Infographics are graphically-rich ways to convey a lot of information in a confined space. They are usually static collections of images, icons, text, and symbols arranged to succinctly explain some topic to the viewer. Combining both data visualization and graphic design, infographics are useful as individual class projects to summarize research but can also be used as conference posters.
- Create a visual representation of the information, data, and content that consisely communicates information to the viewer.
- Incorporate visual cues and sequences of information that direct the viewer’s eye and focus attention.
- Creating successful infographics requires a range of skills from research to selecting those elements that are most important to convey and of course some creative skill in putting it together. For this reason it may be important to scaffold an infographic assignment into distinct phases, such as data collection, citation development, and design sketches.
- Effective infographics have a clear purpose and audience in mind to tell a story, make an argument, or persuade the reader. It is helpful for students to start by considering for whom they are making the infographic and for what purpose.
- Infographics are usually a visual representation of data and include graphically-rich charts and graphs. In fact, the design of an infographic is often determined by the data the infographic is attempting to convey. This means that a proper dataset is required before one even starts to layout the graphic elements. Set aside the bulk of the assignment process for collecting, curating, and discussing the datasets to be visualized.