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Using and Creating Infographics

This presentation defines infographics, displays examples of many uses of infographics, and offers beginning steps for creating infographics using

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Using and Creating Infographics

  1. 1. Using and Creating Infographics Allison McLaughlin Cook Library Intern Summer 2014
  2. 2. What is an infographic? Source: go-infographic/
  3. 3. Definition: An infographic is a graphic representation of information that helps users visualize the “big picture” of an idea that might otherwise be difficult to understand. (Lamb and Johnson, 2014a)
  4. 4. Why infographics? • • Young people are growing up in a visual world of charts, graphs, and diagrams. (Lamb and Johnson, 2014a) • Complicated information become easier to understand because it is displayed visually. • They are fast and easy to “consume.” (Educause, 2013)
  5. 5. Infographics are not brand new! This one is from the 1950’s. Let’s look at some other examples. Source: http://media.boingbo content/uploads/201 2/10/bomb.jpg
  6. 6. Politics
  7. 7. Source: http://elearninginfographics.c om/4-ways-educational- technology-is-changing-how- people-learn-infographic/ Education
  8. 8. Source: o.php?fbid=10151199653108238 Business
  9. 9. Source: recipes/ Recipes
  10. 10. Sources: the-Numbers/577c6c11-907f-43a4-bee3-3534c1f8adcf Sports
  11. 11. Sources: And Academic Libraries
  12. 12. Sources: dr-seuss-books.jpg AND http://media-cache- 371c2c88fe1c05197c1.jpg PreK-12 Libraries
  13. 13. Activity: • Open Google or Pinterest. • Think of a subject in which you are interested (example: football or knitting). • Type the subject in the search bar and add the word “infographic” after it. • Feel free to share any interesting infographics you found.
  14. 14. Ideas for Using Infographics • Final assessment • Course syllabus • Display research data • Visual representation of abstract concepts like anatomy and genetics (Lamb and Johnson, 2014a) • Quick visual reference • Represent numerical data in an interesting way (Educause, 2013)
  15. 15. Using Infographics with Literature • Kick off a thematic discussion • Compare and check facts from an infographic with facts from a book • Create a timeline of events from a story or person’s life • Create a “book report” • Promote certain books or genres • Create a pathfinder for books or information (Lamb and Johnson, 2014a)
  16. 16. Creating an Infographic 1. Choose your topic (how to, comparison, explain a concept, present data, etc). 2. Go to and sign in. 3. Click on Create and then Infographic from Market. 4. Choose a template (check that it says Free in the bottom right corner!) JUV Levels Infographic
  17. 17. Tips for Infographics • Keep it simple. • Start with the title and key ideas. • Limit words. Use short passages. • Consider putting phrases in boxes or bubbles. • Stick to a few colors, fonts, and lines and use them consistently. (Lamb and Johnson, 2014a)
  18. 18. Editing your Infographic 1. Double click on any text to edit it. You can change the words, font, color, or size. Then click Save. 2. Click on shapes or boxes to move or change the size by dragging. 3. Double click on shapes to edit the color. 4. Delete shapes by right-clicking. 5. Add new shapes and charts from the left side.
  19. 19. References Lamb, A. & Johnson, L. (2014a). Infographics part 1: Invitations to inquiry. Teacher Librarian, (41)4, 54-58. Educause. (2013). 7 things you should know about infographic creation tools. Educause Learning Initiative. Retrieved from Lamb, A. & Johnson, L. (2014b). Infographics part 2: Practical ideas for your school library. Teacher Librarian, (41)5, 64-67.