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Information Graphic’s Use to Bring New Meaning to Otherwise Boring Content

Information graphics or infographics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge.”

“These graphics are used anywhere where information needs to be explained quickly or simply, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education.” (WIKIPEDIA)

The biggest challenge is that they need to be both aesthetically intriguing and functional at the same time. They are often used to elaborate on information that already exist or to demonstrate though show rather than tell.

Recently, I had to come up with two info graphics for my editorial design class. It was a difficult task. My  understanding of its function merely served as the basis, the starting point of the preparatory work that followed. Because information graphics come in many form, such as charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, maps and lists- I was astonished by the possibilities but did not know how to apply and create something for the dull and text based content of the feature article. I found myself researching for inspirations. But because the end product must be specific to the content, it was necessary to create something that has the aesthetic quality as well as format that match the overall layout and design language that was previously established.

This was challenge given the limited amount of time I had in hand.I just wonder how much time on average it takes a professional to create a information graphic from start to finsih…

for a designated set of content like this:

How is the allocation of elements required for the info graphic obtained?

Tips: Start early by conceptualizing an idea that fits the content because the concept relates to how you want to present the information (through illustrations, photographs, or other elements) that require a lot of time to obtain or create.