Visual data can be described as stunning and maybe even beautiful when compared to plain text. Presenting data in a visual way can turn an otherwise complex or boring topic into a well-received, interesting conversation.
Since our eyes can swallow visual data much faster than plain text, we can digest the information in a small fraction of the time it would take to read paragraphs of text.
You don’t have to look much further than the infographic craze of the past few years to know this is true. However, if you’re like me, you’re getting a bit tired of infographics. Surely there are other ways to express ideas and data in an eye-catching, visual way.
Anna Vital, startup evangelist and lawyer, created this chart called 33 Ways To Visualize Ideas. According to Anna, you can “choose among different charts, diagrams, and visual techniques to visualize your ideas. If you can see it, you can do it.“
If you are looking for different ways to present data in your next meeting or even in your next blog post, this chart can help.
There are tons of free online tools that can help you create any of these visualizations yourself. I did a quick Google search, and I found one article in particular that lists many of them. You can click over to The 36 Best Tools For Data Visualization to review and select the ones that would work best for you.
You don’t have to be a designer or web developer to present your data visually. You just have to be sure that your ideas and data are strong enough to back up your visual creation. Think of it as an information map. It will help people understand your concept quickly and easily without torturing them with long paragraphs of text. A stunning visualization supported by solid research and data is a strong way to present any idea you have.
Diana is a USC graduate, tech entrepreneur and member of the Apple Consultants Network. She has written 4,200+ blog posts around the blogosphere. She loves innovation, creativity and grande Java Chips. She’s also a frequent user of the force. Connect with her on Twitter at @adamsconsulting or email me at [email protected].