Infographics are an amazing way to explain and display information along with images. Infographics which basically mean information graphics are a graphical way to represent data in an easy to read way. Through infographics, one can present complex information, data and knowledge to a range of audiences. Some other terms which refer to infographics are data visualization, information architecture, and information design. But the question that mostly arises is how to create an awesome infographic? Lets step by step discuss the answer to this question:
Creating an infographic that is both brief in information and graceful in look, can be thought of as a 7 step procedure:
The first step is the selection of the topic which involves looking and browsing through social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Digg and Reddit etc and then organizing a brainstorming session on the various current events that are generating a lot of internet activity.
You can also look at worldwide stories such as those with unique angles and the ones that have not been explored by the mainstream. You can also solve a certain problem or answer a question that explains a complex topic.
The second step is idea selection. In this step, you need to make sure that the idea makes editorial sense for the website on which it is going to be published and also the concept must be easy to understand.
Next, your idea should show and express something different, the graphic must be emotionally charging and there must be some credible sources that support the idea.
The third step of creating an awesome infographic is content research. You can use sources such as governmental agencies, educational institutions, and popular online sources to find credible content.
The fourth step is to edit the information which you have searched and researched. For this, you must define the topic’s focus and describe it properly and then search more relevant information that will help to focus on the main topic.
You must also organize the entire information in a logical way or as a flow chart. Staple the small groups of similar information together and write a narrative that connects them together.
The next step involves content visualization which is also called art illustration direction. For this, you must first create a certain mood by using a color palette to give it a feel.
Retinal excitement is the next sub-step and this must include offering designer guidance on visuals which are representing different sets of data. Different sections must be differently designed but all should be connected by the same theme.
The next step is to put all the pieces together. Make sure that all the content is present within the graphic and the illustrations are accurate. You must also make it a point to let the sections flow and be related to the main theme.
The readers must be able to understand the graphic automatically.
The last and seventh step involves checking, refining and perfecting your infographic. Check for spelling and grammar mistakes and correct them.
Here is a cool infographic that explains how to create your own infographic in a smart way: