How To Create An Infographic [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Here at MakeUseOf, we get lots of infographic submissions sent to us on a regular basis. Some fall under the category “EXCELLENT!” while a lot others get deleted right away. A lot also falls into the middle category which I like to call the “meh” category (thank you Lisa and Bart Simpson).

The fact is that creating a quality infographic is not an easy task and not everyone can do it properly.  It takes design skills, time, a good computer program and patience to get it just right.  Unfortunately not everyone has those qualities and so as a result, a lot of infographics end up in the email trash bin.  But done properly, an infographic can be a really beautiful and informative thing, a feast on the eyes.

Our infographic today comes courtesy of DIY Blogger and it shows you the 7 steps necessary to make a good infographic that people will want to look at. All you Mac fans out there will be pleased to hear that the first recommendation is not to make an infographic on a Windows computer but on a Mac instead.

What do you think of the infographic?  Do you think it’s correct that infographics can’t be made on a Windows computer? Have you ever made your own infographic before? If so, did you follow the rules set out in the infographic?  If not, how did you do it?  How easy or difficult was it?  Tell us all about it in the comments below.

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Infographic Source: DIY Blogger
Image Source: Selva

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Comments (11)
  • Andrealicata

    I agree that a PC works fine. I have used MAC, but I prefer PC. Photoshop and Illustrator are industry standard software, though, if one has any intention of going create these as a profession, one should learn to use them. I have seen some graphics produced with Microsoft Publisher, and although I have never taken the time to learn how to use it, I think that the results can be quite good. The most useful point this blogger made is that looking at case studies or examples of good work does give you an edge.

  • justinwachin

    For me the first step of creating an infographic is to know the purpose of the graphic. Although I use a Mac, it is possible to create a graphic on any platform provided you have basic layout software and you know how to use it.

    Here’s my list of steps.
    -Know the purpose (subject) of the graphic
    -Know the size of the infographic
    -Determine what information you need to present
    -Research and verify information (Wikipedia is NEVER the source)
    -Create a rough layout of the infographic (look at examples in magazines and newspapers for ideas)
    -Add the text, graphics and artistic effects (visuals should be relevant to the information being presented)
    -Add the source of the information (ex. source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    -Check your numbers
    -Proofread
    -Perform final tweaks on the infographic
    -Have someone, who has not seen the graphic, review it for errors and to see if they understand the point being made. If the reviewer finds problems fix them.
    -Submit or post infographic

    USA Today produces great infographics. I would suggest visiting their website or picking up a print version of their paper. Emulating professionals is a great way to stand out in a crowd of people who has the software to make an infographic but lacks the design experience to go with it.

    Keep in mind that a professional photographer can make great pictures with a $30 digital camera, and a novice can make crappy photos with a $3,000 digital camera. The same holds true for aspiring creators of infographics.

  • Fred

    step 2 is useless but when I see how you have crop out your picture…  I think you are certainly a master of graphism and of course know what’s better for that

  • Afurzmom

    Have done graphics (professionally) on a PC for over 25 years. You’re an idiot if you think Mac is the only choice.

    • Christian West

      I agree. I find it odd that he mentions Gimp and then says that it’s not available on Mac. Well why do you need to use a Mac when there are plenty of tools for graphic artists on a PC.

  • BenN

    Step 8
    Make silly picture of yourself the largest graphic on the page.

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