Now more than ever we thrive on data. We want to take these polls and then see where we fit. Yes, maybe more people might like to have the ability to eat without getting fat or more people want to know what their pet is thinking about them, but what does that all mean? Or even better, how do you explain it? These become especially pertinent questions when your campaign has finished and you’re left with all these numbers or you now know where most Las Vegas tourists are from.
However, sometimes answering these questions requires data visualization. That is, presenting numbers, stats and important information in a visually pleasing way. It’s a great way to create interactivity and keep your audience longer on your site. The key is to realize what is the best way to present the information and when to make it interactive or just static.
Below is a list of different approaches to present your data and some free tools that may help you.
This can be either linear (if you have a selection of photos that tell a story in a needed order) or nonlinear for when you just want to show a collection of photos. On most website platforms, including WordPress, you can simply upload your photos, however if you want a program to present the photos, WOW Slider is an easy and effective way to doing that.
This is a great tool to simply show a chart or several diagrams explaining a topic you’re discussing. Venngage is an easy-to-use tool that will let you customize your infographic and be presentation-ready for your next occasion.
These have been the biggest rage the past couple years, as it’s a great way to show off your data while sparking your audience’s eye with visually-pleasing graphics. Info.gram is a great way to create a chart from your Excel sheet and present/share your information in a simple interactive infographic.
Let’s say you want to show where people most want the ability for super speed versus the ability of invisibility. You have all these locations but no way to show it. A good approach would be to create a map with ScribbleMaps, which will not only show their location, but also show details about who is in that location. This is where mapping meets interactivity.
It’s crazy to think there’s all these tools for data visualization, but one that’s rather interesting is a new approach to presenting your resume to future employers. Visaulize.me helps you create an interactive resume that gives you infographics turning your work experience into a data visualization.