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.
How to be an educated consumer of infographics (Maria Popova)
New York Times Learning NetworK
Free to try. Create infographics from a wide variety of templates.
Free, interactive charts tool
Tools for Representing Data Visually
Remember to use the chart making tools in PowerPoint and the shared options in Google Templates.
Seven Tools for Data Visualization (RM Byrne)
Tableau (free download for PCs)
Wordle (use advanced tab)
All of Me (timeline yourself)
Timeline Maker (Teach-nology)
Google Forms Infographics Toolkit Template
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.
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
No spelling or grammatical errors
8 Steps To Create an Infographic
Tools for finding data
For data search
Wolfram Alpha (computational search)
Find the Data (objective, reference-based comparison engine)
Some platform options
Possible visual platforms include, but are not limited to these infographic options:
Generic Poster/Document Options
Smore (create and share modular posters with a variety of media elements built on templates)
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)
A simple Word document
A PowerPoint or Google Presentation (saved as a jpg)
Periodic Table of Visualizations
Dr. V's Infographics Article
Infographics Blogs & Examples
CoolText.com (interactive text/banner/button generator)
Glowtxt (generate text with or without glow)
3D Text Maker (generates static or animated text)
Signbot (create animated srolling LED signage)
Textanim 2.0 (Animated text generator)
for font charts
Favorite search tools:
- Flickr Creative Commons
- Flickr Blue Mountains
- Wikimedia Commons
- Flickr The Commons
- Creative Commons Search
- Flickr Storm (use pulldown menu)
- Find Icons
- Clkr (public domain clipart)
- Open Icon Gallery
- Crystal Clear Icons
- Open Cipart Library
CIA World Factbook (maps and flags)
Find the Data
Sort through a growing number of databases that are fully sortable, filterable and