Visual.ly’s Social Network for Data Visualization Now Visible to the Public

Visual.ly has become a go-to source for clever infographics. You might have seen some of their handiwork in publications like the Wall Street Journal and marketing services like Flowtown. Now the site has officially launched to the public to "bring infographics and data visualization to the mainstream."

Visual.ly has become a go-to source for clever infographics. You might have seen some of their handiwork in publications like the Wall Street Journal and marketing services like Flowtown. Now the site has officially launched to the public to “bring infographics and data visualization to the mainstream.”

It’s a little more high-brow in concept than other visual communities like Pinterest or even Tumblr, but the site gets approximately 2 million page views per month.

The homepage shows popular topics like “food” or “politics,” which you can also find through the search bar. If you’re creative, the site also has a tool that lets members pit one Twitter handle against another to see who has the most engagement. Everything posted on Visual.ly can be shared with friends or embedded on a website or blog.

The company announced in a blog post on Wednesday that the site will open with a few changes based on early feedback from the community:

For example, while thousands of designers have created their portfolios on Visual.ly, it wasn’t always easy to find a particular designer once you’d discovered them and keep track of his or her work. And, many of you wanted Visual.ly to provide a more personalized experience when exploring infographics and visualizations.

Ultimately, Visual.ly is designed for journalists, researchers, designers, and programmers to be able to connect with great designers who can lend aesthetic value to the data they’ve collected. Since launching in Beta in 2011, Visual.ly has signed up 32,000 designers who are looking to showcase their work.

On the newest version of the site, enhanced profiles will mark professional designers with badges and provide statistics including the number of likes, page views, comments, and posts for each person. Users will be able to follow their favorites or commission designers to work on projects. The site will become a fully functioning marketplace later this year.