Information Visualization:

What, Why and How to Do It Well

If a picture is worth thousands of words, an information visual (infographic diagram/graph/chart) is worth millions of words. Infographics can facilitate processing, analysis and showcase of information amazingly. Edraw helps you handle information visualization in an easy and effective manner.

What is Information Visualization

Learn the definition of information visualization in this section. Information visualization or information visualization is the study of (interactive) visual representations of abstract data to reinforce human cognition. The abstract data include both numerical and non-numerical data, such as text and geographic information. (Wikipedia)

Why to Conduct Information Visualization

The importance of visualization in conveying information is undeniable. For example, the rise and fall of a certain indicator is viewed and understood faster by examining the corresponding line graph than looking at the raw numbers.

Key Events

We are now in the Information Age. Every day we need to deal with vast amounts of data and disseminate them through many channels of telecommunication. In order to process the vast amount of data, we rely on the power of visualization. With diagrams we are able to gain insight in the data, by detecting patterns and trends and are able to check and verify the data.

How to Visualize Information: Use Edraw - The Best Visualization Tool

Edraw aims to provide top-notch professional visuals to users. It automates the drawing process by predefining shapes. Its auto generation function enables anyone, even without any experience to visualize information instantly. By preparing over 200 templates and examples, Edraw saves users tons of time and effort. For more detailed explanation about Edraw features, check out this link. Here are some amazingly designed visualization examples created by Edraw.

Visuals Examples

How to Make Visuals More Visually Pleasing

The more aesthetically a graphic is perceived, the longer the viewer will try to decode the meaning of it or extract a certain information. To produce your diagram as a pleasurable experience to any viewer, several features are thought to contribute to it and determine it, like symmetry, balance, complexity, figure-ground-contrast and more. Follow these principles to make your infographics more visually appealing.

  • Principle of Simplicity: Make it as simple as possible so that readers can understand it easily. Take away everything which is not essential.
  • Principle of Symmetry: A symmetrical object would be more beautiful than an asymmetrical one most of the time.
  • Principle of Consistency: Avoid using more than one encoding to communicate the same information. Do not use visually similar encodings for different variables, otherwise readers will be confused.
  • Principle of Proper Colour: "Colour used poorly is worse than no colour at all" - Edward Tufte
  • Edraw helps you achieve symmetry quite easily. You can use Align and Distribute functions in Home menu to perfectly arrange your diagram. Read Aligning and Distributing Shapes for more help.

    Align Tool
    Distribute Tool

    Visualization Diagrams Examples

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