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Infographics: Creation and Consumption of Visual Information

This guide contains tips for creating infographics, lists free infographic tools, and gives examples of different types of infographics. In addition to this, the guide gives tips for analyzing infographics in your everyday life.

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This page includes general tips, resources, and examples for reading and analyzing infographics. 

Reading and Analyzing Infographics

General Tips for Reading & Analyzing Infographics:

  • Make sure to read all text (inside and outside) of the infographic. This includes the name of the author, creation date, source information, description, and key (if there is one).
  • Think about the main idea of the infographic. Do you understand the infographic's purpose? Can you summarize the purpose of the infographic?
  • Be critical! Think about your likes and dislikes of the infographic. Making informed opinions of infographics that you see will help you become a stronger infographic creator.

Questions to Consider When Reading & Analyzing Infographics:

When reading and analyzing infographics, there are three specific aspects of the graphic that you should pay special attention too. Those aspects are design, message, and critique. Design refers to the aesthetic and artistic choices that the infographic creator made. Message refers to the content and purpose of the graphic. Lastly, critique refers to the opinion of the audience (you). The critique is formed from the personal, informed opinion of the audience. The questions listed in the table below are not meant to be exhaustive, instead these questions are supposed to help you start to think critically about infographics in order to create an informed opinion of them.

Table listing design, message, and critique questions

 

Resources:

Baker, F. "Media Literacy: How to Close Read Infographics," Middle Web: All About the Middle Grades, May 30,2017, https://www.middleweb.com/34963/media-literacy-how-to-close-read-infographics/. 

Davis, M. "Enhancing Literacy Instruction through Infographics," Literacy Now (blog), December 11, 2015, https://www.literacyworldwide.org/blog%2Fliteracy-now%2F2015%2F12%2F11%2Fenhancing-literacy-instruction-through-infographics#:~:text=Infographics%20offer%20complexity%20through%20multiple,language%20of%20content%20area%20subjects. 

"Evaluating Information-Applying the CRAAP Test," Meriam Library, California State University, accessed October 18, 2021, https://library.csuchico.edu/sites/default/files/craap-test.pdf. 

"Infographics in the Classroom Teacher Toolkit," California Academy of Sciences, accessed October 18, 2021, https://www.calacademy.org/educators/infographics-in-the-classroom-teacher-toolkit. 

Thacker, E., et al. "Reading Analyzing, and Creating Informational Graphics in the Elementary Classroom," Social Studies and the Younger Learner, 30, No.4 (2019) 15-18, https://www.socialstudies.org/system/files/publications/articles/yl_310415.pdf. 

 

It is important to practice reading and analyzing the infographics that you are interested in creating. This will allow you to become familiar with the design, structure, and style of infographics in that field. Below lists some resources you can visit to find infographics and practice viewing them.

 

Finding Infographic Examples: