The Good, The Bad, and the UglyEvaluating some sample Infographics
What to look for?• What information is conveyed?• What features do good examples have incommon?• Is anything hard to understand?• What goes unnoticed? Is misleading?• What do I like about it?• Where else can it show and not tell?
Source: Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Good Medicine Magazine
Tips for Designing Infographics• Be concise - Convey one idea really well.• Be visual - Use a good size for making itsharable online.• Be smarter - Dont make readers have to workto understand what they are seeing.• Be transparent - Cite your data source anddont mislead your readers.• Be different - Use bar, line, and pie chartssparingly.
Tips for Designing Infographics• Be accurate - Dont mislead with improper scale ofshapes.• Be attractive - Use illustrations and photos to enhancethe data. Use san serif instead of serif fonts. Use eyepleasing color combinations (font color & background).• Be varied - Use a theme that represents your topic.• Be gracious - Cite your sources and give yourself credittoo.• Be creative - Use good tools easel.ly, pictochart andinfogr.am
Planning Strategies• What are the components that you shouldinclude?• What do I want my reader to learn?• How is the information presented?(Graphically, with text, image, etc.)• What are the challenges?
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