Questions tagged [data-visualisation]

Questions about the use of illustrations to convey data. This is including but not limited to diagrams such as charts, maps, plots; and general graphics with underlying data.

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Better ways to visualise a box of uncertain colour when the possible colours are complementary?

I try to create an illustration containing certain items represented by coloured boxes (exhibits 1 and 2), with the colour distinguishing different types of items. Assume that the look of these boxes (...
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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 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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When designing, what techniques can be used for determining if the right amount of “fluff” has been added?

Fluff (N.): something inconsequential Source: Merriam-Webster Online English Dictionary In design, this is often viewed as unnecessary ornamentation. In web design, where load times are important, ...
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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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How do I create a tri-colored arc in Inkscape?

I need to cut an arc which has three colors say red, green and blue one after the other. This is for a circular game paddle. I am using a differentiate on a square and a circle, then rotating the ...
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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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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 blue,...
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How can I arrange words into a shape to make a “word cloud” design?

I want to create a T-shirt to commemorate the tenth edition of a gaming convention and I had the idea to have the names of all the games that were played during the convention form a big roman numeral ...
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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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Better way to display three pieces of data on one graph for a website

Note the oldest answer was referring to my graph prior to this last edit. It was a great answer, please don't discount it due to my edit. I want to display how much study I have done, and how many ...
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How to visualise two-dimensional scientific data-points in a chart… in grayscale?

I am not sure whether this is the correct site for this question. The model comes from Physics, the data comes from computational physics, the plot is made with LaTeX but my question is about the ...
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Printing Visualization - Spot UV

I recently got a lot of offset printing jobs and with them the ability to choose options that were not available to me before. So the Problem is that I generally have to make a presentation of the ...
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How to Make a Beautiful Stacked 3D Plot

I am looking to make a plot where: Plot is composed of a group of 2D plots, stacked in 3D. The height of the line is indicated by the color. The mean of the wave of each plot is indicated by a dashed ...
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What software can create and annotate a 3D model's outline?

One problem perhaps eternal for the beginners: how to create and annotate an image like this one. The image contains hidden lines specific to a 3D body represented in the plan. If the software is ...
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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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Illustrator data-driven maps

I have searched high and low for a way to colorize parts of a map based on a csv or xml file. For instance to illustrate results of a election. Doing it by hand is both tedious I imagine being able ...
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How to visualize combinations of data for a gene discovery application?

What kind of a visualization/chart should I use for showing all the ways you can choose from a set of items? (i.e., number of possible combinations) Concretely, I am showing potential offspring from ...
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How to graphically represent customer flow in indoor environments?

I'd like to know how can I represent human streams and paths in indoors facilities. Where to are people moving? How do they move and in which proportions? Something like Aaron Koblin's Flight ...
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How do you present a logo to a client? [closed]

I am newbie and would like guidance on How do you present the logo to a client visually in a professional way? What are the different ways of presenting a logo to a client? If there are links to ...
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How to create an array of circles within a circle?

I'm looking to place exactly 750 filled circles in a random array within a circular shape, essentially a static version of this infographic I've considered scatter graphs (but that seems as painful ...
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Advice on becoming vector proficient

Background I'm a complete novice and not very tech savvy but I'm interested in teaching myself how to create and design images in a vector based format. What I need to do I would like to get ...
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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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Are zebra stripes on tables more effective than good spacing and visual contrast?

In old forms or webpages I often see a lot of zebra striping used on the tables because the way the table was designed it was difficult to see the rows and columns easily when you want to locate ...
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How to create a line graph around a circle

How can I recreate this chart (wave line) around a circle with actual data in Illustrator? Or is any other way to generate vector format? I need this for print.
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Why is my character lost in the background?

I am designing and developing a 2D-platformer and I'm having trouble with the look and feel of the game. The game is about an inventor who is kidnapped for warfare. Theme: Childish but sad. There are ...
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Textual ways to represent percentage without numbers?

