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The American Film Institute has picked its 10 best movies of the year. Each year, AFI recognizes the year’s most culturally and artistically significant films and television programs with AFI Awards.

Today we want to focus on the year’s top films – the stories that moved us, scared us, and empowered us. The titles, which are presented in alphabetical order, are movies AFI’s juries have deemed important and inspirational. The list includes blockbuster hits like Wonder Woman, The Big Sick, Lady Bird, and Dunkirk. Scroll down to see more!

Infogram Insights’ offers a deeper look at relevant, newsworthy topics – visualized with Infogram. Every week we explore the data that is forever changing our world. Sign up or log in to Infogram to make an infographic like the one in this post!

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Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be tough – but we’re here to help! Infogram put together a list of fun holiday gift ideas for the data lovers in your life. We’ve included amazing wall art, data-centric books, and visualization inspired clothing.

Scroll down to find the ultimate holiday gift for your favorite data enthusiast.

1) Data Visualization Flash Cards

Set of 52 flash cards (each 3″x4.5″) that show graphs derived from the Graphic Continuum. Each card contains an original image on one side and original description on the other. The cards are grouped into six categories: Distribution, Time, Comparing Categories, Geospatial, Part-to-Whole, and Relationships. Use them for teaching, researching, or spurring your imagination.

Price: $15.00 – Buy Here

2) The Zoomable Universe Book

In The Zoomable Universe, the award-winning astrobiologist Caleb Scharf and the acclaimed artist Ron Miller take us on an epic tour through all known scales of reality, from the largest possible magnitude to the smallest. The Zoomable Universe is packed with more than 100 original illustrations and infographics that will captivate readers of every age. (Image: 5W Infographics, Scientific American/FSG)

Price: $16.00 – Buy Here

3) Famous Statistician Embroidered Coasters

If you could have coffee with either Fisher, Gossett, Bayes, or Pearson who would you choose? Trick question; you don’t have to choose, you can have coffee with all of them. Each coaster (set of 4) is machine embroidered with one famous statistician. The coaster is made of two layers of black felt sandwiching one layer of light blue felt, all stitched together. Each coaster measures approximately 4×4 inches.

Price: $22.00 – Buy Here

4) Many Varieties of Whiskey Wood Engraving

Inspired by the look of distillery whiskey barrels, this limited edition variant of Pop Chart Lab’s Many Varieties of Whiskey print features a full taxonomy laser-engraved into sustainably harvested cherry ply. This chart categorizes and distills all the major varieties of whiskey into their individual types, and features an engraved cork at its center and steel strapping on top and bottom with brass screw accents.

Price: $185.00 – Buy Here

5) Data Visualization T-Shirts

Do you know someone who wants to wear their data love on their sleeve? Websites like Redbubble and Zazzle have a wide selection of creative data-based t-shirts with colorful visualizations, slogans, and famous works of art.

Price: $20.00-$30.00 – Buy Here

6) Wired Magazine Subscription

Wired is a monthly magazine that focuses on how emerging technologies affect culture, the economy, and politics. You can buy someone a one-year subscription of Wired for just $10! The subscription includes the print and tablet editions, plus a free Wired portable phone charger.

Price: $10.00 (12mo) – Buy Here

7) Bitmap Textiles Napkins

Susan Kare is a pioneer of early computer graphic interface design. In the 80s, she began work at Apple Computer designing fonts, icons, and visual elements for the original Macintosh operating system and applications. Kare designed this set of textiles for the Jacquard loom, celebrating the parallels between weaving and pixels – as both rely on the idea of a grid spread across the surface of a medium.

Price: $36.00 – Buy Here

8) Typographic City Maps

Axis Maps is a small cartography company that specializes in designing and building custom maps. Their series of typographic maps accurately depict streets, highways, parks, bodies of water, and more using nothing but text bearing the names of those features. Only by meticulously weaving together thousands upon thousands of words does a full picture of the city emerge.

