Questions about methods of combining varying text and fonts with relatively simple illustrations (click to see example); also illustrations used to emphasise a message or content by the use of for example graphs, charts, maps or other visualisations.

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Best way to display large amounts of hierarchical information in a web application [closed]

I have a web application that shows a lot of information that is rather mundane. The information is related to data types that are hierarchical in nature, so there is some design around that in terms ...
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Illustrator variables / data-driven documents: how to batch-export one file for each data set?

With the Variables window in Illustrator you can make something a bit like a data merge document with lots of variants for different records (InDesign's data merge is usually better, but I have to use ...
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How to create beautiful (block) diagrams [duplicate]

I would like to include a similar picture in my bachelor's thesis. I am looking for tips on how to make this (or in general) diagram(s) more beautiful. Can you recommend programs for creating such ...
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How to conceptualise and generate visualisations with many points interconnected via Bézier curves?

Can someone uncover the design process behind social network visualisations such as http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com – and how those interconnecting Béziers are generated?
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What is the recommended method of creating these icons?

To learn the fundamentals of interface design, I am trying to replicate some better known app interfaces. The 'flatter' layout of many iOS7 applications makes it relatively straightforward. However ...
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What kind of illustration and how I can achieve this “effect”?

I've seen this kind of illustrations around the web, mostly on dribble, and I love them but the problem here is that I don't know how to achieve this effect, I tried with photoshop and illustrator but ...
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Graph of current/estimated value

we are having problems trying to come up with a graph that would show the current and the estimated value, while maintaining the simplicity of the graph and still making it clear at first sight what ...
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Icon to indicate a span of time

I have a mobile app interface with a list of dates and notes: Sep 5 - No longer contagious Sep 6 - Can return to school ... Sep 9 - Back to normal Right now I am using an ellipsis to indicate a ...
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Which software is used by scientific journals to generate plots?

I know from high-rank journals such as Nature that they redesign figures they get from authors. These plots look highly professional, but too complicated to be done with Adobe Illustrator et al. ...
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How can I display sound distortion through images?

I've become very fascinated with the idea of digital destruction through a physical medium. There was PBS video on youtube How Does Glitchy Art Show Us Broken Is Beautiful? Example Pieces: Cultural ...
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Do Stats or polls exist for the preferred style of website design?

I am looking for stats or polls that show what viewers like in a website design. I have seen stats about what browsers are commonly used, but I have not run across any statistics or polls to answer ...
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Is there anything that can read, import or convert CMYK SVG?

Short question: I have SVG files with CMYK colours, specified as according to the SVG specs. I want to get this into a design program - any design program - to finalise the design and prepare it to ...
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How can I show a database graphically?

I would like to provide a non-technical, intuitive visualization of my database for people who are familiar with the underlying data, but not database design. The figure will be included in a journal ...
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What is the best way to save an image to a publication that will allow you to zoom in to greater detail

I am working on a project for a small organization that publishes PDF magazines to ISSUU.com. We are discussing adding infographics to the publication, but some can be tall and can't be used in their ...
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Apply different designs to Illustrator graph columns

I have a column chart that I've created with the Illustrator graph tool. I've applied a sliding design to all the columns. I'd like to apply this design to a specific column type e.g., People that eat ...
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Creating a schematic diagram of an experiment

I am looking to create a experimental schematic similar to this image, and am wondering what graphic design program I should use. Here are my criteria: Easy to use for a beginner Easy to modify ...
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Drawing block diagram?

Is there any software that allows to draw block diagrams like this: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f5/Windows_2000_architecture.png or like this:
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Charts that communicate completeness / 100%

I wonder if there are other - similar intuitive ways - to visualize that some parts together on a chart are the whole / complete / sum up to 100%. Probably the most commonly used and understood is a ...
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How to make to tables in InDesign to flow horizontally (in other words be side-by-side and not one after the other like normally happens)?

How to make to tables in InDesign to flow horizontally (in other words be side-by-side and not one after the other like normally happens)? I would need to put 2 tables like this: |----| |----| | ...
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Examples of well designed software architecture diagrams

I spend a fair amount of time drawing diagrams of software architecture which usually consist of variations on boxes connected with arrows. Whilst these diagrams convey the relevant information, they ...
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What do you call these infographic icons?

What do you call these simple, basic types of graphic elements that are used in infographic commercials, and the like? They are vector based, look like pixel art, but have smooth edges, and are icon-...
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Is having a skills bar chart on a resume a good idea?

I was looking at the resume in this question, and I noticed the skills bar chart. I've seen this on several designers' resumes and was wondering if it is a new fad, if it's something that I should ...
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Can I stroke a line with a pattern in illustrator?

I have a diagram with many colour-coded lines and a key to which colour means what: red line = electricity cable; blue line = gas pipe etc. This is inaccessible for colour-blind people. I would ...
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How to space objects logarithmically / exponentially in Illustrator?

I'm working on a chart that has to be on a base-10 log scale (meaning, the divisions are at 1, 10, 100, 1000 instead of 10, 20, 30, 40), and I'm trying to make it more intuitive and obvious to people ...
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What is this style of jumbled, mixed words called?

