Infographics and data visualizations are shifting the way people find and experience stories, creating a new way of seeing the world of data. They help communicate complex ideas in a clear, compact and beautiful way, taking deep data and presenting it in visual shorthand.
Visual.ly launches with hopes of becoming "the largest community for sharing, creating and promoting data visualizations." The site currently offers a search functionality and a submission feature to help users find & share infographics from across the web.
The site is aesthetically appealing with quite a few bells and whistles. A "Twitterize Yourself" section exists allowing users to face-off against other users while cartooning themselves. The "labs" section of the site is currently in beta and will be a source to help users facilitate the creation of graphics. However, the main resources to Visual.ly are the search and sharing aspects.
In additon to allowing designers promoting their work, the company is building a tool that will allow everyone to quickly and easily create professional quality designs with their own data without needing any special software, hardware or knowledge. And when you're ready to show your work to the world, publish it on your Visual.ly profile, your own personal showcase.
Watch the introductory video below:
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