After last week’s catch up week we are back with things 19 and 20 and it is all about Publishing. In today’s online world you don’t have to be an artist to create great online materials.
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Issuu is an online digital publishing platform that allows for amazing presentation of all types of material including newsletters, magazines, catalogs, or similar publications.
- You will need to register but if it is for the library you can login with the library’s account (ask any of the team for this) to upload items.
- Once you’re logged in, click the blue ‘Upload document’ button.
- Select the document file and fill out the required details
- Click ‘Upload’ and let the file upload completely.
- We will now automatically convert your uploaded file to a nice Issuu publication.
- Once the conversion has completed you can find your uploads in My Library.
Smore allows you to create appealing online flyers, quickly and easily. To get started visit http://www.smore.com and sign in using your Facebook account or sign up for an account. Once you’ve signed-up/logged-in, click on the big red ‘Start a new flyer’ button at the top of the page to get started. You’re then presented with a options that help create a template for your flyer. Select these and you’ll be taken to the WYSIWG editor, which allows you to customise your flyer. To get a feel for this, watch the following video:
There are a few different things you can customise, so have a play around and see what you can do!
There is a good guide to using Smore here: http://theindustry.cc/2012/08/28/create-beautiful-webpages-instantly-with-smore/ – check this out for a useful, step-by-step guide to creating a beautiful flyer (or as we say, leaflet!)
Once you’ve created your flyer, you’ll be able to publish it and share it with others, and well as collecting lots of useful statistics about who’s viewing it.
Thing 20 Create a Smore flyer.
This weeks Cool Extra Thing is easel.ly, A tool which allows you to create and share visual ideas online. You will need to login to use easel.ly – in fact I recommend you do this before you do anything else, I designed a whole graphic and then the system crashed… Once you have logged in you can use easel.ly to represent data in a graphic form. There are a number of templates you can alter or alternatively you can have a go at designed an infographic from scratch.
I designed an infographic to show what devices and browsers are used to access the RHUL Library website (information I got from our google analytics account).
While this infographic is nice in the way it presents the data in a graphic form it does show the big challenge in this area – you have to invest time in working out what data you are going to display and how you are going to display it, because otherwise there is a risk that the infographic is not actually adding anything useful.
When done well the power of displaying information in a visual form is immense. A particularly good example of this is the BBC infographic which visualises the internet – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8562801.stm . This is a few years out of date now but it still is interesting – the graphic representation of the domination of US sites is particularly striking.
The Information is Beautiful site has some lovely graphic representations. One Library related one is the Books Everyone Should Read. This includes the UKs most borrowed library books, and the books people would take with them from desert island disks
On a slightly less beautiful theme the Guardian has mapped the European Trade in Horsemeat – also an interesting graphic!
I hope you enjoy exploring the possibilities of data visualisation.