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Timelines of amazing lives for visual learners

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Anna Vital
Maker
@annavitals · Founder at Adioma, the infographic maker
Hi guys, this is a collection of visual biographies we created over several years, most recently using Adioma as our visualization tool. The idea started with a desire to better remember what we read in books. I would love to hear suggestions about who we should visualize next. Thank you for reading. UPDATE: Here is what the creation process for these looks like.
Dainis Kanopa@dainiskanopa · https://middle.io
@annavitals As I can find a pricing section in your website, that means this "collection" was created with a specific purpose (to generate leads)?
Anna Vital
Maker
@annavitals · Founder at Adioma, the infographic maker
@dainiskanopa We started this collection with no specific purpose back in 2014. Since then, we created an infographic tool that makes it faster to build this type of infographics. It's https://adioma.com
Gabriel Lewis@gabriel__lewis · 🤔
Interesting way to measure a life. I wonder what mine would look like. 🤔
Anna Vital
Maker
@annavitals · Founder at Adioma, the infographic maker
@gabriel__lewis You can do it with a tool we built since we did this project. It builds this kind of timelines. https://adioma.com
Emmanuel Lemor@exlemor · Cust. Exp., Prod. Mgmt etc are my world.
This is really great... assuming this can be done not just for Tech people, here are a few people that would be worth doing: 1. Mahatma Gandhi 2. Albert Einstein 3. Pope Francis [I'm not religious just thought of influencers] 4. Napoleon Bonaparte etc..
Anna Vital
Maker
@annavitals · Founder at Adioma, the infographic maker
@exlemor Emmanuel, thank you for the suggestions. We already visualized Einstein's life here. http://fundersandfounders.com/ho...
Emmanuel Lemor@exlemor · Cust. Exp., Prod. Mgmt etc are my world.
@annavitals Thanks, really great, I shared them on my Pinterest - the only sad part is how we as a society have gotten to the point where sound bites [and visual soundbites] is about the only we process anymore ;(
Anna Vital
Maker
@annavitals · Founder at Adioma, the infographic maker
@exlemor I hope that these motivate people to read more, not less. It's not a substitute for books, but more like a visual summary. I've seen some authors use our tool make infographics for their books. On the other hand, we can always make the infographics themselves more informative. I think about that a lot - how to pack more meaning into a tight space.
Emmanuel Lemor@exlemor · Cust. Exp., Prod. Mgmt etc are my world.
@annavitals Wish I could double Upvote on that comment - I agree I'd like to hope that it would make people read more not less but... Great job either way!
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@exlemor @annavitals while this is a popular statement, it is also a myth. There has been no reduction in attention span that is in any way measurable. Indeed, the "short attention span" argument has been made since the 1950's always without any data to support it. According to all of the publishers out there, long form content outperforms short form content to this day.
Anna Vital
Maker
@annavitals · Founder at Adioma, the infographic maker
@andreasduess Andreas, I agree. We have a short attention span for poorly designed content, as we should. That's why book formats are evolving.
Emmanuel Lemor@exlemor · Cust. Exp., Prod. Mgmt etc are my world.
@andreasduess I would love to see where you are getting that notion because there are areas where there is data that contradicts that notion...
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@exlemor Google has recently released viewing data on long-form vs short-form videos. Long-form is outperforming short-form. The NYT, VICE and Salon (to name but a few) are all investing in long-form reporting and writing. Why? Because their reader data analysis shows that long-form content creates deeper engagement and more loyalty. Even Buzzfeed, the masters of the bite-sized content, are exploring longer formats. If you really want to dive deep into the historical data behind the short attention span myth, which started in the 1950's, then I recommend reading Dayton Bird's seminal book: Common Sense Direct Marketing.
Andreas Duess@andreasduess · CCO, Nourish Food Marketing
@annavitals This is exactly right. If content doesn't get any attention, it is because the content stinks, not because of a shortening of attention spans. It drives me nuts when marketers use this as an excuse - create better content and watch your audience's attention span skyrocket.
Anna Vital
Maker
@annavitals · Founder at Adioma, the infographic maker
@andreasduess When I went to Edward Tufte's workshop, that's what he spend half of the time talking about. He says clutter is not an attribute of information but a failure of design. And if your data is boring to the reader it's because you are showing the wrong data. And then he says the worst thing you can do is assume your reader is not smart. I wish his workshop video was online but his 4 books are quite good, especially The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. That's the best guide for information design I have found so far. He's a statistician, so he likes to remind that there is an objective and structural way to present information. Just because some designers want to ignore the rules does. It mean that the rules don't apply.
Steve RAFFNER@steveraffner · Senior Innovation Consultant
Your visualisation tool is amazing, congrats Anna and Mark - well done
Mark Vital
Maker
@mark_vital · Funders and Founders
@steveraffner thank you, Steve. Glad you found it useful
Alexis Kim@carmensandiego · UX Designer, pennypost
Hey Anna! I really love your website! I bumped into it last weekend while googling some research about start-up funding so its so awesome to see it pop up on PH. I loved they way you've visualized the biographies, though I also found that the notes that you included below the infographic was just as important to have as a follow-up to the images. I almost skipped them when I was done with the infographic so I think you should incorporate them as part of the infographic at the bottom as text notes, b/c I think most people would skip that over too, but it enhances the visual timeline 1000%! Otherwise, amazing work. I think you should do Trump next and the key players of his administration. Fact checking these guys and disseminating that info, I think that's some viral stuff! Especially when you can compare his "businesses" with legit companies.
Mark Vital
Maker
@mark_vital · Funders and Founders
@carmensandiego Good point, that mostly happens because people share the graphic without crediting. Need to think how to incorporate all that text into the graphic without making it look too busy.
Anna Vital
Maker
@annavitals · Founder at Adioma, the infographic maker
@carmensandiego Great suggestion, Alexis, we are doing Trump right now. 70 years worth of facts to check!