct claim that reads "Where infographics meet comics and bullshit!" What urges its creators is to make you chuckle. This sure does sound much simpler than it is, but it definitely implies, how the following infoographic shall be read. Therein, the Maple Kind argues, why we need a new button on Facebook (a few more than one more, in fact). This new button shall be named " I Don't Care" and is bound to be the most widely used expression on Facebook, once it has been instated. Though the infographic in fact made me chuckle, The Maple Kind does not follow a far-fetched approach. Take a look at your own use of Facebook. What would you use more often? Like or I Don't Care? I know what I would do, but I don't see Facebook as anything of value for modern society anyway...

May 22 2012

13:30

Comics and UX, Part 1: Cross-disciplinary Techniques

Comics, cartoons, sequential art. Each of these words implies the same thing: stories told with words and pictures. Much has been written about about how storytelling affects the user experience, but little has been written about how visual storytellers craft that experience. Today, I’m going to share the tricks of the trade that comickers use to lead a reader’s eyes across a page. You can use these techniques to tell stories, sell widgets, promote an idea, help users find what they’re searching for – the possibilities are endless! (And I promise there will be lots of fun comics.)

Note: In this article, I will use “reader” when referring to people who would read comics and/or visit web sites, and I will use “user” to refer only to people in the context of visiting web sites.

Long before I was a web designer, I was “Rachel the Great,” known in high schools around the world for my weekly comic adventures at gURL.com. (I even won an industry award for my work!) When comics could no longer pay the bills, I used my talents to jumpstart a career in web design.

What the flip do comics have to do with web sites? Quite a bit actually. Comics and websites both start as wireframes.

Both mediums tell stories and convey ideas using words and pictures. People will scan boring or confusing sites as well as comics. In both mediums, you have to either pull readers into a narrative or immediately offer up the meatiest part of the content, lest readers skip to the next page.

Because they have so much in common, many basic comic techniques apply equally as well to web pages. Let’s go over them!

Techniques and theory

There is a saying among equestrians: “Control the head, and you control the horse.” A reader’s eye is like a horse: both will roam if left on their own. The reader’s eye wants to gallop madly across the room and look at that shiny thing over there or that iPhone in your hand. Like the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass, as creators we have to run twice as fast just to keep our readers in one place!

A good comic doesn’t lay itself out. It doesn’t magically fall from the artist’s pen fully-formed onto the Bristol board. There are scripts (content), layouts (wireframes), pencils (mockups), and inks (final designs) to do before the words are finally married to the pictures.

But the difference between a good comic and a great comic can be found in the place between the script and the pencils. Everything else is icing.

Panels: temporal snapshots

Generally speaking, a comic’s panel and frames act as a mini corral for the eye. Readers process each panel individually. Further, we know that everything inside takes place at the same time and at the same place.

Panels also work as a grouping device. Everything within a panel is related to each other, whether they be characters in a scene or random objects.

Excerpt from Beauty Is as Beauty Does, a comic I made for gURL.com

Proximity

Things close to each other seem more related than things farther apart.

Notice how the first panel is a picture of a woman and a boy. In the second panel, they’re a sister and brother or mother and son. The characters are exactly the same in each panel. The only thing that has changed is the distance between them. Your mind naturally infers a relationship based on proximity.

The same goes for panels. The eye naturally “jumps” to the next closest panel, even if it’s not in a “conventional” location or direction, even if the things in the panels don’t seem immediately related. Your brain fills in the gaps and makes inferences about those relationships.

For instance, in the first panel here we see a pair of Nine Inch Nails tickets. In the next panel, we see someone holding two slips of paper. We assume that those aren’t menus or bookmarks or business cards: we assume they’re the tickets!

Spacetime, whitespace, and pacing

As in the universe, so in the comic: time and space are irrevocably linked. Panels set the rhythm and pace of a page.

A comic with panels of equal size at regular intervals “sounds” like a metronome.

Tick tock, tick tock. The pace is neither fast nor slow. It’s like watching a sitcom as compared to a drama or an action film.

You can actually “slow” time in a comic by increasing the distances between elements.

A big splash of whitespace gives the impression of slowed time.

Likewise, many tightly spaced panels give the impression of quickly passing time.

Strong diagonals also give a sense of frenetic energy or an off-kilter situation.

Balancing words and pictures

A common comicker admonition is “show the story, don’t tell the story.” While it is possible to have a comic that consists entirely of pictures, a comic cannot consist solely of words. That would be a novel.

Andy Runton’s “Owly” is an all-ages comic devoid of dialog and text.

A good comicker works to balance words and pictures. Sometimes it makes sense to let words do the heavy lifting, especially when it comes to concepts that are difficult to explain with images, like facts and figures (although infographic artists show us that visuals can help with those, too!). However, when it comes to emotions and abstract concepts, pictures often can convey complex information much more succinctly.

There’s a lot going on in this short comic. A good author could put this scene into words, but it would take much longer for the reader to read and process the scene, whereas with pure visuals, you can digest what’s happening in a few seconds.

