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Infographic on Infographics
AKA: Infographics or Information graphics. Defined as a graphic visual representation of information, data or knowledge. The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture.
Piktochart is one of the best looking programs. It is easy to use, and offers tons of freedom in building and editing using their simple graphic tools and intuitive interface. Price: Start for free with pricing packages available
Infogr.am has more than 30 different types of charts to choose from inlcuding bubble charts, tree maps and pie charts. Editing data can be easily done in Infogr.am’s built-in spreadsheet, or you can import your own files. Price: Basic version is free with pricing plans available
Easel.ly is a great program, but lacks some of the guidance, and features, that come standard in other programs. If you’re just looking to design an infographic, this program will work well. If you want more variety, you’ll have to utilize one of the other programs in this list. Price: free
Canva is filled with options, whether you are working on a project for work, personal, or social media. Each new project comes with a template for the project you choose to work on. With the dimensions done for you, you can focus your attention on creating beautiful designs in seconds. Price: Free, but you have to pay for Pro quality design assets individually
Visme allows you to create interactive presentations, infographics and other engaging content. It has tons of templates, and huge library of free shapes & icons that are simple and easy to use. Price: Basic version is free with special pricing plans available for students and teachers
Infographic Assignment Rubric
Fun Facts About Infographics
- Every day infographic production increases by 1%.
- Over 15 million search results will be generated for the term "infographics" on Google.
- Usage of visualized information has increased by 400% since 1990.
- The usage of visualized data has been enhanced by 9900% on the internet since 2007.
Components of an Infographic
Infographics can be broken into these main components:
- Visual (colors and graphics)
- Content (data, statistics and/or facts)
- Knowledge (analysis or insight into the data)
Why are Infographics so Popular?
For some of the same reasons they have been popular with journalists (i.e., USA Today) and businesses, infographics are seeing more widespread use among educators.
- Can be created for any field of study or on any topic.
- Final product is attractive and engaging.
- Feeds into the natural tendency to learn by seeing and interacting.
- Allows one to present complex information quickly and clearly.
- Chunks content into digestible bites.
- Can be interactive, so users can link to additional information outside the graphic itself.
- Can easily be embedded into other sites (i.e., ulearn, etc.).
- Shows an expert understanding of a subject.
Why use Infographics for Assignments?
- Allows students to be creative.
- Requires students to do research (i.e., meets information literacy requirements).
- Requires students to analyze, interpret and evaluate information.
- May help students better understand complex topics, concepts and ideas.
- Teaches students to how communicate information visually (charts, graphs, etc).
- Teaches students visual, information, technology literacies.
Assignment Ideas & Examples
Infographics are very popular with journalists (i.e., USA Today) and businesses, but can be created for any field of industry and study. More and more they are being used by educators.