Data Visualization 101: Area Charts

In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Like the mountains that they resemble, area charts are a representation of change over time. Whether you’re looking to chart net earnings for individual departments month to month or examining the popularity of music genres since the ‘50s, there are few chart types that communicate time-series relationships so well. Let’s see how area charts can work for you.

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Data Visualization 101: Line Charts

In our Data Visualization 101 series, we cover each chart type to help you sharpen your data visualization skills.

Line charts are one of the oldest forms of data visualization, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re tracking the fluctuation of stock prices or the popularity of different wine varieties, they give you an accurate and quickly understandable assessment of the trend, acceleration, deceleration, and volatility of the data in question.

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Graphic Quote #5: Orange County

A Visual News original series for lovers of infographics and cult movies.

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Graphic Quote #4: Anchorman

A Visual News original series for lovers of infographics and cult movies. Here’s the movie clip

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The Puke State? Old Nicknames of US States Told by Pigs

How far we have come in modern advertising… and how much we’re missing! Nearly 130 years ago W.H. Hill & Co produced this colorful pig-themed example of cartography, featuring the states and territories of 1884’s America. “Sole manufacturers of Hill’s Hog Ringers, Hill’s Triangular Rings, Calf & Cow Weaners, Stock Markers, etc,” the map is a perfect example of early day product placement, although a subtle one: each of the featured hogs has the companies unique triangular ring in its little snout (even the curtain is held back by their signature triangles).

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Graphic Quote #3: The Big Lebowski

A Visual News original series for lovers of infographics and cult movies. Here’s the movie clip

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Graphic Quote #2: Back to the Future

A Visual News original series for lovers of infographics and cult movies. When possible, we’ll try to include a clip of the quote — (also, consider this your obligatory spoiler alert…though if you haven’t seen this movie , we have a bigger problem on our hands).

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Graphic Quote #1: Super Troopers

Combine our love for infographics at Visual News with my personal interest in movies and you have our new Visual News Original series Graphic Quotes. Over the next few months we’ll be posting a weekly graphical interpretation of popular movie quotes.

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Infographics In Music Videos

Music videos have been an integral part of the music industry since they rose to prominence in the 80s, and the popularity of music videos on the internet continues to make them fashionable today. Some of the techniques filmmakers use include: live action, animation, documentary, and abstract film. The blending of these various styles have turned the music video into an art form — with infographics becoming another popular tool filmmakers can use to achieve their desired results.

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Most Awesome Google Docs Presentation… Ever.


Created by 3 animators, over 3 days, from 3 different location, and using only Google Docs Presentation, this colorful and entertaining animation will make your head spin. The crew used 450 individual slides to draw each frame and used no animation software or high tech hardware… just good old Google Docs.

You can check out the original animation and all it’s slides at http://goo.gl/6MJwH or for more clever uses of Google creations, artistic and otherwise, check out demoslam.com

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