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So is the question essentially how to visualise sound? If so the process is essentially: Decide what you want to achieve (something abstract like these music-based sculptures? Something with practical useful value? Something with a dual purpose?) Decide which sound variables (frequency, magnitude, etc) are most useful to that goal - will involve some ...


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How to make something stand out? Contrast. Easiest way is to use dark vs. bright or opposing colors like red and green. The issue you are having is that your caracter also blends with the tiles, while the background is rich in color. Which makes us look at the background first. Basically, look at any similar game, you will see that background and foreground ...


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What you want is Taxedo ...which would give you the ability to create tag-clouds and word clouds that looks like this:


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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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There are two JavaScript libraries that you might find helpful for pulling something like this off: Raphael.js Processing.js Otherwise, there are many, many charting libraries that you could adapt, some Flash, some PHP, some jQuery. Digg used to do some really cool visualizations in Digg labs, but unfortunately, all that remains now after their redesign ...


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Try R -- it is a full array programming language for doing data science, with a powerful plotting capabilities. It easily exports to PDF and SVG (among other formats) and those files import nice and are made in way they can be reasonably edited. Also there are usually numerous options to control the plot. And there is a package called ade4 which does ...


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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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Weighted graphics on the ends of a line; the thicker/longer an arrowhead or oval is at the end of a line for the more people going in that direction. Colored ends at a line, say red and blue to make a purple with a given color representing a direction, and the mix showing which direction people went. Full red or blue being all one direction and purple being ...


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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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I'm going to approach this from a purely graphic point of view. Looking at what a database basically is... it's a container which holds various unmatched items. To this end, I would approach it as such. How litteral or abstract you get would depend upon the desired impression on the reader. You could be very basic and abstract: A bucket full of ...


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Practice with whatever vector app you settle on using (doesn't matter which). Challenge yourself to create shapes with as few anchor points/nodes as possible. Learn to think symmetrically when creating vector shapes. A circle needs 4 anchors, you shouldn't need more than 4 to create a circle. Learn all drawing operational shortcuts for your vector app - ...


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Looks like a case of too much contrast. In photoshop/gimp/whatever, try looking at a portion of the green things, and a sample of the cracked sky, the character etc. Look at the histograms of these. They each span a broad range of values, black or near black to white or near white. Objects and background are easier for the eye to separate when their ...


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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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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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So those kind of network graphs are often called node link diagrams. This article might be a good place to start: The Links That Bind Us: Network Visualizations. Except for very small datasets, I'd use a code library or tool that generates networks like this. D3 is a javascript library designed for creating complex visualisations like these. "Force ...


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Check out this presentation by Hans Rosling. It's available on gapminder.org and on Google Spreadsheets.


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As you have locations, the result may be an interactive map. Open-source interactive map software are not very numerous, but you can generate static images and then assemble them in an animation. A great combination of software is R + python + FOSS GIS (free and open source, like GRASS or QGIS). Some introductory educational content are listed here : ...


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I think that maybe you should add a little contrast. To me it seems you have too many analogous colors http://www.tigercolor.com/color-lab/color-theory/color-theory-intro.htm If you want it to have more of a childish feel I think you should go for primary colors.


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Learn to draw. Beginning with drawing Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space? Go to Vectortuts and do all their tutorials. As for the difference between raster and vector read this What's the difference between vector graphics and raster graphics? Bottom line, rasters are pixel-based, vectors are path-based.


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The Outline view was removed in version Fireworks CS5. Previous version of Fireworks has keyboard command ctrl+k to switch Outline-mode on and off.


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Being a graphic designer turned web developer who dabbles in database management from time to time, I often create visual representations of the dbs I need to manage for my own sanity. I'm very visually oriented, so it helps me out. With that said, from my understanding of your question, I believe you are already on the right track. I would continue ...


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Look into Visio from Windows. I have used it in the past, its fairly priced but may help and to me its a well rounded diagram program. Per your question I would possibly go with Visio because you can use graphical icons to display what you need. Also when creating diagrams in Visio it will can test your database by relation and keys. Examples of Visio: ...


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For non-technical people, you MUST avoid over charting. You should identify the unique parent tables and visually show the many child-record concept for each, with at most 3 levels of depth. This will mean a lot more visuals--in bite size chunks--with overlap. In addition, provide basic definitions of the most important terms like "many to 1." Most people ...


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To be honest if the map is in 2d i don't really see the point of making it 3d at all costs... I mean if you want to have something in 2d there are plenty of (easier) ways to achieve this, the first that comes to mind is using code to generate the graph if you have the dataset set like that. One good example could be d3.js, a relatively easy to understand ...


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I agree that a 3D map is probably going to be an unnecessary distraction from your data. However, it can be useful for interactive use - if you can animate a walkthrough or fly-over it might add to the informative aspects. Graphs like this are easy to code in Mathematica. This code (with some random data): vertexshape[{xc_, yc_, zc_}, name_] := ...


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What you are looking for is a multivariable weather chart. To my knowledge, there is no standardised model for what you are looking for specifically. If you study meteorology information sites, you will find that they usually use multiple charts to demonstrate what is going on. Here is what to consider: how many data points are we talking about? For ...


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You might try OmniGiraffe, which is a flowchart generator for Mac. I've only seen it used once or twice so I can't speak to how well it works, but it might fit your bill.


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Poser has pre defined facial expressions and would allow for the other things you want to do. It is one of the best character tools around (imho). Also check the site for tutorials as they have some quite comprehensive ones.



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