Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly. They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends. [Wikipedia]
Infographics by Elisabeth Parker.
Infographics can often make complex topics easier to grasp, plus I can’t ever assume that anyone will actually want to read every single word I write. People have different ways of processing information and I aim to please. I’d love to do more of these, but they often take a few hours and I don’t always have the time.
I’ve also written a lot of style guides, how-to’s, technical manuals, computer books and various documentation, and when writing fails, these visuals often really come in handy.
I create my infographics with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Excel and online tools like Visualize, Easel.ly, Piktochart and Infog.ram. I’ve attempted them with Microsoft PowerPoint as well, but that never seems to work out. My favorite fonts are Oswald, Lobster, Tahoma, Georgia, Segoe Hand, Segoe Script, Gill Sans and Minya Nouvelle.
All of the infographics shown here were created by me, Elisabeth Parker, with creative commons and public domain images, along with screen shots from videos that were embedded in the articles I wrote.