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Infographic

Infographics or information graphics present data visually and include graphs, charts, diagrams, tables, maps, and other forms. Researchers use data visualization and information design techniques to create infographics conveying quantitative and qualitative information, as well as relationships and contextual information.

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Illustrator, InDesign, Excel, Visual.ly, Tableau Public

Tips

  • Infographics start with an understanding of your data. Consider the most important information you want to convey then consider the most effective way to display that information to your viewer. Don’t sacrifice accuracy, clarity and ultimately, an interesting story just to make something look unique.
  • Infographics should tell a story. Consider the argument you are making and use a narrative structure to organize your charts, graphs, text, and graphics to bring For example consider dividing your infographic into an opening section that introduces an issue or a question, a middle section that describes the problem, and a closing section that describes what to do about it.
  • Always cite your data sources. Consider uploading your data to Google Docs and linking to it directly to allow for more transparency.