Noupe: Shutterstock alternatives: Best Vector Websites to Find Free Illustrations . “It’s no doubt that when it comes to design, having more options, and more inspiration is never wrong. In this post, I am going to list the 10 best vector websites to find and download free illustrations as Shutterstock alternatives.” I am making a Halloween Gizmo and using Flaticon for the graphics. Recommended.
Fast Company: See the world’s oldest emoji in this new archive of 650 ancient symbols. “A new project aims to catalogue hundreds of ancient symbols, drawn from long-gone civilizations like the Mayans, the ancient Egyptians, and the Aztecs, as well as present-day indigenous communities, like the Maori in New Zealand and the Lakota Sioux in North America.”
Hongkiat: 20+ Useful Online Chart & Graph Generators. “Creating appealing and useful graphs require two things — good knowledge of statistics and a useful chart generator tool. While the former can be learned at school, for the later here are some of the best web services that allow you to create professional charts and graphs online. Let’s take a look at the list.”
The Functional Art: A new data visualization tool: Flourish. “In the past I’ve praised several visualization tools, some of which are still part of my workflow — INZight or RAWGraphs— and others that I’ve been planning to incorporate into classes for a while, such as DataWrapper, Quadrigram, or Plotly. These tools contribute to the democratization of visualization, something I care about quite a bit. A new one, Flourish, has been launched today. I’d like to bring it to your attention.”
Creative Bloq: 13 incredible tools for creating infographics. “Done right, infographics can be a great way to make sense of complex data. The best infographics transform complex information and data into graphics that are both easy to grasp and visually appealing. The only problem is, infographics that look like they were simple to make are often anything but.”
Sidney Daily News: Wright State student develops emoji software. “There is a smiley face and a frowny face. There are clapping hands, thumbs up and thumbs down. There are hearts and kissy lips. They are emojis — those wildly popular images that have become a language of their own among smartphone users. And there are a lot of emojis — 2,766 to be exact. Wright State University researchers have created a new database that more precisely defines the meaning of each emoji and promises to improve communication between those who send and receive them. And the database is now being used by the largest group of computer scientists on the planet.”
Digital Arts: Information is Beautiful 2017 – take a look at the best infographics and data visualisations of this year. “It’s probably hard to get excited about infographics, data visualisations and information design until you see these winning designs from the Information is Beautiful Awards in London last night. Hosted at LSO St Luke’s in Old Street, we saw exceptional work from studios, news organisations like The Guardian, students such as autistic University of Oxford student Rhodes Scholar, Jory Fleming – and individuals including Dutch astronomer gone full-time data designer Nadieh Bremer, who took out three awards.”
Digital Arts Online: Be inspired on how to present data with this brilliant online archive . “DataVizProject is a free website (currently in beta), so you can easily find an infographic that suits your data and figure out how to create one yourself – while learning the family, function, shape and input of each visualisation. For example, the Sociogram is in the ‘diagram’ family, and its function is to visualise ‘correlation’.”
New-to-me: A database of Fox and CNN “lower thirds”. The lower third is that part of the screen with summary headlines, teasers, etc. You can keyword search, but note that the search matches partial words; for example, if you search for cow you’ll get Moscow, coward, etc. Don’t know how long this has been aggregating materials but it doesn’t look like that long.
University of Michigan: As scientists take to Twitter, new study shows power of “visual abstract” graphics to share results. “When it comes to sharing new research findings with the world, Twitter has emerged as a key tool for scientists – and for the journals where they publish their findings. But a new study shows a way for that research to reach even more people, so that new ideas and findings can travel farther.”
From Info We Trust: A History of DataViz. “After examining the history of data visualization greats I decided to collect my learnings in the style of history’s data visualization greats. The first of these visual summaries is presented and discussed below.” This is really nice.
MakeUseOf rounds up seven alternatives to PowerPoint. Can’t have enough alternatives to PowerPoint.