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Infographics. Making numbers fun again.

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Research. The term sends chills down the spine of many students (and adults). Add numbers and statistics to that research requirement and you turn off all but the select few die hard number crunchers. That is, until info graphics came along. Increasing in popularity as the rise of digital and social media makes it easier for us to consume information in various formats (video, audio, graphics, text to speech, etc., info graphics are part graphic design, part research, data, and math. Simply put, an info graphic is a visual representation of data or statistics on a specific topic. It’s a way to present information to the viewer in a way that makes it easy to understand an digest. It should help drive home a point, sell you on an idea, or even raise awareness. However, not all info graphics are created equal. Just as the research needs to be accurate, the visual component should make sense and be presented in a way that flows in a meaningful way.

You will be creating your own infographic based on a topic of your choice. You will need to keep track of your sources (and validate those sources by cross checking), and carefully choose what information best serves your purpose for the chosen topic.

First, read the following articles regarding the do’s and dont’s of infographic creation. They provide a key starting point for your design as they advise on what you should and should not do when beginning this process.

12 Infographic Tips That You Wish You Knew Years Ago

7 Tips For Creating Successful Infographics

Inspiration-Infographic Examples

90 Best Infographics

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