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Infographics: Share Knowledge Visually

Infographics are a visual representation of data. This guide will explore ideas, tools and resources for creating your own charts, graphs and visualizations to display information in a meaningful, less textual way.

Infographics: What are they and why are they useful?

What are they?

Infographics are a graphic visual representation of information, data or knowledge. The process of creating infographics can be referred to as data visualization, information design, or information architecture.

Inforgraphics have been popular with journalists for a long time (think USA Today and Time) and have more recently gained traction in other fields. Here are a few reasons why they're effective:

  • Versatile and can be used for any field or topic
  • Convey complex information quickly and visually
  • Breaks data into bite-sized pieces
  • Can be easily shared and embedded in virtual environments (websites, blogs, Blackboard, social media)
  • Can be interactive and link to other content

Why are they useful?

Allow the following interactive infographic to explain why they are important:

Thirteen reasons why your brain craves infographics