Make data come to life! Use images and icons to share info.

Familiar with internet memes? They contain a funny or witty caption with an illustrative image to express an idea or show an emotion.

This method of using an image to tell a story helps the viewer understand the content of the message very quickly and easily. Infographics use this strategy to convey data and facts about a topic in a simple and readily understandable way.

Infographics make data easier to read and more engaging by adding images and simple text to make the data more appealing and understandable.

Infographics can be viewed online or printed for display.

What are the pros and cons of these images? Do they make the information more appealing? Can they be misleading? How can the information be used to convey a message?

Infographics should help the viewer understand the information in significant ways. Is there a story to tell or compelling message? What are the take away ideas?

Sometimes you are simply trying to share facts in a clear way. Other times, you may want to influence the viewer to think a certain way or make a judgement based on the information you present.

Making your own infographics:

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Guiding Questions:

Have I gathered all the facts I need?

Am I trying to...
  • compare data? (display side by side)
  • show a relationship? (correlation between two or more variables)
  • describe something? (give attributes of one thing)
  • give a list? (group items that share a trait)
  • show parts of a whole? (fractions, percents)

Have I chosen appropriate visual representation for my data set(s)?

Is each illustration...

  • accurate and correct? (not misleading or invalid)
  • clear and simple? (not too much text, not too busy)
  • easy to recognize? (images are not confusing or ambiguous)

Does my design...

  • have appropriate thematic elements? (background, icons, images)
  • include a controlled color scheme? (not too broad, not too narrow)
  • flow in a logical way? (progression of ideas, grouping of facts)

Have I shown significance of my data?

Review and Edit for Style and Emphasis

Look at the two examples below, taken from Edward R. Tufte's book Envisioning Information (1990). Consider how your images and text can be revised to ensure a clear focus on the information you are trying to convey.

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You can also use Google Drawing to create an infographic.

Examples for Math Regression Project

Additional Resources:

Links to large example infographics:


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