Cool Toys Pic of the Day – Visual.ly

Visual.ly:
http://visual.ly/

In their own words:
“Visually is a one-stop shop for the creation of data visualizations and infographics, bringing together Marketing Gurus, Data Nerds and Design Junkies based on shared interests.”

Have you ever wanted to make a nice infographic and wondered how people manage to get everything lined up just right and find the perfect images to use? This is the tool for you. Visually allows you to create infographics and data visualization based on data you already have available in your social media accounts. There are also a ton of items from other people and designers in the community. Completed projects can be posted to the community for comments and recommendations and there is also a marketplace for finding talented designers. It has fully integrated social media support for Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, and StumbledUpon.

The graphics can be embedded on personal websites, shared on social media, or shared by a web link following completion. You can also download a PDF version. Creation is pretty quick and easy, choose a template and connect to the social media or other website requested and it pulls the data directly from the site. I created a visual resume by connecting with my LinkedIn account. All of the information was pulled directly from my profile and gives the viewer an easy-to-read quick overview of my skills, education and employment history.

Chris’s Visual Resume:
http://bit.ly/17kl2vS

Ever wanted to create a Venn Diagram with a little flair? Visually is the place to do that too. The screenshot is one of the available templates. They also allow you to submit ideas for new templates to support Venn Diagramming. Unfortunately the current options are rather limited because the focus is really on connecting folks through the marketplace. There are an absolute ton of available items already on the site though. You can explore by theme (animals, geography, etc.) or by person. If you have a topic of person you want to see all updates for, you can follow them through your site account. Staff also comb the web for unique infographics to add to the site. If you have graphic design skills and just need inspiration, this is an excellent place to get that.

One of the templates that could be particularly useful is “Life of a Hashtag.” Life of a Hashtag could be used following a conference or other event for which a hashtag is craeted and/or promoted. As an example, one of the classes I recently finished had a hashtag to share information regarding the course and promote creation of a Professional Learning Network. The only caveat is that the hashtag has to have been active within the last month in order for the infographic to populate.

#SI643 Life of a Hashtag:
http://bit.ly/17kojvi

The Facebook Insights infographic allows you to track the data related to any Facebook Page you own. The Google Analytics infographic allows you to pull information about your website into a nice graphic form. There is a lot of inspiration here and they seem to be growing with some “coming soon” features planned. The community also seems to be vibrant and completely geeked out about data visualization. It is definitely a site I will be keeping my eye on.

This is a guest post by Chris Bulin (@Arduanne), a graduate student assistant at the Taubman Health Sciences Library.

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