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Sunday Mirror – Justice on Trial supplement

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Last weekend I was incredibly proud to see a series of my infographics appear in the Sunday Mirror newspaper. I had been commissioned to work on the graphics, in collaboration with the Ampp3d data journalism team and the editorial staff at the newspaper. I think it's fair to say it's my most high-profile piece of work to date, and the staff at the paper were incredibly pleased with the results! You can see a few of the pages below:   Read more [...]

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My Week – 5-9 May 2014 / big screens, walls and audiences

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 Caroline Beavon is a freelance information and infographics designer - get in touch for more details It's been another one of those funny short bank Holiday weeks - but here's a quick summary of what I've been working on in the infographics design world, and training! SCIENCE CAPITAL On Tuesday night I spoke at the Science Capital "Doing Business With Data" event at Millennium Point in Birmingham. The focus of my talk was Presenting Your Big Data, where I was keen to stress Read more [...]

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Appearing soon at …

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I've had a flurry of invitations to speak in public recently and, as one of my New Years Resolutions was to say 'yes' more, I've agreed to all of them. Over the next 2 months I'll be appearing at the following events - ticket details below, and if you're already going, do say hi! Read more [...]

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5 Things I Discovered at Cheltenham Design Festival

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Recently I visited the Cheltenham Design Festival as part of my ongoing education into art and design. The structure of the day meant attendees had to choose between a selection of great workshops and presentations and I found the day incredibly interesting and inspiring. Here are the top ideas I heard/learnt today: 1. Infographics Are Not Dead Which is just as well! I was starting to get a little nervous. Not only has the infographics world been inundated with tacky, cheap and low-value Read more [...]

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UPDATE – courses, quickies and connections

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I'm constantly pleased to see the number of organisations thinking about visual communication. Over the last 6 months I've been busy with a series of "Influential Analysis" training courses for Understanding Modern Government, where I have been (hopefully) inspiring people to rethink how they communicate information both internally and externally. Organisations attending the public courses, or booking in-house sessions, include various NHS trusts, Lincolnshire County Council and even Read more [...]

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Information Designer for Hire: what to expect

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So you've decided your company needs an infographic. This is what to expect when you work with me Read more [...]

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Work in Progress: The Warriors plot-map

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Intro If you follow me on Instagram  you may have seen a picture I posted recently. To most people it would have looked like a random arrangement of squiggles, lines and terrible sketches. In fact it was a draft sketch of the plot of  The Warriors, a film that came out in 1979 (trailer) The plot is set in a slightly-futuristic New York, where gangs in theatrical-costume uniforms roam the streets defending their turf. After being called to an all-gang powwow in the Bronx, the Warriors, Read more [...]

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5 key elements of a freelance career

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New to freelancing? Here's a quick guide to getting along ... Read more [...]

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Is my local library in Birmingham open today?

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Interactive map allowing users to see if their local library is open on a particular day Read more [...]

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Tableau Public – creating a map for someone else to update

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A quick post explaining how I created a Tableau Public map for someone else, so they could update the data in the future Read more [...]

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The Kernel Returns [updated]

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UPDATE Well, blow me down with a feather ...  new look The Kernel is  definitely worth a revisit. I was always put off by the overly-snarky comments (see below) and it appears I wasn't the only one. The  site has managed to shift from vicious bile to playful teasing  - and it works. It's definitely back in my RSS feed - I just hope the many tech power-players they took pot shots at in the past are willing to let bygone be bygones. In terms of content, they are taking full advantage Read more [...]

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10 Ways I Stay Productive

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As a freelancer it's very easy to fall into bad habits - working from home, lots of different projects and being my own boss means long days of low productivity, and no clear division between work time and free time.   Since I left my "proper" job in 2009 I've been trying a host of ways to get things done - these are the things I've learnt work for me. Read more [...]

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10 Rules for Using Icons on Infographics

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Icons, pictograms, smileys, dingbats - call them what you like - visual language is a fascinating area of design. Read more [...]

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How long should online content be?

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How long should online content be? According to this Writinghood article, the perfect length is between 500-800 words; other people say shorter is better; but surely there's more to it than that? For personal/fun blogging I say do whatever you like, but for something more structured and professional , here are a few things you might want to think about: (feel free to add your tips/thoughts in the comments below). What is the content? For example, is it an introduction, a product description, Read more [...]

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Blogging: what is it worth?

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Bloggers are often considering to be inferior to "proper journalists". Whether the argument is about training, responsibility, impartiality or audience, they are often treated as second class online-citizens, despite the fact many are competing with, and in some cases, filling a gap left by a declining traditional media. However, there is a definite gray area when it comes to money. Journalists are paid to do their job. They work for a title, receive a salary or a freelance rate whether Read more [...]

"It was a pleasure working with Caroline. Her passion and skills were evident in all her work, with the final design being a creative and unique solution that met all our needs. Throughout our time working together she exceeded any challenge we threw at her, maintaining a professional and fun approach, and making the whole process enjoyable" - Katy Wade, Project Manager, My Route