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Title: Information Design with Smart Shapes
Post by: joemako on May 05, 2008, 10:19:54 PM
Chris,

A topic I found interesting was your post on Sankey Diagram Shapes for Visio at http://www.visguy.com/2008/01/02/sankey-diagram-shapes-for-visio/ (http://www.visguy.com/2008/01/02/sankey-diagram-shapes-for-visio/).

I recently came across Information Design Patterns at http://niceone.org/infodesign/ (http://niceone.org/infodesign/), and thought it might be interesting to see some of these interesting diagrams made into smart shapes.

Best Regards,
Joe
Title: Re: Information Design with Smart Shapes
Post by: Visio Guy on May 06, 2008, 02:55:29 PM
Hey Joe M,

Thanks for the cool resource. I'd like to do an article on cool visualization sites one of these days, then get busy implementing all that stuff afterwards!

BTW, are you a big Sankey diagram user?
Title: Re: Information Design with Smart Shapes
Post by: joemako on May 07, 2008, 09:32:14 PM
Chris,

If you like data visualization, these two posts (and their comments comments) list sites that are required reading.  :)

http://flowingdata.com/2008/04/15/data-visualization-blogs-you-might-not-know-about/ (http://flowingdata.com/2008/04/15/data-visualization-blogs-you-might-not-know-about/)
http://www.tom-carden.co.uk/2008/04/16/data-visualisation-blogs-you-might-not-know-about/ (http://www.tom-carden.co.uk/2008/04/16/data-visualisation-blogs-you-might-not-know-about/)

Not a big user, but I do find Sankey diagrams useful, and because they get complex quickly, I primarily use Illustrator for them. IMHO, the greatest thing about Visio is how powerful smart shapes are, I just love linking them to data. :)

I can not thank you enough for your site, in the past few months of having it my reader, I've gone from not knowing the shapesheet existed, to not being able to use Visio without it.

Data driven graphics is where it's at, but I am sure you already knew that. :)

BTW, how is the progress on creating your targeted e-books?

Best Regards,
Joe