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SPH Doctoral Grant Writing Course

This guide is a course guide for the SHP Doctoral Grant Writing course taught by Molly Rosenberg, Fall 2019. However, anyone that is interested in data visualization is free to use it!

Infographics: The Basics

What is an infographic?

An infographic is an illustrative representation of data that gives an overview of a specific piece of information with minimal text. Infographics should be visually pleasing and interesting for your audience. They should engage your audience with your topic and be fun or intriguing to look at. 

Types of Infographics:
  • Maps
  • Mind Maps
  • Networks
  • Frameworks
  • Workflow steps
  • Decision making processes
  • Timeline
When Should You Make an Infographic?
  • When showing change
  • Comparing information
  • appealing to an audience with a wide range of interests
  • When wanting to create interactive content

Creating Infographics: Creating Infographics LibGuide by Penn 




General Guidelines for Creating Infographics:

Many of the guidelines for creating data visualizations apply for making infographics. Below are some things to consider when creating an infographic.

  • Know what the message of your data is before creating your infographic
  • Be clear and concise with how you structure your information and organize your infographic
  • Minimize any possible confusion for your audience
  • Have people "test" your infographic and use their responses to tweak your infographic
  • Consult the guidelines of who you are creating the infographic for
  • Think of your audience and how they will be using the infographic
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