What is an infographic? | Why use an Infographic? | An example | An Interesting Example | Discussion questions | Other examples of Infographics

What is an infographic?

Infographics use pictures, images, and colors along with content to completely illustrate and understand data.

Why use an Infographic?

  • To communicate a message.
  • To present large amounts of information in a compact and easy to understand way.
  • To reveal the data, discover cause-effect relations, and identify relationships among data.
  • To monitor changes or trends in data.

An example


death_probabilities_infographic.jpg

An Interesting Example

There was a very cheesy movie called Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. The best clip from the movie is found here:
http://www.youtube.com/v/I16_8l0yS-g&hl=_US&fs=1&


Can this ever be possible? Where is the intersection between science fiction and real science?

To really answer that question, an infographic was created by Stephen Taubman:

megashark.jpg

Discussion questions

  1. What is useful about putting information in this format?
  2. Why would this be better than just showing the formulas or using just a bar graph?
  3. What different pieces of information are included on this poster?
  4. What information was included in this poster that allows non-science people to understand the content?
  5. Write an abstract about what it is about (two or three sentences that highlights the purpose of the infographic.)

Other examples of Infographics

Answer the following for each:
  1. Look at these examples and identify what you like/don't like about each one.
  2. How are colors used differently in each one? Are some colors more powerful than others?
  3. How are objects displayed on each one? Do sizes of the objects matter in showing the intended information?
  4. How could colors, sizes, and kinds of objects be used to mislead people away from the data?
  5. Make notes about what you notice and like/don't like about the infographics. you will be creating some throughout the year and these notes will remind you of what you visually like to see and will serve as a starting point for you.

Example 1
cancer_rates.png
from: http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2007/07/29/health/29cancer.graph.web.html

Example 2

life_spans_of_body_cells.png

from: http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2005/08/02/science/20050802_sci_CELL.html

Example 3
global_poverty.png

http://www.good.is/post/infographic-life-on-less-than-2-a-day/

Example 4
worldwide_gas_prices.png
from:http://flowingdata.com/2011/03/22/are-gas-prices-really-that-high/

Example 5

image_153-595x2965.jpg
http://www.vizworld.com/2011/09/numbers-travel-industry/

Example 6

gulf-oilspill-595x1208.jpg
http://www.vizworld.com/2010/05/infographic-gulf-mexico-oil-spill/