Data Visualization Toolkit: Infographics General Resources

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Infographics quickly tell a story using data to a wide variety of audiences. This is information presented with context, intended to clarify not only what the data mean, but how they are relevant to the viewer.

Infographics General Resources

Infographics are popular because they offer data in appealing packages that can be quickly absorbed and shared. Vox offers a helpful blog and infographic explaining why infographics are useful. Check out Neomam and Hubspot as well.

There is a variety of good sources for infographic layout ideas.

  • Check out the infographic templates on the web-based infographic applications in the Tools section (Venngage, Piktochart, Easel.ly). These templates demonstrate best practices in infographic design and are great at getting your creative juices flowing.
  • Start with a simple Google image search for infographics. To narrow your search and yield more relevant results to what you are trying to create, search for a specific topic + infographic. For example, “special education infographic.”
  • Search for “infographic” on Pinterest for more creative ideas.
  • The Mashable media company shares its infographics on Visually.
  • Browse the DailyInfographic.com, which offers a featured infographic each day.

Telling Your SSIP Story in an Infographic: Strategies, Tips, and Examples

The DaSy Center, National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI), and ECTA Center developed a 2018 brief called Telling Your SSIP Story in an Infographic: Strategies, Tips, and Examples.

This brief offers guidance on the varied uses and audiences for infographics, best practices for creating infographics, and examples of state SSIP infographics. The brief also provides an exemplar SSIP infographic and instructions on how to access the template through a technical assistance provider.

Interactive Data Visualization Checklist

Stephanie Evergreen’s website Evergreen Data – Intentional Data Visualization & Evaluation Reporting provides research-based design guidelines for reports, slides, and data visualizations.

Interactive Data Visualization Checklist – Upload your visual, and the site will walk you through each checkpoint and help you assign a rating. You’ll rate all 24 checkpoints in about 5 minutes or less. At the end, you’ll see your visual’s total score, along with a list of the checkpoints where you rocked it and places where you could improve. Many people use the checklist as a guidance tool while they are developing a new visual.

Stephanie Evergreen’s Data Visualization Checklist is meant to be used as a guide for the development of high-impact data visualizations.