What is an infographic?
According to different definitions is an visual representation of information, data or knowledge. The word infographic is composed by the greek words “info” which means information and “graphos” which means “I write” , in this case could be related to a graphical representation.
We live in the era of information, everyday we generate billions of terabytes of information. In order to assimilate that amount of information we created a visual language, we created a world of visual information. Now more than ever the old cliché “a picture is worth 1000 words” is true.
An important aspect of a good infographic are the visual cues, in order to make your infographic reader easy to understand your graphics, we will have to encode our data with colors, geometry or some tips that make readable our infographic.
A good design not only confer aesthetics, but also make our infographic easy to understand.
So to design a good infographic we will need to achieve what is called “Graphical Excellence”, it means communicate complicated ideas with clarity, precision and efficiency. A good infographic is capable show the available data, in this case the information provided in the CV, using graphic elements, like lines, points, symbols, numbers, words, shading and color.
Color in information design can be used in different ways, to label, to measure, to represent or imitate reality and to enliven or decorate.
A good visual organization is arranging all those elements in manner that we catch the reader´s attention. There are different layouts that can help us to settle these elements: Useful Bait, Versus/Comparison,Versus/Comparison,Road Map,Timeline,Visualized Article.
For this project I will try to combine the Timeline Design and the Road Map.
I also created a mood board on Pinterest so I can have some ideas of different layouts.
Below some examples of good infographics, and some images that will help me to create the infographic according to the answers of my interview to Anna and the information on his CV.
Examples of different layouts for an Infographic
Another example based on boxes.
-Informational Diagram Collection. 2009. Pie Books
-Visualize This. The Flowing Data Guide to Design, Visualization and Statistics. Nathan Yau. 2011.Wiley Publishing,Inc.
-The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Edward R. Tufte. 2001. Graphics Press LLC
– Layout Cheat Sheet: Making the Best Out of Visual Arrangement.