Creating infographics


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Presentation to college students about creating infographics relating to course content. Explores the theory behind infographics, gives examples, profiles free tools for creating infographics, and touches on copyright and appropriate use of creative commons images.

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Creating infographics

  1. 1. image: "La tecnología de big data revolucionará la seguridad de la información“ by Infocux Technologies is licensed under cc BY-NC 4.0 Creating Infographics Jeanette Lundgren, January 2014
  2. 2. What is an Infographic? in·fo·graph·ic, infōˈgrafik/ noun 1. a visual image such as a chart or diagram used to represent information or data. 2. a visual representation of data, such that the data is seen (visualized) instead of read. 3. A concise way to interpret data. "a good infographic is worth a thousand words“ Image: An Infographic Is by Hot Butter Studio
  3. 3. Image: 13 Reasons why your Brain Craves Infographics by NeoMam Studios
  4. 4. Design tips to keep in mind • Data and Information first (accurate, easy to interpret) • Show, don’t tell • Visualize numeric data with charts • when numbers don’t fit on a consistent scale, you might be able to visualize them in a diagram. • Properly credit sources, both data and images image: content/uploads/2011/10/tweet-o-meter-uptodatenew.gif
  5. 5. Properly attributing images • All images are subject to copyright unless in the public domain… • cc = creative commons licensing • You can use CC-licensed materials as long as you follow the license conditions. One condition of all CC licenses is attribution. "Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco" by tvol is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Include: 1. Image title with source link 2. Author with link 3. CC License link Source: _attribution
  6. 6. Best places for cc images • Allows you to search Google and flickr for creative commons images, and several other search providers. • Click on "advanced image search" and then select for the "Usage Rights" dropdown, ALWAYS confirm that the images you find are actually licensed as you selected. • More than 10 million categorized, photos, illustrations, footage, sound bites etc. • More than 100 million CC licensed images from the popular photo sharing site (15 million with the most flexible "attribution only" license).
  7. 7. Four free infographic tools • Wordle • • Piktochart •
  8. 8. Wordle – What is Wordle? Turns your text into word clouds. Words that appear more frequently are weighted and appear larger. Clouds can be formatted with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. When to use Wordle - • word clouds • concept maps • capture themes, main ideas • introduce a new topic • keywords Wordle --
  9. 9. - What is • 30 chart types • built in spreadsheet for data editing and importing • Save infographics as png or pdf • Publish online, embed into websites, or share on social media When to use - • Bar or Line charts • Pie charts • Area charts • Scatter Charts • Bubble Charts • Pictorial Charts • Hierarchy Charts • Progress Charts • Tree map • Financial Charts image: spills
  10. 10. Piktochart What is Piktochart? • Free version includes 7 themes or blank canvas • Over 1000 icon images • Allow importing of icons and images • Easy to use drag and drop images When to use Piktochart - • Use when you have data that isn’t easily charted
  11. 11. What is Theme based web application for creating infographics and data visualization. uses vhemes, (i.e. visual themes) and a drag and drop interface. When to use - • Use themes, objects, shapes, text, charts, or upload your own images • 14 sample vhemes plus a blank canvas • Beta version available • Icon image objects are organized into categories (people, places, backgrounds, animals, etc).
  12. 12. Questions?? Jeanette Lundgren, Systems Librarian Becker College Libraries and Archives Ruska Library, Worcester Campus Phone: 508-373-9710 Email: or
  13. 13. References 9 awesome powerful free infographic tools. Retrieved from Anderson, Steven W. Why wordle? Retrieved from Balliett, Amy. (2011, Oct 14). The do’s and don’ts of infographic design. Retrieved from Infographics: the how and why of creating them. Retrieved from Jaffe, Eric. (2013, Nov 12). The secrets of a memorable infographic: new research refutes a common perception about what makes infographics stick in your mind. Retrieved from McConnell, Chris. (2013, Jun 10). 5 tools for creating your own infographics. Retrieved from Mekšs, Daniels. Designing quality infographics: tips, resources and inspiration. Retrieved from Thirteen reasons why your brain craves infographics. Retrieved from Yau, Nathan. (2011, Oct 21). The do’s and don’ts of infographic design: revisited. Retrieved from infographic-design-revisited/