Journalists, Designers, and Clients: Best Practices for Working as a Team

Journalists, Designers, and Clients: Best Practices for Working as a Team

Visual.ly has a vibrant, dynamic marketplace full of clients from a staggering variety of industries. As a result, journalists and designers have to be versatile above all else: able to craft a narrative image that perfectly meets the expectations of the clients.

Here is a user’s guide for the Visual.ly journalist or designer – a how-to for successfully navigating the marketplace to deliver excellent client experiences alongside excellent visualizations.

Articulating the Vision

Every project is an exercise in vision actualization. Each client has a vision. Sometimes it is very specific, which makes writing and designing the infographic relatively easy. And sometimes it’s nebulous, based on a slippery concept or set of criteria that are only vaguely defined. In every case, it’s the journalist or designer’s first job to understand the vision. When the vision is clear, understanding involves doing good research:... keep reading

“Creative” Things Designers Do: Map Edition

In the past few weeks, we’ve been running a series on the tweaks that designers do to charts to make them fit the aesthetics of the graphics they are creating. So far, we showed you some of the ways designers get creative with pie charts, bar charts, line charts, and area based encodings. Maps... keep reading

Data Visualization for Tablets and Touch Screens

At the end of 2012, comScore estimated there were 52.4 million tablet owners in the U.S.; Apple sold another 19.5 million iPads in the first three months of 2013 alone. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some companies, such as Roambi, Tableau, and Bloomberg are starting to offer mobile, touch-aware data visualization... keep reading