What’s Trending in Technology: Infographics

Infographics, they are everywhere lately! You will find them streaming on Pinterest, popping up in articles and magazines, and even Dunkin’ Donuts! So what are they? Infographics are visual creations that display information or data graphically. The design portrays conceptual information easily. These graphics help you communicate complex or statistical data by using symbols, colors and images to describe a process or specific information. They can be great for libraries to represent an increase in users, programs and services available to the community and even advocacy!

Getting Started: gather your information, you want to outline your facts and statistics before hand. Pick several colors and images that you want to represent in your graphic. Remember, you want it to flow and be consistent.

Formats to include: percentages, maps, charts, graphs, timelines, shape comparisons, word clouds and diagrams. Here are some free sites to help you with formats:

  • Wordle grenerating word clouds
  • iCharts creating great looking charts in minutes
  • OpenClipArt clipart images for collaborative use

Design: there are different ways to get started with the design. If you are familiar with Adobe Indesign you can create your Infographic from scratch. You can also use Microsoft Publisher and add text, images and graphs as you go.  There are some really great free websites out there too to help you create Infographics. Here are a few:

  • Visual.ly a place to share and make data become visualizations
  • Creat.ly online diagramming and creation
  • Picktochart creating WOW Infographics for your audience
  • Infogr.am create interactive Infographics

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Infographic from ALA

Here is an Infographic from ALA on Libraries and Communities – Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, 2011-2012 (Conducted by the American Library Association and the Information Policy & Access Center, University of Maryland).

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