The last time we talked about Visualoop was to bring you some sad news, so I thought it would be nice to come back and talk a bit about what’s coming up next, as we enter the final quarter of 2014, and already looking ahead to 2015.
So, let’s start with the obvious part, that being the website and visual identity (much-needed) redesign that we’re planning to unveil in a couple of weeks. I’ll leave you here with a first draft of the new Visualoop logo, and feel free to share your comments about it – I’d love to get your feedback about it.
This redesign is the first step into much more ambitious plans on broadening the coverage of the data visualization industry. The truth is that there’s so much taking place at this time, that it’s best just to say that we’ll be rolling out other exciting changes during this fall.
Another big part of Visualoop’s activities takes place not on our website, but in social media channels such as Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Flickr, Behance, YouTube and many others. Each one of those channels have specific characteristics, dynamics and audiences, and we do want to take that into consideration in a much closer sense, being not only active in those places, but actually adding value to the conversations taking place there. Again, feel free to join us in those channels – just search for Visualoop, and you’ll find us easily.
To start, we’ve just created a Flickr Group called “This is Visual Journalism“, mainly because, despite the drop in overall popularity in the photo-sharing market, Flickr was the primary social network/online portfolio for many designers for a long time – including infographic designers from all over the world. So, this new space will be directly focused on information graphics published in print editions of magazines and newspapers. Every week, we’ll include the some of those in our This is Visual Journalism round up – one of the favorites of our audience. If you’re on Flickr and want to share your infographic work, just let us know.
Another service that we’ll be using more is Quora, specially to start constructive discussions around topics that we see emerge or already established as trends in fields related to data visualization. The first one is already up, and tackles an issue that we’re sure that will interest you: Teaching Data Visualization for Kids. Care to give your two cents on this, or perhaps suggest a resource or tool? Join the conversation here.
And I guess this is enough for now. Like I said, other things are happening, and I promise I’ll be more active in this column in the coming months.
Thanks for the support, and see you soon!