Learning-style advice: Don’t trust your learning style

From NY Maga­zine: The idea of “learning styles” — the idea that everyone has a “best” way of taking in and retaining infor­ma­tion — is a perva­sive one. A personal example: If you talk at me, I will quickly forget what you tell me. Send me an email or Slack message, though, and I’ll have a much better chance of remem­bering the details later, even when I’m away from my phone or computer.

Study after study has suggested, however, that learning styles are mostly a myth. Teaching someone to memo­rize some­thing according to their preferred learning style, for example, does not result in a signif­i­cant improve­ment in their ability to recall that infor­ma­tion later. Still, much to the annoy­ance of psychol­o­gists like Chris­tian Jarrett — who included learning styles in his 2014 book Great Myths of the Brain (which Science of Us excerpted here) — this idea refuses to die. A new study, summa­rized by Jarrett on BPS Research Digest today, helps explain why: Even if learning styles are actu­ally nonsense, it sure doesn’t feel that way. · Go to Learning-style advice: Don’t trust your learning style →

Sunni Brown

Sunni Brown was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Busi­ness” and one of the “10 Most Creative People on Twitter” by Fast Company. She is founder of a creative consul­tancy, an inter­na­tional speaker, the co-author of Gamestorming, and the leader of a global campaign for visual literacy called The Doodle Revo­lu­tion. Her TED Talk on doodling has drawn more than a million views on She lives in Keep Austin Weird, Texas. · Go to Sunni Brown →

30 simple tools for data visualization

From Fast­Com­pany: There have never been more tech­nolo­gies avail­able to collect, examine, and render data. Here are 30 different notable pieces of data visu­al­iza­tion soft­ware good for any designer’s reper­toire. They’re not just powerful; they’re easy to use. In fact, most of these tools feature simple, point-and-click inter­faces, and don’t require that you possess any partic­ular coding knowl­edge or invest in any signif­i­cant training. Let the soft­ware do the hard work for you. · Go to 30 simple tools for data visu­al­iza­tion →

The future of infographics

From Geoff Kenyon: Info­graphics are incred­ibly popular with link builders right now, and for good reason, because they have worked really well.  While there may be plenty of info­graphics around, too many simply aren’t cutting it and the novelty is wearing off fast. This is causing info­graphics to be less effec­tive as a link building tactic.

All too often Info­graphics are poorly executed and audi­ences are growing tired of seeing them – info­graphics (and bad ones in partic­ular) have reached the satu­ra­tion point. I see a lot of info­graphics and some of the most common flaws in the design of info­graphics include: being too compli­cated and long and having really bad design. · Go to The future of info­graphics →

13 reasons why your brain craves infographics

The use of visu­al­ized infor­ma­tion has increased 400% in liter­a­ture, 9900% on the internet, 142% in news­pa­pers. Almost 50% of your brain is involved in visual processing. 70% of all your sensory recep­tors are in your eyes. We can get the sense of a visual scene in less than 110 of a second. · Go to 13 reasons why your brain craves info­graphics →

Visu­ally is a one-stop shop for the creation of data visu­al­iza­tions and info­graphics, bringing together Marketing Gurus, Data Nerds and Design Junkies based on shared inter­ests. Visu­ally Market­place intro­duces ecom­merce and project manage­ment into the Visu­ally plat­form, making it easier than ever for buyers and sellers of info­graphics to get them made, distrib­uted, liked, commented on, and shared. · Go to →