A good writer knows what an artist can show for them and leaves them room to do so. Likewise, a good copywriter knows the abilities of their designers and collaborates with them. Would an infographic say this better than a list of numbers? Would a video of the product in use be a good supplement to a step-by-step instruction guide?

Next up: flow and content

Each of these techniques is useful enough on its own, by when you combine them they become downright powerful. In the second, final article of this series we’ll combine these approaches to achieve better flow and more compelling content. See you soon!


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April 11 2012

06:59

Typographical Infographics That’ll Make You Go “Wow!”


  

Words are a really powerful tool to express what you think, but an even more powerful weapon to visualize your main thoughts and concept are graphics. To be more specific a rich combination of beautiful typographical signs, letters and symbols. By using different fonts, sizes and styles it’s possible to create stunning typographical infographics. All you need is an awesome idea and some prior knowledge on the topic to visualize your thoughts and present them to your audience.

Typographical infographics are much more than simple pictures with captivating statistics. These creations enhance the world of creativity and artistry through their precision and succinctness. With the help of elegant design and familiar associations, they turn complex graphics into easily digestible messages. Just don’t be afraid of experimenting with letters and stunning design approaches. Choose the composition and layout that reflects your theme best and let your imagination fly.

We’ve collected an amazing set of infographics made entirely of type. Have a look at the collection below and see for yourselves how the play of letters and words can be effective and compelling.

Typographical Infographics

Panda Infographic by Lish-55

Giant-Panda typography infographics

Factoid City by heyjoshboston

Factoid City typography infographic

Our Streets. Our City by Brian Gossett

Our Streets. Our City typography infographics

Infographic of Africa by ericajloh

Africa typography infographic

Homicide infographic by MrDinkleman

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Top 100 fonts of all time by Skele kitty

top 100 fonts of all  time typography infographic

Got a Light by DesertViper

got a light typography infographic

On words by slimbos

on words typography infographic

Jobs Visionary by 802.11

Jobs visionary typography infographics

Advertising by Bradley R. Hughes

advertising typography infographics

Government by Jonathan Harris

government typography infographics

Typography concept by whatshername13

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Helvetica font weights by Tommy Swanson

helvetica font typography infographics

Typeface by MiaPi

typeface typography infographics

Rockmap beta 1.4 by Ernesto Lago

rockmap typography infographic

Getting around by uncoated

getting around typography infographic

Insomnia by canadadrugcenter

insomnia typography infographics

Political climate by Albertson design

political climatr typography infographics

Healthcare Infographic by Veronica Dominique

healthcare typography infographics

Typography infographic by Peter Grundy

typography infographics

Advice for designers by Gareth Parry

advice for designers typograpy infographic

Death probabilities by Julia Hoffmann

death probabilities typography infographics

Beer map by Michael Wentz

beer typography infographics

Hot typographical infographic by Christian Ross

typographical infographics

Network by Dennis Crowley

network typography inspiration

Data Table Exercise by Inan Olcer

Data table exercise typography infographic

Evolution by Renee Alvarado

evolution typography infographic

Flight Delays by Carl DeTorres

airports typography infographic

Speaking my language by rhealpoirier

speaking my language typography infographic

Facebook infographic by Doogie Horner

Facebook typography infographic

History of the elements by B0nzo

history of the elements typography infographic

Infographic on infographics by zabisco

infographic on infographics

March 17 2012

18:52

March 14 2012

10:00

6 Simple Tips on How to Market Your Infographics

Today, Infographics are everywhere on the Internet, there is an infographic for almost every popular subject. From serious topics like marketing to seemingly simple ones like apps and bedtime stories are made into infographics. We saw the trend back in 2010, when internet marketers were thinking of a better way to market content. Top ten lists were being overdone, and there was a huge need for interesting content, people were getting bored by the typical content marketing techniques seen up to that point.

Content was, and will always, be king. Google loves new and fresh content. But generating new and interesting content was getting tough. There were top ten lists that everyone was doing (read over doing) and there were videos not everyone could pull off or were boring. So there was a huge demand for something in between.

What makes an infographic go viral?

So, what is an infographic actually? It’s basically information graphics, where by otherwise boring and bloated information is made interesting by using graphics. Fair enough. But what makes it viral?

1. Information in digestible capsule format

Infographics always comes in an easily digestible format. Small, cute and interesting graphics make the data even easier to understand and amazing. Today, many infographics we see are otherwise boring information, that are made interesting by using graphics.

2. Data that is useful

Most infographics have informational data that is really useful to people.  Like this one.  The information is so useful that you want to print it out and hang it on your door for quick reference, this is the compelling factor of any infographic.

3. Catering to our short-term attention spans

Today, all of us have a very short attention span. We cannot spend more than a minute on anything on the internet. This is the reason why even when all the information is available on Wikipedia, we don’t read it all. But with infographics, we grasp everything even with our short-term attention span.