Price: $30.00-$150.00 – Buy Here

9) Kano Computer Kit 2017

It’s a DIY computer anyone can make. The Kano kit features a Raspberry Pi 3, Bluetooth / USB RF keyboard with built-in touchpad, external speaker, 8GB SD card, plastic case for the Pi, WiFi dongle, cables, books, and stickers. Learning how to code has never been easier.

Price: $129.99 – Buy Here

10) Data Visualization Posters – Fine Art

These beautiful posters will add the perfect splash of color, sophistication, and brains to any room. Enjoy the works of Martin Krzywinski, Cristian Ilies Vasile, and more. Order your selection in a variety of sizes as a print, on canvas, in a frame, as a poster, or on metal or wood.

Price: $17.00-$200.00 – Buy Here

11) Pop Chart Lab Prints – Modern

Nobody makes visualization posters quite like

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Most restaurants strive to give guests an incredible eating experience, complete with impeccable service, lovely atmosphere, and of course, top-notch food. Those who succeed in this venture hope to receive one of the most prestigious awards in the industry – a Michelin star.

French tire company Michelin has published their annual restaurant guides for more than a century, including the highly coveted star rankings. Gaining or losing a star can have a huge impact on the success of a restaurant. The Michelin Guide also awards ‘rising stars,’ an indication that a restaurant has the potential to qualify for a star or an additional star.

The 2018 winners were recently announced. We decided to take a look at the numbers.

Infogram Insights’ offers a deeper look at relevant, newsworthy topics – visualized with Infogram. Every week we explore the data that is forever changing our world. Sign up or log in to Infogram to make an infographic like the one in this post!

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Infographics, charts, and maps can convey complex information in a matter of seconds. When done right, data visualizations have the power to engage, inform, and impress – but mastering the skill isn’t easy.

We want to help you avoid common charting mistakes. That’s why we created the Data Visualization Checklist. It’s our one-page guide to mastering visualizations that make an impact, full of helpful tips and friendly reminders.

Download the Data Visualization Checklist:


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Nothing excites people quite like a royal wedding, which is why the world erupted last week after the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement. Harry and Meghan are set to marry at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle next May.

American actress Markle, 36, will become a British citizen and plans to be baptized and confirmed into the Church of England ahead of the wedding. According to The Guardian, Windsor hotels with castle views and rooms overlooking the venue are enjoying a huge surge in bookings following the news – despite the fact that the exact date has yet to be set.

We built an infographic highlighting the love story of Harry and Meghan, along with a list of the most expensive weddings of all time.

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The annual Crunch Data Engineering and Analytics Conference draws in data professionals from around the world to learn how to utilize data to develop their business. Companies of all sizes came to Budapest this year to gain inspiration from the biggest players in data.

Infogram CEO Mikko Järvenpää gave a powerful talk about the true impact of data visualization. He explained why we understand visualizations better than raw numbers, how visualizations transform data into action, and why visuals are the ultimate communication tool.

"Why Data Visualization Works" by MIKKO JÄRVENPÄÄ @mhj CEO from @infogram at @crunchbp 2017 #Datavisualization #Infogram pic.twitter.com/KE10eAGs0A

— CrunchConf (@crunchbp) October 5, 2017

Presentation Highlights:
  1. Visuals are more intuitive than text alone – Text has a hard time competing with visuals. This is evident when it comes to delivering any piece of communication that is meant to be easily digestible, like an executive summary or report. We are hard-wired to find emotional cues within visuals. Photos, drawings, shapes, and colors can be quickly interpreted, which is why data visualizations are so effective.
  2. Data visualization is a type of language based on visual metaphors – Charts and maps are visual metaphors. They are visuals that represent concepts involving human activity and natural phenomenon. These visual metaphors affect our perception – or the way we accept information into our system.
  3. Data visualized properly leads to information and knowledge – There is a hierarchy of value that we operate on and it starts with data. When you process data, analyze it, and visualize it, you are adding value to it. That data now has more value because it has been transformed into information. Once that information is consumed (received, understood, remembered, and accessible) it becomes knowledge.

