Infographics are graphic representations of information, data or knowledge designed to present information quickly and clearly.
Telling a story
Infographics should leave you feeling informed.
All infographics communicate information, and there are two approaches:
They communicate something meaningful, something of value, worth telling. If the information is incomplete or untrustworthy, creating an infographic is sometimes used to cover that up. Be careful of this.
- Use your strengths.
- It’s all about the data.
- 1. Create your data processes
- Create your wireframes – lay everything out first. There has to be a journey.
- Process your data
- Check your sources
- Have a story – think about placing speech bubbles
- Set the tone – match the subject matter: serious or light-hearted matter?
- consider your type – don’t relay on fancy type, use icons and graphics as much as you can
- Control colour – sticking with three colours could be a good rule of thumb.
- Utilise white space – helps information breathe, don’t restrict it
- Take a break – stepping away can help you process things
- Proof read x3 – as you go through; get someone else, fresh eyes, on your work
- Test along the way
- Make revisions
Designer, entrepreneur, and artist whose work focuses on translating quotidian data into meaningful objects and experiences. I really like both of Felton’s style types. His data visualisations are so precise and detailed, but I also like his infographic work as its bold with how to lays out his data and how he uses different design elements to present the data as well.
This week I have been researching on different ideas for my infographic and have decided to do it on the Fukushima Disaster. I have decided to do this topic as it interests me how it all happened within a 3-day span, the earthquake, the tsunami and then the power plant accident. I feel like I will have lots of data to cover and choose from which I think when doing my research will be a good advantage as I’ll have loads to cover upon. This week I plan to do in depth research into the Fukushima Disaster and gather as much statistics as I can find so I when I start the design process, I can just get on with it and have the information there for when I need it.