SOURCE: Visually

Visually

October 17, 2012 09:00 ET

Visually Plays Matchmaker: Opens Marketplace for Public Beta

Infographic Leader Connects Marketing Gurus, Data Nerds and Design Junkies Based on Shared Interests; Creates One-Stop Shop for Data Visualization Projects

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 17, 2012) - Visually (www.visual.ly), the premier platform for creating, exploring and sharing infographics, today announces the beta launch of the Visually Marketplace. Building on the recently launched social network features, Marketplace introduces ecommerce and project management into the Visually platform. By tapping into Visually's vibrant community of more than 45,000 designers, Marketplace is able to match infographic commissioners -- brands, companies, agencies -- with designers based on shared interests and needs.

"For more than a year, our community has been alive and thriving -- creating some of the most successful infographics in the industry," said Stew Langille co-founder and CEO of Visually. "With Marketplace, we're taking this to the next level -- making it easier for brands to create infographics and find the talent they need to get the job done, while giving designers access to more opportunity."

With Visually Marketplace, the entire project takes place directly on the site -- from payment to delivering the final product. It begins with the designer matching process, using an algorithm to detect the best match based on a set of criteria that includes preferred style and desired layout. Once the match is made, a project management system kicks in, guiding both parties through the creation of the graphic. This includes the ability to upload and approve drafts, share feedback and track the progress of the project in real-time. The system even creates a program timeline and sends alerts when due dates are approaching to ensure projects come in on time and on budget.

"We wanted to create a platform that made it ridiculously easy for people to tell compelling stories with their data. That's why the project management tool built into Marketplace incorporates the best practices we've learned along the way," continued Langille.

All designers on the Visually Marketplace are pre-screened, and all work delivered via the Marketplace is guaranteed by Visually. As a public beta, Visually Marketplace supports the creation of static infographics. In the coming months additional functionalities will be added to the platform, including -- support for interactive and motion graphics, access to third-party data feeds and connections to additional creative resources like data analysts, researchers and journalists that will help commissioners tackle more complex projects via the platform.

To participate in the Marketplace public beta visit: http://marketplace.visual.ly.

About Visually (www.visual.ly)
There's more data than ever, and more ways to get it. As the world gets more complex and attention spans grow shorter, Visually makes it possible to present information and meaning in a bite-sized visual way that makes sense for the age of big data. Launched at 500 Startups in April 2011, Visually has grown to include a library of more than 20,000 infographics, a robust community of almost 150,000 and a suite of offerings which includes premium services, free self-service tools and a Marketplace that automates the infographic creation process -- democratizing the creation and sharing of visualizations, making it possible for everyone to participate.

For more information on Visually please visit: https://angel.co/visually#overview.

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