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How can I improve card design?

This is a small item, so avoid filling precious whitespace by containing every element into its own separate box. Instead, break the design down into 2 sections for better separation between the top ...
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How to make plot marker sizes for scientific plots seem consistent?

There are 2 main parts to this: Alignment and Size - other things like whitespace and shape are harder to objectively analyse but still important. As with most art and designs, balance is not exact, ...
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Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?

If you, the creator, is unsure, how will the reader know which it is? Short answer: the value should be linked 1:1 to the amount of colour on the page. So in your example, it should be area. But ...
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How can I improve card design?

This is an opinion based answer, and there is no right or wrong here. Generally, I quite like the basic style of it. It's very traditional in a kind of educational establishment way. However in my ...
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Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?

I'd say the area. Optically, a square with a side two times as long shows as an area 4 times as big. Casual observers will relate to the area, even without reading your legend. A nice example is this ...
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How can I improve card design?

Great thanks to everybody for your replies! I found it difficult to place all the information under icons, so I ended up with aligning the first column right and the second left, as suggested by ...
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Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?

In my opinion the area (D), not each side (E). If you are using a side of length 2, then the area would be 4 times the value and you would have a very overlapped graph. (E) When you have a normal ...
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How to make clear the intent of résumé status bars?

I think this is simply too much information. I get the attempt at making it more scannable but at the end of the day, developer positions typically require two things to get you through the door: ...
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How to make clear the intent of résumé status bars?

Personally I'm not a huge fan of these skill bars. What do they tell you? So you're 5 blocks on PHP. Does that mean you know everything there is to know about PHP? Nobody knows everything about PHP. ...
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How to visualise two-dimensional scientific data-points in a chart... in grayscale?

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, ...
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Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?

We're not as good at judging differences in area as we are in length. We use length as a proxy and therefore tend to underestimate differences in areas. For this reason, a circle that actually has 2x ...
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How to visualise two-dimensional scientific data-points in a chart... in grayscale?

This is not a trivial problem; I am only going to give some general suggestions. My graphics are conceptional, would need some elegantifying to be optimal. First: kudos for making the mesh in the ...
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Designing creatives with complex sale mechanics

One strategy that you can use is sometimes called Messaging Management (Packaging Design Workbook, p. 87). It helps your audience to "chunk": A way of dealing with or remembering information by ...
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Is there any learning service like Pluralsight but for design?

Pluralsight now owns DigitalTutors (design and 3d training), so there's that. I've been on DT for a while and I'd recommend it. You get working files, quizes, and tests. One login for the complete ...
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Is having a skills bar chart on a resume a good idea?

I really dislike seeing these on student resumes, because they feel trendy/gimmicky and I question the analytics that go into determining how an entry level designer judges their own competency, with ...
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Is having a skills bar chart on a resume a good idea?

It would make more sense to emphasize your skill set using actual words. For example, you could say that you are experienced using GREP style sheets in InDesign, or in creating interactive forms.
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What are great fonts for information-heavy data tables?

for me i am using Arial Narrow the most simply fonts easy to read
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How do I use designs in a stacked bar chart with precise statistics?

1- Make your row of people a compound path. Make sure they are not grouped first, ungroup if necessary then select them all, right click and select "Make Compound Path". 2- Apply a gradient to the ...
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How do I use designs in a stacked bar chart with precise statistics?

This might not be anything of what you want, but i simply turned the graph-part (data points) horisontal instead, and put a box with human-shaped "holes" on top. (I somehow got the idea that you ...
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How much consistency should I keep throughout writing (document) and presentating (slides)?

If you're trying to keep the paper and slides linked (e.g., you'll be handing the paper out as part of the presentation, readers will have to sort through various slide shows to find yours, etc.) you ...
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graphing: show a distant cluster while minimizing negative space?

I know this is a very old question, but its an interesting problem. here's a solution I came up with. Keep in mind I don't have a full grasp of usage. My goal was the indicate distance in some way ...
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Software to draw schemes quickly

You could try 3D imaging software For example Google SketchUp or something similar. Another option might be CAD-based programs (I have no experience with those, though, and they are not famous for ...
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Software to draw schemes quickly

I would suggest you look into MATLAB which is kind of a gold standard for many math operations that require drawings to be created. Also, SmartDraw is a FREE online program where you can draw ...
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What software is used to create these kinds of infographics and checklists?

Any decent vector art software would work for those tasks: Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer, Xara Designer, Inkscape, or if you're on a Mac, Sketch app, though most often used for UI design tasks, ...
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A website with a large tree-structure diagram

Whatever tree you'll be making, nobody's going to flick through 450 links of equal weight. You need to create some structure and break down this volume into smaller sections, groups, etc: create a ...
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How to show multiple years of line data for comparison

Try a different approach First thing you should try is to find a color palette that would be both easily readable and pleasing to look at, but judging by the comment: "...toddler with a coloring ...
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Best way to design map markers based on their 'heat' parameter

Personally I think more information about what exactly you are indicating with the markers is needed to give a complete answer, but maybe this can help you get started. Assuming you are talking about ...
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Should either the area or the length of a square be proportional to the data that is being visualized?

Tufte dealt with this extensively. See: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Envisioning Information and others. Some principles of graphical integrity : The representation of ...
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graphing: show a distant cluster while minimizing negative space?

The clusters appear to be roughly aligned along a 45° axis. To "compress" the distance between the clusters and preserve their size and relative orientation, position your "zig-zag" break ...
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graphing: show a distant cluster while minimizing negative space?

If the axiis really don't matter, the obvious choice is to reduce the size of the bounding box (border added for clarity):
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