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A picture is worth a thousand words, but creating cool infographics can be time-consuming. So we’ve found 20 amazing tools to make it easier.

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It’s often said that data is the new world currency, and the web is the exchange bureau through which it’s traded. As consumers, we’re positively swimming in data; it’s everywhere from food labels to World Health Organisation reports. As a result, for the designer it’s becoming increasingly difficult to present data in a way that stands out from the mass of competing data streams. MR5RZMKG9XBF

One of the best ways to get your message across is to use a visualisation to quickly draw attention to the key messages, and by presenting data visually it’s also possible to uncover surprising patterns and observations that wouldn’t be apparent from looking at stats alone. As author, data journalist and information designer David McCandless said in his TED talk: “By visualising information, we turn it into a landscape that you can explore with your eyes, a sort of information map. And when you’re lost in information, an information map is kind of useful.”

There are many different ways of telling a story, but everything starts with an idea. So to help you get started we’ve rounded up 20 of the most awesome data visualisation tools available on the web.

01. iCharts

iCharts can have interactive elements, and you can pull in data from Google Docs

The iCharts service provides a hosted solution for creating and presenting compelling charts for inclusion on your website. There are many different chart types available, and each is fully customisable to suit the subject matter and colour scheme of your site. Charts can have interactive elements, and can pull data from Google Docs, Excel spreadsheets and other sources. The free account lets you create basic charts, while you can pay to upgrade for additional features and branding-free options.

02. Flot

Create animated visualisations with this jQuery plugin

Flot is a specialised plotting library for jQuery, but it has many handy features and crucially works across all common browsers including Internet Explorer 6. Data can be animated and, because it’s a jQuery plugin, you can fully control all the aspects of animation, presentation and user interaction. This does mean that you need to be familiar with (and comfortable with) jQuery, but if that’s the case, this makes a great option for including interactive charts on your website.

View the 17 other Top Ranked Data Visualization Tools HERE.

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Top Page Ranked Blogs on Data Visualization: 

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/
http://flowingdata.com/
http://blog.visual.ly/
http://visualizing.org/
http://visualisingdata.com/
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/data-visualization-tools-resources/
http://blogs.nature.com/methagora/2013/07/data-visualization-points-of-view.html
http://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/103/what-is-your-favorite-data-visualization-blog (Voting Ranking of top Data Vis Blogs)

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