3 Best Resources for the Research Presentation
Top 3 resources I constantly use while designing presentations for the data analysts, researchers, and marketers, who’re working with the Big Data, are definitely worth sharing. These sites cover the top three needs of a presentation designer, developing content-heavy presentations:
- How to tie together all those huge data-driven messages, targeted at the top management, without being overwhelming.
- How to separate tens of various categories we are talking about and keep the visualization holistic.
- How to stay inspired, when starring at the 15+ Excel sheet or SPSS database.
These needs are served with the major instruments of a presentation designer:
- Managing the structure of a comprehensive multi-dimensional content.
- Managing the color scheme of a high-diversity dataset.
1. Developing huge color palettes with tens of colors for the Big Data visualization
Choosing a correct color scheme for the Big Data presentation is by 30% a craft and by 70% the art. Well, I made up the numbers, but you get the point. It’s similar to playing a musical instrument.
If the musician is the master and the instrument is tuned correctly, the performance most likely will be impressive. If the audience will hear falsehood, then the next concert will fail.
This long read Taming Advanced Color Palettes In Photoshop, Sketch And Affinity Designer by Marc Edwards helps me to create large color palettes from a small limited number of base colors. Automatically generating color variations helps to keep colors consistent and easy to manage, while providing tons of possibilities.
The author shows several ways to create well-balanced rich color palettes, using three different services: Adobe Photoshop, Sketch and Affinity Designer By Serif Labs.
My choice is Sketch: though it’s available for Mac users at this time, many influencer creatives consider this minimalistic and powerful tool to take the market soon.
TIP: Sketch is also great for sharing your brand guidelines within the organization!
2. The Extensive Catalog of Data Visualization Types
Data Viz Project by Ferdio is a second huge thing, especially for those, struggling with creating a persuasive survey presentation out of the raw quantitative data. Ferdio, an infographic and data visualization agency, created the most comprehensive archive of data visualizations on the web — more than 150 data visualizations. The website presents all the relevant and popular data visualizations, so you can find the right one and get inspired how to do it.
TIP: The best thing is it allows you to filter by diagram type, input type, the shape of the visual used and the function being visualized (like correlation, comparison, etc.).
It’s intended to serve as a great value and inspiration for everyone with the need of visualizing data and looking for the new ways of tying all the content together. Students, researchers, journalists, designers — all are the target.
3. Inspiration for the great data visualizations
One can think of data visualizations as the repetitive bar and pie charts — for some reason, these two formats predominate on dashboards and in reports. But that’s way far from true. Complex multi-dimensional datasets definitely can’t be limited by these two. To unfold the data and uncover the implicit insights, you need to choose a proper way to go visual, considering your target audience, the specifics of the data you have and the inner interrelations between the data subsets.
Let’s go to the Data Laboratory web site. They have amazing samples of rich data visualization for economists and bankers, traffic analysts, data scientists, entrepreneurs, athletes, and gamers.
During the four years of their work, the Data Laboratory has released more than thirty interactive visualizations, in the form of custom visuals, their own projects, and free advice. They visualized financial and scientific data, urban transport network data, results of races, the effectiveness of marketing campaigns and much more.
To sum up — I use all the listed resources and they truly help to drive results in my presentation design business. Hopefully, these links will be helpful for you as well. But I understand, that to make use of them you’ll need to catch the momentum and, which is more important, to create presentations on a permanent basis.
If that’s not your case and you find this kind of work overwhelming — just outsource the presentation design. Please let me know, just drop a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s see, how I can be of assistance.