Data visualization is at a watershed moment. You can’t throw a rock without hitting a new data visualization program, but we’re far from reaching what Visual Matters calls “peak dataviz.” The fact is that our brain’s visual wiring means that infographics are the most effective way to communicate data. And we’re still in the early stages of transitioning to a future where data-driven storytelling, fueled by the prevalence of Big Data across all industries, will be the norm. Stay ahead of the curve with these current data visualization trends.
Don’t forget the story.
It’s not enough to simply choose the right data set. Your infographic must tell a clear and captivating story, with key data points as the main characters. Think about the success of the graphics organizations at publications like FiveThirtyEight, the New York Times and USA Today – all master storytellers who use data to take readers on a journey.
Think “social first.”
Social sharing should be top of mind when you build narratives around your data. Create snackable infographics, to be consumed in social feeds where they can hook viewers on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, like these lively examples from Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill.
Keep it moving.
With the evolution of technology, data visualization is moving more toward animation and interactivity. How can you engage your audience in your data narrative with movement? This awesome data visualization shows how powerful an addition animation can be.
Make it easy to be green.
Incorporate Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2017 into your infographics. Greenery 15-0343 is the color they say predicts visual and design trends for the year to come. It’s about new beginnings, freshness and a renewed focus on our environment. Other popular colors predicted for 2017: khaki, olive green, red brick, maroon and charcoal gray.