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The easiest method is to simply use strokes with arrowheads. for 5 arrows, you simply divide a circle into 5 sections, apply your stroke and arrowheads, then expand and use the Shape Builder Tool.


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Free online options For something quick, there are a growing number of (usually SVG-powered) free online flow chart tools. Here's a few that don't require log-in, all pretty basic but user-friendly: Draw.io (free) - straightforward, allows saving straight to Google Drive or Dropbox Gliffy (free up to 5 public diagrams, then pay-for) - clean layout, has a ...


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Edit III: I found an imensly gorgeous example of multivariable quantitative data visualisation, and had to add it. You will find it under the heading "Edit III (Nobel laureates)". Edit II: there has been a little misunderstanding, and I have edited to try to clarify how I interpret the intended use of the data. I have replaced two images and added a section ...


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Here is how I would do it. I am using a very basic arrow shape. It can be adapted to a more refined design. Step 1: Draw the doughnut with one of the arrows in place. (Here drawn with no fill so the next steps are easy to understand.) Step 2: Select both shapes and make a symbol (drag to symbol panel) Step 3: With the symbol selected in the canvas, ...


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Do not use a rainbow of colors to indicate different intensities of values. To quote Edward Tufte: Despite our experiences with the spectrum in science textbooks and rainbows, the mind's eye does not readily give an order to ROYGBIV. (From Tufte's Envisioning Information) Remember that, despite the rainbow, most people are used to envisioning the ...


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I would recommend something like: yEd, used to use this a lot, today not so much. Probably best for simple-moderately complex stuff. Good support for different formats. Gephi, for beautiful big force directed graphs. Tulip, havent used more than once seemed ok graphwiz, I use this all the time and then do final touches in illutrator. It probably produced ...


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It is easy as usual! For that i will use Illustrator CS5. 1) Take a "Spiral Tool" 2) Now click on the screen and set some options for the spiral creation. Then click "OK" 3) A new spiral will be drawn: 4) Now transform the spiral: 5) Rotate and scale: 6) It will be look like this: 7) Take a "Reshape Tool" (the magic begins :) 8) ...


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Adobe Illustrator actually has some very under-utilized capabilities to enhance chart representations of data. There's a good tutorial by Mordy Golding here, and his Lynda.com tutorials also go into this in excellent detail. For the kind of work I do, I'll use Illustrator in this way, or build things by hand. For inspiration, and to give you an idea of how ...


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I think there are a few additional questions that could narrow your search for the key to representing data to your audience. I think of them much like curtailing your resume to a specific job you want. Why are you creating a infographic. What is the net goal or outcome you want your audience to know about your data. What do you know about your audience ...


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"Easy to use" is a bit of a challenge is that's going to depend on a whole lot of criteria. That said, I'd suggest Inkscape. It's open source, so is no cost to give it a try. It's not as robust as Adobe Illustrator, so would argue that it's simpler to learn. And it can certainly save out in many formats, including it's native format SVG.


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If you work with a big amount of data I recommend you try gephi. It gives you nice control on what and how should be visualized.


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What problem are you trying to solve? The approach and therefore best tools depend on... Are you visualising data to (a) analyse it, explore it or open it up, or to (b) communicate a specific, known message about it? Who is your audience? In particular, are they (a) casual people who's interest you want to attract (e.g. readers of a magazine, people ...


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You need to split the circle into separate objects, then color the separate objects. You can't fill a circle with multiple colors other than using gradients or gradient meshes. The easiest way to spit the circle and color, is to simply draw paths to divide the circle then use the Live Paint Tool to apply color to the separate areas. Expand the Live Paint ...


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I like Dia which is a free open source diagramming tool available for Windows, Mac OSX and Linux. Its been around for years and is popular with both software and electronic engineers.


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When working with items which all must be 100% and the same color I look at the things which make the items distinctive: size (including widths of strokes) style (dashes, dots, etc) fill (hollow, solid, patterns) shape Then it's a matter of how I can adjust these four settings to create enough distinction between items so they are visibly different. ...


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'Flat design' is just a trend really, and so the general rules of graphic design apply, including colour, proximity, contrast, form, balance, hierarchy etc. The thing that differentiates flat design is pretty much just using stark blocks of colour without any texture or depth. Maybe a subtle gradient, that's it. IMO, your first example is nicer to look at. ...


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A great online solution, one that integrates well with Google Drive is Lucid Chart. There are paid plans, but it's mostly free. I've created tonnes of diagrams for it and this is a typical implementation.


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yEd is good at this, is free and has Windows, Mac and Linux versions: http://www.yworks.com/en/products_yed_about.html


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What you are asking for can be accomplished by many 3D rendering programs (Cinema 4D, Maya, etc). The free one among them is called Blender. Unfortunately, there is a learning curve to using this program and you will probably invest significantly more time than a 2D Network map, but it might be what you are looking for. I agree though, this form is a lot ...


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Let me answer the question itself - i.e. how to move objects together in Illustrator exactly as you ask. Assume you have this picture, where there are 5 rectangles and 4 direct lines pointing as provided - You want to move the grey rectangle to any other position in the way where all direct lines move simultaneously with the grey rectangle to the new ...


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I mainly use R to visualize data. It has a myriad of packages that extend its use. For instance, see R Graphics Gallery.


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I see a lot about professional and commercial software here, so this one might be a bit off-side: I use LaTeX and TikZ (which is a LaTeX package) for visualization. If I am able to draw and structure my data on a piece of paper, I can also do the same thing with TikZ. The approach is 100% text based, not at all intuitive to beginners, but very powerful. ...


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How about an illustration of a factory, with on one side: materials going in a little pile of coins going out and on the other side: product going out a great big pile of coins coming in


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Option 1 Inkscape as already suggested if you don't intend to use it often or want to spend several 100 dollars. Option 2 Buy the design edition of Adobe CS6. I say buy the design package because at the rate of just purchasing Illustrator it is a waste. You can buy the design package which would include Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat. ...


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You can do this with excel, atleast if you approximate the design a bit. Excell is probably the only tool that a unspecified random crowd can be expected to be able to use. The real problem is that the more easy to use, and the more mainstream you want to go the more you need to sacrafice out of your design. Excel can be made quite faithfull to your idea ...


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It is not about wavelength. It's about human emotional connection to the colors. The high indicator is generally red/orange because human nature is to perceive it as vibrant, motion-filled, and dangerous as is fire departments and ambulances. Blues and purples are perceived as calm and safe. This is why you see hospitals, insurance companies, and ...


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Where I live in Australia the Met office (weather) recorded the highest temperature as over about 50 degrees and because Red was the highest representation for the temperature band - they added purple to mark this higher temp on the radar. A key or legend scale might be useful in this situation


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I know many people use https://www.lucidchart.com. If you are on Windows and have access to Visio, that is a good diagram tool as well.


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I suggest Illustrator. With its diagramm tools you can create any kind of diagram and its fully editable. Also you can output any kind of format in any resolution since its verctorbased graphics. Of course, illustrator isn't free. If you don't want to invest money, maybe there's an alternative for you here. I don't know whether those are suitable for you. ...


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This isn't the sort of thing you draw so much as generate. You could draw it with any vector app (such as Joonas' Inkscape recommendation). But, you're probably looking for something with better mathematical accuracy than that. I think what you're after is something generated by a computational app. You could export the generated graphic to style in ...



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