This post originally appeared on the visual.ly blog. When I evaluate a designer for potential inclusion into the Visually Marketplace, I have very little time to assess their work and portfolio. Usually, fewer than 10 seconds. This may sound like far too short of a time to get a sense of someone’s work, but in most cases the decision is obvious. In less obvious cases, I work from the hierarchy below to see if they pass the test. I created this specifically for infographics, which is the medium we work in most — but it may apply to other design disciplines as well. As a designerRead More →

Visual.ly just released this interactive that charts all the Female artists who have achieved a #1 album since 1985 http://visual.ly/number-one-ladies?view=true I was curious about how big the current pop stars are vs those my generation, like Madonna and such.  While the data isn’t in on the longevity of Beyonce, she is off to a good start.  Below is a capture of the interactive, Beyonce vs Madonna vs Alanis.Read More →

  Part of my role as Creative Director at Visual.ly is to evaluate infographic designer candidates and make sure the best are members of our Marketplace. Mostly, this involves reviewing around 20 to 100 portfolios per week. After looking at thousands of portfolios this year, I have come up with somes tips for designers to stick to if they are looking to get the attention of a creative director. Your own domain vs hosted portfoio sites Having your own domain and website is an opportunity and a risk. It allows you to immediately show off any website design skills you may have and this should be required forRead More →

The Visual.ly Marketplace has launched today.  If you are looking for to get a professional infographic done, there is no better place.  I’ve hand selected designers to work with and we have a sweet project management system to back it all up.  This isn’t 99 designs and we are starting with a price point of $1,500 but you get what you pay for and we have a string of success to back it up. Here is the official video.   This video will give you a bit more about the actual process.  Please pay no attention to the epic-overload into (it didn’t make the finalRead More →