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What are data visualizations?

Data visualizations represent numerical data in a visual format. They can be anything from a simple bar chart to a complex three dimensional CAT Scan representation.

What are infographics?

Infographics are images created to explain a particular idea or dataset. They often contain beautiful graphics to increase their appeal and help catch your attention. Many of them use data visualizations.

What are interactive data visualizations?

Interactive data visualizations allow a user to explore a dataset for themselves. They have different interaction methods, like providing details on mouseover, different coordinated views, panning and zooming, or others.

What are motion graphics?

Motion graphics are often very similar to infographics. They have beautiful imagery and animations and explain concepts or datasets.

How are these visuals created?

Data visualizations can be created by a variety of software/programs, both those designated for data visualization and those that are not. Most infographics are created by hand-in-design software, such as Photoshop or Illustrator. Motion graphics are often created in After Effects or Final Cut Pro. Interactive data visualizations are hand-coded by developers. Visual.ly is working on data visualization tools to help everyone be able to communicate visually.

Can I trust all these visualizations?

Most visualizations can be trusted, but think critically about them and how they represent the data. Ask yourself if they do anything to exaggerate or minimize important aspects. Check the sources to see if they are reliable. Visual.ly has a strict code of ethics that we follow to ensure that you can trust anything we create. Please note that community submissions are not subject to the Visual.ly code of ethics.

What can I do with these visualizations?

Visualizations can be useful in our day-to-day lives, for educational purposes or just for pure entertainment. For example, we can use an infographic when we are choosing the best airplane seat or we can utilize an interactive data visualization to learn what our coworkers' names mean.

How do I get my visualization up on Visual.ly?

First, sign up for a Visual.ly account (it's free!). Once you've created your own Visual.ly account, you can immediately start uploading visualizations that you've created, commissioned, or would otherwise like to share.

What are the maximum sizes for files I upload?

The maximum file size is 7MB.

What should I upload?

Infographics are a great start and they don't have to be yours (but you do need to provide proper credit to the designer and publisher). "Test" and all submissions that are neither infographics, interactive data visualizations or motion graphics will be deleted.

What if I don't want my visualization on Visual.ly?

If designers or publishers ask us to remove a graphic, we can do that. Please note, however, that content uploaded to Visual.ly only increases potential exposure in a community tailor-made for infographics and other data visualizations.

We are always ready to update submissions to accurately provide designer and publisher credit. You can request credit on the content page itself by clicking "Claim design/publisher credit for this infographic."

Still want your visualization removed? Contact us for further assistance.

Can I become a partner?

Of course you can! Send us an email for more information.


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