I encountered this image that is very impressive and interesting to me. In particular, I love the mixture way texts are presented. I just wondered if there is a name for this style so I can Google ...
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Leaflet fold where full-page spread is the last thing seen?

Is there a type of fold for one-sheet flyers where the last thing a reader reaches while working through it in a natural way is a full-page spread, and where sections of that full page spread are not ...
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Determine N Contrasting and Aesthetically pleasing colors

How does one algorithmically calculate a set of N colors that are both contrasting and aesthetically pleasing? For example, we want to plot an unknown number of lines on a graph that still looks good....
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Reset/avoid distorted Illustrator graph text labels after scaling?

Adobe Illustrator's graph tool is... special. A veteran of many software updates (successfully surviving all of them unscathed...) one of its many quirks is that you cannot resize a graph object that ...
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How do I find examples of single 2-D non-animated info-graphics with 4 or 5 dimensions within a single graph?

Really not sure how to explain what I'm looking for, just know it exist. For example, dimensions might include time, volatility, space, distance, density, etc. -- basically any measurement that's ...
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How can I improve my website design? [closed]

I'm launching a company and currently working on the website. Here is the link: http://goo.gl/HKbIK As I'm not a professional webdesigner your comments / feedback / suggestions of improvements would ...
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Clearly distinguishable colours for scientific figures

I am looking for pointers on how to pick a set of colours (or a colour gradient) that are clearly distinguishable, for use in scientific figures. Was there any systematic research on this? If yes, I'...
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How to make a good scatter plot (bubble chart)?

A nytimes.com graphic that I recently visited shows a nice way to draw scatter plots. I wanted to know more about how to make such plots. I would also like to have recommendations on open source or ...
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Tools for making infographics

What are the best tools for producing infographics - attractive displays that combine graphs, diagrams and text to convey a lot of information succinctly. I'm interested in both web-viewable content ...
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Help with editing web design in existing Photoshop file

I have a PNG image which contains the header, footer, and content from an existing web site. My client wants to make a new page using the existing design. I've got PNG files from them which I need to ...
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How can graphics be made with “snap-to-grid” movements?

In an image like the one below, the graphics are organized very neatly. The mugs are aligned horizontally and vertically, the text below is centered with the mug, as well as the text in the mug itself....
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How to diagrammatically represent High Value Added

High Value Added Manufacturing is a manufacturing model whereby the sale price of the end product is considerably higher than the production cost. And I have no idea where to begin representing this ...
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Creating an Android App which records data as a pie chart [closed]

Hey this might be a bit of a tricky one! I have designed the wireframes for an application which will work out expenditures on a weekly monthly and yearly basis. The first screen is for input, with ...
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How do I select a high-contrast color set for a map?

Obviously, black & white are the highest contrast. I also want 2 sets of colors, so that regions on the map can be colored with good contrast. For instance, one region might be red, another blue,...
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How to create a fictional city map

Any ideas how to start making a fictional city map (like one for example). I'm fairly good in using Illustrator and Inkscape but I'm unsure what an optimal workflow would be.
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Where can I find a large palette / set of contrasting colors for coloring many datasets on a plot?

I need large set (20 and more) of contrasted and easily visually-distinguishable colors for coloring different datasets on a scientific plot (the set of colors should not include white or black, and ...
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Storyboard for a product pitch

I've never done a storyboard/visual user story for a new app/software program before, so how would I do that? Or what are the key elements? Basically, I need to create a storyboard of how it would ...
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How can i write company name characters with wave form like shown below [closed]

I want to write my company name in different syyle. Is it possible that i can write company name "Amoeba" with these type of waveforms. or at least i can design letter "A" only using these wave ...
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How improve my table-cell highlighting scheme?

In my daunting table of market numbers, seconds-by-seconds price changes in the Bid, Ask, and Last columns are highlighted for the user. Highlighting happens when the page is refreshed: click the ...
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How to visualize data? Which software should I use?

I'm interested to know what sort of software - beyond basic standard graphics out of Excel - people use to generate data visualisations. Do you craft things by hand and then build them in something ...
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What is a good size for category box on web site?

I'm designing a web site which has a large number of categories. On one particular page each category will be displayed with a photo, light description and a a list of subcategories or products. ...
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What's the best way to make attractive charts?

I have a bunch of pie charts and bar charts to make up for a client. They have given me the raw data and they want them made up attractively and easy to understand. Does this mean I have to work out ...
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Infographics smoothing and shadows : background or ressources ?

i'd like to know if there are resources or background knowledge on the new tendency to smooth the lines/outlines and add gradients and shadows to information graphics. For example, on the new version ...
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data visualization over time

I have a decent sized set of data - 500,000 records, each representing an event. The fields are: date time who did the event what the event was (there will be say 5-10 type of events) where the ...
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Info-graphics , Informative Graphics and Visualizations: Are they the same term ?

I was looking at Phil Gyford's Infographic and wanted some clarification on the proper way to develop and maintain an Infographic. The majority seen on Twitter and Graphic Design Blogs ... are they ...