Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. Understanding data can be challenging, especially when dealing with volumes of information. Data visualizations allows the viewer to see the concepts they are learning about in a more interesting, consise, and often more useful manner. To learn how to create infographics with students, download the flyer (.pdf) or watch the video.
Infographic Format Ideas
- Flow charts
- Annotated maps
- Venn diagrams
- Size comparisons
- Showing familiar objects or similar size or value
Steps for Creating An Infographic
Click here for the Steps for Creating An Infographic (.pdf)
Manage Data – Where to Get Visual Statistics
- Chart Chooser – Download exisiting visualizations into Excel and modify to suit your data.
- Chartle – Create, embed and share your charts, plots, diagrams and maps online.
- Chartsbin – Download or embed existing visualizations, including maps, pie charts and bar charts, all of which are available under creative commons. Sign up for a free account to create visualizations using your own data. Copy and paste your data from a .csv file, and then create a map-based visualization of that data.
- Easel.ly Create visually rich infographics from pre-designed themes. It is very easy to use and only drag and drop.
- Excel – Microsoft’s spreadsheet software.
- GapMinder is a free Adobe Air (cross-platform by nature) application that has current data on major world issues.
- Google’s Public Data Explorer has visual, and extremely varied statistics. The data can be presented as a line chart, bar chart, or graph. The visualizations cannot be saved, so a screenshot of the data must be taken.
- Hohli – Create Venn diagrams and other charts, including scatter plots and other line charts.
- Info.gram – Create, share, discover infographics and online charts.
- Inkspace – A free infographic creation tool which allows visualizations to be imported and combined with other visuals. It requires download.>
- Many Eyes – Build simple interactive graphics with this free online tool from IBM.
- StatPlanet Map Builder
- Tableau – Create interactive visualisations with colourful and unique themes. Share with others or embed in a web sites. Works just on Windows.
- Google Docs – Enter data directly into the spreadsheet and convert it into a visualization including bar charts, pie charts, heat maps and more. Follow the instructions.
Manage Images – Where to Get Icons and Images
- Iconspedia – Free icons, but check the license
- The Noun Project
- Google’s Advanced Image Search– Search for images labeled for reuse
- Flickr’s Advanced Search – Search for images
Cite Sources – How To Source Information and Images
Build Infographic – How to Create the Final Product
Once you have all your various elements, the text, graphics and visualizations need to be placed into one image. This can be done with a variety of programs:
- Pixlr Editor
- PowerPoint – Download Free PowerPoint Infographics Design Template
- Aviary Phoenix
- Aviary Raven
- Sumo Paint
10 Tips for Designing Infographics – a very informative link
Infographics can be great posters to display. Richard Byrne describes an easy way to print the infographics poster-sized.
Examples of Infographics:
- Grade 8 Humanities project: focus was Progress and Development in a country of their choice.
- Creating Infographics with Students
- Daily Infographic
- 50 Great examples of infographics
- Infographics Showcase
- Healthmap – Outbreaks and epidemics
- Daylight Map – Real-time cloud cover, daylight, time zones
- Seismon – Earthquakes!
- Lexipedia – Visualize the relationships between words
- If It Were My Home – Visualize disaster impacts on your home
- Arab Spring
- Immigration Explorer
- Themes for A Good Infographic
January 15, 2012