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Priddy Library Workshops: Infographics

Workshop Description

 Share data using images via user-friendly and free software.

What makes an effective Infographic?

Source: Daniel Zeevi 2013 (see https://dashburst.com/danielzeevi/95)

Data Sources

The sources listed below provide a few starting points for newcomers looking for data to to help them experiment with infographics for the first time. For help locating specific data sets, please contact Amy Trost (atrost1@umd.edu), Priddy Library's data services librarian.

Graphic Design Resources

Infographic Software

Infographics can be created with:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint. Make infographics from scratch or use a series of infographic templates designed for PowerPoint by both Microsoft and external vendors.
  • Adobe Illustrator. vector graphics editor such as Illustrator can provide more sophisticated image manipulation. Part of Adobe’s Creative Cloud application, Illustrator is the industry standard for creating static infographics.
  • Dozens of infographic-specific tools exist. A free option with limited access is generally available, with a wider range of templates and functions accessible for a monthly fee. PiktochartVisme, and Easel.ly offer the broadest selection of images and templates, although users may want to browse the images available in a wide number of tools before selecting an option that suits their requirements.
  • Tableau allows users to create dynamic and interactive visualizations without users needing to learn a programming language. Tableau story points, in particular, are designed to present information in sequential order, like many infographics.

Users with coding experience may prefer to create static or interactive graphics in R or D3.js. While D3 is the most widely used dynamic visualization tool on the web, the R language underpins the infographics of several media outlets, including the BBCPython programmers also have access to a growing number of visualization libraries.

Icon and Image Sources