Visual.ly presents users with a unique way to compile and display data. The application focuses on infographics, or images that depict data. The website showcases what it deems are the best recent visual data presentations on the web. Users can explore designs or submit their own creations to share with the Visual.ly community. When sharing designs, the user can receive valuable feedback that helps them improve the way they display data. The site currently showcases a diverse array of eye-catching infographs, which cover many topics ranging from the lifecycle of a startup company to the relationships of girl gossip. The site does not yet offer infograph building tools, although there is an area reserved for such tools which are going to be added in the future.Show more screenshots »
The concept behind Visual.ly was created around the belief that data displays are becoming a big thing on and off the web. This approach to sharing information is versatile and far more interesting than a simple black and white list of numbers and text. The website currently offers plenty of visual appeal and a collection of unique infographs, however it offers very little in the way of functionality. This is because the actual infograph design tools have not yet been added. For the time being, users will find little to keep them coming back until they can start using Visual.ly to create their own infographics.
It is difficult to compare Visual.ly to other applications because it is currently nothing more than a colorful website. Users can find videos and text content discussing infographs and the purpose of the website. There is also an area reserved for a future update that will introduce actual building tools to the website. However until that happens, Visual.ly doesn’t hold a candle to websites that actually allow users to compile data and display it in a graphic.
The Visual.ly website is very smooth and remains clean with plenty of personality. A new user is enticed by vibrant colors set against a white background and black headers. This seems to hint at the diverse styles and colors used in the infographs displayed on the showcase page. Users can easily explore the website and learn more about the value of the infograph by reading through the content. The quality of the building tools that will be later remains to be seen. If they are anything like the website, then they will offer the user a positive, hassle-free experience.
Visual.ly is currently available to all users for free. Anyone can register for an account and start browsing the website. Users are also welcome to upload their infographs at no charge. The site will be making significant updates in the future, which will include the addition of actual infograph building tools. Whether these will come with a fee remains to be seen. The site does not currently note any subscription or fee requirements planned for the update.
Visual.ly is a fun website for anyone who is interested in infographics. Users who build their own infographics can showcase their work by uploading it to the Visual.ly collection. At this time, there is little functionality available however there may be many opportunities for professionals and educators once the site unveils its infographic building tools to the user community. Until then, the site is a fun place to read about infographics and check out a few stunning examples.