We are pretty excited about the recent developments by Visual.ly – the self proclaimed – ‘world’s largest community for sharing infographics’.
This service now allows anyone (with a Facebook or Twitter account) to create customised infographics. More than just a good look and feel, these creations also interrogate the Facebook and Twitter APIs directly, to provide some very interesting insight.
Visual.ly is not the only ‘create’ service in town and with these latest developments, its time to get excited about Infographics.
Visual.ly is not alone
It was only a matter of time before infographics and data visualisations became more easily created by the masses. As a non-designer, non-statistician I can expect some pretty sophisticated visualisation tools at my disposal…new creation services, lots of customisation options and a wealth of data to explore.
Whilst Visual.ly appears to be leading in this space, we have started to experiment with a range of other useful services, including:
- Many Eyes – Data Visualisation from IBM Research
- Tableau – data visualisation creation and sharing
- Google Public Data Explorer – data visualisations from Google
- GapMinder.org – data visualisation tools
- StatPlanet – create your own map visualisations
- Creately – for online diagrams
- Inkscape – open source vector graphics package
- Hohli – online charts creation
- Wordle – Tag Cloud Data Visualisations
What was once the realm of the web designer and research analyst, is quickly becoming available to the masses and it can only be a good thing.
For those of you less inclined to create an infographic or data visualisation, please also remember that the web is replete with these story-telling devices – the Visual.ly community itself has more than 11,000 to find and share .
What do you think of these infographic creation services? Are there other services you are aware of? Are there great infographics you want to share?
As always your comments are most welcome.
Alan, Jim and Vincent Visual.ly Launches a Tool for Self-Serve Custom Infographics