What is an infographic? It’s essentially an information graphic, or data visualization. It’s a visually appealing way to cite information.  Click here to see how infographics are effective. Click here for the top 90 infographics. Click here for a layout cheat sheet. And click here for more super awesome free templates!

  • Choose a topic
  • Research (find statistics, time frames, images, differences/similarities) Think of timeframe
  • Draw a rough draft (think of color pallet, layout, text vs image, etc)
  • Create reference icons
  • Cite your resources on the bottom of the infographic

Things to think about when creating your infographic

  • It’s not only about the information, but how you plan to use it
  • When you are collecting data, make sure it is from the same year (keep consistency)
  • Stay away from the typical graphs
  • Think about how you want to display your data
  • Does the visual theme make sense for the topic?
  • Black is really hard on the eyes. A dark black background might look cool, but it strains the eyes
  • What words can you turn into icons?  Need icons? CLICK HERE FOR ICON IDEAS
  • Do you want to have a central image?
  • Your title needs to stand out. You don’t want to have the viewer struggling to figure out what the infographic is about.
  • Think about how you want to divide/section the infographic
  • Don’t overcomplicate things, keep it simple!
  • Focus on the important information (make it large, bold, vibrant, etc)
  • The largest element should be your main topic
  • All sources should be cited at the bottom (this can be small)
  • Click here for examples of different graphs

Starting your infographic

  • Decide the orientation of your design. Most infographics are vertical
  • Create a color palette in Illustrator
  • Start with your title. Try to make it catchy. The title should be large and place it at the top. Play around with different fonts and colors!
  • Write a sentence or two about the topic and place it near the title.
  • Focus on the important information first. Where will it be placed? What size will it be (if it’s text, what font?)

Click here for great layouts!

Student Work

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Awesome examples of effective ways to use graphs and icons



When to use a graph/chart

A pie chart is best used when you are comparing parts to a whole

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  • Creative Pie Charts:

A bar graph/ column chart is best used when you want to display changes in data over a period of time or comparisons between categories.

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An area is best used when you want to compare data from multiple categories

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