Infographics

Infographics from Antonio Lopez

Above is an overview of different kinds of infographics. Below is a list of resources, which includes tutorials and tools.

Resources

Tutorials:

The Beginner’s Guide To Creating and Promoting Infographics (very basic)

How to make infographics: a beginner’s guide to data visualisation

Video tutorial

Tools:

Extensive list of infographic tools

Daily Infgraphic: http://dailyinfographic.com/

Tools for making infographics:

Canva: https://www.canva.com/ (Canva infographic tutorial)

Venngage: https://venngage.com/

easel.ly: http://www.easel.ly/

Visme: http://www.visme.co/

piktochart: http://piktochart.com/ (Piktochart’s ultimate guide for making infographics)

icharts: http://www.icharts.net/

infogram: http://infogr.am/

Photo Infographic Gen Lite: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mariusSoft.InFotoFree&hl=en

StatPlanet – Create Interactive Maps & Graphs: http://www.statsilk.com/software/statplanet

Tableau (data visualization): http://www.tableausoftware.com/public/

Wordle (word clouds): http://www.wordle.net/

Hohli (chart maker): http://charts.hohli.com/

Tagxedo (creative word clouds): http://www.tagxedo.com/

Chartsbin (Create interactive maps): http://chartsbin.com/about/apply

Icon Archive: http://www.iconarchive.com/

A Model Assignment

The following is an example of a project you can assign to your students.

Guidelines:

To get started, look at the links below. Start by choosing a media-related topic (media usage, film, art, TV, comics, etc.), and do some research to gather information about it. Using paper, sketch out how you might organize your concepts. Start playing around with some of the suggested platforms below to see which ones seem the best for your project.

For inspiration and ideas, look through Pinterest.

Paper

A three-five page reflection paper in two parts. First, state the kind of infographic you are creating and explain your strategy and goals for your project. It should include a take-away message (a single statement that summarizes your key idea), your target audience (where you would publish it, and who you want to read it), and why your approach is appropriate for that audience. The second part should describe your process. Write a narrative description of every step you took and your decision making process. What was difficult or challenging? What worked? Was there anything you wanted to do that you couldn’t because of technical reasons?

Overachievers: Quote from the textbook to justify your choices (fonts, colors, etc.).

Infographic

Each infographic must meet the following criteria:

*Very important: You must put your name on the infographic’s footer (where you put your sources) and use your real name when you create an online account to make your infographic*

* Create a title that encapsulates your main idea
* It should do more than describe phenomena, but it should help explain why
* Make sure your infographic has one clear “take home” message (be able to summarize in one sentence)
* Include at least eight facts/statistics and use at least five sources for your research
* Include at least 3 distinct sections
* Combine words, images, graphics and numbers
* Strategically and purposefully use fonts and color
* Use icons, graphics and images to create visual metaphors
* Cite all information and sources at the bottom

Examples of possible infographic projects:
* A media trend
* A “how to” project
* An “explainer” (a simplified explanation of a complex problem)

Tip! The best infographics offer something surprising or unexpected. Help your audience learn something they didn’t already know.