I am making an application which reminds users to take breaks at intervals (the user can set the interval). I’d like to give the user an idea of how much time is left until the break, but not give the ...
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Using which software can I produce network maps of this kind?

I found this image few years ago. I don't remember where I found it but it really helped me in teaching all the networking concepts to my students. I mean, picturing network like this has somehow made ...
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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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Header for free, Open Source plugin (translates UI into user language)

We're about to publish a free, open source plugin that translates the WordPress admin UI into the users language. This plugin will be freely available in the official wp.org plugin repository. Now we ...
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How to auto generate bulk greeting cards from excel/csv data

I am trying to bulk generate greeting cards from an excel(or csv) table in which multiple people have generated customized messages for each recipient. Each card can have a different number of people ...
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Why are the slices not accurate in my pie chart in Illustrator?

I made a pie chart that contains several slices. Two of the slices are .1%. One .1% slice (the yellow one) can easily be seen, while the other one is incredibly small - you have to drag the other ...
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Create a bar chart within a table in InDesign?

I want to represent numbers in a table I've created in InDesign as a scaled bar chart, similarly to the image below. Is there a way to do this in InDesign or Illustrator without manually adding and ...
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How to vectorize a graph from a raster image

I have an image of a graph and want to redraw this graph in Illustrator. Full size image Is there any "trick" to do this? I am trying with the pen tool but it's very hard to reproduce that the fine ...
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How to graphically represent click data

I have a data which contains the number times users visits a page and the time of day the visit occurs. I would like to display this data visually but I don't know what is the best representation of ...
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Is there an automatic tool that can crawl a live site and generate both a visual sitemap and single-page screenshots?

Is there an automatic tool that can crawl a live site and generate both a visual sitemap and single-page screenshots? I tried searching around and all I can find is Powermapper and Slickplan but ...
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How would you represent i/o as an icon?

This has caused me to lose sleep and not get my weekly pat in the back from my boss. We have a web hosting related product that consists of database, bandwidth and I/O sub-products. To represent the ...
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What is this type of graph/plot called?

I am creating a presentation for a school assignment and wanted to include a visual aid I have seen before; however, obtaining tips for designing it has been extremely difficult as I cannot for the ...
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Extracting vertex data of a 3D Model using 3D Modelling software

I know the title might sound a bit confusing but there is method in my madness. Firstly, the type of data i'm trying to extract is every position and angle of every vertex used to form the 3D Model ...
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How do I improve the visual design of my scientific schematic figures?

When writing a manuscript, I generally feel like my plots follow a good balance of visibility and informational portrayal. Once in a awhile, I need to create a figure where something is shown "...
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Dealing with a lot of repetition in data table

I have a table where a lot data is repeated (see the competition, players and date columns). The endless rows of the same stuff draws the eye and makes it seem like the most important thing in the ...
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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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What's a good, free, program for creating graphs based on Excel data?

I let it slip to a friend that I took some GIS courses before, and he asked me to help him make graphs/charts for him. Being the good friend I am, I agreed, but only if he would buy me lunch. My old ...
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How to get the XY coordinates of the segments in a rule?

I have a curved line and because I wanted it to be divided in segments of equal distances, I used a Rule effect. (The image is in Spanish, but I hope you know what I mean with Rule - I don't know if ...
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Moodboards: how to use them in a workflow?

I'm new to design and have started working with moodboards. It seems like a really essential part of a design workflow. How best do you use them? What is a good process for compiling one? What is in ...
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Show legend AND percentages in Illustrator pie chart

I have a pie chart that looks like this: I want to make it look like this (ignore the purple lines), so that it has both the colored legend AND the percentages. (The color and shape doesn't matter). ...
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Best way to design map markers based on their 'heat' parameter

I'm creating a google map, with some custom markers on it. Each marker has a "heat" parameter, and I would like to design those markers depending on this parameter. But I can't figure the best way to ...
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How to count colors in an image or series of images?

Perhaps this question is too technical for this subsite, if so, please relocate it to a better spot. I'm doing some research on colors where I need to figure out how common colors are. The end result ...