I’ll admit it. I have about as much graphic design DNA in my body as Arnold Schwarzenegger has ‘subtlety’ in his acting range.
But infographics have been hot stuff for at least two years and if your organisation is not creating them to showcase/highlight your points of view then you are missing out on a powerful positioning tool.
Here’s some useful resources that you can use to put together your own masterpiece. And remember, practice makes perfect…
|10 Awesome Free Tools To Make Infographics|
gives you, well, ten links to great tools for creating infographics. There’s the usual suspects (Wordle, Google Public Data, New York Times’ Visualization Lab), but there’s also some stuff that I didn’t know about, like Many Eyes and Creately.
|How To Design Your Own Infographics|
adds some more useful resources, like TouchGraph for showing interesting relationships (use it to see in a graphic form who is linking to you or what movement there is around a keyword). There is also a very useful five-step best practice process around creating your infographic which is worth saving in your delicious account.
|The Do’s And Don’ts Of Infographic Design|
by Amy Balliett, the founder of Killer Infographics design agency, is a fabulous, illustrated do’s and don’ts guide. A must read, she takes you through the pitfalls of font overload, colour palettes, which types of colours don’t work well with infographics, and the importance of telling a good story, amongst many things. Go read it now.
Oh, you can see the trailer for Arnold’s latest movie, ‘The Last Stand’ over on YouTube. Personally, I can’t wait to see it. Like Arnie, some days I feel ‘old’ (watch the trailer).