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PowerPoint from 11/11/2015 class
What's an Infographic?
Infographics are "graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly." (wikipedia).
Infographics include a lot of things, from individual charts, plots, and maps to presentations that combine these data visualizations with additional visuals and language to tell a story. Today we'll use a tool that helps with the latter.
Tools for Creating Infographics
Tips, Tricks, and Walkthroughs
Infographics should be laid out in such a way that important data points are highlighted, explained briefly, and flow into the next visual element.
Remember these guidelines:
- Space out elements to keep the design less cluttered (remember to leave "whitespace")
- Use only essential text; keep it visual!
Know your Limits
- Limit your color palette to a few key colors
- Limit your use of fonts to a few, and keep them consistent for text of the same type (e.g., headings and body text)
- Style up your graphs to communicate visually -- why is your pie chart not a pie?
Here's a selection of very important functions in Powerpoint for designing posters and infographics.
- Insert Menu has almost anything you could need:
- Text Box
Insert these to add your text, obviously.
Your bread and butter. Make circles and rectangles behind your text to pop it out from the background and provide organized sections.
- Smart Art
LOTS of diagrams and visualizations -- get your point across without reinventing the wheel
Load a picture you took, or one you found
- Online Pictures
Search for pictures that are licensed for reuse through Creative Commons
- Design Menu:
- Format Background to change up the background colors. Use gradients to go from light to dark
- Choose a Variant to select a color theme
- Drawing Tools Menu appears after you've inserted a shape and selected it with your mouse:
- Send Backward/Forward
Control what displays in front of something else
Spin or flip something you've inserted
- Shape Fill
The color inside a shape
- Shape Outline
The color and width (or weight) of the shape border (or, if it's a line, the color of the line)