Infographics are some of the designers’ most interesting products, but at the same time they are exceedingly difficult to master. In fact they are a graphical representation of a complicated problem or situation that requires a lot of attention from readers. So a few pages, of otherwise boring text for a hurried reader, are transformed into a graphical representation, which amazes both by design and amount of information. You can find a lot of really fantastic infographic resources on the web.
Infographics are not something that can be created by amateurs or that can be done in a couple of minutes, quite the opposite they are based on a lot of work and research. Firstly the designer endeavoring on an infographic has to start with a thorough painstaking research work and attention to key details that might interest readers; nothing is more damaging than the wrong or incomplete data appear on the graphic. Just brute data is usually not very appealing and too much detail can be a burden, but the designer has to conceive the presentation so that it’s both attractive and interesting. A reader’s attention is usually drawn to information that seems useful and not by the design, so one can say that the content gives value to an infographic whilst the designs just highlight it. After researching, the actual designing and writing part follows. On a personal note, every designer can freely choose his work habit, but undoubtedly research and information harvesting come first.
The success of such a representation lies also in consistency of information and logical sequence of presentation … the easier to understand the message the more interesting the info graphics become for a potential reader. The next collection shows some of the most interesting infographics I found, surely there are others equally interesting and perhaps more beautiful. If you find others that are very good, please place the link in a comment. Enjoy!