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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What are these line and dot graphs called?

I am looking for some kind of minimalistic network graphs but I can't find the right words to describe them. A while ago, I discovered a webpage that has these kind of graphs but I no longer find it. ...
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Mirror HUD GUI design resources

I am developing software, in which the user will be reading information from a heads up display style mirror and interacting with the HUD GUI via voice commands. I am not a graphic designer, however ...
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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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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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What's a good icon to represent “fit” on an apparel site?

I'm implementing a fit visualiser which uses an existing product that the user owns to estimate the matching size to select when buying something. The fit visualiser is is called "Virtusize". The ...
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Critique: iPhone Repair Poster

I would love feedback on a poster I am making for "Techbox" local tech repair business. There are 3 poster boxes on the outside walls of the business with heavy foot traffic so I'm periodically making ...
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How would you represent distance graphically?

Ok, So this might be somewhat "subjective" but I am looking for some ideas. I want to represent distance as a bar graph (kind of) that gets "fuller" the closer the people are. The farther they are, ...
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How can I present this information with less required user interaction?

Here's a typical graphic from my web app: It shows the performance of grades 1-12 on each of four tasks (Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide). But this is only for whole numbers. Behind each of the ...
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Ergonomic standards to design UI [closed]

I want to build a UI application that visualize/display the analysed tire machine data. The UI application is supposed to be for tablets. However, before I build the application, I am supposed to look ...
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Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?

I'm making a data visualization. Each datum is represented by a square. To make the underlying data intuitively legible should the length of each square's side or the area of each square be ...
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How to represent data by relative importance first and size second

I'm trying to represent a list of consumers, each with one of x attributes. The graph needs to compare how many consumers have each attribute but also show that if n number of consumers has a specific ...
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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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What is the name of this category of videos?

I've seen a trend in scientific videos/tutorials where the concept at hand is being sketched out, either by hand for real, or emulated by making it appear as if the images are handdrawn (while still ...
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Software to ease the creation of relational illustrations?

Is there any software (preferably free, preferably supporting drag & drop, preferably supporting save & load) to ease the creation images like these? And is there a name for these types of ...
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What software should I use to design infographics? [duplicate]

I am designing an infographic for a charity but I'm unsure whether InDesign would be better than Photoshop even though I have little experience in it. I would be happy to learn though. What would you ...
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Entering Data for Graphs - Illustrator CC

I'm entering data for graphs I'm making in Illustrator, and notice that value labels (for the X axis in this case) need to be put in quotation marks in order for them to appear on the X axis. The ...
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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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What is this “justified” text technique called?

You usually see this technique on infographics and brochures, and sometimes magazines:
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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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Design Problem :: Creating a Guide to Incentives

Background :: Many information design projects equip the viewer to act on the information presented. For that action to happen, the viewer must understand the behavior we want from them and be able to ...
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Where can I find non-emoji icons for experiences and emotions? [duplicate]

To help people make sense of the world, we need to make information crystal clear. Well-placed icons can reinforce meaning and draw the eye quickly to the relevant section on a page. I need to ...
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Number of data points on an infographic

Is there an "ideal" number of data points on an infographic to maximise the impact and readability of the graphic? I see some where there is too much text / text is so small or there are just so many ...
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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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Best software for creating free Infographics

I use Illustrator to create custom infographics, but was looking for a service that could create them faster as my company is looking to do multiple infographics per month. I enjoy doing Infographics, ...
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Maths + Graphic Design - Did somebody try that?

Hello and wish you a nice day to all. I'm working on project of visualizating math formulas into such form that it would be easily comprehensible and readable, simply beautiful to look at. I've been ...
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What tool can I use to create professional and nice charts and tables without any design skill?

As I said in the title, I need to find a tool which allows people who don't use any "design software" to create some simple data graphics like bar charts and pie charts that are easy to modify. It can ...
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How to make plot marker sizes for scientific plots seem consistent?

It is common to use different shapes like circle, square, triangle, diamond, star, pentagon and hexagon for representing different datasets on scientific plots. These shapes can be further complicated ...
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Best plotting symbols for scientific plots with multiple datasets

At this moment I have found only one enlightening discussion on the best practices of choosing of plotting symbols for scientific plots. It is in the book Cleveland W.S. The Elements of Graphing ...
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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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How can I develop a system to translate ideas into Ideograms?

I am in the process of creating some infographics for some design thinking methods. I need to translate sometimes complex (but with common themes) ideas into visuals. To put it a different way, why ...
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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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How to place a 3d object in a photo with correct measurements?

I want to make a Infographic, which shows how much water is flowing down a river per sec. To do this I want to make a photo near the river and place the amount of water with imaginary 1m³ bricks. ...
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How much consistency should I keep throughout writing (document) and presentating (slides)?

I have a scientific document and I'm about to presentate it. Many instructions and guildlines help me to make a perfect document or a presentation, but I want to go further: make a perfect ...
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How to Automatically Generate Many Graphics with Illustrator Using External Data

I have an Adobe Illustrator file (.ai) I made with Illustrator CC (2014 edition). I want to use it to automatically generate many graphics using information from a database. The following are ...
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Vector Infographic - Why does it render differently in the web browser?

I made an infographic in Adobe Illustrator, and saved it as a .svg file. But then when I tried to open it in the Google Chrome browser, some of the fonts and some italicized fonts were not even ...
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How to draw a wing cascade with boundary layers?

After receiving some great advice here, I set out to create my first diagrams! I am trying to recreate this type of image in Inkscape: Inkscape was suggested as a good starting point and it's ...
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How to make wind flow / aerodynamic diagrams?

I need some help on how to create good looking vectorized images of these kinds of themes: I work a lot with Latex when it comes to typesetting so I have some basic experience with Tikz. However ...
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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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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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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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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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How do I use designs in a stacked bar chart with precise statistics?

You'll have to bear with me, I'm going to struggle describing what I mean. I'm creating a chart that looks something like this: Except that my numbers aren't integers. So, in that first line for ...
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What is good graphic visualization of a climate diagram

Does anybody know about a nice climate diagram visualization, incorporating more information than the example on Wikipedia: For example also data like, snowfall, humidity, hail, fog, thunder and so ...
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How to bind the endpoint of a line to a rectangle/circle in Illustrator?

I am a beginner user of Illustrator and I like it a lot. I also like to make concept maps like this one: I was wondering if there is a possibility to easily create and modify concept maps ? The ...
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Inkscape: How to create this 3D/fold effect?

is there a built-in filter or extension in Inkscape to create a similar fold/3D effect? I mean the appearance simulating a foldout leaflet/brochure. Thanks for any hints!
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Photoshop: How would you illustrate a video signal?

I'm working on an infographic that depicts a satellite "beaming" down a video signal to a receiver on planet Earth. How exactly would one design this video signal? I don't want the viewer to think ...
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How can I improve this icon/design?

Been working on an icon for a blog called Bitcrate which focuses on tech/media stuff. First off, what I have so far: I didn't want to do some rehash of playing off computer 'bits' but thought the ...
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How many variables can I represent graphically before losing clarity?

Let's see if I can explain this graphical economy question I have correctly. I'm new to the field and it's worth mentioning this is pure curiosity, and my examples are - as you will be able to tell ...
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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 ...