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Tips for infographic creation

Find a topic rich for investigation.

Research! Read background information. Locate and analyze relevant data.

Search to see how others have represented similar data.

Plan the most important elements/assets. Sketch out your "story."

Decide how best to visualize the meaning of those elements.

Develop a thesis/argument.

Keep it simple! Keep it clear!

Carefully select a color scheme.

Carefully select your font.

Make sure your conclusion is evident.

Reference your sources.

Post your image and list the URL so others may find and use it.

 

What is an infographic?

Good information design is the best way to navigate information glut — and it may just change the way we see the world. David McCandless, TED talk, The Beauty of Data Visualization.

Infographics visually represent data, information, knowledge, and arguments.  Infographics tell complex stories by combining a variety of charts, graphs, timelines, and other tools known as assets. They exploit elements of design to synthesize large amounts of information, to point to connections and patterns, using visual strategies that make it easy for the viewer to digest and understand. 

Also see, What Is An Infographic? by Infographiclabs

MNLI12 Wiki

Visual.ly 8 Steps to an Infographic

Infographics Designs: Overviews, Examples, Best Practices

PiktoChart: Why Infographics?

Info-graphicacy

5 Ways to Use Infographics in the Classroom

Creative Blog: 75 Best Infographics on the Web

How to be an educated consumer of infographics (Maria Popova)

8 Types of Infographics and Which Ones to Use When 

Kathy Schrock’s Guide to InfoGraphics as Creative Assessment

Digital Storytelling: The Ultimate Resource Guide

http://www.juiceanalytics.com/writing/the-ultimate-collection-of-data-storytelling-resources/

New York Times Learning NetworK

 

Piktochart (templates)

Free to try. Create infographics from a wide variety of templates.

 

Infogr.am

Free, interactive charts tool

 

Easel.ly

 

Google Forms Infographics Toolkit Template

 

Project Description

Your task is to design an infographic that explains a global issue. Your infographic should present a thesis supported by clear, carefully-researched evidence presented graphically.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

 

Infographic Assessment

Research and Synthesis

  • Scope of topic clearly defined.
  • Thesis clearly stated.
  • Information effectively selected and relevant to present message.
  • Statistics collected from reliable sources.
  • Information is logically organized so that reader can easily understand message of the data.
  • Appropriate and varied charts and images represent data.
  • Concise text supports graphics
  • Infographic presents clear conclusion based on data presented

Respect for Intellectual Property

  • Demonstrated respect for Copyright/fair use. 
  • Use of Creative Commons resources
  • Research appropriately documented

Design and Creativity

  • Effective use of metaphor/big picture
  • Effective use of color, font, graphics.
  • Appropriate assets/elements/information types selected to convey messsage of data
  • Graphics organized to clearly communicate thesis and evidence.
  • Evidence of creative thought

Mechanics

No spelling or grammatical errors


 

Infographic Elements

 

Anatomy of a Great Infographic

 

8 Steps To Create an Infographic

 

Opposing Viewpoints

 

 

 

Project Collage

 

Some platform options

 

Finding Fonts

 

Generic Poster/Document Options

Smore (create and share modular posters with a variety of media elements built on templates)

Trackk

Checkthis (similar to Smore with polling options and media timeline)

Phoster looks like a similar poster tool for iPhone and iPad

Poster My Wall (a handy basic canvas with attractive backgrounds and collage options)

Art Skills  (less social, more kid-friendly) 

Muzy Thoughts (backgrounds for sharing inspirational text and creating classroom posters)

Posterini (movie poster-style templates)

BigHugeLabs (image generator goodies and several poster templates)

Zeen (create media-rich, Tumblr-style online magazines of unlimited length)

Thinglink (for adding interactive links and annotations to posters)

Offline options:

A simple Word document
A PowerPoint or Google Presentation (saved as a jpg)
Photoshop image

 

Periodic Table of Visualizations

 

NationMaster

 

GlobalIssues.org

 

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