So, how do you market an infographic today?

That is our question today. With so many infographics being churned out lately, how can you stand out and be difference from the rest? Let’s take a deeper look.

1. Submit infographics to Infographic Directories and Blogs

There are several places that accept infographic submissions and feature all of them in a very nice way. There are no processes to get into though, all you have to do is submit the infographic and hope that it will be displayed on the site. Most directories do not have an acceptance policy which means that the infographic will be displayed the moment you submit them with a link to your original source. Some of them however take some time to review the submission and publish it in due course.

Here is a good list of blogs and directories:

  1. Visual.ly
  2. Chart Porn
  3. Flickr Infographics Group
  4. Daily Infographic
  5. Charts Bin

2. Make a paid submission to Stumble Upon

Stumble Upon is a great resource when it comes to visually pleasing content. They have a dedicated category for infographics that will get you thousands of hits every month if you submit your infographics. But getting in there can be tricky. If you make the submission from a weak account, then chances are that the infographic will be buried. But instead of taking the risk, make a paid discovery on stumbleupon. The standard Paid Discovery plan is a flat fee of $0.10 per unique visitor. There are also options for higher and lower priority serving. But its a highly effective way of marketing your content to the right people.

3. Keep the tools ready for social sharing

The basic necessity for any infographic is to make sure it can shared on social networks. When people view the infographic, make sure there are enough social bookmarking tools beside it to ensure easy sharing to all networks (or the ones that are relevant to your market). While this sounds like a seemingly basic thing to do, many bloggers and designers get caught up with making the infographic so perfect that they miss out the very basic purpose of it. Which is to get as many links from other blogs as you can and build social media traffic.

4. Submit to Reddit’s Infographic Subreddit

Reddit is where the new memes and sensations of the Internet appear first. It’s from where the rest of the social networking sites, get inspired for great content. And Reddit has an exclusive subreddit at (reddit.com/r/infographics) for infographics. Stuff posted here will probably not appear on the front page, but will be featured on many blogs and Tumblr feeds as there is a big community of infographics fans watching over the subreddit.


5. Leverage the Pinterest community

Pinterest is in the spotlight these days. With praises from funding managers and social media gurus alike, this seems to be the new thing in the valley. And rightly so, because like StumbleUpon, Pinterest gives you some amazing traffic for visually pleasing images and cool pins. Infographics is one category that always gets a lot of repins and likes on Pinterest. And for each repin and like, the chances of getting a new visitor to your site is increased. Watch out for the referral stats on Google Analytics.

6. Influential Blogger Outreach

Another powerful way to market your infographics is to get one of the influential people in social media to share your infographic. It could be someone with a lot of Twitter followers or Facebook friends, or even a page that has a lot of fans. Of course, you cannot go blindly and ask them for a tweet but if your infographic is good (which I assume it is), search for an influential social media user from the same niche as your infographic. For example, if your infographic is on “Valentine’s Day and Love” you might want to consider approaching couple of the female social influencers on the list. Talk to them and hit a deal, like two tweets at the peak hour for $50. There are many unlisted social media influencers out there who can do it for you. Just that you need to spend some time finding them.

Summary

Infographics are a great way to get some attention, build your brand, build links and get some viral social media traffic. It hits all the above points with one stone, and that’s the beauty of it. But since the idea of infographics is getting over done these days, the solution is to come up with newer illustrations, newer ideas and visualization techniques that grab people’s attention. The wow factor is very relevant here. All you have is the first 3 seconds. If you can get their attention in the first 3 seconds, you’ve won. All the best.

December 12 2011

17:24

14 Insightful Infographics To Demonstrate The State Of Blogosphere

Some bloggers wish that they can receive more profits from advertisers, whilst others are frequently concerned with the most excellent methods of sharing themselves with others. No matter the reason, infographics certainly assists you to review information about your blog distributions, readers’ trends, the blogging economy, and so forth. There’s no better approach to embody complex information like these in a visually pleasurable infographic.

At the moment, we are going to demonstrate you how infographics can increase your understanding of Blogosphere and it’s impact on the global visitors of blogging world.

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December 07 2011

12:24

Get More Out Of Google (Infographic)

There is a lot more to efficient Googling than you might think: in a recent study on student research skills, 3 out of 4 students couldn’t perform a “well-executed search” on Google. When the success of your term paper hangs in the balance, using Google effectively is crucial, but most students surprisingly just don’t know how. Here are some crucial tips for refining your Googling as well as some other great pleases to hunt down that last study you need for your thesis.

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November 24 2011

15:26

34 Stunning Infographics To Understand The World Of Social Media

Infographics is a new way of showing information through graphical representation. We recently posted some interesting posts on infographics that you can also find on the net. Infographics not only show the information in a neat and clean manner but also is very easy to understand. Through inforgraphics, a large amount of information can be presented in a well summarized format.

At the moment, we are going to demonstrate you how infographics can increase your understanding of the interlinking world of social media and it’s impact on the global internet users.

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