Thing 21: Infographics

Well, that was fun! ūüėÄ I have always loved looking at the wonderful infographics one can find on Pinterest and elsewhere, but have never sat down to explore methods of making one.¬† Thank you Rudai23 Thing 21, for requiring me to do just that.

I was at a loss to know what topic to cover, not having time to research one.  As I was reading an online newspaper a few days ago, my eye fell on an article The Nobel Prizes in numbers.  Interesting facts that few of us know or recall.

I signed up to a free account on easel.ly.  I found it user-friendly, especially if you are acquainted with desktop publishing. The graphics available on the free account are limited, so I used  images  from Clipartpanda.com. I needed a little extra info which I found on Wikipedia. I have cited my sources on the infographic itself.

Admittedly, it would take some practice to make a really good infographic that is eye-catching and informative.¬† That said, I’m quite happy with my first effort.¬†¬† I used as much as I could from the article, without cluttering the image to death.

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On second thoughts, it is a bit cluttered, but hopefully easy to read.  When I signed up to easel.ly I was mailed a link which I thought I would share on this blog: A complete guide to Infographics. There are some great tips which I would have to incorporate the next time.

These, from the writer of Thing 21, Michelle Breen, are just as important to remember:

  • Create an attention grabbing headline for your infographic;
  • Know your audience and tailor the content like you would do in a presentation;
  • Keep it simple – highlight key items in your data rather than displaying everything;
  • Cite the sources of the data used in the infographic and check your facts;
  • Keep it fun by using distinctive colours and illustrations.

Talking about¬†gorgeous infographics‚Ķlook at this: The Benefits of Handwriting vs Typing, via Stephen’s Lighthouse.¬† Oh my! I love it. And then of course, there are the wonderful infographics that are made by the talented Sylvia Duckworth‚Ķthey must adorn many a classroom in schools worldwide. ¬†I also stumbled upon¬†this article claiming to present¬†The 100 Best Infographics.¬† It targets North America, but has some amazing¬†examples, with only a couple that I¬†recognise.

Because of the visual learning experience I would imagine that, depending upon the space available within a library, it would be great to have infographics up on display, covering many different topics, throughout the year. They are adaptable to young and old, informative and decorative. A really valuable form of information presentation.

Until next time, when we discuss ‘mobile things’. ¬†ūüėÄ ¬† Thanks again for stopping by.

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