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. Continue reading “Infographics”