Let’s talk about infographics! Infographics are great way to get a message across with visual interest. I especially like to use infographics when I teach library instruction classes. I find that if I can give my students handouts highlighting the key points of our discussion, they pay more attention and are more interactive throughout the class. I suspect this is because they aren’t frantically trying to write down everything I say. I’ve also learned that it’s important how the information is presented. When I first began teaching instruction classes, I gave my students WAY too much information. Trust me, they aren’t going to read a packet full of library information. They might even leave it sitting on the table when they leave. (Ouch!) However, they will almost always take a cool infographic with them.
If you’ve read my past posts, you probably know I’m a huge fan of Canva. Canva is my “go to” when it comes to anything graphic design related. It’s easy for me, a non-designer, to create a great looking graphic with this program. Simply choose the infographic template option and start designing.
I’ll mention a couple more options for you if you’re ready to create your first infographic: Piktochart and Venngage. Piktochart is specifically made for the design of infographics, meaning you can get a little more sophisticated with your layout than with Canva. You can sign up for free and accomplish just about anything you’d like in a graphic. Their support and tutorials are fantastic, and I can’t really tell you anything they haven’t already covered. I suggest you just jump right in and get your feet wet. Here’s a quick overview of their product. Once you start playing around, you’ll notice the layout is very similar to Canva.
Another popular infographic tool is Venngage. I actually like this tool a bit more than Piktochart, mostly because you have access to more templates (and also graphics published by the community of users) with the free account than with the others. It is a more robust tool than Canva or Piktochart, and the layout is quite intuitive. You can even make your graphic interactive if it’s being made for a website or blog post, which I think has the potential to be very cool for libraries. Here’s a great tutorial for getting started with Venngage. When you create your account with both Piktochart and Venngage, it will ask you about your role within your organization, and librarian is actually an option. This tells me many of you are already using these tools, and that’s awesome!