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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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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Large color set for coloring of 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 write and 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Critique: How can I improve this instructional illustration of a roll down process?

I need to illustrate a pack that rolls down 3 time at the top and can only use black and white and no words. I'm using Adobe Illustrator because it has to be vector art. End result will be screen ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...