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The design of information is actually nothing new. From the earliest form of communication, i.wthe cave paintings done more than 37,000 years ago, to Egyptian hieroglyphics, to modern-day data visualisations, we have always been using some sort of graphical representations to communicate information.

Here is a quick guide to introduce you to the world of infographics.

 

To get started, below are some resources to read, see and do:

 

Read

Books on infographics that are easy to read:

 

Cool infographics: Effective communication with data visualization and design
Krum, Randy
John Wiley, 2014[Coming soon]
Designing infographics
Meyer, Eric K.
Hayden Books, c1997
P93.5.M612
Infographics : the power of visual storytelling
Lankow, Jason.
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., c2012
P93.5.L289

 

See

Get inspired by viewing examples of infographics created by others:

 

Cool Infographics
A blog by Randy Krum that “highlights some of the best examples of data visualizations and infographics found in magazines, newspapers and on the Internet”. His book will be available in NTU Libraries collections soon.
Daily Infographics
A website that “feature the best information design and data visualization from the internet”.
Information is Beautiful
David McCandless’s passion is “visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words“. This website showcases his ideas and works. His books, The Visual Miscellaneum and Information is Beautiful are also available in the NTU Libraries collections.
Types of Information Visualization
Designed by David McCandless, this infographic provides a great overview of the different types of information visualisations.

 

Do

Create infographics using one of the following online infographic applications:

 

Infogr.am
PikoChart

 

Feel free to share your thoughts or any other resources on infographics or information visualizations by commenting below.

 

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