How to Create Infographics

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How to Create Infographics

  1. 1. How to Create Infographics Tales from an accidental graphic designer 2013 SDC Annual Meeting
  2. 2. STEPS FOR SUCCESS 1. Begin with numbers 2. Understand your goals and audience 3. Find your story 4. Establish your approach 5. Design, refine, repurpose 6. Share
  3. 3. 1. BEGIN WITH NUMBERS
  4. 4. 2. UNDERSTAND YOUR GOALS AND AUDIENCE
  5. 5. Colorado’s btop project
  6. 6. 3. FIND YOUR STORY
  7. 7. 2012 ACADEMIC LIBRARIAN SALARIES Broken down by: -Region: West/Southwest vs. All US regions -Type of institution: 2-year, 4year, university -Position: Director, Assistant Director, Dept. Head, Manager, Non-Supervisory Librarian, Beginning Librarian =18 comparisons
  8. 8. WEB TECH
  9. 9. WEB TECH Mobile-friendly sites Adoption patterns in larger vs. smaller libraries Social media Text reference
  10. 10. 4. ESTABLISH YOUR APPROACH
  11. 11. http://www.wearelibrarians.com/get-more/
  12. 12. http://visual.ly/what-should-i-read-next
  13. 13. http://master-degree-online.com/infographic-anatomy-of-a-librarian/
  14. 14. 5. DESIGN, REFINE, REPURPOSE
  15. 15. 4 DESIGN GUIDELINES 1. Format—print, online, both?
  16. 16. 4 DESIGN GUIDELINES 1. Format—print, online, both? 2. K.I.S.S.
  17. 17. 4 DESIGN GUIDELINES 1. Format—print, online, both? 2. K.I.S.S. 3. Show rather than tell
  18. 18. 4 DESIGN GUIDELINES 1. Format—print, online, both? 2. K.I.S.S. 3. Show rather than tell 4. Colors and fonts
  19. 19. INFOGRAPHIC CREATION SOFTWARE • PowerPoint/MS Office • Easel.ly • Piktochart • Infogr.am
  20. 20. EASEL.LY PROS CONS •Templates •Limited to existing template icons, format, size •Can add images •Export as JPG •Limited text and icon editing •No chart creator
  21. 21. PIKTOCHART PROS CONS •Templates (but limited options in free version) •Watermark •Many icons/images •Chart wizard •Page resize •Can add images •Export as JPG/PNG or create link for sharing •Limited image editing •Limited FAQ •Extended features only available w/paid account
  22. 22. INFOGR.AM PROS CONS •Templates (but limited options in free version) •Watermark •Many chart options •Downloads and extended features only available w/paid account •Can add images, maps, and video •Create link for sharing •Limited text and icon options
  23. 23. 6. SHARE
  24. 24. RESOURCES Presentation slides and infographic resources: http://bit.ly/LRS_graphic
  25. 25. QUESTIONS?
  26. 26. THANK YOU! Linda Hofschire Hofschire_L@cde.state.co.us @lrs_co www.lrs.org

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