"There is something almost quite magical about visual information. It's effortless. It literally pours in. If you're navigating a dense information jungle, coming across a beautiful graphic or lovely date visualization is a relief. It's like coming across a clearing in the jungle." (David McCandless, TED talk about the beauty of data visualization)
What is an infographic?
Wikipedia defines infographic: "Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends."
Why do we love infographics?
Why Your Brain Craves Infographics. Scroll through this animated infographic to learn why we are attracted to visuals like infographics. (Neomam Studios)
The Value of Visualization A motion graphic describing the value of visualization (Column Five Agency)
What types of infographics are there?
There are various perspectives on how many types of infographics exist. Peruse these sites and decide for yourself.
How can I tell if an infographic is misleading?
Making Sense of Science Infographics Listen to this engaging 18-minute audio commentary on how to critically read infographics and identify those that are misleading. (From the Web site Science Friday, by Gareth Cook, editor of The Best American Infographics 2013 and neuroscientist Stephen Kosslyn.)
11 Most Useless Infographics on the Internet (Abhimanyu Das and Diana Biller, io9)
How can I make an infographic?
There are many ways to create infographics.
Adobe InDesign is the industry-standard publishing application for print publications, interactive PDF documents, digital magazines, and e-publications. Although the learning curve is high, InDesign is a powerful tool and provides a great amount of flexibility and options, especially when used with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Adobe Creative Cloud is available at the Technology Learing & Media Center. Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign Creative Suite (CS) 6 are available on the NDSU public computers. You can receive individual assistance with creating an infographic at the Technology Learning & Media Center. Check our home page for open lab hours and other informaiton.
Microsoft Office Word and PowerPoint can both be effective for creating infographics. Be sure to start by specifying the size of your document in Word or slide in PowerPoint. When you are finished with your infographic, export your document or slide as a PDF. (Use either the "Save as" feature or the "Export" feature.) PDF is an excellent format for distributing your infographic via screen or print.
Since infographics have become such a popular phenomenon, many online tools have been developed. Most have a free version as well as a "pro" version with more capabilities. Check out some of the online tools listed below, and search for more on your own.
5 Great Online Tools for Making Infographics Read about the pros and cons of each of these five online tools for making infographics:
Visme - visme.co
Canva - www.canva.com
Easel.ly - www.easel.ly
Piktochart - piktochart.com
Infogr.am - https://infogr.am