This morning I was reading more about a upcoming neat service called Visual.ly that will offer awesome charting tools for almost any situation.

Visual.ly contains three main components. First, it’s a search engine for web-based infographics. Second, it’s a silo of data from government agencies, non-profits and other research- and data-focused entities. Third, Visual.ly is a web-based platform for creating infographics of your own — no graphic design experience or software required.

Currently, you can use Visual.ly’s Twitter tool to generate infographics based on yours and others’ Twitter usage. I thought I would try a face-off between Zazzle and Cafepress, both large customized printing companies. The results were surprisingly close despite Zazzle having more followers.

I can only imagine the possibilities of this infographic solution and look forward to Visual.ly’s launch.

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Why do I like this so much? Visualizations are powerful, but they’ve always required time and hard work to create — until now. You no longer need expensive software, extensive design skills, or number crunching ability. This new web-based tool will allow everyone to quickly and easily create professional quality designs with their own data. And when you’re ready to show your work to the world, publish it on your Visual.ly profile, your own personal showcase.

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Learn more about Visual.ly with this Youtube video.

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