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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How to display data labels in Illustrator graph function (pie graph)?

I am trying to make a pie graph that has both the data labels (e.g. 33%) and the series name (e.g. "apples"). Here is an example below. It seems this can only be accomplished through manually ...
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graphing: show a distant cluster while minimizing negative space?

I am preparing a map of cluster assignments for a publication that seeks to minimize negative space in their figures. This is what my map looks like: Notice the distant island in orange? I want ...
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How are these modern physics figures made?

I am curious to know how the figures in popular introductory physics/Engineering textbooks are made. As examples of what I mean, see the posted figures and my comments, all from various editions of ...
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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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how does it affect CMYK image when printed in 6 colors printer

does it make colour damage or any damage to the resolution ? I'm going to use epson artisan 1430 inkjet printer for my project to do sublimation.
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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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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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Drawing a circle made of lines and splitting into sections

I am looking to draw a circle like below on Illustrator for a graph. I get as far as doing the circular lines, but I just haven't been able to effectively split the circles in to equally sized ...
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Create graphs on graph paper to scale

For a science lab, I am required to draw precise graphs on physical graph paper. The process is tedious as the graphs need to be drawn to precise scale and require using small numbers (such as .05). ...
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Improving readability of evolutionary algorithm results

One of my colleagues has results from an evolutionary algorithm that he wants to plot. The plot will be included in a paper he's writing and asked for advice. This is what he had in matlab: I gave ...
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Is there any scientific evidence that verifies the advantages of infographics in resumes?

I am a computer scientist currently working on his master thesis. For this purpose i developed an application which is able to produce infographic resumes. But currently im struggling to find proper ...
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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 to use percents in Illustrator Graph Tool?

I am currently making a bar graph with various percentages. Illustrator graph tool seems to be limited in formatting the style of numbers compared to one would in Excel. How do I set graph tool, to ...
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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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Animated SVG Javascript Infographic for timeline

I am considering to make an animated infographic based on SVG, Javascript and CSS technologies of a timeline. I have lots of experience in programming but not so much in using these technologies to ...
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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 bend multiple lines of a graph in AI CS5?

I have created a radar chart with three axes, and I would like to make all the lines in the graph curved instead of straight. I havent found a satisfying way to bend all the paths (i.e. the edges of ...
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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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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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Conveying Tags / Categories in Print Design

I am soon to be working on a brochure design that kind of acts as a local business directory. The directory is split into different categories of businesses, however many of the businesses belong to ...
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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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Insert a new column or row in Adobe Illustrator's graph data editor

Is it possible to insert a new column or row in Adobe Illustrator's graph data editor? (without having to move the existing data through Ctrl + X, Ctrl + V) I use Adobe Illustrator CC 17.0.0 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...