What, Why, How of Infographics: http://langwitches.org/blog/2010/06/16/infographics-what-why-how/
What is an Infographic?
1. It’s a visual explanation that helps you more easily understand, find or do something.
2. It’s visual, and when necessary, integrates words and pictures in a fluid, dynamic way.
3. It stands alone and is completely self-explanatory.
4. It reveals information that was formerly hidden or submerged.
5. It makes possible faster, more consistent understanding.
6. It’s universally understandable.
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How-to Step by Step:
1. Think of an idea
Make a list of possible ideas for your infographic
2. Create a skeleton/flowchart.
This is your initial draft (it can be by hand on paper!)
3. Colour scheme it.
Use eye-friendly colour combinations
4. Choose or create eye-catching graphics
People are attracted to graphics more than text.
5. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH!
Use a variety of authoritative resources. See below!
6. Provide facts and conclusions
Make it simple.
7. Edit, edit, edit!!!!
Types of Infographics:
Once you finalize your creative concept and determine the story you want to tell, one or more of the following will be the best vehicle to realize your idea. Some of these categories overlap.
Visualized article Take a lengthy piece of writing and make it visual.
Process or Flow Chart Visually show the separate stages of completing a task, or display the steps of a process. Answer specific questions, give options. Can be humorous.
Timeline Take the reader on a chronological journey using visuals.
Location Use a map or some geographic visual with location points and relevant data.
Numbers, Research Results and Data Visualization Use impressive numbers and visualized data to display specific research findings, demographics, and statistics.
Case Study Share the results of a campaign or action pan.
Useful How-To Info Explain something or answer a question by visually showing how to do it. Demonstrate expertise, competence, experience.
Compare and Contrast Compare two or more things, in an “A versus B” style, so we can visually see their differences.
Did You Know? Show collection of interesting related facts using visuals. Sometimes humorous, as in hip cultural icon posters.
Photo Infographic Use beautiful or compelling photos to tell a story.
Advocacy or Activist Educate/inform/raise awareness on problem or issue. Inspire dialog, motivate change, empower to act.
Venn Diagram Illustrate logical relations between sets of data using intersecting shapes.
Example: Hansel & Gretel on Prezi
Getting Started with Prezi:
Brainstorming/ Concept Mapping
Google Draw (Concept Mapping with Google Draw)