If you’d like to see Mikko’s full Crunch presentation, view the video below.

Take what you learned from Mikko and apply it to your next Infogram project. You’ll love our wide selection of charts, designer themes, and simple drag-and-drop editor.

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Christie’s in New York recently sold Leonardo da Vinci’s long-lost Salvator Mundi painting for a record-breaking $450m. The artwork, which has been billed as the ‘biggest discovery of the 21st century,’ is a painting of Jesus Christ commissioned by King Louis XII of France over 500 years ago.

The sale officially makes Salvator Mundi the highest-priced work sold privately or at auction. We decided to create an infographic highlighting the incredible life of Leonardo da Vinci, his Salvator Mundi piece, and the most expensive works of art ever sold.

Infogram Insights’ offers a deeper look at relevant, newsworthy topics – visualized with Infogram. Every week we explore the data that is forever changing our world. Sign up or log in to Infogram to make an infographic like the one in this post!

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We love helping our customers succeed and sharing their stories. That’s why we’ve gathered some of the most engaging tales of data visualization success from our customers for this series: Infogram Customer Spotlight. From the classroom, to the newsroom, to the boardroom — this is how real people are using Infogram to change the way they visualize data.

In this piece, we chat with Hugo King from GTB, who works across digital and social media projects for GTB’s primary client, Ford of Europe.

GTB is a global creative services advertising agency that prides itself on inspired thinking, data-driven decision making, and expert execution. They conceptualize and deliver innovative marketing communications that help their clients make an impact around the world.

Hugo’s job is to craft activity which helps creative reach a wider audience, across multiple markets. He delivers strategies that compel people to take meaningful action on social media channels; whatever gets people to engage with the brand by calling, clicking, commenting, or sharing.

Marketing campaigns and social media analytics track copious amounts of data. GTB felt limited by the charting tools available through the Office Suite, which is why they turned to Infogram to transform their raw numbers into insight. “We searched for a tool that could enable us to produce easy-to-understand infographics using branded templates. Infogram was the only sensible choice,” Hugo explained.

GTB was drawn to Infogram’s easy-to-use editor and interactive capabilities. They began to create infographics and reports to summarize social media campaign results for their senior business audience. Then they started sharing their work both internally and externally, with Infogram. They were impressed with the feedback they received.

“With Infogram, we’ve been able to share successes and lessons through the intuitive infographics we produce. This has helped people appreciate and understand our social media projects across our internal and client teams.”

The social media landscape is constantly evolving, and the amount of data available to analyze continues to grow as new capabilities emerge. In order to effectively blend data, media, advertising, technology and creative – it’s important to be able to understand crucial insights quickly in a visually engaging way.

Hugo and his team have found Infogram to be an invaluable tool. “It’s critical that we understand, and are able to communicate, the performance of our work in order to share wins and find opportunities for improvement. Tools like Infogram, that help us visualize the complex data we track, are critical for overall understanding and awareness.”

We’ve re-created an Infogram infographic similar to the projects Hugo designs for GTB:

If you’d like to learn more about how Infogram has helped businesses visualize and communicate with data, visit our Customer Stories page.

Hugo has been working across social and digital communications for the past 8 years, building an understanding of client’s capabilities and challenges in order to craft work which truly engages. He loves finding new ways to interact with consumers in meaningful ways, solving business challenges with new technologies, and helping others understand complex social/digital systems.

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It’s that time of year again – November marks the start of the holiday season, which means many Americans are preparing to take advantage of holiday sales and promotions that pop up on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

According to a recent Nielsen survey, 49% of Americans plan to start their holiday shopping before the Black Friday weekend shopping spree begins, starting on Thanksgiving evening. However, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are still key moments in time for making holiday purchases.

About 26% of consumers started shopping as early as September! If you plan to join the crowds of excited shoppers, you should explore these holiday shopping stats:

Infogram Insights’ offers a deeper look at relevant, newsworthy topics – visualized with Infogram. Every week we explore the data that is forever changing our world. Sign up or log in to Infogram to make an infographic like the one in this post!

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