The slides without any infographics are a bit old hat now. People love infographics for its benefits of visualization. But with so many infographics out there, it's easy to overlook a lot of infographics with good content just because they just don't stand out from the rest of the pack. And, if you're a designer, you've probably racked your brains trying to find out how to attract viewers and create infographics that do stand out from the rest. Here is a brief guide about infographics. A good way to design amazing infographics is offered, along with various examples.
Definition of Infographics
A very simple definition of the infographic is just two words: visual communication. It is a visual presentation mode of data, information or knowledge. It aims to turn complication into simplicity when deliver message.
Types of Infographics
There are many different types of infographics and they all have different uses. To name a few, line chart, bar, column and pie chart are suitable for showing data and comparing figures. Timelines are suitable for demonstrating events chronically. Mind map is a great tool to boost brainstorm. Flowchart is the premier solution to display sequence of a process.
Elements of Infographics
The purpose of creating infographics is to communicate data, information and knowledge through imaging. These images or pictures can be formed by the objects they represent or the related subject's icon). The elements can also be just simple points, lines or basic graphs. Of course, they can also be drawn by hand.
Benefits of Infographics
The infographic became popular in the early 1990s when news organizations began putting a stress on visual communication. Researches showed that people had small attention spans and were spending less and less time with texts. Those same surveys indicated that those people were spending more time with visual aspects of the products. Thus infographics became an alternative way to tell a story. It is said that "A picture is worth a thousand words." The infographic displays information visually and makes it easier to consume and ultimately easier to understand. Some successful infographics tell a story with a quick glance or read. It saves both time and effort for readers. What is more, infographics add fun and enjoyment in reading. As for education, they arouse students' curiosity and boost their interests. For more related information, please go to Benefits of Infographics.
Every successful mission begins with a good plan. Do some researches and see some examples for reference beforehand. Sketch the entire concept out in your mind before you attack it on the computer. To make it simple, see the following workflow diagram.
Automatic Infographics Design Software
The above diagrams are all created by EdrawMax, an all-in-one infographic design tool with predefined symbols. EdrawMax offers you a variety of diagram makers, and provides infographics examples and libraries of ready-made templates and shapes for quick and simple creation of professional-quality infographics. All templates and examples are editable, printable and for free download. It also supports export of vector graphic multipage documents into multiple file formats: vector graphics (SVG, EMF, EPS), bitmap graphics (PNG, JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF), web documents (HTML, PDF), PowerPoint presentations (PPT), and Adobe Flash (SWF).