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Wilson Library: Infographics

Infographics are visual or graphical representations of information.

...used to give your audience a way to examine your findings independently (without you explaining verbally)

...require a visual literacy in addition to other literacies, they can provide detail or overviews, depending on scope, and they should be made as easy to interpret and understand as possible.




Timeline Template (Google Slides)

Infographic proposal/reflection (Google Slides)



Types of infographics

Statistics Charts, numbers, graphs. This can zoom in on certain numbers that tell a story of your topic. Not all topics have numbers that tell stories, but research about companies, sports, money, sales figures, types of industries, or results from surveys tend to benefit from this. Demographics are stats about a population of people. Social Media example. Solar Energy example.


Chronology is a fancy word for "time". This can show the sequence of events over a given time-- such as the biography of an author, the sequence of events during an event, major incidents along the time span of a topic. Live Streaming timeline. Personal Tradition timeline.


Geography instead of "time", think "place". Use a map or a diagram to explain the space associated with a topic. 'Six States and what they're known for' example. Fast Food Brands by Country example.


Step-by-Step can be used to show the process of something. How-to. Think of a recipe with photos of every step. "Working From Home" example. Research process example.


Compare and Contrast if you've ever made a Venn Diagram, you've done this, or watched a sports matchup pregame graphic. Sometimes bar graphs are used in this style. They are used to compare two things. GMO / Fresh Foods example. "Raising a Baby vs. a Furbaby" example.


Fun Facts  highlighting numbers related to questions. Iceland example. Halloween example.


***some infographics combine multiple types into one poster, graphic, or presentation.