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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 TED.com. 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 →

Visual.ly

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 Visual.ly →