May 4, 2012
There was an interesting article I read about the anatomy of useful infographics. It breaks it down between the visual, the content and the knowledge. These 3 components are then filtered into the 5 steps you should always take when creating an infographic:
1. Create a skeleton and flowchart
2. Creating a color scheme…
Creating color schemes can be really difficult…even when you’ve been doing it a while. Here’s a HUGE hint, when in doubt, go to Adobe’s Kuler. Find a color combination you like, download their CMYK specs and go to town 🙂
Theme graphics are the overall graphics for the piece and Reference graphics are visual cues you use to call things out.
4. Research and data
Self explanatory. Just make sure your research is legit :p
Make sure what you’re trying to say is completely apparent. Step back and make sure others can read it properly.
Anyways, good luck 🙂
May 4, 2012
We got a lot of comments on our poster yesterday so I think a post on useful infographics will be useful :). Technically, I think I should use an infographic for this post, but an infographic on infographics would be a little weird.
I know HCI students have to take a course on data visualization, but from what I understand (and correct me if I’m wrong), it’s more from an analysis standpoint as opposed to making that data look pretty. I’m definitely not claiming to be good at making infographics or even at graphics, but there are a few resources that I refer to when trying to seem legit ;).
First and foremost, I love the infographics developed by Good Design. They do all styles…play with different eras of design.
You might like their one on innovation, perhaps :).
Other resources consist of Cool Infographics and visual.ly:
When all else fails, I was recommended the books by Edward Tufte. I have yet to read them, but apparently, they blow your mind.