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Library Value Toolkit: Infographics

Task Force Recommendations

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What do we think you should keep in mind?


Recommendation 1:  Keep in mind,and incorperate the 3 basics of communication when designing an Infographic .  1) Appeal   2) Comprehension   3) Retention.  Infographics are about a changing data into knowledge in a palatable format.

Recommendation 2: Brush up on design 'rules', ask for feedback and take it, a poorly designed or executed infographic can be worse for your image than not doing one at all.

Recommendation 3: Cite your sources!  Keep your data credible by adding the 'whole story' to your distilled format.

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Image credits

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Infographic of Infographics: Image courtesy of Ivan Cash

What is this?

glossaryThis section is dedicated to communicating the Library's value through infographics, including:


What's an Infographic? 

Infographics are a method to communicate information through the use of graphics with minimal text, and may also be commonly referred to as 'data visualization'.  They can help distill and simplify complex data or information into a more palatable, fun and aesthetically pleasing format. 

Although not a new concept, new open-source tools and social media have made using them very popular.  Though infographics can facilitate understanding many levels of data and information in just a few images, they can also be overused or misused.  It is easy to 'skew' the story with an infographic.  My mother always used to say "Figires don't lie, but liars can figure" meaning though the chart or graph may be 'technically' true, the author can easily have manipulated it by withholding the whole story contained within the larger data set.  It's therfore very important to still cite or reference the various parts of an infographic.

In a nutshell:  Infographics are a method to translate data into knowledge via a visual 'story'

Want more background?  Check out Piktochart's interactive tutorial on Infographic basics

Give Me an Example!

Inforgraphic of infographics

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Give Me More Examples!

A great example of using infographics to relay a large amount of health information/data is the Snake Oil Supplements?  Infographic from Information is Beautiful.  Check out their site for more incredible infographics.

 Want something more homegrown?  Check out some of the Infographics done by the HSICT below!